Charitable Giving FAQ

Can I build furry friends for charity at a discount?

Build-A-Bear is happy to provide a 10% discount to organisations 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 organisations where promotion of our corporate name and identity to potential consumers is the primary consideration. However, exceptions may be made at the discretion of the Manager of Foundation & Giving to nonprofit organisations based near our global headquarters in St. Louis, MO.

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

Inquiring organisations must be non-profit organisations 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 organisation, 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 organisation 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 organisation 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 organisations legally recognized as 501(c)(3) nonprofit organisations 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 organisations 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 use, for any reason.

What other types of donation requests are not qualified?

Build-A-Bear does not provide donations to organisations 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 organisations do not qualify for donations?

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

What if I need more than 100 furry friends for my organisation?

In order to support as many organisations as possible, we are unable to donate more than 100 furry friends per qualifying organisation. When you receive notification of the status of your request, you are welcome to purchase additional furry friends as needed. You may purchase them using our volume pricing, starting at purchases of 100 furry friends or more. For more information, please contact Corporate Sales at corporatesales@buildabear.com.

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

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

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

Build-A-Bear is committed to supporting as many organisations 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 organisations 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 organisation may apply every year until you receive a grant. After that time, your organisation 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 USD.

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.