Making the world a brighter place
American Girl has a long-standing commitment to helping children and families in need. We're proud to support a wide range of causes and issues affecting millions of individuals, such as literacy, poverty, homelessness, natural disasters, and illness, to name just a few. We work with leading charitable organizations to ensure our donations are helping make the world a brighter place.
To date, American Girl has donated more than $100 million in dolls, books, clothes, and cash to countless charities nationwide. The company administers its philanthropic efforts in several ways, including partnerships with the following national organizations:
Detroit Community Support
In 2016, to celebrate the introduction of Melody Ellison—the newest BeForever character from 1960s Detroit—American Girl is donating $100,000 in Melody books to the Detroit Public Library system to ensure any child in the area can receive their very own FREE copy through the end of the year. In addition to the books, American Girl is also donating $50,000 in cash and over $25,000 in Melody dolls to be used in support of the children’s sections at all 22 Detroit Public Library branches.
Children's Hospital Association
The Children's Hospital Association promotes the health and well-being of America's 70 million children and their families. The Association works with more than 200 children's medical centers to ensure that all children have access to a hospital when they need one and are provided high-quality care and services. American Girl supports the Children's Hospital Association with an annual donation of American Girl dolls. Since 2010, the company has donated over $6 million worth of dolls to help bring smiles and comfort to thousands of young girls who are in the hospital.
K.I.D.S. (Kids In Distressed Situations)
Kids In Distressed Situations has helped nearly 70 million needy children by providing nearly $1 billion in new clothes, toys, books, and much more. Since 1990, American Girl has donated more than $16 million in new clothes, books, and toys to the K.I.D.S. organization. Having something brand-new brings hope and confidence to children and their families, and K.I.D.S. works with nearly 1,000 local service agencies in the U.S. and around the world to distribute new items to kids who are poor, sick, or homeless, or who have parents who are away from home or unable to care for them. K.I.D.S. also helps families who have been affected by natural disasters.
Save the Children
Save the Children works across the nation in some of the most under-served, rural areas, where one in four children lives in poverty. Partnering with local schools and community organizations, Save the Children's U.S. Programs provide early education, literacy, and physical-activity and nutrition programs to children living in poverty. Save the Children also ensures the needs of children are met during disasters through their emergency response work. Save the Children's work benefited more than 240,000 children in 18 states last year.
American Girl supports Save the Children's literacy program each year with a significant book donation. To date, American Girl has provided more than $5 million in books and cash to help the organization develop students' reading skills and provide them with the guidance and support they need to grow as readers.