What is the Backpack Challenge?


The Backpack Challenge raises funds and collects essential back to school items for foster care youth. From its humble beginnings, the Backpack Challenge has grown from a small collection drive to a national program due to the strong partnership between the Philadelphia Department of Human Services, Five Below, 96.5 Amp Radio & 92.5 XTU, and Valley Youth House.
This cause marketing collaboration provides direct benefits for all partners involved: government & nonprofit partners receive backpacks and monetary support, the retail partner drives in store traffic and increases sales, and the media partner is able to build publicity of a philanthropic endeavor into their media sales package.

Most importantly, young people ​in foster care are given the tools needed to pursue and achieve their educational goals through the support of their own communities. From 2013 to 2014 in Philadelphia, the number of collection site partners more than doubled, 5,173 backpacks were collected, and over $36,000 was raised.

We look forward to welcoming our 2015 partners in Atlanta, Baltimore, Cleveland and Detroit! The national program will run from July 24 to August 9.


Partners in Atlanta, Baltimore, Cleveland, and Detroit will be announced in the coming weeks! Stay tuned for additional details.


Want to support the Backpack Challenge?

A donation of $500 can provide a laptop to a youth attending college without access to a personal computer.

A donation of $100 can provide dorm room essentials to a youth beginning college.

A donation of $50 can purchase text books and supplies for a college course or training program.

A donation of $25 can purchase a backpack stuffed with school supplies to a youth in need.

Thank you to our 2015 sponsors!

2015 Backpack Challenge Collection Sites:

Asociación Puertorriqueños en Marcha

1900 North 9th Street

Philadelphia, PA 19122


Ballard Spahr

1735 Market Street, 51st Floor

Philadelphia, PA 19103


Beehive Salon

1719 Fairmount Avenue

Philadelphia, PA 19130



1212 Wood Street

Philadelphia, PA 19107


Catholic Community Services

10125 Verree Road, Suite 200

Philadelphia, PA 19116


Columbia North YMCA

1400 North Broad Street

Philadelphia, PA 19121



7111 Valley Green Road

Fort Washington, PA 19034


DesignPoint Solutions

230 North 2nd Street

Philadelphia, PA 19106

Department of Human Services

1515 Arch Street

Philadelphia, PA 19102


Juvenile Law Center

1315 Walnut Street, 4th Floor

Philadelphia, PA 19106


Liberty Property Trust

1628 John F. Kennedy Boulevard, Suite 1100

Philadelphia, PA 19103


Liberty Property Trust

1701 John F. Kennedy Boulevard

Philadelphia, PA 19103


Liberty Property Trust

One & Three Crescent Drive

Philadelphia, PA 19147


National Penn Bank

1617 John F. Kennedy Boulevard

Philadelphia, PA 19103


Planned Parenthood

1144 Locust Street

Philadelphia, PA 19106


Royal Bank America

732 Montgomery Avenue

Narberth, PA 19072


1000 Chesterbrook Boulevard

Berwyn, PA 19312


Temple University

Ritter Annex, 4th Floor

13th & Cecil B. Moore

Philadelphia, PA 19122


Tompkins VIST Bank

Locations TBD


Turning Points for Children

412 South 15th Street

Philadelphia, PA 19146


University of Pennsylvania


1 College Hall

Philadelphia, PA 19104


University of Pennsylvania

School of Social Policy & Practice

Caster Building

3701 Locust Walk

Philadelphia, PA 19104



3905 Ford Road

Philadelphia, PA 19131

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