For the past two years, with the help of our Guests, Build-A-Bear has partnered with the Petfinder Foundation to support pet education program for children in North America. Camp experiences include learning about animals, including proper care and nutrition, and basic training techniques.
During our Share Your Heart Program, the Build-A Bear Foundation matched guest donation up to $100,000 to support Save the Children. These funds were directed to programs that help teach resiliency and self-esteem to children who have been exposed to traumatic experiences.
Young UK guest displaying a purple heart and a new puppy made during the Share Your Heart program in Feb 2016. During brand purpose campaigns, at-risk children are invited to participate in making furry friends to donate to their organization, and to keep as a companion of their own too.
A group of children, part of the UK Barnado’s Young Carers program visit a store and make furry friends during the Chirsmas season
One of the ways guest can support brand purpose programs in Canada and the United Kingdom is by purchasing a special purple heart to place inside their furry friend. The proceeds from purple heart sales go to the foundation and to support the current campaign.
Build-A-Bear is proud to focus its giving efforts on providing opportunities for children of all ages to better their communities and share their heart with others. With the help of our guests, Build-A-Bear has donated more than $46 million dollars in grants and furry friends to organizations all over the world! We are also proud to partner with Save the Children, Petfinder Foundation, and Barnardo's.