Giving is central to who we are at eBay — as a company and a community. It defines our purpose and our values to be for everyone and to do good.
It’s also an example of how we are helping empower those around the world who need our support and how we are building the foundation for their success in communities where our employees, sellers and buyers live and work.
In September, to honor International Day of Charity, we want to celebrate all the ways in which our community is giving back and recognize the difference they choose to make in the world through our marketplace.
We want to thank our sellers and buyers, who gave over $1.1 billion to eBay for Charity since we started giving together in 2003. The eBay community raised nearly $123 million globally in 2020, a record breaking year for us, and contributed over $70 million so far this year.
eBay for Charity also helps local charities that are vital to their communities. That includes the Skatepark Project, helping people create safe and inclusive skateparks for boys and girls by offering grants in the U.S. as well as guidance and technical assistance all across the world.
The Skatepark Project: “Year after year, eBay for Charity has supported our mission through a variety of dedicated fundraising initiatives, including their annual Giving Tuesday campaign, matching grant opportunities, and their give at checkout feature. eBay’s commitment to our work has raised critical funds for our organization to continue providing access to safe and inclusive skateparks for youth in underserved communities. This holiday season, we are proud to continue our partnership with eBay and raise awareness and impactful funding for public skateparks.”
Together with Direct Relief we are working in the U.S. and internationally to assist doctors and nurses as they care for the world’s most vulnerable people coping with natural disasters and other health crises, including COVID.
Direct Relief: “eBay for Charity has been such an instrumental part of Direct Relief’s work. With their support – and the generosity of the eBay community – Direct Relief has been able to mobilize and provide essential medical resources to people affected by poverty or emergency situations in more than 100 countries and in all 50 U.S. states. Together, we are improving the health and lives of people around the world on a daily basis.”
We also want to recognize Soles4Souls, turning unwanted shoes and clothing into opportunity, by keeping them from going to waste and putting them to good use – providing relief, creating jobs and empowering people to break the cycle of poverty.
Soles4Souls: “At Soles4Souls, we turn unwanted shoes and clothing into opportunity, by keeping them from going to waste and putting them to good use - providing relief, creating jobs, and empowering people to break the cycle of poverty. Last year, we launched our 4EveryKid program, which provides new athletic shoes to children experiencing homelessness throughout the US. With eBay’s support, we’ve been able to distribute more than 7,000 pairs of new shoes to these kids. We are so incredibly grateful for the support and look forward to being able to provide more shoes to kids in need with the help of partners like eBay!”
And we are grateful for St. Jude leading the way the world understands, treats and defeats childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases.
Collectively as a community our giving is helping to advance impact globally and at a significant level. From all of us at eBay we say – thank you.