Visualizing Impact: eBay Inc. and the Global Response to Typhoon Haiyan

Sean Milliken, Director of Nonprofit Strategy, eBay Inc.

Take a look at how 563,622 donations from 162 different countries came together


At eBay Inc., we foster connections between people and charitable organizations that inspire new and enduring forms of support for causes around the world.

Last November, Typhoon Haiyan hit the Phillippines and left a path of tragedy and destruction in its wake.

We launched a fundraising campaign and used PayPal and eBay giving programs to enable our global community to take action.

The response was powerful; people around the world came together to raise over $23 million in the first 30 days after the storm. To capture the collective power of these individual acts of kindness, we built the above visualization.

Through the process we uncovered some interesting stories:

  • In the month following the storm, 563,622 donations were made from 162 different countries
  • Individual donations ranged from $0.01 to $20,000.
  • Over 80% of the $23 million was raised in the first 10 days.
  • The Philippines itself emerged as one of the top donating countries -- the top five in order (both by number of donations and total raised) were the UK, US, Canada, Philippines and Australia.

As you explore the piece, we encourage you to be curious -- rotate the globe, zoom in to see giving from different regions of the world, filter by each donation type, observe the daily donation totals, and delve into individual donations to see exactly where and when they originated. Then hit the replay button to see an entirely new sample. There are many highlights to share and stories to be told.  We hope you find one that speaks to you.   

Please share with your friends and followers, and let us know what you think. And check back on this page in the coming months for more interactive pieces that share the impact of Social Innovation at eBay Inc.