Doing Good Together

Typhoon Haiyan: One Year Later

Tomorrow marks the one-year anniversary of Typhoon Haiyan, in which tropical cyclones devastated Southeast Asia and destroyed many parts of the Phillippines. In response to the natural disaster, eBay and PayPal launched giving programs which provided opportunities for the community to take action. The results were astounding. In the first 30 days after the storm, over $23 million was generated for causes responding to the disaster, including American Red Cross, Doctors Without Borders, Save the Children, Mercy Corps and many more.

Through the process of helping raise funds for Typhoon Haiyan relief and recovery, we built a data visualization study. You'll find it’s fascinating to visually process the impact of donations – both large and small – from all over the globe. In this study, the following information was uncovered:

  • In the month following the storm, 563,622 donations were made from 162 different countries

  • Individual donations ranged from $0.01 to $20,000.

  • Over 80% of the $23 million was raised in the first 10 days.

  • The Philippines itself emerged as one of the top donating countries — the top five in order (both by number of donations and total raised) were the UK, US, Canada, Philippines and Australia.

Thanks to the eBay community for your continued support of disaster-related campaigns. As you can see, even the smallest of actions have a large impact.