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Monday, December 29, 2014

Tips for Online Charity Auctions this Christmas

One reason why the organizers wanted a live event was to accommodate the bid party and potluck luncheon they intend to hold at the auction. While their plans may inspire you to host a similar event, a live auction is by no means the only fundraising activity worth considering this Christmas. We at eBay Giving Works can help you reach your holiday fundraising goals by helping you organize online charity auctions. If you neither have the resources nor the time to organize a silent auction at an actual venue, then an online auction would make sense indeed.

Friday, November 28, 2014

Office Fundraising Ideas

With rooms full of adults with disposable income, the office is one of the best places to organize a simple fundraiser to benefit a local nonprofit. At the same time, fundraising events in the office is a great way to build camaraderie among co-workers, especially between departments that do not interact with each other often. With that in mind, here are a few fundraising ideas you can try out in your office:

Poker Tournament

Do co-workers brag about being the next Phil Ivey or Liv Boeree? Test everyone’s poker chops by organizing a poker tournament for the company. Consider setting a $100-$500 buy in, with the overall champion winning half the collection while the other half is donated to a nonprofit the office supports.

Ducky Tie” Contest

Inspired by an episode from “How I Met Your Mother”, this idea involves having employees design silly neckties. The entries are then displayed in a central area for voting. Each vote costs a dollar. Once a winner has been determined, a manager or executive must wear the tie for a month.

Match It Challenge

Do you need an extra shot of inspiration? Ask an executive if the company is willing to match whatever amount you and your co-workers raise. Needless to say, this is a fantastic way to raise a large amount of money quickly.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Rally Support for Your Cause

Every legit fundraiser pretty much supports an actual charitable cause. However, as much as donors want a good cause to succeed, they can only provide so much support. Yet you are more likely to secure people’s support by highlighting the timeliness and relevance of your campaign. Here are a few tactics you can use.

Mind the Awareness Calendar
Every month plays host to a number of cause awareness events. Congress used to delegate which event belongs to a particular month, but only the Senate maintains this practice today. Breast cancer, AIDS, and consumer protection awareness months are put in place by federal proclamations.

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Christmas Fundraising Ideas

As they say, Christmas is the season for giving—and who better to give to than to people in need. Fortunately, there are many activities you can do to raise funds for donation to charities you support. Below are a few of them:
Sell Christmas Decorations
If you’re crafty, you can create handmade decorations like ornaments or wreaths. You can then sell your finished products to friends and families to generate money. Be sure to mention that you’re doing this for charity—they’ll be more likely to support your cause.

Sponsor a Christmas party
You can also visit your local children’s center and sponsor a Christmas party there. Bring food and host games wherein kids stand to win a prize. You don’t have to go it alone, though—your friends and neighbors can cook potluck meals for the event or provide the gifts to be given away.

Sell Off Unused Stuff

Are your bookshelves laden with too many books? Is your closet barely able to close because of the sheer amount of clothes in it? Then consider selling off your unused belongings to raise cash for charity. Thankfully, there are now online platforms like eBay Giving Works where you can earmark part or all of the proceeds for one of its many partner charities and nonprofits. 

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Safe Toy & Gift Fundraisers

December is Safe Toys and Gifts Awareness Month, which makes the topic a great theme for your upcoming fundraisers. The concept would particularly be fitting if you’re planning an online fundraising for nonprofits, whose cause is related to child welfare or disabilities. Here are some ideas you can try which can be carried out (in one or more ways):
  • Solicit toys or gift items that are labelled/proven safe or recommended for certain age groups, and sell them online. For instance, you can limit the donations to items for newborns or for toddlers. Aside from playthings, you can also look for accessories or apparel for children, baby essentials like strollers or diaper bags, etc. Make sure that all items are made of safe materials and designed to be non-hazardous to its users.
  • Alternatively, sell appropriate toys or gifts for children with disabilities, such as talking dolls for children with blindness or interactive books and gadgets for children with autism or attention deficit disorders (ADD). Research the items that would truly be beneficial or appreciated by kids with special needs, so you know what you will solicit.
  • As another variety to the selling event, let generous individuals or corporations buy these toys and gifts for the beneficiaries of your organization. If you don’t have any yet, partner with orphanages, special education schools, and other institutions to find recipients for the sponsored gifts.

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Fundraisers for Animal Welfare

Animal welfare nonprofits have always been a favorite charity, which is why it’s not surprising for such groups to be well-received and supported by philanthropic people. In fact, a nonprofit blog found that pet rescues and animal rights groups were the most popular on social media in a 2011 study. Causes like protecting either wildlife or domestic animals surely compel people to act and take a stand.

Of course, even if animal welfare groups are popular, they still need to raise ample funds for their projects and operations. Here are some charity fundraiser ideas you can take inspiration from:

Fashion for Your Furry Friends Sale

Find (donated) stylish pet clothes and chic accessories, and sell them through a popular online charity platform. If you have valuable items like apparel or carriers with designer labels, auction them off for larger proceeds.

Send-a-Snuggle Program

Take your cute and sweet pets to offices as instant pick-me-ups for employees and executives. The allotted snuggle time can be based on their donation, such as $100 for 30 minutes, $200 for an hour, etc.

Makeover a Shelter Fundraiser

Allot your proceeds to renovating a local animal shelter or clinic by selling donated items or letting your supporters buy construction materials and decorations. You can hold the sale on eBay Giving Works’ platform, so aside from buying, supporters can also donate additional money at checkout.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Using Online Auction Sites

In the past, the traditional way for most non-profit organizations to raise funds was to hold a live auction, a concert, or a show. Unless you have loads of sponsors, you can incur a high expense in staging such events. For auctions, you have to solicit items, spend for advertisements, rent a venue, hire an auction host, and provide food. Fortunately, online auction websites do away with these expenses. Here’s how you can use an online auction:

Familiarize yourself with the site’s policy.

