eBay Fundraising Tournament For The Environment

News: HumanityCalls combines social media and philanthropy in the form of online fundraising tournaments at www.HumanityCalls.org.

More than 100 nonprofits working to solve world issues have just begun competing for funding in the eBay Fundraising Tournament for the Environment. The public votes on winners and individual contributions drive up the tournament cash pool amount seeded by eBay. Together our efforts can make a significant difference.
Press Release:

$50,000 from eBay for Fundraising Tournament. Top-voted Nonprofits Win.

New York, NY, April 28, 2010 – HumanityCalls.org today launched its initial fundraising tournament with $50,000 from eBay. For 8 weeks, a global community will vote on the top environmental nonprofits around the world to determine how this money, and much more, will be split up.

The tournament is at the heart of a movement in which organizations use online voting to inspire philanthropy. Unique to Humanity Calls, however, is a primary focus on social media and game play elements, which are expected to drive greater participation and charitable giving.

While Humanity Calls aims to conduct multiple tournaments over time, its first revolves around environmental issues, such as climate change, conservation, renewable energy and pollution. Over 100 nonprofits have signed up for the tournament, with more expected to join.

“Humanity Calls will invigorate the fundraising process and make it fun,” says Humanity Calls Director, Ron Bouganim. “Through game mechanics and social networking, many small acts of kindness can add up to real change on a planetary level.”

Ready To Make An Impact? Here’s What To Do Now:

Nonprofit organizations focused on the environment register at no cost, create a profile at HumanityCalls.org and reach out to their supporters asking for their vote.

· Simply logging in to HumanityCalls.org provides anyone with an initial vote to cast in favor of the organization they believe to be most worthy to share in the tournament cash pool.

· Additional votes can be earned by donating directly to participating nonprofits, donating to the larger tournament cash pool and referring others to HumanityCalls.org.

· At the tournament close, the top-voted nonprofits share in the cash pool, consisting of the original $50,000 sponsor donation from eBay plus all donations made by individuals to the tournament cash pool during the tournament.

· 100% of all donations collected by Humanity Calls during the tournament (less third party payment processing fees) are passed along to nonprofits.

“eBay is proud to be the first company to support a Humanity Calls fundraising tournament,” said Robert Chatwani, head of Global Citizenship for eBay. “Their emphasis on crowd sourcing and social networking to drive online fundraising is a model that we intuitively understand at eBay, and the immediate focus on the environment gives us the opportunity to support an issue that is high priority for us.”

The eBay Fundraising Tournament for the Environment will run through June 22, 2010. Humanity Calls plans to host future fundraising tournaments for global causes such as health, education, poverty and human rights. For more information about Humanity Calls, the eBay Fundraising Tournament for the Environment, a complete list of currently participating nonprofits or information on becoming a corporate sponsor, visit www.humanitycalls.org.

About Humanity Calls
HumanityCalls.org is a fundraising tournament website designed to bring together nonprofits, companies, and individuals focused on addressing global challenges such as the environment, health, education, poverty and human rights. Humanity Calls is a registered 501(c)3 nonprofit organization powered by volunteers that supports itself through direct individual donations and corporate sponsorship fees.

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You have the opportunity to bid on one-of-a-kind items to help St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in the fight against childhood cancer and other life-threatening illnesses. Bid on St. Jude items on eBay Giving Works.
Whenever you buy an item on the St. Jude eBay Giving Works page, the seller will donate 10% to 100% of the final sale price to the cause. All money raised through St. Jude auctions will go toward helping doctors and researchers at St. Jude find cures for children all over the world. Items that benefit nonprofits such as St. Jude are marked with a blue and yellow ribbon. Members of eBay with a PayPal account can make an online cash donation or you can donate to St. Jude at the eBay checkout.

As an eBay seller you can also contribute to this great cause by designating between 10 and 100 percent of your listing’s final sale price to benefit St. Jude. Sellers that create a listing with eBay Giving Works will receive the eBay Giving Works Fee Credit which will credit the Insertion and final Value Fees back to the seller, equal to the percentage of the final sale price!  Learn how to create an eBay Giving Works listing for St. Jude.

Remember St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital as you shop or sell on eBay and help ensure the dream of hospital founder Danny Thomas that “no child should die in the dawn of life.” 

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