Thursday, 12 March 2015

PayPal and eBay donate €55,000 to Irish charities

PayPal and eBay today announced that thirteen Irish charities will receive funding totalling almost €55,000 from the eBay Inc. GIVE Foundation in 2015. Nominated by employees of PayPal and eBay, at their Blanchardstown, Ballycoolin and Dundalk offices, the charities will receive GIVE grants to fund a number of projects, both locally and nationally.

The GIVE grants include the funding of two wishes for children through Make-A-Wish Ireland; essential supplies for the newly opened St. Francis Hospice in Blanchardstown, and funding towards the provision of a Tobii C15 Eye-Glaze device which will help someone with Motor Neurone Disease express themselves, converse and browse the web through the blinking of their eyes. St Ultan’s Childcare Project, based in Cherry Orchard, also received funding to develop sustainable programmes for both teenagers and adults to ensure the care and development of life skills for young people.

Both PayPal and eBay have a strong history of engaging with and supporting the communities within which they operate. The presentations were made by Louise Phelan, PayPal and Jean Marc Codsi, eBay.

Louise Phelan, Vice President of Global Operations for Europe, the Middle East and Africa, PayPal, said, “At PayPal, we pride ourselves on being an organisation that gives back to our local communities. Our corporate social responsibility strategy is our commitment to making the world a better place by enabling growth, enabling greener commerce and powering giving. We have some very generous teammates here in PayPal and eBay who raise substantial sums of funding and also donated over 2,000 volunteer hours to worthy causes last year. It is fantastic that we are now supporting another thirteen charities which our teammates nominated. Each of our chosen charities does hugely important work, and I am delighted that, as a company, can offer financial support of this scale to such worthy causes.”

Jean-Marc Codsi, Vice President of Global Customer Experience for Europe, eBay, said, “The PayPal and eBay teammates in both Dublin and Dundalk work so hard to support their local charities, through volunteering, through donations, and through participating in the many fundraising activities that are held on our campuses. I‘m delighted that the eBay Inc. GIVE Foundation can provide additional support to these charities and I’m immensely proud of the amazing community spirit shown by our teammates in Dublin and Dundalk”.