eBay Acquires MissionFish
By: Richard Brewer-Hay
Since 2003, MissionFish has provided eBay with the back-end tech to power the eBay Giving Works program in the US (they’ve powered eBay for Charity – the same program in the UK – since 2005). I’ve written about them many times here on Ink and in the more than 8 years they’ve been an eBay partner, they’ve helped raise nearly a quarter of a billion dollars for the nonprofit sector by connecting consumers with nonprofit causes.
The eBay Giving Works program will continue to function as it has done to date, with the Points of Light Institute handling and delivering donations to charities. eBay will begin the process of creating a separate nonprofit organization that will eventually be directly responsible for the collection and distribution of funds.
About eBay Giving Works
- eBay Giving Works provides consumers and nonprofits with an innovative and easy way to make a difference in the world.
- The eBay community raised $54.8 million for U.S. and UK nonprofit organizations in 2010
- A donation is made every 24 seconds through eBay Giving Works, raising more than $91 every minute for nonprofits
- Overall, donations were up 7 percent in 2010, compared to 2009
- Nearly 9 million items were listed for sale in 2010, with all or a portion of the sale price donated to a nonprofit – more than double the items listed in 2009
- Since the eBay Giving Works program was created in 2003, eBay buyers and sellers have raised $241 million for U.S. and U.K charities—with an average donation of $4.01—and currently lists more than 650,000 charity items on the marketplace
It seems a natural progression for the eBay Giving Works team and one that can only strengthen the future for all that they’re aimed at accomplishing.
Personally, I’m excited to welcome additional experienced social entrepreneurs directly into the eBay family making it possible for us to serve the nonprofit sector even better than before. Great stuff!