Build-A-Bear Foundation and its work and accomplishments make it easy to see the power of hugs and the simple comfort of having a furry friend by your side.

  • Since our inception, Build-A-Bear Foundation has distributed more than $21 million in grants, partnerships, and in-kind donations.  
  • Since 2016, we have donated over than 307,000 furry friends to children in need.
  • More than 2,000 nonprofit organizations and charities have received support from our programs.

Build-A-Bear Foundation is currently spreading the power of teddy bear hugs through the Hugs for Heroes program. We’ve committed to donating 100,000 furry friends in 2021.


Our hearts are with everyone impacted by COVID-19. We believe in the comfort and security a furry friend can provide during stressful times, and we remain 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, home of Build-A-Bear Europe.   

We have purchased more than 240,000 protective masks for healthcare workers in these communities. We have also 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 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 are proud to stand with our diverse local community.




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