Frequently Asked Questions
What is Purposity?
Purposity is the belief that mankind finds purpose through generosity. We are a team dedicated to helping others find purpose and matching it with opportunities for generosity. To get to know us a little better, visit the Our Story page.
How does it work?
Well, for starters, once you sign up you'll get one text a week with a link to a need in your area. By clicking on the link, you can read the individual story of someone in your community and decide whether
or not to help out. The price of the item is clearly displayed so you know exactly what you’re getting into. Once you click “purchase now” you’ll be taken to our Amazon wish list to complete your order. Please note, if you click the purchase now button, you're committing your support. Simply put the item(s) into your cart and proceed through checkout on Amazon. Choose the wish list address at checkout, and the item then directly ships to the organization. We’ve done the shopping and already entered the item's destination for you. You just add the item to your cart, choose the wish list shipping address at checkout, and complete the purchase.
What kinds of needs will I receive?
You might get anything from school supplies for a kiddo in foster care or a request for a pair of shoes for a homeless teen, to small furniture items for a family who lost their home in a natural disaster. If it’s on Amazon (especially Prime, we love Prime) and can be shipped for a reasonable cost to someone who needs it, we can post it. And, no matter your means, there's always something for you to do on Purposity.
How does this work for natural disasters, like Hurricane Harvey?
Great question! If you're here to lend a hand with Hurricane Harvey rebuilding, welcome! We work with local organizations on the ground to get needs. They've sent us hundreds of items individuals in Texas need to rebuild. We're posting a live feed of needs on our Hurricane Harvey page. You can also click "Join" to make sure you get a text on Monday evening with a need there. And, if you're already signed up to receive a text from your local community, no worries! You'll still get that as well.
Where does Purposity get these needs?
Purposity works with local, high-integrity nonprofits. Our needs are generally from school social workers, case managers, and other vetted organizations. There is a submission and approval process to assure all needs meet our strict criteria and come from trusted sources.
Can I submit a Need?
Sure, if you run a nonprofit, but we only accept needs from verified nonprofits who have gone through our extensive vetting process. This is to maintain the integrity of our process and assure supporters all needs come from trusted nonprofits in their community with a history of strong organizational oversight.
Why do you need my mobile phone number?
People need your help. Quickly. By sending you needs via text, you get timely alerts of needs near you. If you're thinking we'll blow up your phone, please don't. We totally respect your texting plans, even if it's unlimited, and will only send you texts once a week with a need nearby and one more when you met a need so you can celebrate with us.
How often will I receive a text?
Once a week. We're keeping it simple. But, if you miss meeting a need and are really feeling the itch to help someone in your neighborhood, you can always take a peak at needs more often by visiting our Needs page.
I opted out by texting "stop", but I would like to start receiving needs again. How do I opt back in?
Well, that's great news! Once a number is registered on the Purposity platform, it remains in the system. You won't have to go through the signup process again, in fact you can't once a number is registered. If you have opted out but would like back in, simply text "start" to number you first received a need from and you should be good to go. If you have issues, please reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We are happy to opt you back in as well.
Why do you need my Zip code?
Our core mission is building communities and zip codes are a great way to figure out what needs are near you. We need your zip code so we can make sure you’re getting notifications of needs in your area. If we're not in your community yet, zip codes are how we know where to head next.
What does Purposity cost me to use?
There's no overhead for you. If you choose to help someone in your community, the only cost is to purchase the item and ship it to the nonprofit or school. We have some really great local supporters who help out, so we can keep your money flowing where it’s needed most-building your community.
Is Purposity in my town?
Purposity originated in Atlanta, Georgia and is currently building communities around purpose through generosity in the southeast and midwest. We’re expanding quickly though, so we may be headed your way soon. Check out the map on our home page to see if your on our list of upcoming towns.
Purposity hasn’t gotten to my town yet. What do I do?
By entering your phone number and zip code here, you let us know that your town is interested in partnering with
us. Then, tell all your friends and family to do the same thing. The more interest we see in an area, the more likely we are to bring our future expansion your way. Seriously, that's how we're expanding-communities are calling out to let us know they're interested. You're in the driver's seat. We keep a leaderboard of towns, and that's how we decide where we're headed.
I'm inspired and want to get involved. What can I do?
Once you get what we're doing, it's pretty contagious. You're going to want to sign up, and once you do, there's an option to let us know you'd like to take a bigger role in bringing purpose through generosity to your community. Also, feel free to send us fan mail or questions at email@example.com. It makes our day to hear from our supporters.
What do I do if I wasn't able to complete my purchase on Amazon?
It happens. Sometimes things go wrong during the checkout process, but don't worry, it's a simple fix. Just make sure you're logged in, go to your profile in the upper right-hand corder of your screen, click on the need, and then the "VIEW NEED ON AMAZON" button. This will take you back to the Amazon wish list to complete the purchase.
Can I see the needs I've met?
Absolutely. We house all the needs, along with the stories, on your profile page. To get there, make sure you're logged in and click in the upper right corner of your screen on the profile option. There, you'll see the number of needs you've met, total dollar amounts and be able to relive everyone you've helped. Also, feel free to share it on social. We've got it all set to post for you.
I'm looking to do a story about Purposity. Who do I contact?
We're grateful anytime anyone wants to do a story. Press means we can bring Purposity to people all across the globe. So, we'd be happy to work with you on your story to make sure it's a great piece. We love talking about innovating good through technology, bringing purpose to people's lives, building communities, and share stories on how this movement is changing lives. Just shoot us an email here and we'll get you what you need.