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Purses For A Purpose, Inc.
- Washington DC Chapter -

My Story


Hi everyone! My name is Kate Bishop, I am the Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer of Purses for a Purpose Inc. and co-leader of the Washington DC branch.


My story with Purses for a Purpose began in March 2021 when I began volunteering alongside Shayna Rutman at Thrive DC in Columbia Heights, DC. We attend American University together and as part of an academic requirement for the Community-Based Research Scholars cohort, began devoting our Wednesday afternoons to assisting Thrive DC. Shayna informed me about Purses for a Purpose and I immediately fell in love with the organization's mission of helping women experiencing homelessness.

During the summer of 2021, Purses for a Purpose became a 501(c)3 organization, officially recognized by the IRs. We have four branches around the country working towards one common goal: to remind every woman of their value to society. 

Sending a HUGE thank you to Thrive DC for their continued support as Shayna and I navigate this new branch and our new status as a 501(c)3. We appreciate you!

Thank you to everyone for your support and wanting to help us in any way possible. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to reach out!

- Kate Bishop 


Last Updated: 2022


A special thank you to our sponsors:

American University Hillel

Thrive DC


Upcoming Events

American University Hillel - Kay Spiritual Center

Semester-Long Donation Drive

Thrive DC - Donation Site

January 2022

Contact the Washington D.C. Chapter

Shayna Rutman, CEO

4400 Massachusetts Ave NW

MCD 424

Washington DC 20016



Thank you for supporting our cause!

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