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Buying and selling on eBay to benefit nonprofit organizations

With eBay for Charity, you can support your favorite charities when you sell and buy items on eBay.

eBay for Charity makes it easy for buyers and sellers to support causes that are important to them.

Buying to benefit charitable organizations

eBay buyers have several options when it comes to donating to their favorite charities:

  • Buy items where the seller has 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 find your favorite charity in the Charity Shop and browse all listings that benefit that particular charity.
  • Make a donation to your favorite charity during the checkout process when buying any item on eBay. Browse for your preferred charities 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 to your favorite charity with the Donate Now button. Navigate to your favorite charity through the Charity Search on eBay for Charity, 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 with questions about your specific circumstances.

Selling to benefit charitable organizations

eBay for Charity has partnered with the PayPal Giving Fund 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. Minimum donation amount is 10% or $1, or 1% for eBay Motors listings.
  • Direct Selling: You can associate an eBay username with a specific charity. All sales associated with this username are considered Direct Selling for the charity, and 100% of selling proceeds will benefit that named nonprofit.

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 that the listing has been created. The organization can request to have the listing canceled if they prefer not to be associated with the listing.

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.

Charitable fundraising is a highly regulated area, so be sure to read our charity and fundraising policy for specific guidelines on listing items that benefit charitable organizations.

Fees and fee credits for charity listings

Sellers pay standard insertion and final value fees for eBay for Charity listings. However, when your item sells, you’ll receive a fee credit for the insertion fee and final value fee that is prorated to the percentage of the final sales price that you have chosen to donate. For example, if you donate 30% of the final sales price to your chosen charity, you’ll receive a credit for 30% of the combined insertion and final value fees charged. Listing upgrade fees and PayPal fees still apply and do not qualify for credit.

See eBay for Charity – For Sellers for more information about selling to benefit charities.

Information for Nonprofit Organizations

If you represent a nonprofit organization and you’d like your organization to be listed in our directory of registered charities, please visit the eBay for Charity website for nonprofit organizations.

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Every eBay member has a donation account. Simply select Donation account to see your dashboard, your favorite charities, and your donations history. Sellers can also pay any donations invoices that are due from their donation account.

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 that the listing has been created.

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