Reports said that the Ethereum Foundation (EF) has released a report detailing how its $1.6 billion treasury consists mostly of Ether (ETH), but with a surprising 18.8% in non-crypto assets.
It has been reported that in total, the EF nonprofit organization which manages the funds for Ethereum developments holds about 0.3% of the current total ETH supply, amounting to around $1.3 billion, verifiable on Etherscan.
However, its non-crypto holdings account for a sizable $302 million share. The April 2022 report is the first issued by the Foundation to outline what it holds in the treasury and how it is allocating expenditures, including grant funding for various Ethereum-based projects. In all, the EF appears to have a very strong financial footing having spent just $48 million in 2021.
The report said that it has increased its non-crypto holdings to $302 million from a previously undisclosed amount. That amount is meant to provide “a greater safety margin” in an effort to protect it against a downturn in the crypto market.
Likewise, the Foundation spent $21.8 million on layer-1 (L1) research and development, the largest share of its expenditures last year. This total does not include the Client Incentive Program (CIP) which is an ongoing program that rewards nine particular node operators with a share of 39,168 ETH, or $132 million, as of April 20, on a fixed schedule.
It spent a further $9.7 million on community development, $5.9 million on Ethereum as a developer platform, $5.1 million on international operations, $3.6 million on zero-knowledge (zk) research and development, and $1.9 million on layer-2 (L2) research and development.
Thus, the EF’s financial report comes just a few months before The Merge is scheduled to take place, where the Ethereum mainnet transitions to a proof-of-stake (PoS) consensus algorithm. This is expected to vastly reduce the network’s energy requirements and carbon footprint.