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8 Great Non-Profits You Can Support Just by Shopping at Buffalo Exchange

Did you know that Buffalo Exchange has been a bagless company for almost 30 years? It’s true! In 1994, we switched to the more sustainable practice of offering 5 cent tokens to customers instead of single-use plastic bags. In turn, those 5 cent tokens — roughly the cost of a plastic bag — went to local non-profits to fund the important work they do. This Tokens for Bags® program has raised over $893,860 and kept more than 17.8 million plastic bags out of the environment since its inception! Scroll below to get to know a few orgs you can support via Tokens for Bags® now through the end of December 2022.

Charles River Conservancy

Working in partnership with the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation, the Charles River Conservancy strives to make the Charles River and its parks a well-maintained network of natural urban places that invite and engage all in their use and protection. You can support them by shopping at Buffalo Exchange Boston (Brookline)!

Person wearing green swimsuit jumping into the Charles River.
Plants growing along the Charles River.

Morris Animal Refuge

Founded in 1874, the Morris Animal Refuge is a pioneer in animal welfare. The Philadelphia-based, life-saving organization is committed to providing adoption, education and high-quality care services with the goal of finding positive and loving fur-ever homes for animals in need. Toss them a bone the next time you’re near Buffalo Exchange Philadelphia.

Person holding large cat at Morris Animal Refuge.
Large group of people wearing a rainbow of colored t-shirts


Envisioning a world where all LGBTQ youth and young adults are embraced for who they are, One•n•ten serves adolescents ages 11-24 by providing empowering social and service programs that promote self expression, self-acceptance, leadership development and healthy lifestyle choices. You can support their mission at Buffalo Exchange Phoenix!


Committed to keeping pets with their families, PAWS NY helps NYC residents who are at-risk of losing their beloved animals due to physical and financial obstacles. They provide programs and services like house-call dog walking and litter maintenance, a pet pantry, veterinary services, foster & emergency care and more. This is a doggone good charity to donate to if you’re shopping around Buffalo Exchange Brooklyn (Williamsburg).

Person standing behind a table with informational materials about PAWS NY.
Group of people holding a red Project Success banner in front of a brick archway.

Project Success

Located in Minneapolis, Project Success motivates and inspires students to dream about their future and gives them tools to achieve their goals and connect to their purpose. If you’re in the Twin Cities, you can donate to Project Success at Buffalo Exchange in Uptown!

StandUp for Kids

Serving the Orange County-area, StandUp for Kids works to provide basic needs, housing, mentoring support, care and love to at-risk and homeless youth ages 12-24. Take a stand for StandUp for kids and donate your token to their organization when you shop Buffalo Exchange Costa Mesa at The Lab Anti Mall.

Two people at a graduation ceremony, one of them a StandUp for Kids graduate in cap and gown holding their diploma
Three people having a meeting at StandUp for Kids

Sustainable Northwest

Dedicated to protecting the natural majesty of the Pacific Northwest, Sustainable Northwest ensures that rural communities and urban centers throughout the PNW have healthy landscapes, resilient economies and engaged communities. Grow their organization by donating at Buffalo Exchange Portland (Hawthorne)!

A river running through a forest in the Pacific Northwest.
Group of people standing around a large tree with a forest of trees behind them
Target Hunger logo depicting an orange with a fork inside, along with information on signing up for Target Food's monthly grocery program.

Target Hunger

Down in Houston, Target Hunger fights food insecurity by providing supplemental, nutritious food harvested from their own gardens to children, families and seniors at risk of going hungry to build a bright, green future. See how your token can transform into a delicious farm to table at Buffalo Exchange in Montrose.

We’re so grateful for the opportunity to give back and support the awesome work of these non-profits and dozens of other organizations through our Tokens for Bags® program. Each Buffalo Exchange location sponsors 3 local non-profits and swaps them out every six months, so stay up-to-date on the organizations you can donate to in your community here. We’ll see you soon — don’t forget to bring your reusable tote bag (or purchase one of ours, made from 70% recycled bottles, for $2.50)!