What is an affiliate?

An affiliate is a community-level non-profit that serves a specific area and fulfills the Hopefull Handbags mission locally. Each affiliate is independent and responsible for its own fundraising efforts, programs, referral agency relationships, volunteers, and so on.

Affiliates are formed by individuals or an organization who want to support women in their communities. Having identified regional needs and resources, they determined that a Hopefull Handbags program would benefit their areas.

To date, we have Hopefull Handbags 4 Countries.

Interested in starting an affiliate?

Are you looking to bring a Hopefull Handbags affiliate to a community near you?

We hope you will get involved locally if there is already a Hopefull Handbags affiliate in a neighborhood near you since we are unable to accept applications if there is one in the region.

If you do not have a Hopefull Handbags Program near you and you are interested in learning more about starting one, please be sure to read about our affiliate model below.

What is Hopefull Handbags Global?

Our Global office oversees and provides support to our global affiliate networks.  HH Global also focuses on strengthening and promoting the Hopefull Handbags brand across the world, including developing relationships with corporations, media, and other sponsors.

What should you consider before starting an affiliate?

Starting a Hopefull Handbags Affiliate is an exciting and rewarding experience but also a serious endeavor.  You will become a valued member of an internationally-renowned non-profit organization, gaining access to a wide variety of resources, expertise, and support from Hopefull Handbags Global and affiliates around the world.

A few things to bear in mind before starting:

  • You must be passionate and committed to our mission.

  • Opening an affiliate requires large amounts of time and energy, something for which founders must be prepared.

  • Starting a non-profit also requires funding.  The Global office does not provide seed money nor we can offer estimates of what local expenses might be for a new affiliate; budgets vary based on local communities, resources, and currencies.

  • You must have the ability to carry out different elements of the start-up process including legal, financial, and fundraising tasks.

  • Familiarizing yourself with the affiliate locations nearest you–and any other similar organizations in your community–is important.  We will consider your proximity to other affiliates and the size of the population you wish to serve.

  • You will need to obtain a suitable space for your affiliate, secure funding from a diverse array of sources to cover costs, recruit a reliable board of directors and volunteers, build relationships with referral agencies, generate coverage in the press, establish accounting and inventory tracking systems, begin collecting Handbags and necessities, launch programs and much, much more.

Benefits and responsibilities

Affiliates enjoy many advantages as part of our network yet also have a number of shared responsibilities.

All affiliates:

  • are separately incorporated non-profits that have their own boards of directors and raise their own funds. Affiliates are independent of each other.

  • providing Hopefull Handbags and services that are available in your area to women getting back on their feet again due to Domestic Violence and Other Detrimental Situations.

  • have the right to use the name and Logo “Hopefull Handbags” as approved by Hopefull Handbags Global.

There are significant benefits to being part of the Hopefull Handbags network:

  • Joining Hopefull Handbags means becoming aligned with a well-respected non-profit that has established an excellent reputation among the women we serve, volunteers, donors, and the global corporate community.

  • You will be part of a global organization and will have an identity—a logo, brand, and mission—that is both recognized and esteemed throughout the world.

  • Membership—and the benefits associated with it—is free. 

  • You will have access to—and can benefit from—materials, best practices, and programs that have proven successful in other locations.

  • Colleagues from affiliates around the world will support you and lend their expertise and experience any time that you need assistance.

  • You will have free space on the highly visible Hopefull Handbags website. It is a highly Visited Site.

  • Cause-marketing campaigns with prominent and well-known companies benefit all affiliates by increasing awareness about the organization.

  • Affiliates also can leverage the relationships that Hopefull Handbags Global builds with national and international corporations to establish partnerships on the local level.

  • Dress for Hopefull Handbags Global hosts a leadership conference online that provides the opportunity for affiliates from around the world to network with each other and to share information and ideas.

  • Additional resources—databases, internal communication portals—are available to affiliates to encourage communication among the network and the sharing of best practices.

Still interested in starting an affiliate near you? Great! Please click here to complete an request for the 2020 affiliate application window.



Frequently Asked Questions

When will Hopefull Handbags Global share feedback on submitted application requests?
Please note that Hopefull Handbags Global accepts a limited number of requests per year.  With this, Hopefull Handbags Globa will follow-up with all interested applicants in the third quarter of 2020.

Does Hopefull Handbags Global provide start-up funds?
No. Each affiliate is a separately incorporated non-profit. Therefore, each location is expected to raise all of funding needed for its launch and operations.

How will I be paid? And how much?
Hopefull Handbags Global does not provide salaries to affiliates. In most cases, founders and executive directors of new affiliates receive no compensation during the first two years of operations.

Can I visit another Hopefull Handbags Global location before I decide if I want to submit an application?
We ask that prospective candidates not contact existing affiliates but rather to reach out to Hopefull Handbags Global for information. Once approved, however, the entire affiliate network is there to support each new location!

Do I have to have non-profit experience?
Of course it’s helpful, but it’s absolutely not required.  You will not be penalized if you do not have a background in the non-profit sector.  Obviously, this type of experience is valuable in the start-up period.  Founders often supplement their own knowledge by recruiting start-up committee members who have worked in a similar organization previously and who can provide assistance in relevant areas.



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