In-Kind Donations

Since 1997, children and families around the world have made furry friends and memories at Build-A-Bear Workshop. From the first day of school to blowing out candles on the birthday cake, our furry friends have been right there by children’s sides. They also have given hugs after a scraped knee or a visit to the doctor. When a child is sick, scared or lonely, and reaches for their teddy bear, Build-A-Bear is there.

We believe in the power of hugs and the simple comfort of having a furry friend by your side. We are honored to provide in-kind donations to nonprofit organizations and registered charities which support the well-being of children and work to make their days a little bit brighter.

What types of children’s programs does a Build-A-Bear In-Kind Donation support?

  • Children facing and undergoing treatment for life-threatening or chronic illness
  • Children impacted by natural disasters
  • Children who have been removed from their homes
  • Children in foster care
  • Homeless children
  • Youth services for underprivileged children
  • Children who have lost a family member (parent or sibling)
  • Companion animal service

At Build-A-Bear, we are proud to assist as many 501(c)3 organizations and registered charities as possible. Because of the significant number of requests we receive and to ensure fairness to all organizations seeking support, all organizations and programs must meet the criteria below and submit an online request.


All donated bears are stuffed, stitched and ready to hug. We are unable to accommodate special product requests for customized or licensed items, or guarantee the type of bear style used. Donations are granted to organizations that most closely align with our mission on a first-come, first-served basis. We do not donate: coupons, promotional cards, gift cards, in-store parties/experiences, unstuffed or unstitched furry friends, personalized tees, clothing, accessories, satin hearts, cub condos or other non-furry friend items.

Donation bears live at our Bearhouse in cases of 24. In an effort to help as many organizations as possible and ensure no bear is left behind, donations may only be requested in multiples of 12, up to a maximum of 120 bears per request.


Recipient organization must be a tax-exempt, non-profit organization as defined by IRS Code 501(c)(3) or a registered charity in Canada and the United Kingdom. Recipient organization must serve an area within 50 miles of a Build-A-Bear Workshop store. Funds must directly support programs that promote the Build-A-Bear mission. We are unable to provide donations to individuals, families, benefits, fundraisers, raffles or auctions.


Please submit your donation request to Build-A-Bear at least 90 days in advance of when it is needed. Any request received with less than 90 days notice will be declined. Build-A-Bear will notify your organization about the status of your request within 45 days of submission. We cannot discuss the status of your request by phone.


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To learn more about Build-A-Bear donations and requirements, please visit our Charitable Giving FAQs.

Legal Notice:

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 the sole discretion of Build-A-Bear 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.