The World Wide Web has an abundant list of tools for you to have your online auction, but remember, each one has a different set of policies and guidelines. Before you advertise your upcoming event, be sure to learn about your preferred tool’s policies and guidelines first. This way, you can run things smoothly.

Prepare winning listings.

You may have acquired several items that many people may find interesting, but if you don’t provide attention-grabbing listings for them, you might end up with no bids. Create a title and description that’s clear and complete, and provide high-quality images. Don’t let viewers guess what the items are.

Set a listing duration.

Set a clear deadline on when your listings end. Doing so will create a sense of urgency and encourage people to constantly monitor the biddings. Some online auction websites allow listings for as long as seven days, but expect some of them to charge you fees when you want to extend.

Monday, November 10, 2014

Two Tips for P2P Fundraising

Peer-to-peer (P2P) fundraising is one of the biggest trends in the nonprofit industry (think Ice Bucket Challenge). For those who do not know, P2P fundraising is when supporters raise money by reaching out to their friends and family. In that sense, P2P reaches new markets in a way that they prefer to be engaged: by learning about the nonprofit and its efforts from someone they know personally.

The benefits to P2P fundraising are obvious. People are more inclined to give money to friends and family members. As such, it appears to have a promising future when it is used as a fundraising strategy. So how do you do this approach effectively? Here are two tips:

Social media has a major impact on the effectiveness of a P2P campaign

While it may be impossible to replicate the Ice Bucket Challenge’s success, that shouldn’t discourage you to promote your cause via a strategic social media campaign. Focus on creating a campaign with a brief and simple message that can encourage and mobilize supporters to share your cause with their social media network.

Make sure your campaign catches the attention of the millennial generation

As a whole, the millennial demographic is the most connected with their social media networks. Engaging with them allows for easy promoting and sharing of your organization and its cause.

Friday, November 7, 2014

Digital Age Philanthropy

Philanthropy, or the act of donating money or goods to benefit the lives of other people, is a practice that has gone on for ages. All sorts of entities, from large conglomerates to entire governments, to mere individuals, have been donating whatever they can since time immemorial to make life better for other people. The good news is that philanthropy has evolved with the times—as the landscape of connectivity changes because of technology, so has philanthropy.

If you work in the nonprofit industry, you’d have likely seen how a number of mainstream nonprofits and foundations started shifting their focus on ensuring the proper management of digital assets and infrastructure. Nowadays, nonprofits have specific arms whose sole purpose is to make it easy for people to donate online. As such, donating these days requires nothing more than a few clicks of a mouse.

It would be interesting to see how much the act of philanthropy would change further as technology continues to develop. Hopefully, in the future, people would integrate the act of giving into their daily activities as much as technology—and their generous hearts—would allow. This will surely generate more funds for charity, but ultimately, it’s all about knowing that you’ve done something good and you’ve done so without so much of an effort. That is technology’s greatest benefit.

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Top 2 Sources for Auction Items

Our eBay Giving Works program provides a great opportunity for you to auction great items at great prices and support a noble cause along the way. That being said, it can be a bit tricky to choose items that are guaranteed to get good bids. If you have no idea where to get your auction items, we recommend that you start with these places:

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Today’s Most Popular Charities

Charities don’t entirely rely on popularity to support their cause, but nobody can deny that some charity groups are more popular than others. For 2014, three of the most renowned nonprofits in the U.S. are The ALS Association, the Wounded Warrior Project, and the American Red Cross.
The ALS Association was created in 1985 to help rid the world of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (hence the name), a degenerative disease that affects the brain and spinal cord, eventually leading to partial or total paralysis. The Association made waves this year because of their Ice Bucket Challenge, which dared people to dump a bucket of ice water over their heads and donate to the cause.

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Charity Fundraising Tip: Stay Sensitive

If you’re planning an upcoming charity fundraising event for the health awareness themes in November, you also need to be sensitive to your benefactors/beneficiaries for a positive event outcome. In addition to avoiding things that people with the disorder or their relatives may find offensive, you can also come up with ideas that they will truly appreciate.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Transparency is Key in Fundraising for Nonprofits

If your organization has a similar advocacy, you can also achieve success by appealing to the hearts of your chosen audience. Once you’ve gained a huge following, you can boost your visibility by launching an online fundraiser. Because the FTC has cautioned people to be wary of suspicious nonprofit organizations that ask for donations in cash rather than through check, an online charity fundraiser has an added level of credibility. We’re quite familiar with fundraising for nonprofits and charities, and our platform allows you to manage your auction without much fuss. You can assure your audience that their donations will reach you intact.

Monday, October 27, 2014

Fundraising for Nonprofits Quickly: Selling Online

Fundraising for nonprofits by selling items online is one of the best ways to quickly and consistently fundraise for your favorite charitable cause. You can do your part by logging on to your eBay account and selling items yourself. Are you new to the whole concept of online selling? Don’t worry! We’ve got you covered. Here is a quick guide to help you find items to sell so you can help out a nonprofit close to your heart.

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Charity Fundraiser Tip: Throwing a Smashing Garage Sale

You can also hold an “online garage sale” with the help of the eBay Giving Works program. Just list your items for auction and earmark part or all of the proceeds for one of our many partner charities. If you want to organize easy charity fundraisers, our platform is the way to go!

