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  • eBay Giving Works Charity Ribbon PayPal Giving Fund expenses policy

  • As a nonprofit, PayPal Giving Fund retains a small portion of each donation we process to help offset our operating costs. We have no shareholders, and any surpluses we may generate in the future will be reinvested in fulfilling our charitable purposes.
  • PayPal Giving Fund never keeps more than 5% of a donation and does not charge:
  • Any set-up fee or annual subscription fee to nonprofits for registering with PayPal Giving Fund to receive donations
  • Any fees to Nonprofit Direct Sellers for using eBay Giving Works
  • Any additional card fees or transaction fees on top of our deductions
  • Specifics regarding our deductions are outlined below:
  • Nonprofit Direct Selling (items sold by nonprofits on eBay)
  • Community Selling (donations from eBay sellers)
  • eBay Give At Checkout
  • eBay Donate Now
  • Donate with PayPal
  • Sample donations made from eBay Sales
  • How does it compare?
  • Nonprofit Direct Selling (Items sold by nonprofits on eBay)

  • There is no deduction when a nonprofit sells an item on eBay Giving Works, and PayPal Giving Fund does not charge nonprofits fees for using eBay Giving Works. eBay also waives its basic Insertion and Final Value fees for nonprofits when an item sells, making it extremely cost-effective for nonprofits to sell items through eBay Giving Works.
  • Community Selling (Donations from eBay sellers)

  • When eBay sellers donate the proceeds of a sale, the PayPal Giving Fund deduction is 5%. We do not charge any additional processing costs to buyers, sellers or nonprofits. The seller receives a fee credit on their eBay fees from the sale of the item proportional to the amount donated.
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  • eBay Give at Checkout donations

  • 5% is deducted from donations made through eBay checkout.
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  • Cash donations via eBay Donate Now and other channels

  • There is a deduction of 3.75% of the amount given for gifts made through eBay Donate Now. This is one of the lowest processing rates for nonprofits that accept gifts online.
  • If the donor chooses to give an extra 3.75% (tax-deductible), we'll pass along 100% of the original donation.
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  • Donate with PayPal

  • For contributions made through Donate with PayPal, the deduction is 3.75% of the amount given. If the donor chooses to give an extra 3.75% (tax-deductible), we'll pass along 100% of the original donation.
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  • Some sample donations related to eBay sales

  • Example #1: item sold by Nonprofit Direct Seller

    In this example, the Nonprofit Direct Seller lists and sells a clothing item for a fixed-price of $20 and earns $20.00 on the sale.

     

    Since the item is sold by a nonprofit, there is no PayPal Giving Fund deduction, and eBay credits 100% of its basic selling fees back to the nonprofit seller.

     

    *Example Assumes the nonprofit is a "Basic Subscriber".
    **The nonprofit may need to pay additional fees not calculated in this example such as payment processing fees, third-party auction management service fees, etc.

    Nonprofit Sale  
    Final sale price $20.00
    PayPal Giving Fund deduction -$0.00
    Nonprofit receives: $20.00
    eBay seller fees  
    Insertion and Final Value Fees -$2.20*
    Seller fee credit $2.20
    Total $0.00**

  • Example #2: donation made by an eBay Community Seller (20% of sale price)

     

    In this example*, the Community Seller:

    Sold an item for $10.00
    Donated 20% of the sale price
    Received a credit on their basic selling fees from eBay proportional to the amount donated (20%)
    Receives a tax receipt for the $2.00 donation

     

    *Example assumes the seller is a "Basic Subscriber" and has listed a CSA item in the fixed-price format.

    eBay seller donation (20%)  
    Final sale price $10.00
    Donation percent 20%
    Tax-deductable donation amount $2.00
    PayPal Giving Fund deduction -$0.10
    Nonprofit receives: $1.90
    eBay seller fees  
    Insertion and Final Value Fees $1.20
    Seller fee credit (20%) -$0.24
    Total $0.96

  • Example #3: donation made by an eBay seller (100% of sale price)

    In this example*, the Community Seller:

    Sold an item for $5.00
    Donated 100% of the sale price
    Received a fee credit from eBay proportional to the amount donated (100%)

     

    *Example assumes the seller is a "Basic Subscriber" and has listed a CSA item in the fixed-price format.

    eBay seller donation (100%)  
    Final sale price $5.00
    Donation percent 100%
    Tax-deductable donation amount $5.00
    PayPal Giving Fund deduction -$0.25
    Nonprofit receives: $4.75
    eBay seller fees  
    Insertion and Final Value Fees $0.70
    Seller fee credit (100%) -$0.70
    Total $0.00
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  • How does it compare?

  • The BBB Wise Giving Alliance External Link recommends that nonprofits spend less than 35% of their overall income on fundraising expenses. Our share is well below that standard.
  • Our share is also less than what many nonprofits pay for comparable fundraising activities, for things like:
  • Credit card and monthly service fees for donation processing on their own website.
  • Printing, postage and mailing lists for a direct mail fundraising appeal.
  • Marketing and consulting costs for a capital campaign.
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