eBay in Top 5 at Corporate Philanthropy Awards
By: Dean Nelson
eBay Inc. and eBay Foundation gave $5.5 million in philanthropic contributions to Bay Area nonprofit organizations last year, a sum that earned the company recognition at the Corporate Philanthropy Awards in San Jose last night. EBay Inc. came in fourth at the awards, which are determined by the Silicon Valley / San Jose Business Journal.
The company, which provided grants of over $22,000 to local nonprofits Opportunity Fund, Destination Home and Goodwill of Silicon Valley, ranked higher at this year’s ceremony than in 2011 and 2012, when the company ranked 10th and 33rd, respectively.
EBay Philanthropy Senior Manager Julie Vennewitz-Pierce accepted the award on behalf of the company. Her acceptance speech — “Deepened employee engagement, created societal impact and enlivened our purpose” — answered a prompt about how being a good corporate citizen has helped the overall company and followed the 10-words-or-less guidelines requested by the hosts.
Before the awards presentation, corporate guests were encouraged to mingle with several non-profit organizations in attendance, including the regional Boys & Girls Club and the Monterey Bay Aquarium Foundation.
The evening’s top donor was The Sobrato Organization, a real estate company.
Julie Vennewitz-Pierce with eBay Inc’s award for Corporate Philanthropy.