Promotion: Key to Non Profit Fundraising Success

There can be no doubt that the ALS Association’s ‘ice bucket challenge’ is now one of the most successful non profit fundraising campaigns in history. According to Alicia Rancilio of The Associated Press, more than $53.3 million has been raised since July 29, 2014, thanks in part to the support of famous celebrities like Oprah Winfrey and Taylor Swift. While the ALS Association itself didn’t expect the ice bucket challenge to become such a huge hit, the campaign’s success is certainly not lost on a host of other nonprofits that are now starting to rethink how they conduct their fundraisers. According to an expert from the Ohio State University Fisher College of Business, the campaign’s popularity is largely attributed to its simplicity, i.e. participate in the challenge, then either nominate someone else to do the same or simply make a donation.

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Non-profit Fundraiser is Oz-Doll-Fashion Collision

We’re pleased that, from September 4 to 14, the iconic story will once again lend its legacy to support the efforts of an eBay Giving Works non-profit fundraiser auction benefiting Habitat for Humanity. The collectible doll creators at Tonner Doll Collection partnered with the creative non-profit fundraisers at Auction Cause to put 20 dolls on the auction block that will sport an extra-special touch: each of the finely crafted figures of the film’s leading ladies will be donning one-of-a-kind looks by 20 top fashion designers. The 22-inch reinterpretations of Dorothy, Glinda the Good Witch, and the Wicked Witch of the West will sport haute couture outfits from the studios of Marc Jacobs, Hervé Léger by Max Azria, Donna Karan Atelier, and more.

Friday, October 24, 2014

College Campus Fundraising

Helping people sure feels great, but as a college student, you probably don’t have the time to organize elaborate fundraising events. After all, there’s only so many hours in a day for your studies and extracurricular activities (or maybe even a part-time job). Fortunately, we have a few simple ideas that will help you raise money for the causes you believe in:

Online Charity Auction Pro-tip: Uniqueness Sells

So when preparing charity online auctions, remember this pro-tip: uniqueness sells. Also, don’t forget that the eBay Giving Works Program offers an easy way to sell your hard-to-find goods to willing buyers all over the world.

Helping Those with Parkinson’s

What if you woke up one day unable to control your own body? While this sounds like a bad dream to most folks, this scenario is a reality for people who suffer from Parkinson's disease.

According to the Parkinson’s disease foundation, about one million Americans have this debilitating condition, and another 60,000 new cases are diagnosed each year. In this disease, the neurons in the brain gradually break down and die, leading to diminished body control, often exemplified by symptoms such as tremors, rigid muscles, and loss of unconscious movements (like blinking).

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Managing a Nonprofit Online Fundraising Event

The auction was a huge success, given that bidding for the skateboard closed at $4,450 on August 31. The success of this nonprofit online fundraising campaign comes as no surprise, though, because Whittaker has more than 30 years’ experience organizing such events. Yet even if you do not have the same level of expertise and experience as he does, you can still succeed with your fundraiser if you know how to manage it well. Our eBay Giving Works platform can help you get started on the right foot and enable you to keep track of your campaign and evaluate its success.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Why Hosting Online Charity Auctions Makes Sense

While preparing for the recently concluded FOX 8 FOX Trot event, Hermes Road Racing also hosted online charity auctions through eBay Giving Works. Among the items sold were tickets for a Cavaliers game in Cleveland and guitars signed by famous music icons like James Taylor and Miranda Lambert. FOX 8 FOX Trot is an annual walking/running event held for the benefit of the Wounded Warrior Project, a non-profit organization for wounded U.S. servicemen and women. Given the scope and scale of this fundraiser, it was a brilliant move on FOX 8’s part to host an online auction rather than a live one. The organization raised more than $4,000 as a result--a good amount given the limited choice of items being auctioned off.

Let Your Charity Tell Its Own Inspiring Story

Carpe medium, seizing the medium, should be on top of every fundraiser’s idea list. With all the tools technology gives us, the media not taking an interest in your story is no longer an excuse not to get it out to the world. Seize the medium available to you, and get your story out there.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Nostalgia: One of the Best Charity Fundraising Ideas

You don’t have to get your hands on something as rare and pricey as a 1990 Range Rover, although you certainly can’t deny that such an item is guaranteed to turn heads and get high bids. Creative charity fundraising ideas such as this one can serve as an inspiration for your nonprofit. If you’re worried about the success of your next fundraising event, though, you don’t have to worry because we at eBay Giving Works will support you every step of the way from bidding to closing. Just be sure that the items you’ll be auctioning cater to a sizable demographic.

Always Thank Your Donors

When donors go out of their way to make a donation to a nonprofit, you’d expect that the least the receiver could do in return is say thank you. Unfortunately, expressing gratitude is something that few nonprofits sometimes forget.

Simplify Fundraising Process

Fundraisers have many ways of trying to get donors to donate. Some use an emotional approach and try to appeal to donors’ empathy into making a donation. Others take a rational approach, arguing that a donation benefits the greater good and ultimately benefits the donor as well. However, there is a route that is less exploited, but can work remarkably well: simplify the donation process.

Charity Fundraising Ideas to Sink Your Teeth Into

If your nonprofit relies too much on bake sales, it’s time to try new ways to raise money. Here are some charity fundraising ideas you might want to sink your teeth into: The Non-Messy Food Fight Pit classes against each other to win a grand food-filled party. Partner with a local restaurant that can support your cause by sponsoring the prize. Set a deadline for each class selling through our platform to raise money, and award the class with the highest amount raised.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Care for a Crazy Charity Fundraiser?

