Giving Back has Never Been Easier

By November 17, 2011Helping Others

I am easily moved to open my wallet or spend my time raising money for those who have less or need more than I do.  I know that sometimes we want to give, but these days it is not so easy to find the time or money to give to others when so many are struggling to keep their own families afloat.

Well, what if you could buy something and know that some portion was giving to others or sell something and let just a little bit of that profit benefit something you care about?

I was more than pleasantly surprised when I looked into joining the eBay Parent Panel and saw the incredible awesome eBay Giving Works program.

eBay Giving Works Logo

This holiday season, or any time you are buying or selling, you can also be helping someone in need.  That, my friends, is the kind of transaction I want to be a part of.  You can shop and give, you can sell and give or you can simply give using your PayPal account.  This is no small program.  While the percentages may not be high on individual items (amount ranges from 10% to 100%) it sure does add up.  So far those giving transactions have amounted to more than $234 million dollars.  It shows that every little gift counts towards something bigger and that we can all make a difference.

eBay Giving Works

This holiday season I love that you can directly give to Toys for Tots and provide a child who has little with a toy of his or her own.  This is close to my heart as a mother of 3 kids 5 and under. I buy toys every year for Toys for Tots and this makes it easy for anyone to give this gift to a child.  Toys for Tots is the main children’s charitable outreach program of the United Sates Marine Corps.  Now that my little sister is a Marine, this program is even closer to my heart.

For Buyers:

Simply search for auctions that benefit your charity or go with a more generalist approach and search the charitable sales to find your item!

When you go to the site you can search by cause.  Want to save the animals, protect the environment, fight cancer, support our military or help children?  All of that and more is there.  You can search by general cause or specific charity.  Now it’s more than just celebrity auctions to raise money…you put the focus on the case you want to fight for.  There are more than 18,000 non-profits currently available.  Perfect.

If you are into celebrity stuff, you should totally check out the Giving Works Celebrity page.  Tons of celebs work with eBay to raise money and boy are there some cool things.  Like, um, you can totally bid to meet Colin Firth and see his new movie and get a picture and everything.  Yes please!  All of the proceeds go to Oxfam, which is totally cool and if you have the money, completely excuses the price, which starts at $1000.

For Sellers:

You can go about your regular business on eBay and give back at the same time.  Search the directory to find your charity!  If it is not there you can invite them to register.   There is a special section on your listing form for Giving Works transactions.  Decide what % you want to give.  Then list and spread the word!  Giving Works transactions show a special little ribbon and a special section devoted to your selected nonprofit and your donation commitment.  How cool is that?  Just as cool?  Whatever % you donate, eBay will take that same % off your insertion and final value fees!

For Non-Profits:

If you are a non-profit, you can use eBay to raise money!  Whether buying or selling for your organization or getting listed and having people’s sales benefit your program, this is an awesome way to increase your donations!  Check out the page on Joining eBay Giving Works.

eBay Giving Works is for Everyone

Whether you are buying or selling or raising money, eBay’s Giving Works is a great place to feel good about your transactions and know that while you are shopping or selling you are also helping others.  There is nothing better this holiday season…or any season for that matter.

I hope you try out the Giving Works program and experience getting what you want and giving others what they need.

Happy Holidays!

Disclosure: I am a member of the eBay Parent Panel and am compensated for this commitment.  All opinions expressed in this post are my own.

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