Our Story

Humble Beginnings


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.

Launching the Movement


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.