In total, the EF non-profit organization which manages the funds for Ethereum developments holds about 0.3% of the current total ETH supply, amounting to roughly $1.3 billion which is 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 stated 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.
The Foundation did not immediately respond to a request to disclose the details regarding those non-crypto holdings. However, Ethereum researcher Justin Drake suggested that the non-crypto holdings are just fiat reserves in an April 18 tweet.
the EF spent $48M in 2021
— Justin Ðrake (@drakefjustin) April 18, 2022
The Foundation spent $21.8 million on layer-one (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 ($132 million) 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 ZK (zero-knowledge) research and development, and $1.9 million on layer-two (L2) research and development.
As far as I know this is the first time the Ethereum Foundation has publicly detailed all of their treasury holdings.
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. Doing this is expected to vastly reduce the network’s energy requirements and carbon footprint.