shipscript has written dozens of guides within eBay's Reviews and Guides, offering her knowledge about photos and HTML to thousands of grateful readers. Shipscript coordinated and co-presented the "About Me" workshop. She's a regular contributor on many eBay discussion forums and eBay Groups. And she's the creator of many assorted free online auction tools that have been used on countless listings on eBay. Shipscript has chosen the La Honda Fire Brigade of La Honda, California to receive the eBay Foundation's charitable grant.
africadirect was founded by Elizabeth and Sara. Africadirect makes periodic trips to Africa and bring back containers filled with everything from ten foot giraffes, to Zulu beer baskets, to buckets of beads, and even museum quality artifacts. They support local economies by buying from more than 100 African traders, who come to them from both coasts, as well as from women's and artists' co-ops in Africa. Africadirect is a huge supporter of eBay Giving Works, which they feel supports their philosophy that you can do well by doing good. Approximately 20% of Africa Direct's listings benefit charities. Africadirect selected Aidchild as their recipient of the eBay Foundation charitable grant.
giraffer has been involved with the annual eBay Café Quilt charity auction - a tradition since 2002 that brings eBay Community members together from all over the world. giraffer volunteers her time and resources to host the pictures that are used in the annual quilt auction and on the About Me page. She spends time on the eBay Live! Community Conference forum answering questions daily, where she says it's one of her most positive daily experiences. She loves to answer questions from members who are curious about eBay Live -- especially those who will be attending for the very first time and want to know what to expect. Giraffer also serves as a mentor in eBay's Mentoring Groups program, helping and teaching new users. She has been a member of eBay's member input program called Voices of the Community since 2002, and is also a member of several eBay Groups. Giraffer chose the Langlade County Humane Society to receive her charity grant from the eBay Foundation.
clact is a regular contributor to the eBay Stores discussion forum and eBay Groups. He is also a current member of the Voices of the Community program. Clact contributes to eBay in many other ways, too: he maintains an eBay blog where he shares his buying and selling experiences on eBay with readers; he's a top 5,000 reviewer among Reviews and Guides writers; and he and his wife spend time as Trading Assistants and Education Specialists, where they assist others with eBay. Clact's choice to receive the eBay Foundation charitable grant is the Solar Youth Inc. in New Haven, Connecticut.
joeleighs is the president of 3balls.com and owns the User ID 3balls on eBay. Leigh's creation of the 3balls eBay business has been responsible for the birth of dozens of jobs. Through his leadership and passion, he's working to shape the next generation of eBay sellers and entrepreneurs. Leigh's innovative ideas and suggestions led to the birth of the value guide of used golf clubs, which has become the standard in the retail world to price used golf clubs utilizing eBay's data. He also believes in "doing well by doing good" and lists numerous auctions through eBay Giving Works throughout the year. The proceeds from these sales go to golf-related charities that support underprivileged youth interested in golfing. Leigh is an active member of the Voices of the Community program. The non-profit chosen by 3balls to receive the eBay Foundation charitable grant is Susan G. Komen for the Cure.
shoemetro is comprised of David and Will, a two-man
team that’s been selling on eBay since 2003 (although only David could
be there to accept the award). Having started humbly by selling a few
small electronics, today they are a major seller of shoes and have
accumulated over 258,000 feedback comments. Despite their growing
business, they still find time to participate in the Community. “We
frequent the eBay boards, are involved in a few groups, and read newsletters. These give us the most value for our time and keep us updated on the eBay community.” They’ve chosen the Boys and Girls Clubs of America to receive a grant from the eBay Foundation in their honor. Like many eBay sellers, giving back is important to shoemetro. They began using eBay Giving Works
two years ago. Since then, they have participated in all 19 Spotlight
on a Cause campaigns in that timeframe, listing over 3.400 items with a
charitable component. “We find it a win/win/win for us, the charity,
and the buyer. We have been fortunate as eBay sellers and appreciate
the fact that we can use the same vehicle that brought us our success
to give back to others in need.” They’ve chosen the Boys and Girls Clubs of America to receive a grant from the eBay Foundation in their honor.
danna: Back in 1997, talk of great sales from some of eBay’s earliest sellers at an Illinois swap meet turned danna on to eBay. Over the last decade, she’s made eBay her full-time career. A self-described “eBay groupie,” she’s not only a Powerseller,
but she’s dedicated herself to teaching others how to be successful on
eBay as well. As an author, she’s written several eBay how-to books.
She’s also an active Trading Assistant and Education Specialist. “I enjoy helping other members be the best they can be, and sharing my
experiences with them. I find it extremely rewarding to watch people I
help grow their eBay careers.” danna has selected Hospice of Marion County in Florida to receive her grant from the eBay Foundation.
kathiesklown1970 has established herself as one of the most helpful contributors to eBay’s Answer Center and PayPal discussion forum. “When I started buying and selling I didn't know a lot about the site,
and I was helped in the Answer Center by some great members. I wanted
to give back to the Community once I had the knowledge myself. Plus, I
learn something new every time I help out in the Community.” With her unflappable community spirit, kathiesklown1970
will stop at nothing to help someone who needs it – even language
barriers don’t get in her way. In just one of many examples of how she
helps her fellow members, she’s been known to use translators to help
people who speak other languages with their PayPal-related questions. kathiesklown1970 has chosen to donate her grant to the American Heart Association in honor of a friend who lost her husband suddenly to a heart attack.
unclejoeadamson: Known affectionately as “Uncle Joe,” unclejoeadamson
has been described as “the consummate Community member.” Forced to
leave the workforce due to a medical condition, he was looking for an
activity that would keep him “from going bonkers.” eBay gave him a new
way to build his business and connect with others. “The ability to use
eBay anytime, anywhere has allowed me to enjoy a connection to the
world I wouldn’t otherwise have.” Uncle Joe has used eBay to help countless others find success on the
site. “When I was getting started on eBay, there were friendly people
willing to extend a helping hand to me. It’s my pleasure now to return
that kindness to my friends and neighbors in the eBay Community.” He’s
a PowerSeller, an Education Specialist, and a Trading Assistant. He
also runs a variety of eBay Groups, in which he offers help and advice
to others so they can make the most of their eBay experience. As he
puts it, the best part of eBay has been “hands down, the ability to
contribute to the fun and success of others.” Uncle Joe has selected Skyline Urban Ministry to receive his eBay Foundation grant.
snowdealsnow: After discovering eBay in 1999, snowdealsnow was inspired by the potential. “After filling up my truck
with yard sale finds on weekends, I would borrow a friend’s digital
camera to list the stuff on eBay during the week.” Soon after, he quit
his day job. “I love being self employed and selling on eBay has
allowed me to grow a successful online business while working flexible
hours.”snowdealsnow has been a shining example of how to
use eBay Giving Works to raise money for a cause he cares passionately
about – ending cruelty to farm animals and promoting awareness of
ethical food choices. “Best of all, I am able to donate 10% of all
sales to Farm Sanctuary. I get a feeling of satisfaction knowing I am
helping make the world a better place for farm animals and other
creatures.” He was given a Golden Ribbon award in 2007 by the eBay
Giving Works team for being the top Community seller based on funds
raised through the program. Farm Sanctuary will also receive the eBay Foundation grant given in honor of snowdealsnow’s Community Hall of Fame award.