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|Type of business||Private|
|Key people||Coppy Holzman (CEO, Founder)|
|Industry||Online Charity Auctions|
Charitybuzz is a for-profit internet company that raises funds for nonprofit organizations through online charity auctions with celebrities and brands. Auction experiences include music, entertainment, business, politics, sports, art, fashion and other industries.
The company was founded in 2005 by CEO Coppy Holzman, and board members Brad Reisner and Serena Chew. As of December 2016, the company has raised more than $200 million for charity through its website with more than 3,200 nonprofits partners.
Origins and history
CEO Coppy Holzman founded Charitybuzz out of his Westport, Connecticut home in April 2005. After a conversation with Chevy Chase and President Bill Clinton at a reception to benefit the Clinton Library in late 2004. He launched Charitybuzz a few months later with one employee and a directive from Chase to raise funds for The Center for Environmental Education. Holzman and his team persuaded 70 celebrities and luxury brands into donating meet-and-greets, VIP tickets, vacations and other gifts for the company’s first auction. The first experience auctioned was a Caddyshack golf outing with Bill Murray and Chase. After a segment with Chase on the TODAY show, the online auction site raised $250,000 within two weeks. After its initial success, Charitybuzz's business grew quickly through word of mouth.
Holzman ran Charitybuzz part-time until the fall of 2007, when he committed to operating the business full-time and moved the company out of his home and into an office space. In 2008, he registered charitybuzz as a sub-chapter S in Delaware and secured a board of directors which included Kerry Kennedy, Peter Borish, Jonah Goodhart, Jon Melzer, Stuart Sundlow, and Jayni Chase.
Soon after, during the height of the recession in 2009, the company marked $100 million in bids and one million unique visitors. By 2010, with more than 1,500 online charity auctions complete, Charitybuzz doubled in size by expanding its focus to include corporate philanthropy support. The company subsequently moved its headquarters and staff from Connecticut to an 8,000 square foot office at 437 Fifth Avenue in New York City.  
In early 2012, Charitybuzz added Macy’s Chief Stores Officer Peter Sachse to its Board of Directors. In 2012, Charitybuzz launched a new celebrity concierge service for charity called "Do Good Dream Big," where bidders could request customized celebrity access for a minimum donation of $20,000.
Charitybuzz unveiled an updated logo in an updated logo in April 2013. In September 2013, Patrick Farrell was appointed Chief Operating Officer, a new position within Charitybuzz 
In November 2013, Charitybuzz marked $100 million raised for nonprofits and celebrated by ringing the bell at the New York Stock Exchange on Black Friday. 
In 2014, Charitybuzz raised $30 million for its nonprofit partners, bringing its total raised since inception in 2005 to $130 million. Celebrities including Bruce Springsteen and Matthew McConaughey supported their favorite causes to raise money for organizations including the RFK Center for Justice and Human Rights, Gabrielle’s Angel Foundation for Cancer Research, WhyHunger, Sweet Relief Musicians Fund, The Kristen Ann Carr Fund and more. The top lots from 2014 included the opportunity to meet Sir Paul McCartney backstage which sold for $105,000 for the MTV Staying Alive Foundation and Coffee with Journey's Steve Perry which sold for $75,000 to benefit City of Hope.
By auctioning luxury items and celebrity-backed experiences through the internet to bidders worldwide, Charitybuzz is able to raise funds for foundations and non-profits. Charitybuzz's staff of 40 provides auction services for more than 3,200 nonprofit clients, as well as cause marketing support for many for-profit brands looking to enhance their corporate philanthropy programs.At the end of each auction, Charitybuzz keeps 20 percent to cover its operating costs.
