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eBay: The Missing Manual by Nancy Conner

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eBay Giving Works

Most people sell on eBay for one simple reason: to make money. But you can give some (or all) of the profit to causes you support through eBay Giving Works, shown in Figure 8-13. The program lets sellers select and donate to nonprofit organizations through their eBay sales. Since 2000, eBayers have raised more than $40 million for good causes.

You can donate to the charity of your choice anywhere from 10 to 100 percent of the final selling price of an item. There's a $10 minimum donation, though, so inexpensive items don't work well in charity auctions. There are about 5,000 registered nonprofits to choose from, so it's not hard to find a cause you can support.

Nonprofit interests range from the arts and humanities to animals and the environment to civic and religious groups, as shown in Figure 8-14.

The Giving Works home page () lets buyers search or browse just for charity auctions. The right-hand side of the page spotlights auctions and nonprofit groups.

Figure 8-13. The Giving Works home page (http://pages.ebay.com/givingworks) lets buyers search or browse just for charity auctions. The right-hand side of the page spotlights auctions and nonprofit groups.

To find a nonprofit group, start on eBay's home page, then select Giving Works (Charity) → "search the nonprofit directory." You can search by mission category, by state, or by name if you already have a specific charity in mind. You can also browse nonprofits alphabetically by name.

Figure 8-14. To find a nonprofit group, start on eBay's home page, then select Giving Works (Charity) "search the nonprofit directory." You can search by mission category, by state, or by name if you already have a specific charity in mind. You can also browse nonprofits ...

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