SAN JOSE, Calif., May 18, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- The eBay Foundation is announcing this week $10 million in grants to support COVID-19 relief worldwide, increasing its efforts to a total of nearly $15 million in COVID-19 related grants to date. So far in 2020, the Foundation has tripled grantmaking from 2019; this week's additional funding round is the largest in its history and comes at a vital time for communities and small businesses adversely impacted by the pandemic.
"As we navigate our 'new normal' amid COVID-19, we all hear — and say — what an unprecedented time this is, and that is undoubtedly true," said Allie Ottoboni, president, eBay Foundation. "And so, we felt it was critical to meet the moment and provide an unprecedented level of funding from the eBay Foundation to underrepresented entrepreneurs and small businesses who make our communities what they are."
"eBay has been an important partner to us over the years as we've partnered on employee lending initiatives," said Neville Crawley, CEO of Kiva. "We are thrilled and incredibly proud to receive this additional funding from eBay, which comes at a crucial time for small businesses and entrepreneurs around the world needing necessary funds due to COVID-19."
"This incredibly generous grant from the eBay Foundation will help save small businesses on the front lines of this unparalleled crisis," said Jennifer DaSilva, executive director, Start Small Think Big. "With eBay's support, Start Small Think Big will be able to ensure that small businesses, who are so often left behind, have critical access to the services they need the most now."
eBay is committed to helping our local and international communities through the pandemic. This new round of grants from the eBay Foundation, which provide crucial support for the most vulnerable populations impacted by the pandemic, builds on the efforts from the company to support our sellers and small business communities globally through programs like Up & Running.
As a purpose-driven technology company, we strive every day to empower people and create economic opportunity. Established in 1998, the eBay Foundation was the first corporate foundation to be endowed with pre-IPO stock. Its mission is to foster inclusive entrepreneurship, especially in the communities where eBay's employees live and work, and we aim to act as a catalyst for change by supporting entrepreneurs and small businesses, targeting vulnerable and marginalized groups. We leverage our resources, platform and people to create a more equitable global economy, and we engage eBay employees to make a greater impact in communities around the globe. With the additional funds committed in 2020, the Foundation will have provided nearly $60 million in grants globally.
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