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The MissionFish / eBay Information Gap

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PostPosted: Wed Feb 10, 2010 11:37 am    Post subject: The MissionFish / eBay Information Gap Reply with quote

MissionFish is an organization that manages donations made by
eBay sellers to over 16,000 charities.

I sell unique items on ebay, each tied to a specific location
or topic. I've started creating eBay listings that include
a donation to a distinct (different) charity for each listing.

Since I am doing a large numebr of auctions (200+ each time),
and because creating an auction can be error prone and time
consuming, I try to automate as many steps as possible.

To this end, I went searching for a table showing Missionfish
charities, their ID#s, and a little information about each.
I did not find such a table, so I contacted MissionFish directly.

My email correspondence with them is included below.



As I write, I am uploading about 250 eBay auctions. Each one
has a minimum bid of $9.95. If all sold at auction, that would
total at least $2500. I was prepared, if I could find an effective
way to do it, to link each of these auctions with a charity that
was appropriate to the contents of that auction. By my estimation
that meant $200 - $400 worth of donations to the charities you

Since I am unable to effectively link my auctions to your charities,
I will not be making these donations.

It is a smallish amount, I admit, but I may not be alone.
The loss that may accrue to the charities you represent could
easily amount to thousands of dollars per year.

And why? Because your database, which is presumably big enough
to hold the names and records for all the charities you
represent, is apparently not able to handle the creation of
a simple table, showing the names, locations, and ID#s for
those same charities.

I find this claim of yours to not be credible, which reflects,
of course, badly on your organization as a whole.

Although it is too late to use any information you may provide
with respect to these 250 listings, I would be interested in
learning how you intend to address this problem in the future.


-Brian Hansen

p.s. I will be posting this exchange, and your response, if any,

It will be under the forum "The First One is Free" and will mention
missionfish by name.

> Brian,
> It is not possible for us to pull a document of 17,000+ nonprofits, as
> you wish, as it would be too large for our database to handle.
> If you need help finding a specific nonprofit by cause or name, then
> please let me know the nonprofit you're looking for.
> Heather Hanson
> MissionFish Community Care
> Join us for a webinar!
> ar.html
> How did I do? Take this quick survey to let me know:
> ontact.Id}
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Brian Hansen []
> Sent: Monday, February 01, 2010 1:24 PM
> To: Heather
> Subject: Re: Is there a list of all nonprofits registered with
> MissionFish? [ ref:00D3B3z.5007Axpg7:ref ]
> Heather-
> Thanks for your quick reply.
> I am currently preparing 250 lots for sale on eBay.
> I must be pretty careful when I do this many lots at once.
> Even if a step takes only 1 minute, that adds up to over 4 hours
> when multiplied by 250. I hope that there is some way
> that I can get access to the full 16000 charities, their
> locations, and especially their ID numbers, in some kind
> of table. Can you help me? Thanks!
> -Brian
>> Hi Brian:
>> Thank you for writing in. You can find nonprofits by going to
>> and using the search function to search by name,
> type
>> or keyword. You can also narrow your search down by state.
>> Once you've found the nonprofits you'd like to support, you can click
>> through to their "About my nonprofit" page. Each "About my nonprofit"
>> page has the nonprofit's unique MissionFish ID number.
>> I hope this helps!
>> Kind regards,
>> Heather Hanson
>> MissionFish Community Care
>> How did I do? Take this quick survey to let me know:
> 2=0037000000ieAQu
>>><> ><> ><Your>> Was created on: 2/1/2010
>> Summary of your inquiry:
>> "Hello. I sell items on eBay, and, since December, have started
> including
>> charities in my sales. I would like to continue this practice, but I
> need
>> some help. I could go into more detail if needed, but for now, I can
> say
>> that I prefer to give to many different charities, possibly a
> different
>> charity for each listing. Due to the way I create my listings, it is
>> helpful to me to avoid using the ebay-provided interface for selecting
>> charities. What I need is a table of charities that missionfish/ebay
>> supports, along with their ID numbers. For instance, one of your
>> charities, "Zuni peace center" has the id # of 5530.
>> I don't find this list available anywhere on the web. Could you send
> me a
>> table, spreadsheet, word processing document, etc that has this
>> information? Thank you in advance for a quick response.
>> Best regards,
>> -Brian"
>> ref:00D3B3z.5007Axpg7:ref
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