eBay Celebrates Giving Tuesday by Helping Shoppers Find Perfect Gifts That Give Back

eBay News Team

eBay’s Charity Shop offers the chance to shop for good with one-of-a-kind gifts for everyone on your list – from a styling session with Rachel Bilson or a swim with Michael Phelps.

New data released today reveals nearly three-quarters of Americans (72%) are more excited to give someone a gift if it benefits a charity.1 Just in time for Giving Tuesday, eBay makes it easier than ever for shoppers to support the causes that matter most to them – delivering the widest selection of gifts that support nonprofits though eBay’s Giving Tuesday Charity Shop  and a new way to give in-kind donations through Gifts That Give Back.

Established in 2003, eBay for Charity helps charities of all sizes raise funds on eBay, one of the world’s most vibrant marketplaces for discovering great value and unique selection. It also gives eBay users a secure and efficient way of donating to a charity of their choice when they buy or sell on the site. “eBay continues to leverage its cutting-edge technology to help millions of shoppers support the causes they care about,” said Hal Lawton, Senior Vice President of eBay North America. “To-date, our community of buyers and sellers has raised more than $650 million – whether it’s by listing or purchasing exclusive items that benefit charity, or making donations at checkout. This holiday season, our Giving Tuesday Charity Shop illustrates how charitable giving remains a top priority for eBay, as we’ve sourced one-of-a-kind inventory and experiences with proceeds going to charity.”

eBay’s Giving Tuesday Charity Shop provides consumers with an easy way to shop hundreds of exclusive experiences and items from celebrities and athletes, all benefiting charitable organizations. The majority of Americans cite travel (49%), concert tickets (44%), and sporting tickets (36%)1 as top gifts. The Giving Tuesday Charity Shop is filled with hundreds of unique experiences across these categories, making it a one-stop-shop for holiday gifting. From the chance to swim with Michael Phelps or a private training session with Tracy Anderson, to signed ballet shoes from Misty Copeland and a script from Susan Sarandon, to VIP passes for the 59th Annual GRAMMY® Awards and a wide variety of concerts, or iconic fashion pieces from Alicia Keys’ personal wardrobe and a hand knitted scarf from Broad City’s Ilana Glazer – there really is no shortage of gifts for good to choose from with proceeds going to charity. And, as part of eBay’s partnership with the U.S. Wildlife Trafficking Alliance, eBay shoppers have the opportunity to bid on incredible experiences and artwork that directly support reducing the purchasing and selling of illegal wildlife products. Visit ebay.com/GivingTuesday to see all the unique items and experiences.

eBay for Charity Giving Tuesday

Shopping in Style

Shoppers who purchase any experience or item from eBay’s Giving Tuesday Charity Shop will have the chance to win an amazing Los Angeles experience, including a personal styling session with actress and style icon Rachel Bilson. To be automatically entered to win, simply bid on or purchase any of the hundreds of gifts featured in the Charity Shop between November 29 and December 25. A longtime advocate for women, Rachel will also be supporting Afghan Hands, a nonprofit organization that supports disadvantaged and disenfranchised women in Afghanistan. From December 4 through 11, Afghan Hands will be the nonprofit featured on eBay’s Give at Checkout, enabling shoppers to make a donation when completing a purchase. With these proceeds, Afghan Hands will help women gain independence, education and livable wages.

“This holiday season, I’m excited to partner with eBay for Charity on their mission to help shoppers find gifts they’ll feel good about giving. eBay’s Giving Tuesday Charity Shop is curated with truly one-of-a-kind gifts –and, the best part is, they all support charity,” said actress Rachel Bilson. “In the spirit of giving back, I’m offering a personal styling session with me in L.A for one lucky winner who buys a gift from eBay’s Giving Tuesday Shop between now until December 25. I’m also proud to support one of my favorite nonprofits, Afghan Hands, which will be featured in eBay’s Give at Checkout this December. On eBay, there’s truly a gift for everyone on your list.”

Gifts That Give Back

To coincide with Giving Tuesday, eBay is introducing a pilot program, Gifts That Give Back. Through partnerships with six leading charitable organizations, including the American Cancer SocietyAmerican Red CrossAmerican Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to AnimalsCAREHabitat for Humanity and March of Dimes, shoppers can purchase symbolic gifts ranging from $25 to $100. With Gifts That Give Back, 100% of the purchase price will support the chosen charity and a digitally-delivered certificate means they make great last-minute gift options for friends and family who want to support a good cause this holiday season.

Technology For Good

eBay is leveraging its just launched eBay ShopBot beta – a personalized shopping assistant that uses artificial intelligence, accessible for shoppers via Facebook Messenger – to make giving even more social this holiday. For every item purchased through eBay ShopBot on Giving Tuesday, eBay will donate $5 to nonprofit Kiva (up to $50,000), which connects people through lending to alleviate poverty.  Kiva is a renowned 501(c)3 non-profit helping to alleviate global poverty. By providing crowdfunded microloans to people in over 80 countries, Kiva empowers people to create their own opportunities.

Follow along on www.twitter.com/eBay using #GivingTuesday for more on finding the perfect gifts that give back this holiday season.

eBay By the Numbers

  • eBay, Inc. has 165 million active buyers worldwide.
  • 81% of all merchandise sold on eBay is new, and our wide selection keeps growing.
  • ~87% of items sold on eBay are Buy It Now – no bidding necessary.
  • Approximately 1 billion listings at any given time.
  • 100% free shipping on all items in Daily Deals.

eBay for Charity By the Numbers

  • To date, more than $650 million dollars have been raised on eBay for Charity.
  • eBay buyers and sellers helped raise over $92 million globally.*
  • Over 17 million charitable listings were created by eBay sellers globally.*
  • On average, over 1.5 million charitable listings were available on eBay on any given day.*
  • On average $176 raised every minute on eBay globally.*

*Data as of December 31, 2015; stats are for the full year 2015.

About eBay for Charity

eBay for Charity is a platform that enables members of the eBay community to donate to causes in the U.S. and abroad. Sellers can donate anywhere between 10-100 percent of the proceeds and buyers can add a donation to their purchase during checkout. To date, more than $650 million dollars have been raised on eBay for Charity.