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In-Kind Donations

Since 1997, children and families around the world have made furry friends and memories at Build-A-Bear Workshop. Our corporate mission is to “Add a little more Heart Illustration to life” and we live it every day. 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 can’t solve all the worlds problems but know, in a small way, the simple joy of a teddy bear hug can make a difference. A hug is a simple, yet powerful, way to show that you care. By providing teddy bear hugs to children who need them most, we can spread the power of hugs.

At this time, we are not accepting applications for in-kind donations and invite you to check back in the future.

At Build-A-Bear, we are proud to assist as many 501(c)3 organizations and registered charities as possible.


Build-A-Bear focuses In-Kind Donation support on organizations that help:

  • 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)
  • Military children

All donated bears are stuffed, stitched and ready to hug. We are unable to accommodate requests for customized items, licensed product, 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 are not able to donate: coupons, promotional cards, gift cards, in-store parties/experiences, off-site events, unstuffed or unstitched furry friends, personalized tees, clothing, accessories, satin hearts, cub condos or other non-furry friend items.


Recipient organization must be a tax-exempt, nonprofit 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. Donated bears must directly support children in programs that promote the Build-A-Bear mission. We are unable to provide donations to individuals, families, fundraisers, raffles or auctions.

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.

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