eBay Partners with Family Giving Tree to Give Students a Great Start
By: Sue Rosenstock
With another school year just around the corner, eBay is partnering with Family Giving Tree to support their Back to School Drive. The campaign helps underserved children in the Bay Area get the supplies they need to succeed academically.
Part of a several-year relationship with the Family Giving Tree that includes an annual holiday giving drive, the Bay Area GIVE Team has been running an internal Back to School campaign for the past few years. In July, the GIVE Team conducted a drive to collect backpacks. Employees shopped for backpacks and purchased age-appropriate supplies, which were then delivered to Family Giving Tree. The team donated 116 completed backpacks to students in need.
For the first time, eBay Giving Works is extending this annual tradition to the external eBay community. The team launched a Facebook campaign that enables eBay enthusiasts to share the company’s commitment to positive social change. For each person who visits the Facebook page and fills out a form, eBay will donate a backpack, filled with all the essentials, up to a total of 5,000 backpacks. There’s still time to participate: The campaign ends on Sunday, August 5.
To support this effort, Christopher Payne, Senior Vice President, eBay Marketplaces, North America, organized hundreds of employees to help stuff backpacks on Aug. 2 in San Jose. Employees completed a total of 3,000 backpacks.
“One of the core values of eBay is to make a difference in the world; to give back,” Christopher said. “And, so today gives us a little opportunity to make a difference for Bay Area school students as they head back to school. When we give them a loaded backpack, we give them a jump-start on the year. Everyone’s fired up; enjoying it.”
“Because of eBay’s donation, Family Giving Tree was able to serve five more schools than anticipated,” said Micki Sever, Global Citizenship Promotions. “We’re thrilled to help make a real difference by giving these students a great head start to the school year.”
Family Giving Tree is one of the featured nonprofits in eBay checkout this week.