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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

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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.

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