Everything you need to know about eBay for Charity. It's all here.
eBay for Charity is an easy way for buyers and sellers on eBay.co.uk to support their favourite charities. Buyers can shop for items knowing they're supporting a good cause, be it an everyday bargain or a special auction. Sellers, whether they're individuals or businesses, can donate a percentage from any sale to a charity of their choice and add Gift Aid to their donations. Charities can also sell their own items directly on eBay.co.uk.
In addition, all eBay for Charity items will qualify for a fee credit on basic insertion and final value fees equal to the percentage donated.
PayPal Giving Fund UK is a registered charity (No. 1110538) that enables eBay and PayPal users to give to charity quickly and easily. PayPal Giving Fund certifies charities to participate in the eBay for Charity programme, and collects donations from eBay and PayPal users. It also distributes those donations and Gift Aid to donors' chosen charities, which receive 100% of the funds raised. Learn more about PayPal Giving Fund.
You can support a charity whenever you sell an item. When you're listing the item, just choose the charity you want to support and the percentage you want to give. You can support charities when shopping by buying items marked with the eBay for Charity ribbon, or by making a donation to a featured charity when you pay for an item through eBay Checkout.
Yes, you can make a donation via PayPal to any charity registered with eBay for Charity. Search for a charity using the "Find your favourite charity" button on the eBay for Charity homepage. Visit the charity's page on eBay by clicking on the "View" button, then select the Donate Now tab. You can also find a charity's page by clicking on the charity name within any eBay for Charity listing.
Every eBay for Charity item is marked with a blue and yellow charity ribbon in search results and in the item listing title. Within the listing, you will find the name of the benefiting charity and the percentage of the final sale price the seller is donating.
After an eBay for Charity listing ends, the seller receives payment from the buyer as normal. PayPal Giving Fund will then collect the donation from the seller and pass it on to the seller's intended charity.
If the item is being sold by a charity, the charity simply keeps the money you have paid for the item.
eBay for Charity:
There are a few ways you can do this, just pick the best one for yourself. You could:
When you pay through eBay Checkout for an item you've won, you have the option to add a small donation to your purchase. By adding a little extra to your purchase, you can support a good cause when you shop on eBay.
If you choose this optional donation, your total transaction will increase by the amount you select.
To give from eBay Checkout:
You can choose which charity (or charities) you see in checkout on the 'My Favourite Charities' page within your Donation Account.
Your donation will be collected and delivered by PayPal Giving Fund, eBay's partner charity. You can boost the value of your donation by 25% by making a Gift Aid declaration.
Note that your donation will appear as a separate transaction, paid to PayPal Giving Fund, in your PayPal account.
Yes! Any eBay seller can choose to donate between 10% and 100% (1%-100% for vehicle sales) of their final sale price to a charity.
It's entirely up to you. You can choose to donate anywhere from 10% to 100% of your final sale price to a charity. For eBay Motors, the minimum is 5%.
All UK organisations with charitable status are welcome to participate in the programme. All participating charities are fully vetted, so you can be sure that any charity you choose to donate to is legitimate.
No, you can only support one charity per listing.
When listing an item, just choose a charity to support and the percentage you want to donate. Here's how:
You may be listing using the 'Quick Sell' form, which doesn't include the charity option.
To switch to the 'Advanced Sell' form, scroll to the bottom of the Quick Sell page and click on the link that says "To view all listing options, switch to the Sell Your Item form now, and continue listing your item". You will then be taken to the Advanced Sell form.
In future, when you sell an eBay for Charity item, click on the 'Sell' tab on the top of any eBay page, you can opt to go straight to the "Advanced Sell" form.
If you're still having problems, contact us.
Yes, you can add a charity to an existing listing through the "Revise your item", "Relist" or "Sell Similar" tools in My eBay.
You can also use "Revise your item" to add a charity to auction listings, fixed price listings, and shop listings that are live on eBay.
Choosing "Revise your item" will allow you to add a charity to a live eBay listing, or increase the percentage you wish to donate. You cannot remove a charity or reduce the percentage of your donation.
Please note: A listing must have at least 12 hours remaining in order to add a charity through "Revise your item". In addition, you cannot use Revise to add a charity to a listing if it is a multiple quantity or Dutch listing and one or more of your items from that listing have already sold.
Through Relist and Sell Similar, you can add a charity to support and percentage to donate to your new listing.
When you have sold your item and collected payment from the buyer, you have 2 options to pay your donation:
In both instances, the donation is paid to PayPal Giving Fund, which then claims Gift Aid (where applicable) and redistributes the funds to your chosen charity.
Your benefiting charity can cancel your item once you have listed it if they consider it inappropriate for their charity.
If your listing is cancelled by a charity, you will receive an email with an explanation of why the charity cancelled it. You can:
Alternatively, your listing may have breached eBay's listing policies
You can manage all your donations from within your My eBay account. Simply look in the Donation Account section of My eBay under the My Account tab to see all past and pending donations.
If PayPal Giving Fund has a problem delivering a donation to a charity, here's what they do:
If a seller has completed a Gift Aid declaration, PayPal Giving Fund will still claim and deliver that Gift Aid to the charity that receives the original donation.
Gift Aid is one of the easiest ways to make your donation tax effective. Using Gift Aid means that for every pound you give, the charity will receive an extra 25p from the Government.
Simply tick the Gift Aid box when you first list an item for charity, so long as you pay more in UK income or capital gains tax than the charity's planning to claim back.
