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Selling to benefit nonprofit organizations

About selling to benefit nonprofit organizations

eBay for Charity is a program that helps sellers list items on eBay to benefit nonprofit organizations. Any eBay seller with an account in good standing can create an eBay for Charity listing. The program is administered by PayPal Giving Fund, our nonprofit partner.

Because charitable fundraising is a highly regulated area subject to numerous state and federal laws, eBay has created very specific guidelines for allowing charitable solicitations. Learn more about our charity and fundraising policy.

eBay for Charity listings stand out with a nonprofit icon eBay Giving Works icon. The nonprofit is also described in the listing. Nonprofit listings receive additional visibility through specialized search functionality.

There are two ways to sell on eBay to benefit a nonprofit: Community Selling and Nonprofit Direct Selling. If you choose Nonprofit Direct Selling, you need to register with PayPal Giving Fund to link your eBay user ID to a nonprofit before you create your listing.

Restrictions

eBay for Charity listings aren't allowed in the Real Estate Classified Ads format or in Adult Only categories, and you can't list raffle or lottery tickets.

For a complete list of restricted items and categories, see prohibited and restricted items. Because charitable fundraising is a highly regulated area, we've also created a charity and fundraising policy with specific guidelines.

When you create a listing that benefits a nonprofit, that organization is automatically notified. Because its logo appears in your listing, the nonprofit you select can ask us to cancel your listing, if it chooses. If this happens, we'll credit your insertion fee and you'll receive a brief explanation of why the listing was canceled. You can relist this item for another nonprofit, or list it outside of the eBay for Charity program.

Once you create an eBay for Charity listing, if you decide to remove the charitable donation or change the designated nonprofit, you'll need to end the listing and relist your item.

Paying your donations

In order to sell items and donate a portion of your sale to charity, please specify a valid PayPal account as your Charity Payment Method. To check your Donation Payment Method, go to My eBay, select the Account tab, and view your Personal Information. Scroll down to find the Charity payment method, you will see the charity ribbon icon, from here you can update your Charity payment method to PayPal.

Beginning May 2016, sellers without a PayPal charity payment method will be sent invoices for donations due sent by PayPal on behalf of eBay for Charity.

Note: While you will still be allowed to sell on eBay, you will not be allowed to donate a portion of any sale to charity if:

  • you have overdue donations, or

  • if your charity payment method is not set to PayPal within the Personal Information section of your Account in My eBay.

Learn more about managing your donation account.

Paying and receiving credit for eBay fees

Sellers pay standard insertion and final value fees for eBay for Charity listings. To support your generosity, if your eBay for Charity item sells, eBay gives you a prorated fee credit. The credit is prorated according to the percentage you committed to donate. (If you use Nonprofit Direct Selling, you always receive 100% credit for these fees.)

Your minimum donation

If your eBay for Charity item sells, you're required to donate either the percentage of the final selling price that you selected (10% to 100% or 1% for eBay Motors), or $1, whichever is greater. The donation minimum might be different on other eBay (international) sites.

Creating an eBay for Charity listing

Creating a listing that supports a nonprofit:
  1. In the listing form, scroll to the Choose a format and price section.

  2. Find the eBay for Charity section. Then select a nonprofit from the options provided or click the Or, select another nonprofit you love link to search for an organization by name, keyword, state, or nonprofit type (such as Education).

  3. Select a percentage from the Donation percentage drop-down menu.

  4. Read and accept the terms and conditions.

  5. Select the check box below the terms and conditions if you'd like us to pass your contact details to the nonprofit you've selected. (Nonprofits are always given your full name.)

  6. Complete the listing.

If you don't see the eBay for Charity section on the listing form, click the Add or remove options link in the Choose how you'd like to sell your item section. Select the check box next to Donate percentage of sale, and click the Save button.

Not all listing forms support eBay for Charity.

Using Turbo Lister and other selling tools

TurboLister supports eBay for Charity. If you use another selling tool, check with your selling tool provider to find out if it offers the eBay for Charity option.

To use eBay for Charity through a selling tool:
  1. Go to My eBay > Account > Donation Account.

  2. Under Sell and give a Percentage to Charity, click the Terms & Conditions link to read and accept the eBay for Charity Terms and Conditions. This will authorize the use of your eBay payment method as your donation payment method. You can change your donation payment method in the Donation Account section of My eBay.

  3. Create your eBay for Charity listing by following the instructions from your selling tool provider.

Finding a nonprofit to support

Thousands of nonprofits are certified to benefit from eBay for Charity listings. Find your favorite by searching our directory.

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