FUNimation Entertainment Launches Charity Auction on eBay to Raise Funds for Japan Relief Efforts

Apr 5th 2011
Flower Mound, TX (April 5, 2011) – Following the 9.0 magnitude earthquake and tsunami that struck Japan on March 11, North American anime leader FUNimation Entertainment has launched an eBay auction to raise funds for continuing disaster relief efforts.

The online auction, “Relief for Japan,” will begin April 5 and all proceeds will go to the Japan Earthquake and Tsunami Relief Fund – a GlobalGiving project. Already, GlobalGiving has disbursed more than $800,000 to non-governmental organizations like International Medical Corps and Save the Children. Donations that continue to be made will now go nearly exclusively to local Japanese organizations on the ground, such as Japan Platform, Civic Force and other Japanese based groups providing immediate aid and emergency services to those affected by these catastrophic events.

Anime fans can support the effort by bidding on rare items, the first group of which features a Summer Wars poster signed by Japanese director Mamoru Hosoda along with Hanafuda cards and a T-shirt, a Soul Eater mini-poster signed by the Japanese cast and crew, as well as a One Piece poster signed by the English dub cast. FUNimation will donate 100% of each generous winning bid to the GlobalGiving project.

“The scale of the devastation is unimaginable,” said FUNimation president and CEO Gen Fukunaga. “However, this auction is a long term promise to help our business partners, our friends, our family, and the people of Japan, not only in this time of urgent need but in the months ahead as the country recovers from this tragedy.”

FUNimation's auction will be listed through eBay Giving Works at http://myworld.ebay.com/funimationentertainment. The eBay Giving Works program makes it easy and convenient for eBay's 90 million active community members to buy and sell items that support their favorite nonprofits. Since the inception of the program in 2003, eBay buyers and sellers have raised more than $230 million total global funds to date for U.S. and U.K. nonprofit organizations.

For more information about the auction, please visit http://funimation.com/relief-for-japan/ .

About GlobalGiving
GlobalGiving enables individuals and organizations to find and direct funds to high-impact, grassroots projects. By aggregating many donors, GlobalGiving is creating a new source of funding for people with innovative solutions to challenging world issues. Corporate partners include Pepsi, Discovery Communications, Ford Motor Company, and Nike, among others. In addition, major funding partners include Omidyar Network, the Hewlett Foundation, and Sall Family Foundation. To date, the GlobalGiving community has made over $50 million in contributions to more than 4,000 projects around the world. GlobalGiving is a trusted, Better Business Bureau-accredited; nonprofit that provides a platform for great organizations around the world to raise funds for their important work.

About eBay Inc.
Founded in 1995 in San Jose, Calif., eBay Inc. (NASDAQ:EBAY) connects millions of buyers and sellers globally on a daily basis through eBay, the world's largest online marketplace, and PayPal, which enables individuals and businesses to securely, easily and quickly send and receive online payments. We also reach millions through specialized marketplaces such as StubHub, the world's largest ticket marketplace, and eBay Classifieds sites, which together have a presence in more than 1,000 cities around the world. For more information about the company and our global portfolio of online brands, visit www.ebayinc.com .

About FUNimation Entertainment
FUNimation® Entertainment is the leading company for home video sales of Japanese animation in the United States. FUNimation has a proven formula for launching and advancing brands, and manages a full spectrum of rights for most of its brands including broadcasting, licensing, production, internet, and home video sales and distribution. For more information about FUNimation Entertainment and its brands, visit www.funimation.com.

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