With the help of our eBay Giving Works program, you can make a big, spectacular fundraising event happen. Here are some crazy and cool charity fundraiser ideas we can help you with: Race to Raise Instead of the usual fun run, why not organize a grand marathon, bike, motorcycle, or automobile race night? Unlike other race events, the losers will have to sell their shoes or vehicles on our site, while your nonprofit receives the proceeds. Participants and anyone else who wishes to be involved can also make online charity donations.

Charity Fundraising Ideas: The Power of Crowdfunding

Coming up with unique fundraising ideas on a regular basis can be draining, and that doesn’t even include the time it takes to organize the fundraiser itself. Still, the fact that you’re helping millions of people is more than enough of an incentive to press forward. If you’re having trouble coming up with ideas of your own, you can always choose to do something simpler and take advantage of crowdfunding or online auction sites like eBay. Many people (including celebrities) use these sites as a way to quickly raise funds for a cause they believe in. One such person is Sam Sung of Canada.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Fundraising for Healthy Skin

As the body’s largest organ, the skin ought to be taken care of. The fight against skin damage and cancer should be a persistent campaign, and the efforts to help those who suffer these conditions should not falter, too. You can either raise awareness for skin health and diseases in your fundraising events or solicit generous donations for your beneficiaries.
Here are some charity fundraiser ideas relevant to skin health causes, which we can help you with:

Friday, October 17, 2014

Scrumptious Ideas that Benefit Hunger Charity Campaigns

According to, 1 out of 5 or about 16 million children in the United States live in households that struggle to put food on the table. To put things into perspective, those children can fill over 845 basketball arenas! This is why charity campaigns aimed at ending hunger, like Share Our Strength’s “No Kid Hungry” campaign, are so important. In an effort to help combat hunger, Denny’s is partnering with Share Our Strength to help fundraise for the campaign.

Help Our Veterans This July

For most of us, July brings to mind Independence Day parades, fireworks, and backyard barbecues. However, many forget that celebrating our nation’s independence is not just a holiday, it’s also a privilege—one that we couldn’t enjoy without the hard work of our country’s brave servicemen, many of whom served during the recent wars in the Middle East. That’s why this July, we’re leveraging our popular non profit fundraising platform eBay Giving Works, to help Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA). The IAVA is the first and largest non profit organization dedicated to improving the lives of the 2.8 million 21st Century veterans. To achieve this goal, the group offers programs in four key impact areas: health, education, employment, and community building.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Star Power at the Local Level

The organizers of the Pink Up fundraiser utilized one of the most powerful promotional tools – they recruited some local celebrities to attend their event, and even better, to serve as volunteers. By tapping people like the area's chief of police and the city manager, among others, to serve as waiters for the event, the organizers created a buzz for the fundraiser and enticed more people to attend and donate by giving them the opportunity for a unique experience. These local celebs may not have the same star power as Lady Gaga or Jimmy Kimmel, but they still command attention and respect from the people they govern. People who are planning fundraisers for nonprofits for the first time may want to take this approach add legitimacy to their events. While recruiting local celebrities isn’t always easy, you might be surprised how willing they are to help out for a good cause

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Put the “Fun” in Your Summer Fundraiser

The Next Top Entrepreneur Do you dream of becoming the next great American entrepreneur? Tap into your potential and organize an entrepreneur challenge in your community. Instruct participants to form groups of four and come up with a unique product to sell. After a 2-week brainstorming and development period, you can sell the products over an online charity fundraising site like eBay Giving Works. Whichever team raises the most funds after a month wins. “Challenge Accepted” Take advantage of your YouTube celebrity status and ask your subscribers to send in challenges for you to do. If you can perform the challenge, your subscriber must donate to your cause.

Fundraising for Alzheimer’s

Around 5 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s disease, and the motivation to know the exact cause and find a cure is becoming stronger every year. Every bit helps, so online charity fundraising efforts – no matter how big or small – will help the cause. Of course, for now, charity events that benefit sufferers of the condition are also very noble pursuits.

Here are some ideas you may want to try with the help of our platform if you want to raise funds for Alzheimer’s research and patients:

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Which is the Most Generous U.S. City?

Spur Action Have you ever wondered how charity fundraiser sites like the eBay GivingWorks program get people to donate regularly? One reason is that these sites have a clear call to action and attention-grabbing donate buttons. Make the color of your donation button a contrast of your site’s color scheme. Doing so makes your donate button pop out in the eyes of your visitors. You should also place your donate button close to your call to action to make so that the emotions your donors feel while viewing your website are still fresh in their minds.

Monday, October 13, 2014

Brand Tie-ups Make Charity Fundraisers Big Hits

A charity auction allows you to get the most out of your proceeds, thanks to competitive bids. Online auctions are even better since they’re easy to manage, enable bidders from anywhere in the world to participate 24/7, and serve as marketing vehicles to promote your cause through email and social media. To attract the best offers, see to it that your items are properly documented—similar to how ESPN provided the winning bidder with a letter of authenticity for its desk. It is also in your best interest to provide as much information about your auction as possible. ESPN, for example, was quick to inform interested parties that the auction is managed by Kompolt, a famous online auction management agency that also our affiliate. To guarantee a fair auction, Kompolt requested participating eBay members to undergo a Bidder Pre-Qualification process—a standard requirement on our site for charity fundraisers and auctions that exceed $1,000.

