In honor of Memorial Day, six nonprofits are partnering with eBay’s charity fundraising program, eBay Giving Works, for a three-week “Honoring Our Heroes” campaign. The goal is to bring awareness and raise funds for organizations providing services and support to service members, veterans and their families.
The program will run from May 14-June 3, featuring Blue Star Families, USO, U.S. War Dogs, The Veterans Health Research Institute, Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors and Team Rubicon. Throughout the campaign, there will be several auctions of high-value items like three Brooks Brothers suits worn and signed by Stephen Colbert; John Mayer’s signed, custom Fender Stratocaster guitar, which he used during his 2007 Continuum tour; and a one-of-a-kind TAPS chopper, which took more than 500 hours to build.
But for those of us who can’t afford Stephen Colbert’s suits or John Mayer’s guitar, there’s a more practical way to participate in support of these organizations:
- Buy items through eBay Giving Works from sellers who have designated 10-100% of their sales to any of the above organizations. (On May 14, there will be more information on eBay Giving Works about where you can find these items). You can also buy non-charity items on eBay.com and donate to a nonprofit of your choice when you check out.
- Make some extra money by selling items on eBay and donating 10-100% of the proceeds to one of the above organizations. eBay will give a credit on listing fees that’s equal to the percentage of your donation.
- Make a direct donation on eBay to the above organizations using PayPal. No buying or selling required.
- Submit a photo on Facebook or Twitter with a short caption about your hero. eBay will donate $1 (up to $30,000) for every story submitted and split the total donation among all the organizations featured in the campaign.
More details will be available here on May 14.