If you need to, you can update your Gift Aid declaration in your Donations Account in the My Account section of My eBay in each tax year.
If you make a Gift Aid declaration, PayPal Giving Fund (eBay's partner charity) can reclaim the basic rate tax from the government on every donation you make through eBay for Charity. PayPal Giving Fund passes on the reclaimed tax to the charities you support.
If you are a higher rate taxpayer, in addition to the above, you can reclaim for yourself another 25p in tax from the government for every £1 you donate to charity. All you have to do is remember to include details of your charitable donations on your tax return.
Please note that to qualify for Gift Aid, you must pay as much tax (income or capital gains) as you are reclaiming on charitable donations. For example, if you wish to claim Gift Aid on donations that total £100 in one tax year, you will need to have paid at least £25 in taxes for that tax year.
To claim Gift Aid, the donation has to be made by an UK individual taxpayer, sole trader, or partnership. Gift Aid cannot be claimed by companies.
Gift Aid donations from the self-employed (sole traders) and partnerships are treated in the same way as Gift Aid by individuals. Your donation will be treated as paid out of taxed income and the charity will be able to reclaim 25p on each pound of the donation.
Sole traders that are higher rate taxpayers can also reclaim 25p for every £1 donated to charity. All you have to do is remember to include details of your charitable gifts on your tax return.
For more information, please visit the HM Revenue & Customs website.
If you are donating as a company, please do not tick the Gift Aid box. To receive tax relief, companies can deduct their donations from total profits prior to calculating corporation tax.
For more information, please visit the HM Revenue & Customs website.
To claim Gift Aid on your donations, all you need to do is tick the Gift Aid box when you first list an item for charity. We'll do the rest. If you need to, you can update your Gift Aid in the Donation Account section of My eBay, under the My Account tab.
eBay for Charity needs your name and home address in order to claim Gift Aid. This is so they can be confident that you are a UK taxpayer. Please update your profile in your Donation Account, which can be found in My eBay under the My Account tab, then contact us to say you've done so.
eBay for Charity collects your donation, then claims Gift Aid on top. The donation and the Gift Aid are then delivered to your chosen charity.
eBay will credit fees back to sellers when they sell through the eBay for Charity programme. Charities also receive fee credits when they sell items directly.
When you sell an eBay for Charity item, you are eligible for the eBay fee credit if the item sells. eBay's basic selling fees (basic insertion and final value fees) will be credited back to you according to the level of your donation.
For example, if you donate 50% of your item's sale price to charity, you will receive a credit of 50% of your basic selling fees.
The fee credit will appear automatically on your first eBay invoice after the item sells.
All your donations through eBay for Charity are paid to PayPal Giving Fund, which passes on 100% of the donation, including any Gift Aid, to your chosen charity.
Donations are sent to charities the month after they are received, so long as the charity is owed more than the minimum payout threshold. This delay protects the seller in case the transaction with the buyer falls through and they need to get their donation back.
It also protects the charity. PayPal Giving Fund doesn't want to ask for a donation to be returned once they've paid a charity, so they hold onto it until eBay's refund period expires.
Sellers can speed up the pay-out to a charity by waiving their right to a refund when they proactively make donations through their Donation Account, under the Account tab in My eBay. Many sellers do this once they know that their deal with the buyer has been completed. If PayPal Giving Fund receives these donations before the 15th of the month, they pass them on in the same month.
PayPal Giving Fund claims Gift Aid on each eligible donation after it has been paid to the charity. If they receive Gift Aid funds from HMRC before the 15th of the month, we pass them onto the charity in the same month. Otherwise they are passed on the following month.
If a buyer has not paid you for their item, you have the right to request that your donation be refunded (if you've already made it), or waived (if you haven't).
You'll need to:
Once we verify with eBay that your final value fee credit was granted, we'll approve your donation refund.
If a final value fee credit is not issued, your donation refund request may be denied. Learn more about eBay's Unpaid Item process.
Note: You must submit your request using the Resolution Centre within 32 days of the end of your listing on eBay. If your request is submitted after 32 days, we may be unable to issue a donation refund.
If you ticked the Gift Aid box, you have the right to cancel your donation for any reason within 21 days after your item sells. To cancel your donation, you must contact PayPal Giving Fund and state that you want to cancel a Gift Aided donation. You may cancel a donation in this way whether you have waived your right to a refund or not.
Note: If you exercise the right to cancel, PayPal Giving Fund will not charge you any fee, and will waive or refund your donation. To prevent abuse of the programme, eBay reserves the right to block donors who cancel donations from using eBay for Charity.
If you did not tick the Gift Aid box, you can only request a donation refund through an Unpaid Item Dispute.
If you're a charity, eBay for Charity can help you raise funds and boost your profile with well over 20 million eBay users in the UK, and 250 million worldwide. There are 3 main ways for you to get involved:
Registration is easy and free of charge. Once registered, you'll benefit from advantages that you can't get anywhere else:
To get started, you'll need to register with PayPal Giving Fund (eBay's charity partner). PayPal Giving Fund vets charities, processes donations and advises charities on how to raise funds on eBay.
If you'd like only to receive donations from eBay Community sellers, then this is all you need to do.
If your charity would like to sell its own goods, you'll need to set up an eBay account and add your eBay ID as a "Direct Seller" in your PayPal Giving Fund account.
You can learn more about how to benefit from eBay for Charity by visiting the eBay Business Centre.
eBay may be able to give you some extra advice and support. You can learn more on our Special Auctions page.