How To Enroll

To engage our ever-growing community of 167 million active buyers, you will need to be enrolled with both PayPal and PayPal Giving Fund—our charity partners that manage community donations. Enrollment is free.

Before You Get Started

Enter your EIN number to find out if your charity is already enrolled with PayPal Giving Fund.

In order to fully participate in the eBay marketplace, please follow the steps below to enroll with both PayPal and PayPal Giving Fund—our charity partners that manage community donations—to verify your nonprofit status. Enrollment is free and after this vetting process, you will be able to take advantage of all the eBay for Charity program has to offer.

1. What to Expect
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This section will walk you through the enrollment process step-by-step. Again, enrollment is free, but it can feel a bit lengthy and, dare we say, complicated. Stick with it, though—we promise the benefits are worth it.

What to Expect

First Confirm Charity Status (Already confirmed? Skip to step 4)

Enroll with PPGF with required documentation

Wait 24-72 hours for enrollment processing

2. Gather the Following Documentation
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The first step is to gather the following information pertaining to your charity. You will want to keep these items handy throughout the process.

Charity's EIN Number Voided check or bank statement IRS 501c3 letter
3. Confirm Your Charity Status with PayPal
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  • Log into your PayPal business account. (Note: if you don’t have one yet, start by creating one here: www.paypal.com)
  • Select Profile from the menu at the top of the page. Select Business setup. Then select the Account setup tab and choose Confirm your charity status.
  • Provide your organization’s EIN number and a bank statement. It can take 1-3 days for PayPal to confirm your status. Once your status is confirmed via email, move on to Step 4.
4. Enroll with PayPal Giving Fund
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In order to allow the eBay community to donate to and support your organization, you will need to create a PayPal Giving Fund account here using the documentation you gathered from Step 2.

*Note: PayPal Giving Fund does not charge charities any fees for enrolling or receiving donations.


For a closer look at the PayPal Giving Fund enrollment process, you can view each step by clicking on the dots in the roadmap below:

Steps:
  • To receive donations from PayPal Giving Fund, click ‘continue’ to begin the enrollment process.

    Step 1
  • Follow the onscreen instructions to provide information about your charity.

    Step 2
  • Once you have completed enrollment, this is what your PayPal Giving Fund dashboard will look like.

    Step 3
  • Here is what your eBay for Charity profile page will look like once you are enrolled with PayPal Giving Fund.

    Step 4

To receive donations from PayPal Giving Fund, click ‘continue’ to begin the enrollment process.

Step 1
5. Verify Your Charity Page on eBay
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  • Upon enrollment, search for your organization at http://charity.ebay.com to view your charity profile page on eBay. NOTE: once you enroll in PayPal Giving Fund, it will take about 24 hours for your charity page to appear, but in some cases it may take up to 72 hours, so please check back often.
  • Review your charity profile page. Since eBay uses information provided by PayPal/PayPal Giving Fund (your logo, mission statement, etc.), any changes will need to be made by logging into your PayPal Giving Fund account and clicking Edit Profile.
6. Get Started with eBay for Charity
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You’re finally ready to start using all that eBay has to offer to grow your fundraising, acquire new donors, and raise awareness for your organization. Start with our products now.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why doesn’t my charity appear on eBay’s list of charities?
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Charities need to enroll with PayPal Giving Fund to appear on eBay for Charity. As a grant-giving 501(c)(3) charity, PayPal Giving Fund collects the funds donated by buyers and sellers on eBay and then passes those funds on to the charity selected by the donor. Within 24 hours of enrolling with PayPal Giving Fund you’ll appear on eBay’s list of charities and be able to receive donations through eBay for Charity.

How do I know if my charity is enrolled with PayPal Giving Fund?
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Click here and enter your organization’s EIN number to see if you are enrolled with PayPal Giving Fund.

What is PayPal Giving Fund?
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PayPal Giving Fund is a 501(c)(3) registered charity. In collaboration with PayPal, they’re building a network of donors, businesses, and charities to raise new, unrestricted funds for charity. Using digital technology and working with leading internet businesses, they generate more than $35 million in donations each year to benefit charities in the US and UK. They provide donation and donor reports, aggregate donations for monthly electronic distribution, and handle legal registration requirements—all without charging donors or charities for their PayPal Giving Fund services.

Who can enroll in PayPal Giving Fund?
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To enroll in PayPal Giving Fund, you need a confirmed PayPal charity account. 501(c)(3) public charities, religious organizations, and government agencies can provide documentation to PayPal to confirm their PayPal business account belongs to a charity.

Do eBay Sellers/Donors need to enroll with PayPal Giving Fund?
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When someone sells an item for charity on eBay, PayPal Giving Fund collects the donation and deposits it into the charity’s PayPal account. To donate to a charity through PayPal Giving Fund, you need a PayPal account, but you don’t need to enroll with PayPal Giving Fund. Only charities need to register with PayPal Giving Fund.

Why do I need to confirm my charity PayPal account before enrolling in PPGF?
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When you enroll in PayPal Giving Fund, they fundraise on your behalf. To build trust with donors and protect the quality of their partner programs, they use PayPal’s account confirmation process to verify that all organizations enrolled in PayPal Giving Fund are legal charities by IRS standards.

How do I know if my PayPal business account has been confirmed as a charity account?
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When you enroll in PayPal Giving Fund they'll let you know if you need to confirm your PayPal charity account. You can also check by logging in to your PayPal account. Select Profile from the menu at the top of the page, select Business setup, then select the Account setup tab. If your account is confirmed, it will say, “We’ve confirmed your charity.” If not, it will say, “Confirm your charity status.”

When and how do charities get paid by PayPal Giving Fund?
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PayPal Giving Fund distributes donations to charities at the end of each month, depositing a single payment into each charity’s PayPal account, to reduce accounting costs. They make every effort to deliver each donation to the charity the donor chooses. If there’s a problem delivering a donation, they will contact the charity and try to resolve it. If they can’t resolve the problem after that, they may reassign the donation to a different charity. See PayPal Giving Fund’s Donation Delivery Policy for more details.

Will I pay any fees when I receive donations through PayPal Giving Fund?
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PayPal Giving Fund itself does not charge charities any fees for enrolling or receiving donations. In some cases their ecommerce partners may choose to charge fees on donations made through their platforms, which they will disclose to you.

How do we track the donations we receive through PayPal Giving Fund?
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You can track your donation details by logging in to your PayPal Giving Fund dashboard. Select Dashboard from the menu at the top of the page to view your Donation History and your Pending Donations. Select Activity from the same menu to view donation details.

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