As part of our long-standing commitment to helping children and families in need, we support causes that help reduce poverty, improve literacy, and much more. To date, we’ve donated more than $125 million in dolls, books, clothes, and funds through community partnerships and to leading charities nationwide, including the following organizations.
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, we’ve donated more than $7 million worth of dolls to help bring smiles and comfort to thousands of young girls who are in the hospital.
Delivering Good (formerly Kids in Distressed Situations) has helped nearly 70 million needy children by providing more than $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 Delivering Good. Because something brand new brings hope and confidence to children and their families, Delivering Good works with nearly 1,000 local service agencies in the US and around the world to distribute new items to kids, including those who are poor, sick, or homeless, or who are in other difficult situations, such as natural disasters.
Save the Children works across the nation in underserved rural areas, where one in four children lives in poverty. Partnering with local schools and community organizations, Save the Children's US 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 efforts 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, we’ve provided more than $9 million in books and funds to help the organization develop students' reading skills and provide them with the guidance and support they need to grow as readers.
Since 1992, American Girl has generously invested in United Way campaigns in those areas where our employees live and work. Over that time, we’ve donated more than $2 million and provided thousands of refurbished dolls to families in need.
American Girl donates overstock and returned merchandise to the Madison Children’s Museum for the organization’s volunteer-driven annual benefit sale each July. Since we initiated this unique partnership in 1988, the American Girl Benefit Sale has raised more than $24 million and attracted millions of shoppers from around the country.
A percentage of the proceeds generated by the Madison Children's Museum American Girl Benefit Sale is returned to American Girl. All proceeds are redistributed through our Fund for Children (FFC). The FFC provides grants for philanthropic programs throughout Dane County (the location of American Girl headquarters) that enhance children's education in the arts and environment. To date, FFC has awarded more than $11 million to numerous nonprofits, including The Aldo Leopold Nature Center, Onstage: A Performing Arts Series for Students and the Kids in the Rotunda performances at the Madison Overture Center, and hundreds of local performance groups and artist-in-residence programs.
Like many Americans, our current Girl of the Year™, Joss Kendrick™, navigates the world with a hearing loss. To show our support for helping others like Joss live life to the fullest, we donated $25,000 to the Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA). The HLAA seeks to open the world of communication to people with hearing loss by providing information, education, support, and advocacy.
American Girl is proud to help nonprofit organizations raise funds for children's causes through our Doll Donations Program. Due to overwhelming demand, we've reached our capacity for the year and are no longer accepting new applications. In 2020, we were pleased to donate more than $465,000 worth of American Girl dolls to thousands of U.S. nonprofits that are dedicated to helping children thrive.
If your organization is interested in sourcing dolls for distribution directly to children in need, Good360 currently has American Girl doll donations available via their marketplace program.*
For any questions, please email or call 703-836-2121. We wish everyone successful fundraising events this year, and thank you for all you do to serve your communities!
*Good360 membership is required for this program. These dolls are for individual donations only and cannot be used for fundraising in auctions or raffles.