In the rush of the Holiday season, it can be easy to lose sight of what matters most. We’re occupied with parties, gifts, decorations, and—for eBay sellers—the many ways we need to hustle to list, sell, and ship during the busiest selling time of the year. But, the Holiday season is also a time to reflect on our good fortune and help those who have less.
Participating in #GivingTuesday is one way to do just that. #GivingTuesday is a day of giving meant to bring awareness to the charitable season, the time of year when many people make their annual donations. It takes place on Tuesday, November 28, and eBay is making it easy for sellers to participate.
eBay is partnering with Feeding America, a nonprofit organization that operates more than 200 food banks that feed more than 46 million people around the country. Starting November 28, eBay will help Feeding America tackle hunger by selling three limited-edition pins, including one designed by actress Lea Michele of the hit show Glee, and auctioning off lots of amazing items and experiences from celebrity supporters. 100% of the proceeds from the pins will go to Feeding America.
Additionally, sellers can participate in #GivingTuesday through eBay for Charity, which allows sellers to select their favorite charity and designate a portion of their sales—anywhere from 10-100%—to go to that charity. Sellers can participate for just one day, or support their favorite causes throughout the year with an ongoing donation through eBay for Charity. Merchandise from select participating sellers will also be featured on the #GivingTuesday page.
Through eBay for Charity, eBay buyers and sellers have raised more $725 million for charities around the world. Items listed for charity are highlighted with a ribbon and buyers can see the amount of the sale that’s donated. For sellers, eBay credits back seller fees in proportion to the percentage donated, and all donations are tax deductible.
#GivingTuesday and eBay for Charity can help sellers make a difference in their communities and for causes that are important to them. For Community Forklift, the 2017 SHINE Awards Charitable Business Winner, selling through eBay for Charity helps them earn more so they can have a positive impact the local community.
“eBay is a revenue stream that we desperately need,” said the company’s Director of Administration, Mariam d'Eustachio. “And, it helps us to keep doing what we do every single day. For us, it’s not about the stuff, it’s about the people.” And that’s what the Holidays are really all about, too.
Head to the eBay for Charity page to learn more about how you can give back on #GivingTuesday—or any time of year. Or, check out the #GivingTuesday page starting on November 28 to shop for a cause and help make the world a better place this Holiday.
Sellers, what are your favorite charities? Tell us about your favorite cause in the comments.
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