Our Story

From the beginning, it has been our mission here at Backpacks with a Purpose® to meet needs wherever they may arise. The first B-WAP® backpack was made in 2002 as a direct response to the needs of the Urban Mission in Oklahoma City. They needed high-quality, affordable children’s backpacks with a classic design to distribute through their back-to-school programs. Since then, through partnerships with hundreds of nonprofit organizations, over 1 million Classic B-WAP backpacks have been distributed to people who need them most.


Now, we are increasing our impact by inviting others to join with us in giving back.
B-WAP launched its first retail line of backpacks in July of 2012. This style of backpack, appropriately named The Original, is designed for adults and built to last for students. When you purchase a B-WAP backpack, two child-size classic or standard B-WAP backpacks will be donated to a domestic or international nonprofit working directly with people in need. 


What our friends say about us:

I love my bwap backpack(s). Yup. Backpacks. I have multiples, and I cannot wait to add another one with the summer line coming out. I use my bwaps on every trip I take, air or land. I also have one I use for work; I'm an RN and carry a laptop everyday. This pack is simple in design and functionality. With a laptop sleeve built in, I don't feel the need to use my separate case to protect my computer when I'm out and about. With plenty of extra storage compartments for the strange knick knacks I carry on the reg (essential oils, chap stick, socks, measuring tape, 500 page books for leisurely reading, snacks, etc) I can trust my bwap to carry everything I need (or not need) to get me through my next shift, hike, day, road trip, or airport layover. But the best part about bwap is that every time I, or you, buy one, two backpacks get sent to children somewhere in the world! That way these kids can carry their school supplies while they walk, sometimes miles, to school everyday. We may not know each other, but trust me, you want (need) a bwap backpack. -Haleigh (Edmond, OK) 

 Thank you so much for this wonderful program and for your kind message sent along with 16 new backpacks! The backpacks we received in March will be immediately distributed to local kids in need. - Baby Corner (Issaquah, WA)

 Great company with quality backpacks and a awesome mission. Changing lives 1 backpack at a time. - Teana- Founder of Love Unlimited Foundation (Los Angeles, California)

Such a wonderful company with a beautiful heart!!! I love these backpacks!!! - Ashley (Tulsa, OK)