What is Purposity?
Purposity is a platform dedicated to inspiring our online community to live generously and find purpose. To get to know us a little better, visit the Our Story page.
How does it work?
Once you download the app, you'll be able to see needs near you and follow your favorite organizations. Be sure to get the app in either the App Store or Google Play. Once a week, we'll send a friendly notification letting you know about needs from your organizations or ones closest to you. Click the link, read the story, and decide if you'd like to help, right from your phone in under a minute. The price of the item is clearly displayed so you know exactly what you’re getting into. We'll take care of the shopping and shipping for you, making sure the exact item gets into the hands of who needs it most. You'll get notifications updating you of your item's progress and when it arrives, along with a thank you message from the organization you're supporting.
What kinds of needs will I receive?
You might get anything from school supplies for a child in foster care or a pair of shoes for a student experiencing homelessness, to small furniture items for a family who lost their home in a house fire. And, no matter your means, there's always something for you to do on Purposity. The average request is right around $30. You can always scroll through needs to see which ones speak to you.
Where does Purposity get these needs?
Purposity works with partner nonprofits, local school systems, and agencies to source needs. They generally come from school social workers, case managers, and other vetted staff members. There is a submission and approval process to assure all needs meet our strict criteria and come from trusted sources.
Does 100% of my donation go to meet the need?
Yes. The price displayed automatically includes an optional 15% donation to help support Purposity. However, you are free to increase, decrease, or completely eliminate that additional donation. Our checkout clearly shows the price of the item and offers you the option of supporting our work as a separate line, ensuring 100% of your base donation goes to meeting the need.
Why am I being charged an additional donation to support Purposity?
The additional donation to Purposity is completely optional. When you go to purchase an item, the cost of the item is clearly displayed as is the optional percentage to support our mission. You can increase, decrease, or completely remove this support.
What does Purposity use this donation for?
This donation supports our operations, keeps the needs flowing, and helps offset costs for school districts and nonprofits, allowing us to keep access to Purposity free for them.
Can I submit a Need?
Sure, once you're approved. If you're certain staff members at a nonprofit, school district, or government agency, you can let us know you'd like to post needs. Please feel free to visit the Organization Page. That will walk you through the process and answer all your questions.
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. In fact, 100% of your donation goes to meeting needs. Plus, since we're a nonprofit organization, you'll get a handy tax receipt at the end of each calendar year, just in time for taxes, with everything you've donated on Purposity.
Is Purposity in my town?
Purposity originated in Atlanta, Georgia but is quickly popping up all over the U.S. We’re expanding quickly, so we may already be in your area. To see where we're currently live, download the app, head to the "Nearby" feed, and click on your location. A list will pop up of current and upcoming communities. Look for the ⚡️icon to know which cities are live.
Can I see the needs I've met?
Absolutely. We house all the needs, along with the stories, on your profile page. There, you'll see the number of needs you've met, total dollar amounts, and be able to relive feeling good about giving. Plus, you can click into needs and see the thank you messages! It's pretty cool.
Can I follow certain organizations?
Definitely. Just head to your "Organizations" tab in the app to see which organizations are posting needs near you. Check out their profile to see what they do and give them a follow!
I'm looking to do a story about Purposity. Who do I contact?
We'd be happy to work with you on your story. Just shoot us an email here, and we'll coordinate with you.