Charitable Giving FAQ

Can I build furry friends for charity at a discount?

Build-A-Bear is happy to provide a 10% discount to organizations and individuals who do not fit our donation criteria but are doing good work in their communities. If you are interested in purchasing furry friends to donate, please contact giving@buildabear.com to request a service discount.

Can Build-A-Bear sponsor my event?

Build-A-Bear and Build-A-Bear Foundation do not engage in sponsorship or marketing opportunities with nonprofit organizations where promotion of our corporate name and identity to potential consumers is the primary consideration.

Can Build-A-Bear become a partner for my organization?

Inquiring organizations must be non-profit organizations with a national presence in the U.S., Canada, or the United Kingdom that directly align with our Build-A-Bear mission — to add a little more heart to life by sharing hugs and making the days a little brighter for those in need. Partnership opportunities at Build-A-Bear do not include sponsoring events, being a vendor at an organization, creating unique furry friends, or guaranteed annual product donations. If you are inquiring about the above, please review our other FAQs. Please direct National Partnership requests to the Manager, Foundation & Giving, at giving@buildabear.com.

Can Build-A-Bear be a vendor at my charitable event or fundraiser?

We are unable to donate any portion of furry friends or cash contributions for off-site events. If your organization is interested in purchasing an off-site experience, please contact our Corporate Sales Department at corporatesales@buildabear.com.

Does Build-A-Bear have a fundraising program?

We do not currently have fundraising programs available.

Can I raise funds or awareness for my cause in your Workshop store?

Guest satisfaction is our #1 priority. To ensure the best Guest experience, we are unable to have any organization solicit funding, distribute information or set up a table at our stores.

Can Build-A-Bear provide support for someone I know affected by tragedy or illness?

We extend our well-wishes to all impacted by illness or tragedy, and to those who support them during difficult times. As a public company, neither Build-A-Bear nor Build-A-Bear Foundation may provide product donations or cash contributions to individuals or families. Donations from the company must be for organizations legally recognized as 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations or registered charities.

Can Build-A-Bear donate an in-store experience so we can build our own furry friends?

We are unable to provide a donated in-store experience or gift cards for organizations to visit our Workshop stores. All donations are made through only fully stuffed and stitched furry friends.

Can Build-A-Bear donate non-furry friend items such as clothing, shoes, hearts, condos, stuffing or birth certificates?

Because Guest safety is a top priority, we are unable to provide any amount of non-furry friend items, for any reason.

What types of donation requests do not qualify?

Build-A-Bear does not provide donations to organizations requesting coupons, promotional or gift cards, money, or un-stuffed or un-stitched furry friends. We are also unable to donate to raffles, auctions, silent auctions, door prizes, tricky trays, benefits, fundraisers, or sponsorship requests. If you are interested in purchasing items sold in our store to donate, please contact giving@buildabear.com to request a service discount.

What types of organizations do not qualify for donations?

We do not provide donations to individuals or families (including those requesting furry friend donations for charitable organizations), political or partisan organizations, churches or religious organizations for religious purposes, organizations that will discriminate on the basis of race, gender, religion, or sexual orientation, or labor organizations.

Why does Build-A-Bear donate in multiples of 12, with a limit of 120 bears?

Our bears live at our Bearhouse in cases of 24. To ensure no bear gets left behind, we donate in multiples of 12. In order to help as many deserving organizations as possible, we have a maximum request limit of 120 bears.

What if I need more than 120 bears for my organization?

We are unable to donate more than 120 bears per qualifying organization. If more bears are needed, we invite you to visit your local store or contact corporatesales@buildabear.com for volume pricing. Volume pricing begins at 100 furry friends or more.

Can Build-A-Bear donate uniquely designed furry friends or T-shirts for my organization?

Build-A-Bear is unable to donate uniquely designed furry friends or tiny T-shirts for your organization. If you are interested in creating and ordering a unique furry friend for your organization, please contact our Corporate Sales Department at corporatesales@buildabear.com.

Can Build-A-Bear donate a portion of proceeds to my organization?

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 through product donations or grant requests.

Can I alter or modify the furry friends I’ve received?

Because Guest safety is our #1 priority, we cannot allow organizations to modify or alter furry friends in any way, for any reason. This includes but is not limited to sewing on logos or patches, attaching non-Build-A-Bear items to the furry friend, altering the fur or adding items or weight to the inside.

What is the time frame for grant applications?

All grant requests must be submitted online between Jan. 1 and March 31. We cannot accept applications before or after this time frame. We are unable to accept grant requests by email, phone or letter. Your organization may apply every year until you receive a grant. After that time, your organization must wait one calendar year before applying again.

What funding levels are available through grants from Build-A-Bear Foundation?

Grants issued by Build-A-Bear Foundation will range from $5,000 to $25,000.

When are grants distributed?

Build-A-Bear grants are issued no later than August 31st of each year. This allows us time for proper review and vetting of the applications we receive.