The more you know about Build-A-Bear Foundation, and its work and accomplishments, it is easy to see and understand the power of hugs and the simple comfort of having a furry friend by your side.  

  • Since our inception, Build-A-Bear Foundation has donated more than $20 million in grants, partnerships, and in-kind donations  
  • Since 2016, we have donated more than 307,000 bears
  • More than 700 nonprofit organizations have received Build-A-Bear Foundation grants 
  • More than 1,000 nonprofit organizations and charities have received in kind donations


Our hearts are with everyone impacted by COVID-19.  We believe in the importance of the comfort and security that furry friend can provide during stressful times and are committed to our mission to add a little more heart to life. 

Build-A-Bear Foundation is honored to support relief efforts around the world, with a focus on St. Louis, MO, home to World BearQuarters, Columbus, OH, site of the BearHouse, and London, UK, the location of Build-A-Bear Europe.   

We have purchased more than 120,000 protective masks for healthcare workers in these communities as well as donated funds to the St. Louis Community Foundation, the Columbus Foundation, the American Red Cross, and Baby2Baby in support of their COVID-19 relief efforts.


We are honored to support the Urban League of Metropolitan St. Louis in support of their mission to empower African Americans and others throughout the region in securing economic self-reliance, social equality, and civic rights.

Racism has no place in our ❤ and we believe change begins at home. As a St. Louis-based company, we’re proud to stand with our diverse local community.




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