PayPal Giving Fund is a registered not-for-profit organisation that raises new funds for charities through technology. Harnessing PayPal’s assets, PayPal Giving Fund is working to create a network of donors, businesses & charities so all can participate in helping charities raise new, unrestricted funds. Working with leading internet businesses, PayPal Giving Fund generates more than $35m in donations each year to benefit charities in the US and UK. Participation in PayPal Giving Fund is free, and we provide donation and donor reports, issue tax receipts, aggregate donations for monthly electronic distribution, and handle legal registration requirements — all without charging donors or charities for our services.*
PayPal makes it easy for donors to find and support their favourite charities while at home or on the go. Giving opportunities embedded in the PayPal customer experience are enhanced by seasonal campaigns and promotions that forge new connections and inspire people to give more and more often.
eBay for Charity makes it easy for members of the eBay community to support your favourite charities when buying and selling in one of the world’s largest marketplaces. They can donate a portion of their sales, add a donation to purchases during checkout, or buy an item that supports a great cause. Special features help eBay for Charity's items stand out, and charitable sellers are rewarded for their generosity with eBay fee credits proportional to the amount donated.
Humble Bundle, a leading retailer of digital games and eBooks, offers its customers the opportunity to support charity with every purchase they make. Through an innovative “pay what you want” pricing model, customers can choose not only what they want to pay but also what portion of that purchase is donated through PayPal Giving Fund to charities featured on the site.
Nick heads up the PayPal Giving Fund team globally, supporting the US and UK boards in developing and driving the organisation's strategy. Nick joined PayPal Giving Fund from ACEVO, the professional network for charity leaders, where as director of strategy he led the association's policy and professional development teams for three years, and undertook a secondment to the Cabinet Office to work on public service reform. He sits on the advisory board for the Institute of Fundraising National Convention, and is a trustee of the Willow Foundation.
He holds the Institute of Directors qualification in Company Directorship and a first class Philosophy degree from Cambridge. Nick is married with two children and lives in London. In his spare time he cycles, plays badminton and jazz guitar and gives talks on philosophy.
Ria has over 10 years of experience working with charities and eBay. She manages our cause programmes, including eBay for Charity and emerging PayPal Giving Fund fundraising platforms, to maximise the value generated and funds raised for good causes. In addition, Ria develops strategic partnerships with UK charities to increase the impact of their campaigns across digital channels.
Outside of work Ria is usually found in the nearest park trying to tire out her toddler son (and husband) on the tennis court or rugby pitch.
Tawheed is responsible for our communications and marketing. He’s here to make sure that the charities and partners we work with are kept up-to-date and that PayPal Giving Fund continues to reach out to new organisations and individuals.
Before coming on board with us, Tawheed worked for BRAC in Bangladesh for 4 years. He holds a bachelor’s and master’s degree from King’s College London. On weekends, Tawheed enjoys catching up with family, playing board games or watching shows with his wife.
Anya handles our accounting, overseeing our financial operations and preparing our accounts. She is an associate of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants External Link, and has worked in a wide range of organisations in the private and voluntary sectors.
Outside working hours, Anya spends her spare time cooking meals, tidying up after her offspring and husband, and running a taxi service for her children. She works out in the gym, enjoys playing tennis when the weather allows and hopes to attempt a half marathon.
Shosh joined PayPal Giving Fund from SOAS University of London. Previously she has worked for a number of years in the charity sector. She manages our cause programmes, including eBay for Charity and PayPal fundraising platforms, to maximise the value generated and funds raised for good causes. In addition, Shosh develops partnerships with UK charities to increase the impact of their campaigns across digital channels. Outside of work Shosh can be found walking in the countryside, cooking and spending time with friends and family.
Sharnie is a Richmond local and has a background in e-commerce, she supports the team to review and assist with global responses regarding PayPal Giving Fund. Sharnie studied Contemporary Art at Leeds Metropolitan University. Outside of work, Sharnie enjoys exploring London and the rest of the world. One day she hopes to get to New Zealand and squeeze in a trip around the USA too. She loves music, is an avid-reader and is really trying hard to enjoy her weekly gym visits – when they happen.
PayPal Giving Fund is overseen by an experienced Board of Directors which, on behalf of our donors and beneficiaries, is charged with governing our operations, monitoring our effectiveness, and establishing overall strategy. Among other responsibilities, the board meets regularly to oversee the organisation's policies and practices to promote integrity, transparency and accountability.
Matthew trained as an accountant with Arthur Andersen, before joining Rothschild as a corporate financier, where he worked for fifteen years. At Rothschild Matthew advised on a large number of acquisitions, disposals and fundraisings, principally in the telecoms and technology sector. Subsequently, Matthew has worked as for University College London Hospitals as an adviser on strategic developments, including the development of a new ambulatory cancer centre and the bid to establish the first proton beam therapy centre, and has been running the corporate decision support and financial reporting team. Matthew currently works as an interim finance director and consultant within the healthcare and technology markets.
