Our Mission

Murphy's Backpacks believes education is the great equalizer.  A quality education is the key that unlocks the door to a successful future.  In many cities across the United States, far too many children, through no fault of their own, face daily barriers to the education they need.  Many schools are not adequately able to provide their teachers with the resources needed and many families are unable to fill the gap.  At Murphy’s Backpacks we are passionately committed to righting this wrong.

Every child deserves school supplies and has the right to a quality education regardless of their circumstances.  We want to provide students and teachers with the classroom supplies needed to encourage the learning process for all students.  Our Backpack program supports the highest need school communities in Chicago and Southwest Florida because these are our communities and children are our future.

Our Impact

Since 2017 Murphy's Backpacks provided more than 1200 Chicago elementary students at Lovett Elementary in Chicago and Palmetto Elementary in Naples, FL with backpacks and needed school supplies.


Meet Our Board

Jean E. Sheridan

Founder & President

John F. Cobb

Abigail Sheridan

Cristina Persico

Emily C. Link

Vice President & 


Cynthia Hammer