At Build-A-Bear, our mission is to “add a little more to life”. A furry friend has the power to help us celebrate special moments, from welcoming a new baby home to blowing out birthday candles. We also know the joy of a teddy bear hug can make a difference for those facing difficult times.
Providing in-kind donations of furry friends to those in need has been a feature of our charitable giving throughout our history. Our bears have been there for children of all walks of life, offering support and comfort through critical illness, time in foster care, in the wake of a disaster, and countless other challenges. By sharing hugs where they’re needed most, Build-A-Bear impacts the lives of tens of thousands of children and families every year.
About Our Donations
We can accommodate donation requests of 200 to 1,000 furry friends. All donated furry friends are stuffed, stitched and ready to hug.
Donations are granted to organizations that most closely align with our mission on a first-come, first-served basis. We cannot guarantee a specific style, and we are not able to donate the following:
- Unstuffed or unstitched furry friends
- Clothing, accessories, satin hearts, cub condos or other non-furry friend items
- Coupons, promotional cards, gift cards, or vouchers
- In-store parties/experiences
- Off-site events
- Customized items or personalized tees
- Licensed products
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 Build-A-Bear’s mission. We are unable to provide donations to individuals, families, fundraisers, raffles or auctions.
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.