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Charitybuzz auctions have included:
- Coffee with Apple CEO Tim Cook at Apple Headquarters in Cupertino, CA to benefit the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights. Final bid: $610,000 (2013)
- Be One of the First in the U.S. to Own a Lamborghini Aventador to benefit One Drop Foundation. Final bid: $610,000 (2013)
- Nudo Sulla Sedia, 2010 Oil on Canvas Painting by Fernando Botero to benefit European School of Economics Foundation. Final bid: $340,000 (2012)
- Lunch with Michael R. Bloomberg in New York City, NY to benefit The Humane Society of the United States. Final bid: $185,000 (2012)
- Lifetime Membership to All Current and Future Trump National Golf Courses to benefit Donald J. Trump Foundation. Final bid: $185,000 (2012)
- Own this One-of-a-Kind LeBron James Customized 2015 Kia K900 Luxury Sedan to benefit LeBron James Family Foundation. Final bid: $111.000 (2015)
- Meet Jeremy Lin after watching the Knicks at Madison Square Garden from VIP seats and take home his game-worn jersey. Final bid: $42,388 (2012) 
- The chance to spend a day shadowing former President Bill Clinton to benefit the Clinton Foundation. Final bid: $250,000 (2011) 
- A meet-and-greet with Oprah Winfrey before the last taping of her talk show to benefit the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights. Final bid: $105,000 (2011) 
- Attend both the Elton John AIDS Foundation Dinner and the Vanity Fair Oscar Party to benefit the Natural Resources Defense Council. Final bid: $100,000 (2011)
- Pitch your big idea to Rupert Murdoch to benefit the Global Poverty Project. Final bid: $85,000 (2011)
- A private singing with Paul Simon to benefit the Children's Health Fund. Final Bid: $75,000 (2011)
- Front-row VIP seats to a Paul McCartney concert at Yankee Stadium and the chance to meet him backstage to benefit the Green Schools Initiative. Final bid: $70,000 
- A behind-the-scenes tour of Facebook's headquarters with Company Director Blake Ross to benefit the Peace Corps. Final bid: $70,000 (2011)
- Meet legendary German designer Karl Lagerfeld at the Chanel Couture fashion show in Paris to benefit Runway to Green. Final bid: $65,000 (2011)
- Join Harrison Ford as his co-pilot during a flight over California to benefit Conservation International. Final bid:$65,000 (2011)
- A walk-on role on AMC's Mad Men to benefit the American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California. Final bid: $60,000 (2011)
- The chance to sit in on The Howard Stern Show at Sirius Radio and meet the host to benefit Rosie's Theater Kids. Final bid: $55,000 (2011)
- Take home Lady Gaga's signed Steinway Piano, used during her performance for the Robin Hood Foundation gala, to benefit Ten O'Clock Classics. Final bid: $42,500 (2011)
- Sit courtside with Jay-Z at a Nets vs. Knicks game to benefit the Stephen Gaynor School. Final bid: $42,000 (2011)
- Meet Taylor Swift backstage at the concert of your choice to benefit the Robert F. Kennedy Center. Final bid: $37,600 (2011)
- The very first Chevrolet Volt off the production line to benefit Detroit Public Schools. Final bid: $225,000 (2010)
- Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Las Vegas Strip Tourbillon Limited Edition Watch signed by Jay-Z to benefit Broadway Cares. Final bid: $220,000 (2010)
- Audemars Piguet Lady Millenary Astrologia Limited Edition Watch signed by Meryl Streep sold twice to benefit Broadway Cares. Final bid: $100,000 (2010)
- Meet Paul McCartney at the Apollo Theater to benefit the Green Schools Initiative. Final bid: $130,000 (2010)
- Meet Robert Pattinson of the set of Twilight: Breaking Dawn to benefit the GO Campaign. Final bid: $85,000 (2010)
- Play golf with Tom Watson to benefit The Pink Pony Fund. Final bid: $80,500 (2010)
- Play golf with President Bill Clinton to benefit Christie's Green Auction. Final bid: $80,000 (2010)
- Get a backstage tour from U2's The Edge to benefit Gabrielle's Angel Foundation. Final bid: $80,000 (2010)
- Meet Prince William at the Chakravarty Cup to benefit the Chakravarty Cup. Final bid: $71,250
- Watch Simon Doonan create the Barney's Christmas windows to benefit Christie's Green Auction. Final bid: $60,000 (2010)
- Be Sir Elton John's guest at his star-studded Oscar party to benefit the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights. Final bid: $52,000 (2010)
- Meet Ralph Lauren at New York Fashion Week to benefit The Pink Pony Fund. Final bid: $51,000 (2010)
- Have Shepard Fairey paint your portrait to benefit the Robert F. Kennedy Center. Final bid: $45,000 (2010)
- Spend a week interning at Vogue and meet Anna Wintour to benefit the Robert F. Kennedy Center. Final bid: $42,500 (2010)
- Meet James Cameron at a private viewing of Avatar to benefit MUSE Elementary School. Final bid: $42,500 (2010)
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