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Holiday Fundraising Trends

December is just a few months away, and you know what that means: The holiday fundraising season is about to kick off. If you haven’t prepared for it yet, then there’s no time to lose. Planning ahead for this time of year is possibly the most important fundraising initiative you can do. With this in mind, here are three trends you can expect in the coming holiday fundraising season.

Donations start pouring in earlier than you’d expect

If you plan on waiting till November or December to promote your fundraising campaign, you may have already lost access to a lot of potential donors. According to certain studies, some donors give as early as August and September. So start now, if you haven’t begun already.

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Finding a Charity to Work With

We have been taught as children to give and share whenever we can. If you have things that are of little value to you but can be cherished by someone else, you can do much good by donating or selling them to benefit a charity of your choice. However, if you don’t have a charitable org in mind just yet, choosing one from a huge heap of nonprofits can be very challenging. To make sure you donate to a group that fits you perfectly, here are some useful tips:

Monday, October 6, 2014

Tips for a Successful Auction

The success of any charity auction, whether online or at a live venue, depends on the number of items sold and the amount of money raised at its conclusion. Closing multiple sales at large bids is easier said than done, though, as it requires ample preparation and planning. We at eBay Giving Works are happy to shoulder most of the work, but you must also do your part to make your auction a success.

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Quality Sunshine Coast SEO Services Help Keep Your Ranking on Google

Search engine algorithms are constantly changing. While these changes benefit internet users because they provide more diverse sets of results, online marketers find it challenging because each change also means making adjustments in their marketing strategy. If you own a business and have been marketing online, you’ll know how that feels.

Friday, September 12, 2014

Fundraising Challenges

Non-profit organizations like the one you head will always find individuals who sympathize with your cause. However, just like any other business, you will inevitably come across some bumps along the way, especially when fundraising is involved. Here are some of the most common fundraising mistakes and obstacles:

Being repetitive with online auction items

Using an online auction website is effective in generating the funds your nonprofit needs, but the items for auction can get pretty repetitive over time if you don’t change them up a bit. What you can do to avoid the monotony is to establish a theme for each auction. For instance, if your organization is devoted to literacy causes, sell first-edition books that belong to one specific genre at a time, like horror or fantasy.

Limited audience

People can’t donate to your cause if they aren’t well-informed about your upcoming online fundraising event in the first place. Take advantage of social media and promote your event through sites like Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Unclear goals

If you’ve managed to reach out to a wider audience, you certainly wouldn’t want to lose their attention by being vague about your goals. What is your end goal for the fundraising event? Is it to raise funds for future use—which is too general—or is it to use the money for something specific and urgent? More often than not, you’ll get people to listen if you state what you really want.

Tip for Charity Fundraising Success: Have a Purpose | Doing Good Together

Why does purpose even matter? Isn’t it enough that your members complete their tasks? In reality, purpose is the foundation upon which your organization should be built. It determines your group’s collective understanding of your nonprofit and its goals. It can also impact donor satisfaction and establish your organization’s overall effectiveness and success. Above all, it protects and upholds the core principles your group is based on. What is your organization’s purpose? Before you move ahead with your activities, be sure to take the time to step back and answer this question. It’s the only way to see if your charity fundraising events, such as the ones you stage through the eBay Giving Works Program, still meet your needs, goal, and mission.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Non Profit Fundraisers: Above and Beyond

Noting the effects of cancer not only on the patients but also on the people close to them, it takes a lot of time, effort, and dedication for strangers and groups like Cancer CAREpoint to give that additional support without getting or expecting something in return. It is mostly through volunteers, donations, and non profit fundraisers that Cancer CAREpoint, as well as other charity organizations we support, are able to continue to provide their selfless kind service. According to the American Cancer Society, people afflicted with cancer often go through bouts with anxiety, fear, and depression. Unfortunately, not everyone is able to handle these cases, and this involves the patients and the people taking care of them. Though certain medications can help alleviate the pain, which in turn, temporarily relieves anxiety, they only serve as band-aid solutions as far as the emotional, psychological, and spiritual aspects are concerned.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

3 Tips for Successful Online Fundraising for Nonprofits

Smart fundraising for non-profits entails partnerships between the auction websites and the company, providing the technology to allow netizens to make donations through the site. So, before you can put items for auction, you must first register with a charity partner. The registration process will require you to provide a legal document proving your nonprofit status. List the items for auction appropriately. Listing the items to put up for auction for a charitable cause is similar to listing an item to generate profit. You should write a detailed description of each item, including the brand name (if available), condition (new, slightly used, and used), and other item details like size, dimensions, and color. Prepare high-quality images to accompany the description.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Headlines to Reel in Donors

In the world of online fundraising, writing articles to market your cause is an important part of getting the word out to all the potential donors you stand to reach through the Internet. However, it is with the creation of marketing content that many organizations run into snags.
The Internet is bursting with tons of written content. As a result, if your articles don’t stand out online, your marketing efforts are bound to go almost nowhere.
One of the most important aspects of getting people interested in reading your articles—and supporting your cause—is to write smart, attention-grabbing headlines. Advertising expert David Ogilvy once said that five times as many people will read a copy’s headline than they will its body, so in some instances, the headline alone can be enough to get them to donate.
Create catchy fundraising content headlines by remembering the following points:

  • Make a claim that’s almost unbelievable. A headline has to be truthful, but should also pique a reader’s interest.
  • Don’t be afraid to quote someone’s praise of your organization—especially if it’s someone particularly famous or important.
  • Your headline should sound urgent. This makes reading the copy’s body sound more enticing to potential readers.
  • Be creative and occasionally add an unexpected element to your titles. Asking unusual questions, using curious analogies, making baffling or contradictory statements, being a bit shocking, or encouraging your audience to think differently about the world are all great ideas for headlines.

