Philanthropy

Partners

A key element of Mattel’s social impact activities is collaboration—working alongside partner organizations to positively affect the lives of children in need and help overcome barriers to play. Mattel approaches its partnerships in a holistic way, identifying resources from all aspects of the business to advance shared impact with our partners.

Mattel and the Mattel Children’s Foundation partner with organizations to make a direct impact on children in need, from urban settings to the most remote corners of the world.

Mattel and our partner organizations build and deliver strong programs that reach children in a direct and impactful way—from addressing the unique needs of children with intellectual disabilities, to creating play experiences for children facing life-threatening illnesses.

  • Boys & Girls Club of America
    For more than 100 years, Boys & Girls Clubs of America has enabled young people most in need to achieve great futures as productive, caring, responsible citizens. Today, more than 4,100 Clubs serve nearly 4 million young people annually through Club membership and community outreach. They provide a safe place, caring adult mentors, fun, friendship, and high-impact youth development programs on a daily basis during critical non-school hours. Priority programs emphasize academic success, good character and citizenship, and healthy lifestyles. Together Mattel and Boys & Girls Club of America (BGCA) have helped thousands of young people learn, grow and play. In 2014 Mattel and BGCA decided to build on their successful, multi-year partnership by launching a new toy and game donation program to provide children with greater access to play. Called “Share the Play,” for every online order consumers placed on Mattel’s online toy stores, Mattel donated a toy to BGCA. The program garnered 200,000 purchased and donated toys.
  • Playworks
    Playworks partners with inner-city schools to incorporate play programming in classrooms and on school yards across the U.S. Their goal is to improve the health, education and wellbeing of children by increasing opportunities for safe, meaningful play. The Mattel Children’s Foundation funds the Playworks Junior Coach program, empowering youth on the playground to facilitate play amongst their peers.
  • KaBOOM!
    KaBOOM! is the national non-profit dedicated to giving kids the childhood they deserve by bringing play to those who need it most. Principally known for helping build more than 2,300 playgrounds across North America, KaBOOM! joined forces with Mattel and the Mattel Children's Foundation to make the case that "play matters", producing a major study with children about how to get kids playing more, a compelling summary of existing research about play's benefits, and accompanying videos that we hope will inspire others to act. The overall goal of the partnership is to foster a groundswell of support around the case for play, and utlimately, a world where all children have the time and engaging opportunities to play actively, every day. The first two pieces from the partnership include a two-minute video titled, "I Believe in Play" and a synthesis of play-related research titled, "Play Matters: Giving Kids the Childhood They Deserve," both available at kaboom.org/act.
  • Special Olympics
    Ensuring all children, including those with disabilities, have equal access to play is a cornerstone of Mattel’s work. As a proud partner of Special Olympics, Mattel and the Mattel Children’s Foundation support play for children with intellectual disabilities through Special Olympics programs globally. The partnership impacts hundreds of thousands of children with special needs around the world and includes funding through the Mattel Children’s Foundation allocated for the global expansion of the Young Athletes Program and the school-based Get Into ItTM programs. The gold-medal element of this partnership is the fact that almost one in three Mattel employees participate in Team Mattel, the volunteer facet of our Special Olympics partnership. Today, Team Mattel is active in about 50 countries making it the largest global corporate volunteer team for Special Olympics.
  • Make-A-Wish
    Granting the wishes of children suffering from life-threatening medical conditions is a serious and important goal, and Mattel is proud to help the Make-A-Wish® organizations around the world bring joy to children around the world. The Mattel Children’s Foundation funds Make-A-Wish® globally in all 48 countries where wishes are granted.
  • Children’s Hospital Association
    Mattel and the Mattel Children’s Foundation have together provided continuous support for children’s hospitals through support of the Children’s Hospital Association. Our support is centered on Mattel’s annual donation of thousands of toys to hundreds of member hospitals, including Fisher-Price, Barbie, Hot Wheels and American Girl. In addition, funding from the Mattel Children’s Foundation supported CHA’s childhood obesity initiatives to advance clinical care and promote hospital weight management efforts. This helped to promote best practices and built community capacity in response to this prominent health threat.
  • Save the Children
    Save the Children works globally to support the social, emotional, cognitive and developmental needs of children. Mattel and the Mattel Children’s Foundation have partnered with Save the Children to support several programs, including literacy programs in Afghanistan and the U.S., as well as the Reading for Children literacy program in Uganda, the Philippines and Guinea. In addition, the Mattel Children’s Foundation has supported developmentally appropriate play programs linked to learning for children in India, Malawi and the U.S. and has supported the creation of new community schools in Mali and Malawi. Mattel’s support of Save the Children touches the lives of more than 16,000 children globally through these programs. Mattel supported Early Steps to School Success and used Fisher Price toys in a developmentally appropriate curriculum to foster motor skills, cognitive development and social behaviors.
  • Mattel Children’s Hospital UCLA
    Mattel began a partnership when it announced a Mattel Children’s Foundation pledge of $25 million toward the construction of a children’s hospital at UCLA. The Mattel Children’s Hospital UCLA serves thousands of patients annually who come from around the world for treatment at this globally recognized leader of children’s health care. Since 1998, Mattel has partnered with Mattel Children’s Hospital UCLA, and continues to support programs with funding and playful toy donations to positively impact the health and well-being of thousands of children annually. In 2012, Mattel designers partnered with Blik to design playful and creative wall designs for the walls of the hospital.
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