The Zcash Foundation uses cutting-edge cryptography to keep your financial information private and secure.

The Zcash Foundation is a 501(c)(3) public charity that builds financial privacy infrastructure for the public good, primarily serving users of the Zcash protocol and blockchain. 

Zcash Foundation Overview

Our Mission:

Privacy is a fundamental human right. Its essence is the individual’s ability to choose what information is shared with others. Privacy comprises both autonomy and consent; it is essential to human dignity, and the healthy continuation of a diverse and civil society.

 

Personal financial data can reveal a huge amount of information about a person, and so protecting financial privacy is an essential component of protecting the right to privacy.

 

Our mission at the Zcash Foundation is to help sustain and improve open financial networks that allow anyone and everyone to protect their own privacy, on their own terms. While our primary focus is the Zcash protocol and blockchain, we also support broader applications of zero knowledge proofs, as well as other approaches to financial privacy.

Our Work:

Zcash Foundation programs fall under 3 categories: 

1. Science
2. Community 
3. Protocol and Governance

Currently, the Zcash Foundation allocates the bulk of its funds to two main projects:

Currently, the Zcash Foundation allocates the bulk of its program funds to:

Zcash Foundation Grants

Zebra is the Foundation’s independent, consensus-compatible implementation of a Zcash node, currently under development. Zebra can be used to join the Zcash peer-to-peer network, which helps keep Zcash working by validating and broadcasting transactions, and maintaining the Zcash blockchain state in a distributed manner. 

FROST is a Flexible Round-Optimized Schnorr Threshold signature scheme designed to reduce the interaction between participants who jointly own a private signing key and wish to use this private key to sign a message. Recognized by industry leaders including Coinbase, FROST is a proposed IETF standard, on the path towards adoption and standardization. 

Zcash Foundation Grants

Zcash Grants

The Zcash ecosystem offers two funding gateways that support the development of the Zcash protocol as well as general financial privacy:

 

1. Zcash Community Grants

2. Zcash Foundation Grants

Careers

Passionate about all things cryptography and financial privacy? We’d love for you to join us! We are a diverse, fully remote organization, with team members based in Australia, Brazil, Canada, Czech Republic, the Dominican Republic, Spain, United Kingdom, United States, and Uruguay.

Zcon3 will be held in person, at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas, from August 7-9. The theme for this year’s Zcon event is “Code Alone Doesn’t Cut It.” We wanted to highlight the importance of not only the development, research and technology of Zcash, but also the vibrant community and ecosystem that is being built around the protocol.