Support Hurricane Sandy Relief Efforts with eBay and PayPal
By: eBay Inc. Editors
Update: In an email to employees Nov. 7, eBay Inc. President and CEO John Donahoe said: “In just a few days, customers donated more than $350,000 to relief organizations, including the American Red Cross, Salvation Army and the Humane Society of the USA – all enabled by eBay and PayPal. And the eBay Foundation is donating $50,000 to the Food Bank for New York City and the American Red Cross. Both organizations are doing a remarkable job providing emergency food and other services to those hardest hit.”
Hurricane Sandy hit the East Coast of the United States on Oct. 29 to devastating effect. Over 40 lives were lost in eight states due to storm-related incidents and more than eight million people were left without power.
Generous volunteers, however, immediately leapt to the aid of those in need and eBay Giving Works and PayPal are proud to join their ranks with a pair of storm relief initiatives.
“Since our company was founded 17 years ago, eBay has been committed to changing the world for the better. It’s part of our DNA,” says Amy Skeeters-Behrens, Director of Marketing and Social Innovation, eBay North America. “We are proud to use our platform to help those who have been impacted by Hurricane Sandy.”
EBay Giving Works has launched a dedicated Hurricane Sandy site, where shoppers can buy products marked with a yellow-and-blue ribbon. The icon indicates that anywhere from 10% to 100% of that item’s final sale price, as designated by the seller, will go to one of a dozen charities or organizations working in the affected areas, such as the American Red Cross. EBay will credit seller fees in proportion to the amount the seller donates per completed transaction, with 100% of proceeds delivered to designated nonprofits. To date, nearly 1,900 sellers have agreed to participate in the relief effort and are currently selling over 17,700 items as part of the campaign.
Meanwhile, PayPal has launched its own disaster relief campaign, setting up a separate site where users can donate to one of four organizations, including the Humane Society and the Salvation Army. 100% of users’ donations will reach the nonprofit, as PayPal is waiving its typical fee for any donations made as a part of the campaign. MissionFish, a program of the PayPal Charitable Giving Fund, will ensure delivery of the donation.
“First and foremost, our thoughts are with those that have felt the devastation caused by this storm, including our employees, our users and our partners,” says Sean Miliken, eBay Inc. Director of Nonprofits Strategy. “We are continuously inspired and humbled by the generosity of the eBay and PayPal communities. When the need is greatest, they have proven time-and-again that individual acts of kindness of many can be a powerful force for good.”