Tax Exempt Status
Organizations must be a tax-exempt, non-profit as defined by the IRS code 510(c)(3) or a registered charity in Canada or the United Kingdom. Organizations that do not provide documents to verify this status will not be considered.
Proximity to a BABW Store
Organizations must serve an area within 50 miles of a Build-A-Bear Workshop store to receive a donation.
Organizations must have or support programs that further our mission to inspire kids to be Helpful, Empowered, Accepting, Respectful and Team players and embody the values of H.E.A.R.T.:
- H - Help the community
- E - Empower yourself and others
- A - Accept what makes you and others unique
- R - Respect animals and the world around you
- T - Team up to do more
Build-A-Bear requires applications be submitted at least 90 days in advance from when a donation is needed. Requests received with less than 90 days’ notice will be declined. Organizations will receive notification of their request’s status within 30 days of submission.
Donated product must be used for the purposes outlined in the requestor’s application.
In order to help as many organizations as possible, we ask that you limit your request to no more than 500 furry friends. Any requests for more than 500 furry friends will be connected with our Corporate Sales team.
We are unable to donate clothing, accessories or sounds separately from our furry friends.
In an effort to help as many as possible, if an organization receives a donation, they are not eligible to receive another donation for one calendar year.
We are unable to support the following:
- Raffles, Auctions, Silent Auctions, Door Prizes, Gift Bags or Tricky Trays
- PTO, PTA, PTSA or Booster Club organizations
- Individuals or families, including those who are requesting product for donation to charitable organizations or for fundraising purposes
- Political or partisan organizations
- Churches or religious organizations for religious purposes
- Organizations that discriminate on the basis of race, gender, religion or sexual orientation
- Labor Organizations
How to apply
Donation requests must be submitted via our online application. Requests submitted via email, phone call, letter or fax to Build-A-Bear associates in-store or at BearQuarters will not be accepted.
Build-A-Bear reserves the right to grant or deny an organization’s application or participation at any time, for any reason, and to supplement or amend the Donation Guidelines at any time and without notice. Selections are made at Build-A-Bear’s sole discretion and are not subject to external review. Product cannot be returned or exchanged for credit. By completing the Build-A-Bear donation application, your organization agrees to these conditions.
Thank you for your interest in a donation from Build-A-Bear! Our mission is to add a little more to life and inspire kids to be Helpful, Empowered, Accepting, Respectful and Team players.
Before requesting a donation, please review the following information carefully:
We are unable to donate stuffing, clothing, accessories or sounds separately from our furry friends.
Donations to Individuals and Families
Build-A-Bear appreciates and celebrates all the people working to make a difference and help others. We understand that there are many opportunities for individuals to make an impact by providing furry friends to those in need. Unfortunately, we are unable to provide product donations or cash contributions to individuals. All contributions must be made to registered charities or 501(c)(3) non-profit organizations.
Build-A-Bear is happy to provide discounts to organizations and individuals who do not fit our giving criteria but are doing good work in their community. If you are interested in purchasing a large quantity of furry friends to donate, please email firstname.lastname@example.org to request a service discount request form.
Donations for Off Site Events
We are unable to donate to parties and events that take place outside of a Build-A-Bear Workshop store. However, we are happy to extend our service discount to events that serve a charitable purpose and include a donation to the local community.
Donating a Portion of Proceeds
Build-A-Bear is committed to supporting as many organizations as possible through in-kind donations, grants, and national partnerships. Unfortunately, we are unable to provide donations from a portion of our sales. We are happy to consider support via product donation or a grant request.
Donation boxes at Take Me Home
We are unable to allow organizations to solicit donations from our guests via donation boxes at Take Me Home. All in-store activity must be approved by the Manager, Foundation & Giving, and support our mission to add a little more heart to life by inspiring kids to be Helpful, Empowered, Accepting, Respectful, and Team players.
Setting Up a Table in Store to Raise Funds and/or Awareness for a Cause
We are unable to have any organization set up a table at our stores due to traffic logistics to ensure the best guest experience.
Build-A-Bear is happy to provide discounts for organizations and individuals who do not fit our giving criteria but are doing good work in their community. If you are interested in purchasing a large quantity of furry friends to donate, please email email@example.com to request a service discount request form.