eBay for Charity - opens in new window or tab makes it easy for buyers and sellers to support causes that are important to them.
Buying to benefit charitable organizations
eBay buyers can donate to their favorite charities in the following ways:
- Buy items from sellers committed to donating all or part of the proceeds to a charity. Look for the charity ribbon icon in the item description when browsing for items, or browse all listings from your favorite charity in the Charity Shop - opens in new window or tab
- Donate to your favorite charity at checkout. Browse for your preferred charities - opens in new window or tab and select them as your favorites, then every time you pay for items on eBay you’ll have the option to also make a donation to a favorite charity
- Donate directly with the Donate Now button. Find your favorite charity through the Charity Search on eBay for Charity - opens in new window or tab, then donate your chosen amount through PayPal
Donations made during eBay checkout and Donate Now are tax deductible. Generally, you can’t claim a tax deduction for eBay for Charity items that you buy. If you’re unsure about your tax obligations, you should consult a tax professional about your specific circumstances.
Selling to benefit charitable organizations
eBay for Charity - opens in new window or tab has partnered with the PayPal Giving Fund - opens in new window or tab to make it easy for sellers to donate some or all of the proceeds from eBay listings to their favorite charities.
Sellers have two options when listing items to benefit charities on eBay:
- Community selling: Donate up to 100% of your final sales price to support your chosen charities. You can customize the donation percentage and the charity you want to support for each individual listing. The minimum donation amount is 10% or $1 (or 1% for eBay Motors listings)
- eBay charity selling: When you create an eBay business account and register as an eBay charity seller, the net proceeds from your sales will be sent directly to the bank account associated with your eBay account
When your item sells, you don’t have to do anything. Three weeks after the sale, PayPal Giving Fund will automatically collect the donation from you.
When you designate a charity in your listings, the organization’s logo and description will appear in your listing description, and the charity is notified of the listing’s creation. The organization can request to have the listing canceled if they prefer not to be associated with the listing.
Charitable fundraising is a highly regulated area, so be sure to read the Charity listings policy for specific guidelines on listing items that benefit charitable organizations. There are some category restrictions for charity listings. For example, you can’t list eBay for Charity items in the Adult Only or Real Estate categories, and you can’t list items that aren’t allowed on eBay. See our article on prohibited and restricted items for more details.
Fees and discounts for community sellers
Community sellers will receive a discount on their final value fees that is equal to the donation percentage for each listing. For example, if you choose a 30% donation on your listing, you’ll receive a 30% discount on the final value fees.
All other eBay fees and charges still apply and do not qualify for a discount. For more information, see our article on selling fees.
Information for charitable organizations
If you’re registered as an eBay charity seller, you’ll pay a final value fee at a special charity rate. Your fees will be deducted and the net proceeds from your sales will be sent directly to the bank account associated with your eBay account.
If you’d like to increase your fundraising potential, you can set up your charity to receive donations at checkout. For more information, see our eBay for Charity website - opens in new window or tab.
Every eBay member can view the Donation Preferences - opens in new window or tab section in their account settings to help manage their donations, pay their donation invoices, and view their donation history.