Charitybuzz, the luxury charity auction site changing the face of fundraising, announces that it has raised $100 million for charity to date through its online auctions.
By auctioning exclusive access and coveted experiences, the socially conscious company has funded the work of more than 2,250 nonprofits around the globe. Charitybuzz will celebrate the achievement by ringing the opening bell of the New York Stock Exchange on Black Friday, November 29, 2013, the biggest shopping day of the year.
“Charitybuzz’s guiding philosophy has always been that it’s good business to do good. We’ve spread that vision to thousands of celebrities and brands, and together, along with our generous bidders and incredible nonprofit partners, we’ve reached this truly awesome milestone,” said Charitybuzz CEO and Founder Coppy Holzman. “Charitybuzz bidders make a difference simply by shopping for the unique experiences and luxuries they love. With holiday shopping season kicking off this week, there’s never been an easier way to give.”
Charitybuzz, founded in 2005, is known for auctioning intimate access to thousands of celebrities, icons and world leaders, such as President Clinton, the Pope, the Dalai Lama, Oprah, Paul McCartney, Lady Gaga, Jay-Z, George Clooney, LeBron James, Anna Wintour, and Tim Cook. The company also offers access to luxury getaways, VIP events and rare memorabilia. Eighty percent of each auction benefits a designated nonprofit.
Over 50,000 once-in-a-lifetime experiences were auctioned to reach the $100 million milestone. Funds have benefited a diverse list of organizations, from small schools to international NGOs, working to alleviate poverty, champion equality, educate children globally, eradicate disease, protect our planet, and much more.
Ben Klein from Englewood, New Jersey is one of the bidders around the globe whose support helped Charitybuzz reach the milestone. This fall, Klein won the chance for his daughters to meet One Direction at the premiere of their film This Is Us to support anti-bullying programming in schools across the country. (Watch their experience here).
“When it comes to giving gifts, nothing beats Charitybuzz. Most of my family and close friends are blessed with having pretty much everything we need, so finding birthday and anniversary presents that will wow them isn’t always so easy to find,” said Klein. “Charitybuzz gives me the ability to buy experiences, which are better then material items because the memories last forever and people love them. Plus the money goes to charity.”
Said Niall Horan from One Direction, “We supported an anti-bullying campaign because everyone’s been to school and you see a lot of people being bulled. It’s not good, so we wanted to get involved.”
Earlier this fall, Charitybuzz unveiled a redesigned website and sleek, new iPhone app to further empower its community to live their dreams and make a difference.
This holiday season, Charitybuzz is auctioning more than 1,275 gifts and experiences that give back, with exclusive access to some of the world’s biggest celebrities and events, from Scarlett Johansson and Elton John to The GRAMMYs and the Super Bowl, at www.Charitybuzz.com/Holiday.