University of Wisconsin–Madison

A New Way to Serve Students in Need

Looking for a way to help students start the semester successfully? Know of a student who has a current need? UW–Madison’s Office of Student Financial Aid has partnered with the mobile app Purposity to bridge the gap between interested donors and students.

The program launched last summer through the Basic Needs Team and allows students to let us know about a need they have (like bed sheets, box fans, or a winter coat) and allows generous followers to purchase these necessities directly for the student.

If you know of a student who has a need, such as hygiene products, clothing, or food, please encourage them to submit a request.

How to donate:

  • By downloading the Purposity app and following UW–Madison, you can see specific needs ranging from basic grocery items, health supplements, to items for living spaces, along with the story of each student who is seeking support.
  • Through the app, you can quickly decide which needs you are able to meet and within a few days, the requested item will be provided directly to the student in need. It takes one notification, under a minute, and a few clicks to make a difference for a UW–Madison student.

How to submit a request:

  • Students simply need to complete this form, which allows The Basic Needs Team to ensure the request can be posted for others to see on the Purposity App. Once a student’s need is posted, members of our community will be able to consider meeting the student’s request.
  • Once the request is met by a community member, the student is notified by the Office of Student Financial Aid and their item will be shipped. Students may also indicate that they would like to pick the item up from 333 East Campus Mall.

To join the movement in helping our UW–Madison student community, download the Purposity app from the App Store or Google Play, and be sure to follow the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Reach out to the Basic Needs Team with any questions or to help a student get connected at