Hopefull Handbag's mission is to give help and support to women getting back on their feet again due to domestic violence and other challenging situations. We do this beginning with "One Handbag at a Time" by receiving once loved handbags, filling them with necessities,  handwritten inspirational notes, and things to make women feel amazing and donating them to women getting back on their feet again.

Providing HOPE, help, and support to survivors.
HH serves as a “BRIDGE” organization for survivors as they restructure their lives in a safe,
productive and positive direction.

The  Handbags  Full of Hope are only part of it. For Hopefull Handbags, it is also about raising awareness that domestic violence is real. Domestic violence happens in all socioeconomic backgrounds as well as other situations that women may find themselves in.

Hopefull Handbags is continually working to advance individuals and communities through programs in Self-Defense, Healthy Self Perception, and Self Compassion for wellbeing sustainability. 


What is an affiliate?

An affiliate is a community-level non-profit that serves a specific area and fulfills the Hopefull Handbags global mission at the local level. 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 that has identified regional needs and resources and determined that a Hopefull Handbags program would benefit their areas. To date, we have Hopefull Handbags in 6 Countries.


Collaboration Affiliate and Independent Affiliate

What is the difference?

A Collaboration Affiliate is either an existing Non-Profit or NGO or a community that will be collaborating to adopt Hopefull Handbags Non-Profit Business Model and programs while adhering to all of Hopefull handbags guidelines and Hopefull handbags Mission. 


An Independent Affiliate is an individual that will adopt Hopefull Handbags Non-Profit/NGO Business Model and programs while adhering to all of Hopefull Handbags Global guidelines and Hopefull Handbags Global Mission and become a Lead Coordinator in their area and organize Hopefull Handbags donations, distributions, volunteers, and program.  


Both options give you the opportunity to be a part of a Global reputable Non Profit organization and the resources that come along with it to make impactful change to women getting back on their feet again due to Domestic Violence and other situations. 


Interested in starting an affiliate?

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

We hope you will first 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 affiliate or program near you and you are interested in learning more about helping to fulfill the Hopefull Handbags mission, 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.  Hopefull Handbags 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 becoming an affiliate?

Being a Hopefull Handbags affiliate is an exciting and rewarding experience but also a serious endeavor.  As an affiliate, you will become a valued member of an internationally-renowned non-profit organization, gain access to a wide variety of resources, expertise, and support from Hopefull Handbags Global and other Hopefull Handbags 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.

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

  • 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 to operate your affiliate program, secure funding from a diverse array of sources to cover costs, recruit reliable and trustworthy volunteers to serve on your board and to serve the community, build relationships with referral agencies, generate coverage in the press, establish accounting and inventory tracking systems, begin collecting Handbags and necessities, and much, much more.

  • ​Each affiliate agrees to uphold the principles of Hopefull Handbags Global in advancing the freedom, health, and financial wellbeing of our recipients at all times.

Benefits and responsibilities

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


  • 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 trademarked logo, brand, and established 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, which is a highly visited site.

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


  • 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.

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

  • 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 a 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 Global will at a minimum follow-up with all interested applicants in the third quarter of 2020.  If time and resources permit, Hopefull Handbags Global will otherwise review affiliate applications as soon as possible upon receipt.

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 the funding needed for its launch and operations. There may some outside grant application acceptions.

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.  As with most nonprofit organizations, the early years require a lot of volunteer hours.

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!

Can I use the Hopefull Handbags name, logo, or materials prior to becoming an affiliate?

No.  Unfortunately, you cannot use any of the Hopefull Handbag materials and/or take any action that would mislead someone into thinking you are affiliated with Hopefull Handbags prior to being approved as an affiliate.  Hopefull Handbags has spent a lot of time, energy, and money in developing its mission branding.  Hopefull Handbags works with legal advisors to monitor our brand usage and enforce unlawful uses around the globe.

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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