The online sales site is focusing its #GivingTuesday efforts on raising money for The Princes Trust’s help for young entrepreneurs.
eBay UK is to donate funds for every transaction made today to The Prince’s Trust to mark #GivingTuesday. The initiative sees the platform donate 5p for every transaction on ebay.co.uk to the charity, and 10p if one of their customers buys two or more items today (3 December). The money raised is for the Prince’s Trust’s Enterprise Programme to support young entrepreneurs. Among items being promoted for the charity initiative is a limited edition Trunki ride suitcase, called Charlie the Dragon, which has been signed by Wales rugby player Shane Williams. All proceeds from this sale will be donated to the Prince’s Trust. "Customers can help change the lives of young entrepreneurs who may require a little support to help them realise their dreams, and the best part is it won’t cost them a penny," said Vice President of eBay UK Rob Hattrell.
"eBay has always been a friend to small businesses and we want to help the next generation by supporting The Prince’s Trust Enterprise Programme." Lynda McCullagh, Head of Technology Partnerships at The Prince’s Trust added: "At The Prince’s Trust we see that more and more young people in the UK are looking to take the leap to start their own business, and our Enterprise Programme supports young people from all backgrounds to explore and venture into entrepreneurship. "We are enormously grateful to eBay for their support, as funds raised on Give Day will allow us to continue to support young entrepreneurs on their road to success."
The run up to Christmas is the busiest time of the year for charity donations via eBay, according to the platform. From 2011 to 2018, November was the most generous month, with an average of £1,989,4Dec donated by UK users through eBay for Charity, with £1,640,618 donated in December, which was the second busiest month.