Cool Back-to-School Fundraisers

But the recent turn of events does not have to spell the end of your school’s fundraising success. For instance, we at eBay Giving Works can help you organize online charity auctions to support your school, or any nonprofit organization of your choosing. With just a little bit of preparation, your back-to-school event won’t have to rely on cookies and cakes to be a hit! The first step is to find items that can attract high bids, like handmade purses or vintage goods for moms. Second, you’ll need to take good pictures of these items so that bidders can appreciate what you have to offer. Third, you’ll want to set reasonable prices for these items so they can generate lots of traffic. If possible, hold the event for about five to seven days, since longer auctions allow more time for engagement and usually fetch better prices.

Monday, September 8, 2014

Online Fundraising for Literacy Causes

It goes without saying that the most appropriate items for your online fundraising auction are books. The main advantage of books is that they have an unlimited and continuously growing market. They are also easy to pack, store, and ship. To maximize the efforts that go into literacy-oriented online fundraising for nonprofits, nonprofit leaders like you must carefully choose the type of books to include in the online auction. The typical bestsellers in online sales are non-fiction books on subjects like art & photography, history, how-tos, cooking, and medical and legal issues. Rare books also sell well, like first edition spy novels.

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Time Is Running Out For Your Summer Fundraiser

There are only a few weeks left to take advantage of the season and organize a fun, summer-themed fundraiser. Need some inspiration? Woodstock, New York recently held its 83rd Library Fair, a great summer fundraiser where residents can enjoy events like tug of war, fairy parades, dance parties, and children’s all-time favorite, face painting. According to an article on Woodstock Times, there was something new this year: a quilt and apron auctioning event that fairgoers were able to bid for through eBay. All proceeds from the Fair went to the Woodstock Library, which has been an integral part of the community since 1931. We at eBay Giving Works are very glad to have played a role in preserving this piece of local history. As Woodstock has demonstrated, hosting a charity auction is only one of many ways to raise funds for your community.

Saturday, September 6, 2014

3 Fun and Classy Fundraisers

More often than not, a simple fundraising idea is enough to raise a good amount of money for your preferred charity. There are times, however, when donors look for something with a little more “pizazz.” If you get the feeling that your donors are looking for such a fundraiser, here are a few classy ideas that still keep the “fun” in fundraising:

The Five-star Treatment

Do you have a friend who is a culinary genius? If so, you can raffle off a five-star dinner for two. Have several friends tag along to help create a romantic mood for your lucky winners. Don’t forget to ask your guests if they have any food allergies in advance.

Prom 2.0

Many people dream of having the perfect prom night; however, there are times when things just didn’t go according to plan. Give people a second chance to get things right by organizing a “prom 2.0.” See if a local banquet hall is willing to donate their venue (or at least give you a substantial discount).

Wine and Cheese

See if you can find sponsors willing to donate a variety of wines and fancy cheeses. You can then rent a small section of your local park and have a wine and cheese party. Keep the event elegant by asking people to “dress to impress.”

Nonprofit Fundraising Tips to Inspire

Live and silent auctions are terrific non-profit fundraising ideas that earn results, but setting them up takes time and effort. Geographically speaking, they can also be quite limiting, as not everyone will have access to the venue. For this reason, consider an online auction website like eBay Giving Works, which allows you to reach donors around the world. Raising funds for a cause is not easy for any nonprofit group. Fortunately, you can turn to support groups to help you out and have brainstorming sessions with your peers. And eBay Giving Works is here to help however we can! Still, figuring out how to launch a fundraising event is really just a small portion in the overall fundraising equation. The rest is about connecting with and motivating people to take action in support of your cause.

Friday, September 5, 2014

Bike For Your Cause

If you regularly tune in to health news, one thing you’ll constantly hear every year is that people are doing less exercise, becoming more obese, and generally getting more unhealthy. If your nonprofit is looking for great charity fundraising ideas to use, why not consider a bike-a-thon? This fundraiser event is a great way to get the funds you need, and to promote healthy lifestyles to boot. To give you an idea of how effective a bike-a-thon can be, take a look at one of the most successful events of its kind, the American Cancer Society Bike-a-thon. An annual event that started in the early 70s with just three racers, the ACS Bike-a-thon is now on its 42nd year, attracting hundreds of cyclists from all over the country and raising over $1 million for cancer research in the process.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

FB: 3 Ways to Help Nonprofits

Despite the growing popularity of Twitter and Instagram, Facebook is still considered the king of social media platforms. As such, you’ll want to be sure to utilize Facebook if you plan to launch a social media fundraising campaign.

With its many functions, Facebook opens up many avenues for you to try out when it comes to fundraising. Here are a few ideas you can try on this versatile platform:

Changing for Change”

Have people change their profile pictures to something that helps raise awareness for your cause (e.g. a picture of a cartoon animal). As people donate, you can send them a new cover photo that shows they donated and how others can donate as well.

Sponsor an Artist”

Are you trying to promote a local arts nonprofit? Ask the beneficiaries to submit their best photos or photos of their best artworks and compile them into a Facebook album. You can have people place bids on the artist(s). Winners will then receive an exclusive artwork (not necessarily the one from the photo) from the artist he or she sponsors.

It’s All about Connecting”

Do you know a popular celebrity or athlete? Ask them to help you raise funds for your cause. The celebrity can then ask for donations through their Facebook profile on your behalf and redirect traffic to your fundraising page. You can then reward a lucky donor (through a random selection process) with a dinner with the celebrity.

