We believe impulsive gifts are important
Giving has a ripple effect…
But we need to give sustainably
Empulse is a simple solution
The empulse solution
We make it easy to give anonymously, just like a dollar dropped impulsively on the street. The difference is, you know your money will go to alleviate immediate need and provide long-term, data-driven solutions.
How does empulse work?
People living in poverty can accumulate funds for basic needs and economic empowerment in their immediate vicinity.
People who want to help can use a simple, convenient, effective interaction when they feel the most motivated to contribute.
Policymakers can access data from these micro-interactions to map need and measure effectiveness of interventions.
“My skies rise higher and hang younger stars.”
— Eavan Boland
Homelessness has an economy
People experiencing homelessness make and spend money. Many of them even hold full, or part-time jobs. We also know that poverty is a very common experience (·), but for most people it is temporary (·). Those who are more likely to remain in poverty are people who are disadvantaged in other ways — health, mental illness, or ethnicity (·). One factor which perpetuates homelessness in the United States is the co-existing barrier to accessing electronic funds (·). Someone who does not have an address cannot obtain basic needs though convenient digital transactions like online banking, a debit card, Square, ApplePay, Venmo or PayPal. In turn this makes it harder to participate in the mainstream economy and obtain sustainable employment.
“You must do the thing you think you cannot do.”
— Eleanor Roosevelt
How empulse helps
Empulse is a project to bridge the digital divide between those who want to give but might not have the time or expertise to do so at length, and those who are lacking the basic requirements for entry into the digital economy.