Project Purse Indianapolis is a 501c3 nonprofit organization operating in Central Indiana. A vision realized, PPI is the product of a millenial’s mission to couple the growing number of requests for peer-to-peer selling events and wanting to do something positive for the community. Chelsea Marburger, Founder of PPI, wanted a way to bring women together for the good of the community – not just to buy/sell candles, makeup, etc. – but to collectively make a lasting impact on other women.

By hosting their Reverse Purse Parties and other community-focused donation drives and collections, Project Purse Indianapolis has collected over 15,000 products, donated nearly 2,000 purses, and impact the lives of countless young ladies and women across central Indiana. From female veterans to struggling teenagers, a recent sexual assault victim to a young woman living on the streets: #PowerOfThePurse lies in not only the products but the words written from one woman to another in each purse gifted.

Project Purse has worked a wide variety of organizations and businesses including (but certainly not limited to):

  • Vera Bradley
  • Do317 Media
  • Starbucks
  • Girls, Inc.
  • Charles Schwab
  • Flat 12 Bierwerks
  • The Hatch – Broad Ripple
  • IUPUI
  • Domestic Violence Network
  • Indianapolis City Market
  • Indianapolis 500 Festival
  • Sun King Brewing Company
  • Garden Party Botanical Hard Sodas
  • Born This Way Foundation
  • Indyhub
  • The Villages of Indianapolis
  • Playworks – Indianapolis
  • Indy Chamber

Project Purse has donated to the following organizations:

  • CHIP (Coalition for Homelessness Intervention & Prevention)
  • Coburn Place
  • Dove House
  • Center of Wellness for Urban Women
  • Playworks – Indianapolis
  • The Julian Center
  • Latino Coalitions Against Domestic & Sexual Violence
  • Sheltering Wings
  • T.C. Howe High School
  • Emmerich Manual High School
  • Stand Down for Veterans
  • The Gifted Gown
  • The Villages of Indianapolis
  • Flanner House
  • IUPUI

I kept seeing this picture over and over again. And thought to myself, 'What if someone actually did this?' So rather than just share it and forget about it, I decided to do something.

- Chelsea Marburger, Founder of Project Purse Indianapolis

Our Mission

…to support young ladies and women by providing everyday necessities packed lovingly in a purse. Project Purse Indianapolis provides for ladies of all types and situations. The #PowerOfThePurse lies in its’ contents: toiletries, beauty items, feminine & oral hygiene products,  first aid and more is thoughtfully packed into each purse while the carrier feels empowered by having access to these items in a like-new handbag. Each donation given by Project Purse Indianapolis also contains a handwritten note from woman-to-woman with words of home, affirmation, and courage.

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