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Purposity

Purposity comes from the core belief that humanity finds purpose through generosity.

Everywhere around us we see people in need. We also see people who want to help others but don’t know how. We connect those dots through the power of technology.
 
School systems and non-profits in local communities let us know needs in your area. We spread the word to individuals near them who are willing to help. They click a link, see the need, and make a difference for someone near them. It may be the family next door who lost their home in a fire or the child down the street you didn’t know needed school supplies.
 
It’s easy. It’s simple, and it takes just a few clicks to make a difference in someone’s life. It’s the fastest way to impact your community, one need at a time.
 
Download the app to start making a difference.
 
 
 
 

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?
Once you create an account, you'll get one notification a week. Click the link, read the story, and decide if you'd like to help, right from your phone in just a few clicks. 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 needed is shipped to our partner nonprofit. You'll get notifications updating you of your item's progress and when it arrives. If you're not in a community that currently has active needs, not to worry! We'll send you opportunities to do good from around the country until we launch your city.
 
What kinds of needs will I receive?
You might get anything from school supplies for a kiddo 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 as the average need is right around $30.
 
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, once you're approved. If you run a nonprofit please feel free to fill our nonprofit interest form, 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.
 
How often will I receive a notification?
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 check back as often as you'd like.
 
How do I opt out of receiving the weekly text message?
We're definitely sorry to see you go, but we understand that sometimes circumstances change. Simply reply to our weekly text with the word "stop" to opt out of your community's weekly text.
 
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. 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 throughout the U.S. We’re expanding quickly, so we may be headed your way soon. Check out the list of communities to see if your city is on our list of current and upcoming communities.
 
Purposity hasn’t gotten to my town yet. What do I do?
By creating an account and entering your 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.
 
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 everyone you've helped. Also, feel free to share it on social. We've got it all set to post for you.

 

(News story from Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools)

New app links donors to student needs

A seamless connection

January 7, 2019

Katie Lindsay is one of the 77 social workers in Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools who interact with students on a daily basis, helping to identify and meet their individual needs. She is also one of 10 social workers who focus on homeless students.

Lindsay knows the list of immediate needs is long. She said some families experience tragic events that wipe them out and they have to start from scratch, but the needs are not always dramatic.
"Organizations will donate shoes, but they don't always have the one size you actually need for a certain student," Lindsay said. "Or we may just need a set of paints to encourage college and career readiness for a student who is interested in art."

There are people in the community who want to help students, but they have no idea what the needs are, Lindsay said. To solve that problem, CMS Student Services has partnered with Purposity, a third-party organization that operates on a social-media platform. Its guiding principle is that humanity finds purpose through generosity. The platform has a new app that connects those in need with those who can help. With a few taps, users can instantly make a purchase that will make a difference in a student's life.

"Purposity makes it simple to bring people together," said Michele King, a CMS social work specialist. "This can make a big difference for that individual student."

The Purposity app is already being used by school districts in cities such as Atlanta and Nashville. CMS needed 500 registered users to activate its account and reached that number within 24 hours of releasing news of the effort. The app is free and there is no obligation to make a purchase, but donations are tax deductible.

App users will receive one text a week with a curated list of student needs. Social workers, who know the students and their families best, will vet the requests. Each item on the list will include a brief message, based on basic information from the social worker, and the price, which may be as low as $10 and must be less than $250. The item is shipped to the social worker, who delivers it to the student, and 100 percent of donations go to student needs.

"Purposity is ensuring the connection between the purchase and the social worker," King said. "Confidentiality is preserved. It's seamless."

Lindsay and Courtney Hawkins, who also works with homeless students, were introduced to Purposity at a session at the National Association for the Education of Homeless Children and Youth conference in 2017.

"Charlotte was one of the cities they had already identified and we raised our hands so fast," Lindsay said. "We knew we wanted to get this started in Charlotte because we really need this."
It has taken a year for the plan to come to fruition, King said. CMS had to meet the 500-user requirement to ensure an adequate number of donors are available for students from four pilot schools. Social workers from those schools will have training and then provide needs to Purposity. By the second week in January, CMS was closing in on 1,500 registered users and more schools will be added as the donor base grows.

"We're meeting very basic needs, but this takes it a little step further," Lindsay said. "It's simple, it's personalized and it's right where you live. It will make such a difference to the students. But the biggest thing is people will know they're helping someone in their community." The first list of needs is expected to appear on the app in about two weeks.