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  • eBay Giving Works Charity Ribbon Our Story

  • In 1999, Sean Milliken was a fundraiser for Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Atlanta. He received endless offers of in-kind gifts (donated stuff), yet faced the same problems all nonprofits have dealing with them. He wondered:
  • Why can't people donate anything they want (like stuff) to any nonprofit?
  • Why isn't there an easy way for nonprofits to turn donated stuff into money?
  • How can a small nonprofit get the same cause-marketing benefits that big nonprofits have?
  • Inspired by eBay's popularity, he came up with an answer to his questions, and recruited a founding team to bring his idea to life.
  • MissionFish was launched in 2000 as an online exchange where nonprofits could accept in-kind gifts, keep anything useful, and sell the rest. The result was a way to keep in-kind gifts from becoming "un-kind gifts."
  • In 2003, eBay invited us to bring our experience to their global community. Together we built eBay Giving Works - a powerful way for anyone to do good just by buying or selling online. We expanded into the UK in 2005, and in the years following, developed several new innovative ways for people to support their favorite nonprofit through eBay and PayPal, including the popular “Give@Checkout” program.
  • In 2011, eBay acquired the MissionFish and created the PayPal Charitable Giving Fund, a 501c3 nonprofit organization to further the organization’s charitable purposes. By the end of that year, over a quarter billion dollars had been raised for nonprofit organizations in the US and UK.
  • Most recently, we were thrilled to announce a significant commitment from PayPal that makes it possible for us to deliver 100% of every donation we process globally. And, PayPal is investing in further enhancements to our platform so that we might leverage the incredible benefits of their technology and payment systems.
  • To reflect PayPal’s incredible commitment to our organization, and our common vision for inspiring and enabling charitable giving around the globe, we officially changed our name to PayPal Giving Fund in 2013.
  • We continue to write our story today. Above all else, we'll remain committed to finding new ways to make it easy for people to support their favorite nonprofit as part of their daily life.
  • We continue to write our story today. Above all else, we'll remain committed to finding new ways to achieve our vision: any cause, any donor, any gift.


Awards

Cause Marketing ForumeBay Giving Works wins Cause Marketing Halo Award, eBay & MissionFish honored for Best Transactional Campaign.
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MissionFish wins top award from the Social Enterprise Alliance

Social Enterprise Alliance Award



MissionFish Receives $100,000 Grand-Prize from Yale School of Management - The Goldman Sachs Foundation Partnership on Nonprofit Ventures

Yale School of Management - The Goldman Sachs Foundation - Partnership on Nonprofit Ventures


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