Saturday, August 30, 2014

3 Health-Related Fundraisers

Donations to medical and health nonprofits, like Children's Miracle Network Hospitals or Doctors Without Borders USA, help bring relief to those in need, as well as fund research for a cure for difficult diseases. As such, every little bit donated to these causes truly makes a huge difference.

You can do your part to support these efforts by organizing fundraisers that promote good health. Some ideas you can try include:

Healthy Breakfast Fair

Eating healthy is the best way to prevent cardiovascular conditions or diet-related problems, like insulin resistance. With that in mind, what better way to help people make the transition to a healthy diet than by starting with the most important meal of the day?

Host a “Healthy Breakfast Fair” at a local park. You can then have families pay a small entrance fee. They can then choose from a variety of healthy breakfast options, such as wholegrain pancakes and jam made from locally sourced fruits.

Cold Turkey

Heavy smoking and/or drinking substantially increases the risk of contracting a variety of diseases, including cancer and organ damage. Fortunately, people can quit these vices as long as they have enough support, encouragement, and willpower.

Promote healthy choices by asking people to go cold turkey and quit their vices, where people sponsor them for each day they go without their vice. You can also enforce a “penalty” on participants who do not clear past a certain amount of time.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Promoting Online Auctions

Getting high bids for your online auction can be a real challenge if you have a limited audience. Fortunately, there are ways to spread the word on your upcoming event without having to spend a single cent. How do you do this? Through social networks. Here are a few tips to keep in mind when using social media:

Get creative with your posts.

Some individuals may be all set to support your cause, but they don’t need to be told status update after status update about what you stand for. Instead, put your creative chops to good use and post something to make your fans or followers constantly check your page, like witty observations on relatable, everyday situations.

Encourage interaction.

You may find this a daunting task initially, but you’ll be amazed how your social networking sites can promote interaction if you make the right move. Establish a theme, and encourage them to post pics according to that. For instance, if your organization is devoted to helping animal shelters, ask people to post “before and after” pictures of their rescued pets.

Give people a glimpse of the work you do.

Have a staff member film an entire day at your headquarters and post the edited video on your social networking accounts. This way, you give people an idea of the work you’re doing. Once they see you are hard at work, they will be prompted to help out.

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Creative Themes for a Halloween Fundraiser

Yearly festivities that are much-awaited by both children and adults are perfect opportunities to grow your following and raise funds for your nonprofit. With all the fun traditions and unique themes you can use during the celebration, you can surely come up with charity events that a lot of people would want to be part of. Let’s explore some possibilities for your upcoming Halloween fundraising:

Dress us up!
Does your cause involve kids or underprivileged individuals? Through our platform, you can arrange to have generous donors buy costumes for your benefactors. Charitable people can also donate to finance a fun Halloween party for your cause.

Run for your lives and for others!
Put a twist to the usual fun runs or marathons! Give your participants costumes instead of simple race bibs. Alternatively, you can give it a twilight-zone or apocalypse theme, where ghouls, goblins, and zombies can chase the participants to try and eliminate them from the race.

Pound plenty of pumpkins for a prize!
Who doesn’t love pumpkin-smashing? Make it a challenge to see which participant can pulverize the most pumpkins in a set time limit. To make things easier, you can sell the pumpkin-smashing tools, such as the sledge hammer and apron, as well as the entrance tickets to your event on our online platform, eBay Giving Works.

Treat yourself to a royal ball!

Parties don’t have to be dark and scary. Organize a glamorous ball, where the dress code strictly specifies royal gowns and prince attires. You can also find rare or high-fashion costumes and auction them off on our platform for attendees.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Viral Fundraising Ideas

With the Ice Bucket Challenge hype in full swing, it's understandable that a portion of the public is starting to wonder if the goal to raise awareness about ALS is lost on some adventurous folks who just want to make their friends laugh. How about taking the time to sit down and think of a few other creative and potentially viral ways to support a good cause?

Forbes writer Kashmir Hill has some ideas.

Lying down flat on the ground or any surface took to the Internet a few years back. Believe it or not, imitating a wooden plank for charity has been done several times. In July 2014, fitness junkies participated in the Plank 500 Challenge in Newport Beach, CA. The participant who held a difficult planking position the longest won a $500 donation to any charity.

Let It Go” Video
If the cold doesn't bother you, film your kids singing Frozen's "Let It Go" and then upload it to video sites. Teach your kids about the value of donating to charity, and let them see how well their video is doing online amongst your family and friends. This is a great alternative to the ice bucket challenge as it wastes no water or ice.

No Selfie

Slowly drop that smartphone and walk away; you're participating in a no-selfie challenge. It's like the IBC but with a pact not to take selfies for a period. Like the "Let It Go" Video challenge, this idea would be new and interesting to the online communities. However, a similar idea has been done in March 2014 as part of a fundraiser for Cancer Research UK, which involves selfies without makeup. Take the challenge and make it your own to see the most success. 

Monday, August 18, 2014

Irresistible Auction Items

With online charity auctions, you can put virtually anything up for sale and use the proceeds to support your chosen charity. However, some things do tend to sell better than others.

Without a definite sell, you won't be able to help the charity of your choice as much as you thought you could. If you're dead set on helping charities via this route, it's best to know about the items that tend to sell really well. The item doesn't necessarily have to be in high demand, although that does increase the item's chances of being bought. Joanne Davidson of the Denver Post lists two of the biggest charity auction hits:

Believe us when we tell you to sell your old smartphone or laptop for charity. As each generation grows more tech-savvy, so will demand for years-old gadgets. In fact, we've been mentioned in several lists of the best places to sell electronics in support of a good cause. On top of that, you can prevent landfills from swelling in size due to discarded electronics.

