EBay and Goodwill Team Up to Help Jobless

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goodwill and ebay You hear a lot about people who don't seem to be doing enough to help the jobless -- here's some news about a couple of major businesses who are making huge efforts to help the unemployed. Goodwill is working with eBay on a fundraising campaign that focuses on helping some of the people who need it most, to find and keep jobs.

From Feb. 7-13, Goodwill will be a featured nonprofit on eBay, offering everyone the opportunity to buy, sell, or donate to support Goodwill's job training programs. Dress for Success and the National Federation of the Blind will also be featured in February as part of the same campaign. It's all part of eBay's charitable program called eBay Giving Works.

Here's how it works: Sellers can donate a percentage of anything they sell, buyers can add a donation to anything they buy, anyone can make an immediate cash donation, and nonprofits can sell directly to raise funds. Through the Goodwill "Workin' It" campaign, eBay shoppers will be able to add a donation to Goodwill any time they checkout on eBay using PayPal, while sellers will also be able to donate 10-100 percent of their eBay sales to benefit their local Goodwill agency and receive insertion fee credits from eBay.

"We work with thousands of entrepreneurial nonprofits that are exploring unique ways to reach new supporters and raise funds online, with Goodwill and its agencies being one of eBay's biggest success stories, having raised about $8.5 million from the eBay community," said Amy Skeeters-Behrens, head of eBay Giving Works.

"At a time when jobs are still scarce, we hope that the 'Workin' It' campaign will remind our community of Goodwill's mission and tremendous work in helping employ people who face major challenges and help generate the funds to enable Goodwill to serve more people than ever before."

An online presence is not new to Goodwill. Eleven years ago they started efforts including ShopGoodwill.com, the first and only nonprofit Internet auction site. In 2010, Goodwill generated more than $25 million in online sales, including $4.4 million through eBay Giving Works.

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