We Love Giving Back!

By shopping at Buffalo Exchange you…

Brick colored checkmark  Celebrate your neighborhood’s creative style

Teal colored checkmark  Have a positive impact on the environment 

Gold colored checkmark  Support thousands of local charities

Tang colored checkmark  Keep clothing out of landfills

Brick colored checkmark  Style yourself sustainably

Since 1974...

We’ve donated over

$2.3 Million

to national & local charities supporting women, the arts, the environment, animals, social justice & more.

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More than

5.5 Million

pieces of clothing are given a second life at our stores every year.

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Over

19,250,000

single-use plastic bags have been kept out of circulation through our Tokens for Bags® program.

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A Little More About How

We Give Back With Your Help!

Recycling Clothing

Since we opened in 1974, we’ve believed in the value of recycling clothing and giving amazing secondhand pieces the chance to spark joy for someone else! Shopping secondhand is a great way to cut down on clothing pollution and keep items out of landfills. For any clothing we’re unable to buy, many of our stores partner with local non-profits.

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Tokens for Bags®

Through our Tokens for Bags® program, you can give back just by shopping! Instead of handing out single-use plastic bags, we offer customers a 5 cent charity token with each purchase. Shoppers can then choose from rotating local non-profits to donate to. Since starting this program in 1994, we’ve raised over $962,840 for thousands of small, local non-profits and kept over 19.25 million plastic bags out of the environment. We have reusable totes made out of 70% recycled plastic bottles available for purchase in the store. Find out which charities you can support at your local Buffalo Exchange!

Earth Day $1 Sale

Every year, on the Saturday closest to Earth Day, we hold a fundraising $1 sale at all of our stores across the US (excluding our Buffalo Outlets in San Antonio and Nogales). All proceeds from these sales go to a non-profit organization! Since starting this initiative in 1997, we’ve donated more than $842,100 for a wide variety of charities and environmental causes.

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Fund for the Animals

In partnership with the Community Foundation for Southern Arizona, Buffalo Fund for the Animals was created to support and recognize a wide variety of Southern Arizona non-profits dedicated to protecting our animal companions, helping them find forever homes and providing them with humane care. In spring of 2024, Ability Dogs of Arizona and Arizona Pet Project received a total of $42,000 from Buffalo Fund for the Animals in conjunction with CFSA for their admirable work training service dogs and keeping families and their pets united. In spring of 2023, Friends of PACC received a $30,000 grant through this initiative for their work supporting Pima Animal Care Center!

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50 Acts of Kindness

In celebration of 50 years of sustainable style, we’re showing our thanks by giving back with 50 Acts of Kindness throughout 2024 – one in each community we’re apart of! In January, we helped plant 5,000 trees through One Tree Planted and, in April, we collected over 242 pounds of clothing for Second Chances in Boston (just to name a couple). Stay tuned to see how your local Buffalo is giving back!

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Past Giving Back Programs

Women’s Foundation of the State of Arizona Unidas Sponsorship

Buffalo Exchange regularly sponsors the Women’s Foundation for the State of Arizona’s Unidas, a philanthropic program for teens, by donating $15,000 to support their mission of giving young women the opportunity to grow while creating lifelong interpersonal connections with peers and mentors. To learn more about Unidas and the Women’s Foundation of Southern Arizona, visit womengiving.org.

Coats for Cubs

Starting in 2006, with the help of our customers, we collected and distributed over 17,202 furs to wildlife rehabilitators nationwide. These furs were then used to provide bedding and comfort to orphaned and injured wildlife. Though we’re not currently running this program, visit coatsforcubs.org for fur donation information.

Clothing for the Community®

Through our Clothing for the Community® program, Southern Arizona non-profit 501(c)(3) organizations received clothing donations from Buffalo Exchange, which they used to generate money by hosting a $1 sale. From 2015 to 2021, variations of this program raised over $143,100.

Arts Award

In 1994, Buffalo Exchange founders Kerstin and Spencer Block created an arts fund through the Community Foundation for Southern Arizona. For over 25 years, the Buffalo Exchange Arts Award honored emerging artists in Southern Arizona with $244,000 in grants to fund their work.