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Charity and fundraising policy
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Policy overview

eBay helps individuals and organizations raise funds for charity. Whether or not you use our dedicated program, eBay Giving Works, you can list items and give all or part of the proceeds to charity.

If you use a different donation program, make sure your listing follows our guidelines below. If it doesn't, it may be removed, and you may be subject to a range of other actions, including limits of your buying and selling privileges and suspension of your account.

What are the guidelines?

PayPal Giving Fund is the nonprofit organization selected by eBay to administer the eBay Giving Works program. PayPal Giving Fund supports the eBay Giving Works program by:
  • Verifying that nonprofits are eligible for the program

  • Powering the donation account inside My eBay

  • Collecting and paying out sellers' donations

  • Providing sellers with tax receipts

Allowed

Allowed

You can list with eBay Giving Works if you:

Note: This policy does not apply to Nonprofit Direct Sellers. Nonprofit Direct Sellers receive 100% of an item's final sale price directly from the buyer.

Not allowed

Not allowed

  • Items listed in the following categories can't be listed with eBay Giving Works:

    • Adult Only

    • Real Estate

  • Items that can't be sold on eBay, including lottery and raffle tickets.

Allowed

Allowed

You can list items for charity without eBay Giving Works if:

  • You're soliciting on behalf of recognized, tax-deductible charitable organizations (for example, 501(c)(3) or equivalent status with the IRS).

  • You receive advance written consent from the charitable organization for the solicitation—and include the following information in your listing:

    • A readable photo or scanned image of the written consent. (This proof can't be a link to a website.) The letter must be on the charity's letterhead and signed by one of the organization's officers

    • The charity's tax-deductibility status

    • Your name or eBay user ID, dates of event or listings, and the donation amount (percentage of the final sale price) you'll be donating if your item sells

Why does eBay have this policy?

The guidelines in this policy help ensure that buyers and sellers are following all laws and regulations on charitable fundraising, which is regulated by both federal and state governments.

Contact Customer Support
You can contact Customer Support to report a listing you think violates this policy. Go to that listing, and then click the Report item link on the right side of the page.

We'll review your report and take appropriate action.
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