eBay for Charity has announced a record-breaking year of fundraising for the second year in a row. eBay’s buyers and sellers raised more than $112 million for charity organizations globally last year — an increase of 10 percent compared to the year prior.
In 2019, more than 19 million items were listed to benefit charities — and more than $214 was raised every minute. These vital funds help support a wide variety of nonprofits such as Glide, MusiCares, The V Foundation, Homes for Our Troops, British Heart Foundation, The Prince’s Trust and thousands more. Through eBay for Charity, which recently announced $1 billion in funds raised, 100 percent of the funds go back to the intended nonprofits.
The number of charities who are tapping into the marketplace to help with their fundraising efforts is also on the rise. Last year, $101 million was raised globally by charities selling directly on eBay — up to 22 percent — from more than 8.5 million listings. In the US, more than $68.5 million was raised by charities selling on eBay, with the likes of community-based Goodwill® organizations collectively raising almost $28 million in 2019 (up 12% YOY).
The top 5 US-based charities for funds raised on eBay for Charity in 2019 are:
“Our partnership with eBay is an example of Goodwill’s successful 'earn while you learn' nonprofit social enterprise model,” says William Rogers, President and CEO of Goodwill San Francisco, San Mateo, and Marin counties. “As the second largest Goodwill seller on the eBay platform, our eBay shop helps us fund salaries and benefits for individuals who have struggled with unemployment—helping them acquire 21st century job skills training. 100 percent of every sale furthers our mission to create second chances through training and the dignity of work.”
eBay has also unveiled that the Electronics category has jumped up one spot to become the top category on eBay for Charity. The funds raised in the Electronics category are up 18% YOY, helping charities raise more than $16.5m last year. Books, DVDs and Music (Media) jumps up two spots to become the second most popular fundraising category on eBay — with funds raised up 21% YOY.
The Top 5 categories by funds raised in 2019 are:
Electronics - $16.5m funds raised
Books, DVD’s and Music (Media) - $14.5 million funds raised
Fashion - $14 million funds raised
Collectibles - $12.5 million funds raised
Tickets, experiences and other (Lifestyle) - $10.5 million funds raised
“Human-I-T would not be where it is today without eBay for Charity,” says Gabe Middleton, CEO. “It propels our mission to inspire and empower people through technology and information to achieve their full potential. Be it allowing a child to do their homework from the comfort of their own home, a parent applying to a better paying job, or a grandparent being able to order their medication online, we are here to create opportunities.”
A number of eBay for charity’s high profile campaigns including the annual lunch with Warren Buffet to support GLIDE and campaigns with the ESPYs and Homes For Our Troops also achieved record-breaking funds raised last year.
Shop eBay for Charity to support your favorite causes. Either bid on high profile auctions, buy Gifts That Give Back or Give @ Checkout (as a buyer or seller in the US) to benefit more than 80,000 charities globally. 100 percent of the portion of the funds raised goes to the intended charity.
About eBay for Charity
eBay for Charity enables members of the eBay community to connect with and support their favorite charities in the U.S. and abroad. Every time a user buys or sells on eBay, it’s an opportunity to support causes that matter the most and to help with their fundraising goals. With more than 183 million active buyers globally and more than 83,500 charities enrolled on the site, eBay is home to one of the world’s largest and most active giving communities. Since 2003, the eBay community has raised more than $1 billion for charity. For more information visit ebayforcharity.org.