[Nfbnet-members-list] National Federation of the Blind Launches Fundraising Campaign on eBay

Freeh, Jessica JFreeh at nfb.org
Thu Feb 3 20:14:30 UTC 2011



John G. Paré Jr.
Executive Director for Strategic Initiatives
National Federation of the Blind
(410) 659-9314, extension 2218
(410) 917-1965 (Cell)
jpare at nfb.org

National Federation of the Blind Launches
Fundraising Campaign on eBay

Baltimore, Maryland (February 3, 2011): The 
National Federation of the Blind (NFB) announced 
today that it will be a featured nonprofit on 
eBay this month, offering everyone the 
opportunity to buy, sell, or donate to support NFB’s job training programs.

Between January 31, and February 6, eBay buyers 
will be given the option of adding a $1 to $25 
donation to the NFB when they make a purchase on 
eBay.  In addition to donating at checkout, 
supporters can also go to the 
It" campaign page to make a direct donation to 
the NFB or to buy or sell items that support the NFB.

The NFB has been part of the eBay Giving Works 
program since 2009.  Since the 
<http://www.ebaygivingworks.com/>eBay Giving 
Works program was created in 2003, eBay buyers 
and sellers have raised $230 million for U.S. and 
U.K charities, and there are currently 650,000 
items listed on the marketplace that benefit 
nonprofits, all designated with a blue and yellow 
ribbon.  The program offers several easy ways to 
support a cause on eBay: sellers can donate a 
percentage of anything they sell, buyers can add 
a donation to anything they buy, anyone can make 
an immediate cash donation, and nonprofits can 
directly to raise funds. eBay users can support 
the NFB throughout the year whenever they buy and 
sell on eBay, simply by saving the NFB as their 
nonprofit and donating 10–100% every time they 
create a listing, or donating as little as $1 every time they check out.

Dr. Marc Maurer, President of the National 
Federation of the Blind, said: “The NFB is 
pleased with our relationship with eBay, a 
company that is demonstrating true vision and 
leadership by creating exciting opportunities for 
blind Americans.  Being featured during the 
checkout process of the world’s largest online 
marketplace is a wonderful opportunity not only 
to raise funds to improve the lives of blind 
Americans, but also to raise awareness about our 
organization and break down misconceptions about 
the true capacities of the blind.  We thank eBay 
for this opportunity and look forward to continuing our work together.”

In September 2010, the NFB and eBay 
a partnership to increase employment and business 
opportunities for blind Americans.  eBay.com now 
includes enhanced features for users to buy, bid 
and sell using the keyboard alone, as well as 
improved ways to navigate content using assistive 
technologies such as screen access software.  The 
blind can now more easily connect with eBay’s 92 
million users and shop from 200 million live listings.

For more information about the NFB, please visit 


About the National Federation of the Blind

With more than 50,000 members, the National 
Federation of the Blind is the largest and most 
influential membership organization of blind 
people in the United States.  The NFB improves 
blind people’s lives through advocacy, education, 
research, technology, and programs encouraging 
independence and self-confidence.  It is the 
leading force in the blindness field today and 
the voice of the nation's blind.  In January 2004 
the NFB opened the National Federation of the 
Blind Jernigan Institute, the first research and 
training center in the United States for the blind led by the blind.

About eBay Giving Works

<http://www.ebaygivingworks.com/>eBay Giving 
Works, powered by 
<http://www.missionfish.org/>MissionFish, is a 
trusted and effective program for nonprofit 
fundraising, helping people support their 
favorite causes easily and conveniently on 
eBay.  Sellers can donate part, or all, of a sale 
to a participating nonprofit of their choice and 
nonprofits can turn in-kind donations into 
unrestricted funding.  Buyers can easily find 
opportunities to support nonprofits while 
shopping on eBay and anyone with a PayPal account 
can safely make an online donation to fund a nonprofit’s extraordinary work.

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