eBay for Charity is a programme that helps people to list items on eBay to benefit charities. It is administered by our registered charity, PayPal Giving Fund.
Who can sell for charity
Any eBay seller who has a current account in good standing can create an eBay for Charity listing.
There are two types of sellers:
Charity direct seller: Registered charities can sell their own items on eBay and collect 100% of their final sale price. Charity direct sellers create their eBay for Charity listings with the same selling forms as a community seller.
Learn more about Charity Direct Selling.
Important: Charity direct sellers must register with PayPal Giving Fund before completing their listing.
Things to know before you list
eBay for Charity has certain restricted categories
The charity will ask eBay to cancel your listing if they do not want to be associated with it. If this happens, your insertion fee is credited back and you receive a brief explanation of why the listing was cancelled. You may relist this item for another charity, or list it outside of the eBay for Charity programme
Paying and receiving credit for eBay fees
Sellers pay standard eBay fees
for eBay for Charity listings. To support your generosity, eBay gives a pro-rated fee credit
to sellers who make a donation from an eBay for Charity listing.
If you list for a foreign charity on an international eBay site
- your donation payment method
must be PayPal, Visa, or MasterCard. This allows the charity to receive your donation in their local currency. Some charges may apply to international transactions.
Creating an eBay for Charity listing
How to create an eBay for Charity listing using the listing form:
Click Sell at the top of the eBay home page.
Under Raise money for your favourite charity in the listing form, choose a charity from the featured list or click the Select another charity link to see all certified eBay for Charity charities. Learn more about finding charities.
Tip: If you don't see this option in the Advanced sell form, click Add or remove options at the top of the Choose a format or price section, tick the box under Donate percentage of sale, and click Save
Once you've chosen your preferred charity, select the percentage of your final sale price that you would like to donate - between 10% and 100% (1% for vehicle sales) - from the drop-down list.
Complete the rest of the listing form and click Continue to finish listing your item.
Once your eBay for Charity listing is live, the charity icon will appear next to your listing's title in eBay search and on the item page. Information about the charity you have selected and the amount you are donating will also appear in the listing. These features make eBay for Charity listings stand out, and they may increase your bids and/or final sale price.
If you use a selling tool to sell on eBay, you may be able to use eBay for Charity if the tool offers this option.
To use eBay for Charity through a selling tool:
Go to My eBay > Account > Donation Account.
Click the Agree to eBay for Charity terms & conditions link. This will authorise the use of your preferred eBay payment method as your donation payment method. You can change it from your donation account.
Create your eBay for Charity listing by following the instructions from your selling tool provider.
Finding a charity
Thousands of charities are certified to benefit from eBay for Charity listings. You can find your favourite in the charity directory by browsing or searching.
Browse: Click any letter in the Browse A to Z bar to see certified charities whose name starts with that letter. Charity names starting with a symbol or numeral are listed under '#'.
Search: Search for a charity using any of the fields below. Combine fields to narrow your search results.
Charity name or keyword: Search the charity's name and the keywords they chose to describe their work.
Mission statement: Each charity has a short mission statement about what they do. Tick this box to include the text of their mission statement in your search.
City/County: Find charities based on where they are located (not necessarily where they serve).
If you can't find your favourite charity in the eBay for Charity directory, invite them to the programme. Learn about the benefits of eBay for Charity for charities
To invite a charity:
Click the Recommend a charity link at the bottom of the search results page.
Enter your name and email, the charity's name, and a contact name and email at the charity.
Click Invite this charity. We'll send an email on your behalf to your contact at the charity.
Boost your donations with Gift Aid
If you are an individual UK taxpayer, you can help charities you support add an extra 25p for every £1 you give, and it doesn’t cost you anything. Thanks to the Gift Aid scheme, PayPal Giving Fund can reclaim tax you’ve paid on everything you donate through eBay for Charity, and pass it on to your chosen charities.
To boost your donations, make a Gift Aid declaration, confirming your name and home address.
Note: To qualify for Gift Aid, you must pay more in income tax or capital gains tax than charities reclaim on your donations each tax year.
Self-employed (sole traders) and partnerships may declare for Gift Aid. In addition, higher rate tax payers may reclaim 25p on their own tax return for every £1 donated to charity.
Companies may not declare for Gift Aid. However they can receive tax relief on their own tax return for every £1 donated to charity.