April 28, 2008 | 11:03AM PST/PT
Hi everyone... This is Bill Barmeier, Vice President of eBay's Global Citizenship
team. In addition to my role as VP, I serve as the board chair of eBay
Foundation, the primary vehicle through which eBay makes charitable contributions
to help local communities. While the Foundation has traditionally supported charities
on its own, I'm very pleased to announce today the launch of the eBay Foundation
"Community Gives" campaign, which offers you, our Community, a way to
participate in our giving efforts.
The Community Gives campaign helps create good in the world by inspiring people
to contribute together to causes that matter. To this end, the eBay Foundation
is donating $1 million to three worthy nonprofit organizations – to be
split equally among them – and is asking the eBay Community to join in.
For each Community member who contributes to one of the nonprofits during the
campaign, the Foundation will donate an additional dollar, up to $100,000. Imagine
what we can do when we all give together!
In deciding which nonprofit organizations to support in the campaign, eBay
Foundation worked with active Community members in eBay's Voices
of the Community program to set appropriate selection criteria. After identifying
a number of nonprofits that met the criteria deemed most important by our Community
members, the Foundation evaluated them further, reviewing their history and
accomplishments, their fiscal responsibility and strength, their impact on the
causes they address, and their rankings based on public charity standards.
From this review, eBay Foundation selected the three nonprofit organizations
to be supported in the Community Gives campaign -- First
Book, Best Friends Animal Society
and Oxfam. The Foundation then worked
with these nonprofits to identify specific projects to fund, as this ensures
that our dollars will truly make a tangible difference. Through these projects,
we will help:
- First Book provide new books so that hundreds of thousands
of low-income children can discover the magic of reading,
- Best Friends Animal Society build a puppy care center so
that hundreds of abused and injured puppies can have a chance to find loving
permanent homes, and
- Oxfam supply access to clean, safe water to alleviate poverty
for tens of thousands of people in Ethiopia and Zambia.
Donate today; eBay and PayPal fees waived!
We welcome your participation in the Community Gives campaign! To participate,
or find more information about the campaign, please go to www.communitygives.org.
The Community Gives campaign runs from now through eBay
Live! in June.
There are two ways to give:
- Donate directly to the nonprofit of your choice using PayPal, or
- Buy or sell an item through eBay
Giving Works to benefit one of the charities.
eBay and PayPal are waiving all donation-related fees for transactions benefiting
the three nonprofits, so you can be assured that 100% of your donation will
go directly to the nonprofits of your choice.
On behalf of eBay and eBay Foundation, we appreciate the generosity of our
Community, and we're proud to sponsor Community Gives, so we can join together
in helping local communities around the world.
Vice President, Global Citizenship