May 4, 2020 | Franz Paasche, SVP Corporate Affairs
The Coronavirus pandemic has had an impact on people, businesses, and charities around the world, from individuals caring for sick family members, to hospital workers on the front lines, to local small businesses struggling to stay afloat. We’re experiencing unprecedented disruption to every facet of life during these uncertain times.
In the face of many hardships, the outpouring of grassroots generosity and giving from around the world has been truly inspiring. We are seeing acts of kindness across our platform and throughout our community of employees, partners, and customers.
The pandemic has demonstrated the need for collaboration and leadership across industries, geographies, and sectors. At PayPal we’re working to do our part to support the needs of our employees, we’ve leveraged our platform to enable relief for our small business customers, assisted governments in providing needed small business loans and stimulus payments, and we’ve enabled global giving and made contributions to relief efforts on the front lines of the pandemic. We’re also working with businesses and organizations who are raising relief funds in new ways, including Live Nation’s Crew Nation fundraising campaign and Spotify’s Artist Fundraising Pick.
Today, we’re continuing our support for COVID-19 relief by joining with partners and organizations around the world to amplify and support #GivingTuesdayNow on May 5th, a new global day of giving and unity.
At a time when we are all navigating the disruption and impact of the pandemic, acts of generosity and kindness are bringing people of all races, faiths, and political views closer together across the globe. Even as we practice physical distancing, this generosity brings us closer together.
In this spirit of generosity, whether you need help or want to help, we’re working to provide ways to show your support for COVID-19 relief, and join the global effort on May 5th for #GivingTuesdayNow.
Donate to COVID-19 Relief Efforts:
Together with PayPal Giving Fund Canada, PayPal has launched a COVID-19 fundraising campaign in Canada to support organizations educating the public, preventing new infections, and assisting with recovery. Customers can donate here or in the PayPal app today. PayPal covers all processing costs, ensuring that 100% of your donation will support charities providing relief and recovery efforts.
Give at Checkout:
With online shopping increasing while shelter-in-place orders are in effect, you can integrate giving into your everyday shopping. Look for the option to donate $1 at checkout when your check out with PayPal, adding a small donation to make a big difference – people have already donated over $350k at checkout to support COVID-19 relief efforts, with more than 2 million individual donations in 2019. You can set your favourite charity in your PayPal profile to confirm the charity that you’ll see, or PayPal will suggest a charity supporting COVID-19 relief efforts during this time.
Collect money for those in need:
You can use PayPal.me to collect money for those in need. For example, if you’d like to collect money to buy groceries for your parents, seniors or grandparents, or to pay bills for someone struggling to make ends meet, you can create a personalized PayPal.Me link or start a Money Pool group fund. You can share the link with others to easily gather funds to help those in need.*
*Sending and receiving funds requires an account with PayPal.
There are many ways to give help and get help this #GivingTuesdayNow. For more ideas, visit the #GivingTuesdayNow idea factory.
We thank our PayPal community for stepping up and helping others at this difficult time.