ENS DAO votes for Karpatkey to manage its endowment fund

Quick Take

  • The ENS community has chosen Karpatkey to manage the DAO’s endowment fund.
  • Karpatkey is looking to manage a proposed $52 million endowment fund for the ENS DAO.

ENS DAO, the decentralized community for the Ethereum Name Service project, has voted to select the treasury management platform Karpatkey DAO to manage its endowment fund.

The vote, which began on Nov. 18, ended on Nov. 23, according to details from Snapshot. Karpatkey was among four other choices that included DeFi management protocols Avantgarde and Llama, as well as an option for none of the above. The vote was via ranked choice, which meant voters had to rank the options in their order of preference. Karpatkey emerged as the most popular option, securing over 57% of the votes cast.

There was some drama near the end of the vote as Coinbase and Ethereum wallet platform Rainbow voted for none of the above as their preferred option. The vote cast by both parties temporarily swung the polls in favor of their preferred option. Defending its choice, Coinbase posted on the ENS DAO forum that the risk and reward didn’t seem reasonable. “We’d prefer to wait for the treasury management space to mature further,” Coinbase added.

Following the conclusion of the vote, the ENS meta-governance stewards will work with Karpatkey to develop an initial treasury allocation. Karpatkey’s original bid to the DAO called for a $52 million endowment fund. The treasury management outfit promised to grow the fund to $69 million.

The endowment fund will come from the ENS DAO treasury, which is currently worth $926 million. ENS, the project’s native token, forms the bulk of this sum as the treasury holds $880 million worth of ENS. The ENS treasury also holds $43 million in ether and $2.4 million in USDC.

The endowment fund is part of the DAO’s treasury management efforts. Treasury management has become a major concern for DAOs amid the current market decline. The ENS endowment fund is supposed to enable the project to meet its financial obligations even if the current bear market decline continues.

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