Church World Service eBay giving

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An exciting alternative way to help fight hunger online!

A unique opportunity

Church World Service is participating in the eBay Giving Works program to bring you an unique way to provide help and hope to people in need around the world. You can now sell an item on eBay and donate 10% to 100% of the proceeds to Church World Service. And, as an added bonus, eBay will donate the listing and final value fees you pay to CWS if you are donating 100% of the proceeds.

How does it work?

MissionFish logoMissionFish, a non-profit organization specializing in online charitable auctions, manages the Giving Works program with eBay. Giving Works items are marked with a charity ribbon icon and include the CWS logo and mission statement so buyers know they are supporting a good cause. Buyers tend to trust charity sellers more, and these items often sell for more than non-charity listings. At the close of the auction, MissionFish collects the donation from the seller and forwards it to Church World Service.

How do I start?

  1. Choose an item to sell.
  2. Write an item title and description. Be sure to include a good quality photo of your item.
  3. Go to eBay.com to list your item and register for an eBay account if you don’t have one already.
  4. Choose Church World Service as your charitable recipient and register for a MissionFish seller account.
  5. Select a percentage of the final bid for your donation from 10% to 100%.
  6. Complete your transaction normally. MissionFish collects your donation and passes it on to us.

What can I sell?

It’s amazing to see how many things sell on eBay. $86,000 for a one-of-a-kind collectible, $6,100 for lunch with a board member, or $400 for a postcard. The sky is the limit — you can sell anything from a collectible to a car. Turn your extra things into a future of hope for others!

Rev. Bill and Sylvia Spearman
Rev. Bill and Sylvia Spearman

Jim and Marian Sanders
Jim and Marian Sanders

George Gorton
George Gorton

Collecting for others

Rev. Bill Spearman (shown here with his wife, Sylvia) has been collecting memorabilia of the War Between the States for over 65 years. “I did not want to see something that valuable sitting around in my house while millions had no house or food.”

The Spearmans consulted with their children and all agreed to sell the collection to benefit Church World Service. “We felt CWS would most effectively use it to stop hunger and misery in our world; and we have not regretted this decision for one moment.”

Jim and Marian Sanders of Modesto, California, sold their lovingly restored 1945 Ford Jeep GPW on eBay. A WWII veteran, Jim used to drive one during the war. He loved restoring it and displaying it at parades and veteran’s events, but notes, “The most exciting time I’ve had was selling it on eBay to help CWS — especially the last 30 minutes of the auction!”

George Gorton of Ware, Massachusetts, traveled to Bosnia and saw firsthand some of the projects supported by Church World Service. “One of the most impressive memories was seeing how something as simple as a set of tools in the hands of a blacksmith, or a chainsaw in the hands of three brothers, can create hope in the midst of abject poverty. The Church World Service e-Market is a simple but powerful way to enable projects that bring hope to many. It provides me a way to give to those who are in need.”

PDF icon Download a CWS e-Market Giving Program flyer, to print out and distribute.