Modest Needs Foundation

Rating: 4.85 stars   156 reviews

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Location: 115 E 30th St Fl 1 New York NY 10016 USA

Mission: Modest Needs exists: To prevent otherwise financially self-sufficient individuals and families from entering the cycle of poverty, when this might be avoided with a small amount of well-timed financial assistance; To restore the financial self-sufficiency of individuals who are willing to work but are temporarily unable to do so because they do not have the means to remit payment for a work-related expense; To empower permanently disadvantaged individuals who otherwise live within their limited means to continue to live independently, despite a temporary, unexpected financial set-back; and To strengthen small non-profit organizations by providing a forum whereby such organizations can apply directly to the general public for the help they need to complete the relatively inexpensive projects that will allow them to better serve their clients and the communities they exist to serve.
Results: Since 2002, by working together in this very ‘modest’ way, Modest Needs’ donors have stopped 5233 low-income individuals and families from entering the vicious cycle of poverty and a lifetime of dependence on the public welfare system for their survival. This number is updated in real time on on our website at http://www.modestneeds.org/
Target demographics: Hard-working, low-income families and individuals across the United States and Canada. Small, struggling non-profit organizations across the United States.
Direct beneficiaries per year: Last year, we were able to make grants to 1,600 families.
Geographic areas served: USA
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Rating: 5 stars  

For many years, I have been following the evolution of Modest Needs from a one-man operation into a nationally-recognized non-profit organization. The one thing that impresses me most is that this organization has never lost its vision or compassion, even as it has taken on more and more responsibility, more and more clients, and learned to do more and more work with less. I admire this organization for keeping its focus and for staying true to its own 'modest' roots. They understand that people matter most, and that as long as they continue to do good work, the support they need to continue that work will be there. I intend to be a part of that support for a very, very long time to come. I hope you'll consider joining me. This organization is truly worthy of any support you can offer it.

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As a member of the military and someone who has proudly served this country, I am proud to write a review of Modest Needs, as they were the only organization willing to help me when a lapse in my military pay left me, my wife, and our three children almost homeless. Modest Needs didn't treat us like numbers. They treated us like people. I never once felt 'ashamed' to have asked for help, and I can absolutely assure you that I will be returning to this organization once my financial position has stabilized. This time, though, I'll be coming to Modest Needs as a donor.

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

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Very Well

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2012

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I have often been told that I was crazy to believe in the possibility for kindness and compassion from people who in any other circumstance might be considered strangers. Believing as I have, nothing could have prepared me for what I experienced as I watched individuals from all over the world reaching out to my mom and myself through Modest Needs! We know that Modest Needs' decision to help us was not done without careful consideration, and we want EVERYONE to know what a difference it has and will continue to make in our lives. We will return to Modest Needs to further their work giving through gifts of our own. I would encourage everyone to do the same. If an organization ever deserved the support of the public, it's this one.

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

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Very Well

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2012

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The generosity and willingness of this organization and its donors to reach out and help those in need is extremely inspirational to me and to my family. I am a college graduate who works very hard just to make ends meet while dealing with college loan payments, and supporting myself. I did not expect hurricane Sandy to personally affect me because I didn't live in an evacuation zone. However, I was without work for two weeks. I missed half a month of work, but that doesn't mean I can pay half my bills, or half my rent. Modest Needs' hurricane relief program has given me the extra boost needed to fulfill my fiscal needs and for that I am ever grateful and will, once I am in a position of financial stability, look to pay this forward to further demonstrate my utmost gratitude to this organization.

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

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Very Well

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2012

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I nearly lost my apartment because of I was unemployed for a very short period of time. No one would help me. No one. Then, I found Modest Needs. They helped me keep my home, which will help me keep my job. It has meant so much to me that there are people with big understanding hearts out there. I should now be able to get things in order and can't say how much I appreciated their kindness. It really has changed my life.

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

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2012

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I am writing with great humility and unbridled appreciation for the assistance that has been bestowed for relief of the disastrous effects that has been left by Hurricane Sandy. I cannot begin to describe what the implications of this help means. It has been given at a time when not only losses have been sustained financially, but stress and the ability to continue going to school have been furthered and relieved on a level that also improves my health, both psychological and physical. I am grateful to Modest Needs for getting help to our family quickly and, more importantly, cherish the empathetic message of humanity that has been rendered by the organization's treatment of our family at this very difficult time.

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

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2012

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I became a donor to Modest Needs shortly after the organization launched. I later became a monthly donor, and I've never stopped giving because this is one place that I can really see the impact of my contributions. I especially love getting the thank you letters from people I've been able to help via my contributions. Modest Needs really understand high-impact, low-cost giving, and I highly recommend them to everyone.

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My wife, kids (all 10 of them), and I are very greatful for the help Modest Needs gave us with our rent at a very trying time in our lives. Their kindness helped to retore our faith in people as it was shaken when our landlord let the home we were renting go into foreclosure. She was taking our rent money, but not paying her mortgage. At this time of year, it is a great blessing to have people like these help out a family like ours.

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

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Very Well

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2012

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After Hurricane Sandy, I was left worrying what I would do since I missed a week's work and I was afraid I would not be able to pay my rent. I tried to contact every family member and I wanted to get help, but I didn't find anyone to assist me until I saw information about Modest Needs on Fox 5 news and I contacted the organization. In less than 72 hours, they SAVED my daughter and I from going getting evicted and having to go to live in the shelter. I truly am blessed to have found this organization. They were my angels!

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

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Definitely

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Very Well

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2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

This Organization was one of the first I ever signed up for to be involved in and to help others. I have not ever personally had to inquire about help but have sent a lot of people to this charity for a number of things, help, donations, sponsors ect. Being a bored member of a Childrens Organization myself, it was important to find other Organizations that believe in the same ethics, fundamentals, and morals as the Organization that I belong to myself. Dr Keith Taylor and his entire staff have an abundance of compassion for their fellow man, this too is admirable and enough for myself and my Organization to Endorse Modest Needs.

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How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

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2012

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