Angela heads up the Marketing and Communications team at national hospice and neurological charity Sue Ryder, where she has responsibility for Digital, Marketing, PR and Internal Communications. Angela has spent the last six years working in the charitable sector developing and delivering strategies for small and larger charities, including The Health Foundation and Beating Bowel Cancer. Prior to that she worked at Oracle Corporation. Angela has an MA in Charity Management and a BA (Hons) in Politics.
Alison Sagar joined PayPal in January 2012 as PayPal’s Marketing Director for the UK and Ireland. In addition to her role as Marketing Director, she is responsible for the UK’s overall Consumer Strategy and part of the Global Marketing Leadership Team. Alison started her career on the British Airways marketing and general management graduate programme. After an MBA at INSEAD, she joined Booz Allen Hamilton as a strategy consultant specialising in customer growth strategies, and then joined American Express where she held a number of VP positions in sales and marketing. During this time, Alison set up a registered charity to raise money for a variety of health related causes including the Sick Children’s Trust and Ellen MacArthur’s Cancer Trust. Alison holds a 1st Class Degree in Mathematics and Management Science and an MBA with Distinction.
Julia leads communications for eBay in the UK, Ireland, France and Spain. She has more than 15 years’ experience leading organisational communications through periods of significant change. During her time at eBay she has focused on updating perceptions of one of the best-loved brands on the planet. Prior to eBay, Julia lived and worked “Down Under” as head of mass and brand communications for Vodafone Australia. She graduated from Leeds University with a Masters in Communications. She also holds an undergraduate degree in French and European Studies from the University of Edinburgh.
Llewellyn supports small, innovative firms in the UK, where he specialises in competitive and operational strategy. He was previously information strategy lead at BearingPoint UK, and is currently a Board Member of the Association for Image and Information Management International. Llewellyn has an MBA in Finance and Strategy, and Honours Degrees in Arts and Law, and is currently studying for his PhD in Innovation and Entrepreneurship at Imperial College London.
As PayPal’s Head of Global Social Innovation, Sean Milliken leads the company’s efforts to harness the power of its unique assets and expertise to improve the lives of people and the communities in which they live and work. Previous to his current role, Milliken served as Director of Nonprofit Strategy for eBay Inc. Milliken joined eBay Inc. following their acquisition of MissionFish, an organisation he founded in 1999 and led until 2011. Under his leadership, the award-winning social enterprise teamed up with eBay to launch eBay for Charity, a ground-breaking charitable giving programme that enables eBay’s community of users to donate to their favourite causes through their buying and selling activity – and that has raised over $500 million since its inception.
Sean started MissionFish after working as Associate Vice President of Marketing & Development for Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Atlanta. He developed a passion for using entrepreneurial initiatives for social good while helping teens start successful businesses. He led a collaboration with the University of Southern California Entrepreneur Programme that created the Centre for Entrepreneurship at Manual Arts High School, a business incubator and micro-loan programme for young people in South Central Los Angeles. Sean began his career at Communities In Schools, the nation's leading community-based organisation devoted to helping young people succeed in school and prepare for life.
He is a co-author featured in the book Innovation and Technology Strategies, the Founding Board Chair for the PayPal Giving Fund, and a member of the National Leadership Council for Communities In Schools.
Eva Gustavsson is the Director, Government Relations EMEA at PayPal since January 2016. She also serves a member of the PayPal UK Ltd. Management Team and sponsor for Social Innovation. Before joining PayPal, Eva worked for several years at Barclays PLC where she was responsible for management of the bank’s relations with UK and EME regulators. Prior to joining Barclays, Eva was a financial services consultant with the Corporate Executive Board in Washington, DC and London. Currently Ms. Gustavsson is a Board Trustee of PayPal Giving Fund UK a registered non-profit that raises new funds for charities through technology. She has a degree in Foreign Service from Georgetown University and an MBA from the London Business School. Eva is an Associate member of the Chartered Institute for Securities & Investment (CISI).
Naomi Marek lives in Cambridge with her two boys Max and Louis. Max developed a life threatening condition and learning disabilities when he was 6 years old. Before founding Sky Badger she worked as a fine artist for 15 years. Naomi has also worked within several primary and secondary education provisions, sitting on several boards of Trustees both as a general member, a specialist SEN member and as chair. When her son became ill, Naomi realized that there was a lot of support and advice to help him but no way to find it. So she started on the journey to create a new charity, Sky Badger, to share what she’d found to help other families in the same situation. Four years on, Sky Badger has supported almost 700,000 families looking for help and adventure for their disabled children. The charity has five staff and over 80 volunteers. Approximately 7,000 families and paediatric professionals use the Sky Badger website every day.
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