MissionFish £10,000 Online Business Grants for charities

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MissionFish, (the company recently purchased by eBay which handles eBay for Charity payments), have just announced to charitable grants of up to £10,000 to support charities that want to set up online businesses and need additional funding to get started.

The grants will provide funding for charities to set up an online trading or fund raising business, or grow an existing online trading business, by taking advantage of platforms such as eBay for Charity to raise unrestricted funding for their charity.

During the trial, two grants of up to £10,000 are available, with a view to exploring demand. If more than two sufficiently high quality applications are received, MissionFish may make further funds available to support them.

247 TopSeller, an eBay ecommerce solutions provider, have agreed to support the charitable grants with a year’s ecommerce consultancy and advice, and a high-quality design upgrade and accompanying hosting and support. 247 TopSeller will also offer to develop a Webstore, if required, at a highly subsidised cost.

Whilst £10,000 sounds like a lot of money to set up a new eBay online business if a charity needs to recruit new staff, set up storage or transport for collection of donated goods it will soon be swallowed up. It’s going to be interesting to see how the chosen charities make use of the funds and how the £10,000 assists them in increasing their online fundraising.

Charities interested in starting a new online fundraising venture have until the 31st July to submit their MissionFish Online Business Grant Application Form.

28 Responses

  1. your either a business or a charity cant see how you can be moral and both

  2. There are differant types of Charity. For example a Public School is also an Educational Charity. I was actively involved years ago in setting up a Railway Society that bought and Preserved a Steam Railway Locomotive. It became both a Charity and a Limited Liability Company(limited by guarantee) and was registered under the Friendly and Provident Societies Act. I hope this shows northuimbrian that Charities can be more complicated than standing on the corner with a begging bowl and then giving the monies collected to the needy.

  3. Some charities do great work, however many abuse their position and often the managers are VERY highly paid as opposed to those on the ground doing the work/fund raising…

    …I personally don’t think that the restored Railway Locomotive has had any real impact on the starving, abused, beaten of this world but that’s just my opinion.

  4. Not sure if this is correct but if I give money to dodgy religious cult charity, the charity can then claim the tax that I originally paid on that donation back from HMRC. So that tax revenue is removed from our collective tax pot, which means there is less money for govt.. So govt. needs to raise more revenue. So everyone pays more to govt. to subsidize dodgy religious cult. Is this how it works?

  5. another thing we certainly dont do is cynically donate to a charity via ebay as a marketing hook

  6. “Oxfam is the largest retailer of second hand books in Europe, selling around 12 million per year.”

    Food for thought if your making your living from Books!


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