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Jessica Peace-Urgelles is the Outreach Director for Miss A. She first and foremost, a mom to a very handsome and intelligent little boy and a frenchie named Escobar. She is addicted to social good and connecting people to charitable causes.

She grew up in the hills of southeastern Kentucky, and loves all things related to the Bluegrass State. They take pride in horses, basketball, and bourbon, but she likes porch swings and sweet tea too! She is torn between her love of cowboy boots and designer heels, and is always wearing at least one strand of pearls. Her heart is equally content enjoying a night out in the city or a weekend away getting dirty on the farm. She has a thick southern accent and is notorious for using it to her advantage. Her competing interests led her to write her blog, Blog of a Bluegrass Belle about growing up Southern, people dear to herheart, and herlove of various causes.

She is a member of the Bluegrass Junior Womans Club. BJWC is a non-profit whose focus is helping underprivileged women, children, and families in central Kentucky. Her work with BJWC led her to the United Nations Foundation Shot@Life campaign where she became a Champion and passionate advocate. She believes every child deserves a shot at a healthy life through global vaccine access.

Shop For A Cause: Ebay Giving Works And Paypal Giving Fund

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Did you know that you could shop every day to benefit hundreds of verified non-profit organizations? Ebay has a program called Giving Works. The program is implemented directly into Ebay’s regular auctions. You can find auctions with charitable donation designations through the Giving Works homepage.

Non-profit organizations who would like to list items directly can do so by registering through PayPal Giving Fund as a direct seller. Paypal verifies that the organization is IRS registered 501(c)(3) compliant, does not promote hate or violence, and has no known terrorist ties. The organization receives special designation on their Ebay seller page. The non-profit can use this designation to help raise awareness for their cause. One hundred percent of all direct seller auctions are donated to the charity.

You can also donate items to be auctioned off for your favorite charity or even designate just a portion of the proceeds. In order to be eligible for a charity listing you must donate between 10 to 100 percent of an auction to an approved Giving Works non-profit. The only exception is automobiles, which can designate as little as 1 percent.

A few of the most popular non-profits on Giving Works are:

Photo Credit: Paypal

Photo Credit: Paypal

I browsed around to find hundreds of fantastic items. There were listings for Burberry, Lilly Pulitzer, MAC, Ralph Lauren and many other high-end brands. Are you looking to purchase a car? I found someone donating a small portion of the sales of a BMW Z4 Roadster to the Wounded Warrior Project.  There were listings for clothing, purses, makeup, automobiles and even travel. Over $333 million has been donated to non-profits to date. In addition to buying and selling for charitable organizations you can donate directly to causes.

You can use Ebay Giving Works and PayPal Giving Fund to raise money and awareness for your favorite non-profit organizations today!

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