eBay Users Give $36 Million To Nonprofits

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eBay says its sellers and buyers gave a record $36 million to U.S. nonprofit organizations in 2008 via eBay Giving Works.

eBay Users Give $36 Million To Nonprofits
John Donahoe
eBay CEO

Giving Works allows people to donate to nearly 15,000 organizations in the country while on eBay. Donations were up almost 20 percent in 2008, with nearly 1.5 million people donating to a cause.

"The eBay community is incredibly generous and committed to making a difference," said eBay Inc. CEO John Donahoe. "Through eBay Giving Works, their impressive generosity in these difficult times is inspiring."

eBay Giving Works offers a number of ways to donate to nonprofits for a variety of causes that participate in the program. The company says one of the most popular ways to give is for a seller to donate part, or all, of a listed item’s sale price to a nonprofit of their choice.

The listings receive an eBay Giving Works ribbon icon, helping buyers find ways to support nonprofits while shopping for bargains.

Nonprofits say the program is a good way for them to raise funds and connect with their members.

"In an economic climate like this, it’s even more important for our organization to maintain a relationship with our donor base," said Donna Callejon, Chief Operating Officer for GlobalGiving.

eBay Users Give $36 Million To Nonprofits
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    Well, finally a major corporate giant is giving back. In these hard times, you would think that no one would give any cash at this time.

  • Guest

    Isnt that nice of them, especially nice at tax time to isnt it. Nice write off.

  • Guest

    I wonder how much of that was accidental payments by people not paying attention?!

  • http://www.associatedcontent.com/melpol Guest

    Times are changing. No longer will we be laying back watching football games while drinking beer or smoking dope. This is the age of volunteerism. It is a time to leave your personal pleasures and find some poor soul that needs you. Knock on your neighbors door and ask if they need help. Tell them that this is the age of volunteerism and you are doing your part. Most will invite you in and ask you to clean the stove or toilet. After you are finished you will not only have a cleaner environment but a life long friend.

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