Travel Packages

Won a trip to Europe but don't have the time to enjoy it? Why not auction that travel package before the deal expires? If you can't enjoy an all-expenses-paid trip to a fabulous destination in the near future, then find someone else who can and make a difference for a charity at the same time.

Friday, August 15, 2014

Tips in Choosing a Charity

It appears that people are becoming more generous every year. Statistics show that Americans gave about $335.17 billion to charities, foundations, and other nonprofit groups in 2013, which is a 4.4 percent improvement over 2011’s numbers. If you’re interested in supporting a particular cause, choosing eBay Giving Works as your intermediary can yield even better results.
Through our auctions, you can rest easy knowing that the money you donate to charity is guaranteed to reach the right people. If you have problems deciding which nonprofit to support, though, consider some of these tips:
First, do a little soul-searching and become clear on your beliefs and advocacies. Do you care about the environment more than economic development? Have you lost a loved one from a rare, presently-incurable disease? There are plenty of groups who truly believe in these causes and could certainly use your support.
Second, be absolutely sure that the nonprofit in question is legitimate. Visit their website or check with your local business agencies to see if the charities or foundations you’re about to donate to are indeed what they say they are.

Lastly, review the non-profit’s programs, goals, and achievements so that you’ll know how you can help them in the future. If they’ve hosted fundraising marathons before, you can help further by participating in the next run. 

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Give Annual Funds another Look

As fundraisers, we’re often on the lookout for strategies we can implement that can help us achieve our organization’s goals. Having the cash on hand to pay the overhead necessary to push work on these goals forward naturally goes a long way to ensuring success, and a recent survey by the Nonprofit Research Collaborative has found annual funds to be highly effective in this regard.

Saturday, August 9, 2014

How to Use Clothes for a Cause

Are you thinking of ways to raise money and awareness for charity? What you’re wearing might just be the key! By soliciting and selling clothes on our platform, you can get more funds and followers. To give you an idea, here are some trending fundraisers for nonprofits:

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

3 Humorous Fundraising Ideas

Get ready to tickle more than a few funny bones as National Tell a Joke Day falls on August 16. To help get the ball rolling, here are three quick fundraising ideas to help you put a smile on the face of both your donors and the people you help:

I bet I can make you laugh…

Walk up to people and tell them you can make them laugh within 3 attempts. If you succeed, they give a donation to your cause. Be sure to stock up on more than a handful of jokes.

You can increase the amount you raise by videoing your attempts to make others laugh and posting the video on YouTube. Don’t forget to add donation details in the description box!

Reverse raffle

Put a clever twist to a classic fundraising event. Hand out raffle tickets for free at the start of the event. Instead of giving away prizes, however, you raffle out funny yet embarrassing penalties! Should the “winner” choose not to accept the penalty, he or she can return the ticket along with a donation.

Beard art contest

Have several friends grow their facial hair and participate as models. Contestants then channel their inner stylist and try to make the funniest look. They can choose to braid the beards, shave opposing halves off, dye the hair, and other silly things they can think of.

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Raise More Money from Auctions

Holding an online auction is already a cost-effective way for nonprofit organizations to raise money, but there are simple steps you can do to raise even more money than you normally would in a live or silent auction. Here are three:

Provide high-quality images.

Most internet users respond more to visual images than text, so it’s important to grab their attention by providing high-quality images. These don’t have to be shots taken by professional photographers. They can simply be taken by someone in your staff who has a knack for photography. Remember, the more visually interesting your pictures are, the better chances you’ll have in getting high bids.

Include a detailed description.

Prepare a detailed description to accompany your pictures. Avoid sounding too generic, though, that the item sounds like a run-of-the-mill one. Avoid sounding too fancy either that internet users have no idea of what you’re talking about. For instance, if you’re putting jewelry pieces for auction, fast-fashion may be too flamboyant when describing them, so simply write the type of accessory, e.g. rhinestone, sterling silver, etc.

Set a deadline.

With most online auction resources, you can set a deadline for accepting bids. This creates a sense of urgency in your online audience, and pushes them to act quickly if they are interested in supporting your cause and getting the item you auctioned off.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

3 Social Media Fundraisers

Social media is the “in thing” today. Many people have a Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube account—which makes using social media as a fundraising platform a fantastic idea. Here are a few ideas to help you get started:


Create a Facebook page detailing your cause and your fundraising goal. You can then start accepting odd jobs from other people to help raise money. By using Facebook, you can easily reach a wider audience in a shorter amount of time.


Do you remember “Blue’s Clues”? Take a page out of the hit children’s show and hide clues all over town. Then, have participants take a selfie next to the clues and upload it on their Twitter and/or Instagram accounts. Once they find all the clues, they can guess what the clues represent and win a prize if they guess correctly. This takes thorough planning, but it’s sure to be a hit with children and adults alike.


Stage a city-wide recipe contest, but instead of asking them to simply send in recipes, have contestants channel their inner-Rachel Ray and present the recipe through a “cooking show”. Raise even more funds by having local food producers sponsor your fundraiser. You can then collect the recipes and fashion them into a cookbook you can sell.

Although we mentioned these 3 platforms, don’t limit yourself to these options. There are hundreds of other social media sites you can use to stage your fundraiser. Have fun coming up with your own unique ideas!

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