Funds For Fundraising During Auctions

Want to learn more about the different funds that receive a percentage of the auction proceeds? Here’s a running list of the names, logos, descriptions, and other information on them:

HNS Fund

HNS Fund is a community run development fund. It is the only source of non-VC, non-dilutive grants funding in the HNS community. Our goal is to support and empower our fellow open source developers and creators in their mission to create a free and open internet on the dweb.

HNS Fund was created out of the need to source funding and coordinate builders within the HNS community because there is no Handshake Foundation, founding team, etc.

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Handshake Institute

The Handshake Institute was created to make Handshake (opens new window)the primary DNS root zone and certificate authority of the internet for a more inclusive and resilient web.

We use our funding to empower organizations, teams, and individuals to join us in that goal.

The Handshake Institute is an advocacy and educational non-profit organization. The Handshake Institute works to promote decentralization through Handshake, but does so independently and it has no control over the Handshake protocol.

Handshake has no official singular Foundation, Committee, Corporation or Institute in permanent control of the protocol. We provide support in cooperation with other organizations in the spirit of true decentralization.

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DWeb Foundation

dWeb Foundation is a community-organized effort charting the frontier toward a decentralized internet, with handshake at the root.

We are supporters of the early decentralized internet, aiming to 1build (dWeb) integrations, 2create secondary and tertiary layer infrastructure, 3incubate a new generation of pioneers.

A private, secure, person-to-person web, "locked open", made possible by incoercible trust protocols and decentralized apps.

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Bob wallet Development

Desktop application for DNS management and name auctions on Handshake.

  • Search and bid on names
  • Manage domains and DNS records
  • Send, Receive, and Claim your HNS
  • Run a full Handshake node
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Flamingo Handshake

This is a private group of Handshake enthusiasts whose goal is to:

  • Bring top quality, premium Handshake TLDs to the market for live auctions
  • Raise awareness of the Handshake blockchain project
  • Bring in new buyers and communities to the Handshake project
  • Raise money for the growing community and foundations.
  • Have some fun!

It is not:

  • Meant to be a low-quality spam fest of every name people submit
  • A get rich quick scheme to pump and dump a coin or a set of domains
  • A β€œjob” to the community for those organizing it.
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Some of the funds and sellers want to have a percentage go towards Flamingo Handshake to support the team here in the auctions and what we are building in the community.


SkyInclude is a marketing division of Handshake that aims to foster the growth and development of the HNS ecosystem. The team coordinates various initiatives, including HNS Rings, content creation, events, contests, and paid ads, to promote Handshake's mission of creating a decentralized and secure internet.

SkyInclude's primary focus is to engage with the community and encourage the adoption of the Handshake protocol by empowering individuals, businesses, and organizations worldwide.

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Namelayer empowers users to own and control their online identities. Our products include the Namelayer mobile app, Bob wallet extension for digital asset access, and Shakedex for decentralized name trading.

Proceeds will be used to support the development of our mobile app, chrome extension, and shakedex.

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Hey TX

Hey TX is the custodian of the .tx domain, which is made possible through Handshake. Here is our vision: We seek to empower others to own their name and data on the Internet. .tx will be the domain for Texas and the digital identity for all Texans. By the end of this decade, we believe that there will be millions of .tx names registered for individuals and businesses.

Proceeds will go towards spreading the good word about Handshake (HNS) in one of the largest tech hubs in the world, Austin.TX. We are committed to having meetups and events on a monthly basis in 2023. The more funds available, the greater impact we can have on advancing adoption of HNS.

Past events that we've organized and/or sponsored, include: Unofficial SXSW 2022 Event, Consensus 2022 Networking Happy Hour, The Mining Conference 2022, NamesCon 2022 (several HNS sessions, in-person Flamingo Handshake auction, HNS booth, several hundred attendees), and Unofficial SXSW 2023 Event / in-person element for HandyCon 2023.

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Submit a New Fund?

Have a cause relevant to supporting and growing Handshake and want to see it added as a fund source of auction proceeds? We would love to hear from you!

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