New data released this week reveals nearly three-quarters of Americans (72%) are more excited to give someone a gift if it benefits a charity.
Just in time for Giving Tuesday, eBay makes it easier than ever for shoppers to support the causes that matter most to them – delivering the widest selection of gifts that support nonprofits though eBay’s Giving Tuesday Charity Shop and a new way to give in-kind donations through Gifts That Give Back.
Established in 2003, eBay for Charity helps charities of all sizes raise funds on eBay, one of the world’s most vibrant marketplaces for discovering great value and unique selection. It also gives eBay users a secure and efficient way of donating to a charity of their choice when they buy or sell on the site.
“eBay continues to leverage its cutting-edge technology to help millions of shoppers support the causes they care about,” said Hal Lawton, Senior Vice President of eBay North America. “To-date, our community of buyers and sellers has raised more than $650 million – whether it’s by listing or purchasing exclusive items that benefit charity, or making donations at checkout. This holiday season, our Giving Tuesday Charity Shop illustrates how charitable giving remains a top priority for eBay, as we’ve sourced one-of-a-kind inventory and experiences with proceeds going to charity.”
eBay’s Giving Tuesday Charity Shop provides consumers with an easy way to shop hundreds of exclusive experiences and items from celebrities and athletes, all benefiting charitable organizations. The majority of Americans cite travel (49%), concert tickets (44%), and sporting tickets (36%) as top gifts. The Giving Tuesday Charity Shop is filled with hundreds of unique experiences across these categories, making it a one-stop-shop for holiday gifting. From the chance to swim with Michael Phelps or a private training session with Tracy Anderson, to signed ballet shoes from Misty Copeland and a script from Susan Sarandon, to VIP passes for the 59th Annual GRAMMY Awards and a wide variety of concerts, or iconic fashion pieces from Alicia Keys' personal wardrobe and a hand knitted scarf from Broad City’s Ilana Glazer – there really is no shortage of gifts for good to choose from with proceeds going to charity. And, as part of eBay’s partnership with the U.S. Wildlife Trafficking Alliance, eBay shoppers have the opportunity to bid on incredible experiences and artwork that directly support reducing the purchasing and selling of illegal wildlife products. Visit ebay.com/GivingTuesday to see all the unique items and experiences.
Shopping in Style
Shoppers who purchase any experience or item from eBay’s Giving Tuesday Charity Shop will have the chance to win an amazing Los Angeles experience, including a personal styling session with actress and style icon Rachel Bilson. To be automatically entered to win, simply bid on or purchase any of the hundreds of gifts featured in the Charity Shop between November 29 and December 25. A longtime advocate for women, Rachel will also be supporting Afghan Hands, a nonprofit organization that supports disadvantaged and disenfranchised women in Afghanistan. From December 4 through 11, Afghan Hands will be the nonprofit featured on eBay’s Give at Checkout, enabling shoppers to make a donation when completing a purchase. With these proceeds, Afghan Hands will help women gain independence, education and livable wages.
“This holiday season, I’m excited to partner with eBay for Charity on their mission to help shoppers find gifts they’ll feel good about giving. eBay’s Giving Tuesday Charity Shop is curated with truly one-of-a-kind gifts – and, the best part is, they all support charity,” said actress Rachel Bilson. “In the spirit of giving back, I’m offering a personal styling session with me in L.A for one lucky winner who buys a gift from eBay’s Giving Tuesday Shop between now until December 25. I’m also proud to support one of my favorite nonprofits, Afghan Hands, which will be featured in eBay’s Give at Checkout this December. On eBay, there’s truly a gift for everyone on your list.”
Gifts That Give Back
To coincide with Giving Tuesday, eBay is introducing a pilot program, Gifts That Give Back. Through partnerships with six leading charitable organizations, including the American Cancer Society, American Red Cross, American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, CARE International, Habitat For Humanity and March Of Dimes, shoppers can purchase symbolic gifts ranging from $25 to $100. With Gifts That Give Back, 100% of the purchase price will support the chosen charity and a digitally-delivered certificate means they make great last-minute gift options for friends and family who want to support a good cause this holiday season.