Modest Needs Foundation

Rating: 4.85 stars   156 reviews

Issues: Human Services

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
2014 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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Rating: 5 stars  

I've been a pledge donor with Modest Needs almost from the beginning. It is very important to me that everything is so transparent and approved by the watch dog associations.. All approved applications are thoroughly vetted. You pick who gets your donation. You are notified when the vendor of the product or service receives the payment. The applicants do not receive the donation themselves. You read their thank you notes. Every application can almost bring you to tears. Keith had a small but important vision when he started this organization. God had a huge vision and He ran with it. It has continued to grow and gather supporters, organizations and foundations that want to be part of this vision. It not only makes you feel very good about yourself for being a part of it, but reading the applications make you very grateful for the blessings you have. When friends say: "I'd like to help survivors of [pick a disaster], but I don't trust the big name organizations who can't account for where all the millions of dollars went...", I have an answer for them. Modest Needs not only can, but does, account for where the money went. It went to help your neighbors.

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Definitely

How likely is it that you would recommend that a friend donate to this group?

Definitely

How likely are you to donate to this group again?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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1 person found this review helpful

This charity helps those who might otherwise fall through the cracks and end up homeless, hopeless, or otherwise distressed. They do more with small donations than any other charity I know of. I have been a donor for several years, and personally know recipients of their wonderful works.

Was your donation impactful?

Definitely

How likely is it that you would recommend that a friend donate to this group?

Definitely

How likely are you to donate to this group again?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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10 people found this review helpful

I was raised on positive thinking and giving to others. When I discovered Modest Needs, I knew I'd found a charity worthy of my limited resources. I've been disabled for nearly 20 years, but I make sure my small donation goes monthly to this resourceful organization. Modest Needs helps those who don't fit the criteria required by other charities, and who would otherwise enter the downward spiral into poverty because of a single, unavoidable event if Modest Needs' donors were not to step in with help. Please give generously to Modest Needs--they not only keep recipients from becoming a burden on society (that's all of us), but they help them maintain their dignity at the same time!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

reading the feedback from those who've been helped, and meeting some of those who've been helped at sponsored local events. It really puts faces on my donations.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

I may read the requests and select those I want to receive my support.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

truly caring and dedicated to their work.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-2-01

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Unlike the previous poster, I actually do have expertise in this field, and I reviewed all of this organization's filings and audits going back for years. What they show is that the CEO of this organization made exactly the median salary of persons working in his capacity in similarly sized organizations based in New York City until the recession, at which time the CEO took a sizable pay cut. Simultaneously, the organization's program spending actually increased. Any person who actually were a non-profit professional would know that these are hallmarks of excellent management and a commitment to the mission of the organization on the part of its leadership, so I'm not so sure that the previous poster has any kind of expertise in this field whatsoever. Sounds more to me like someone with an axe to grind . . .

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

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

A lot

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 1 stars  

The CEO draws almost 2 hundred thousand dollars a year and car allowances.Looks like he is helping himself out from poverty.A score of 57.20 is the lowest and that is Modest Needs.

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Badly

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

A little

Will you recommend this organization to others?

No

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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1 person found this review helpful

THIS MODEST NEEDS IS A GREAT CAUSE ITS MADE A BELIEVER OUT OF ME.I WOULD RECOMMEND TO EVRYONE THAT WANTS TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE TO DONATE TO THIS CAUSE.THEY HELPED ME IT DIDNT TAKE LONG FOR SUCH WONDERFUL PEOPLE TO RESTORE HOPE IN ME.I WILL NOW GIVE WHAT I CAN ITS NOT MUCH BUT EVERY LITTLE LEFTOVER I HAVE CAN DO SO MUCH.SOME CAN GIVE MORE IT DOESNT MATTER HOW MUCH ITS THE THOUGHT THE GENEROUS HEART THAT COUNTS.I BELIEVE YOU HELP OTHERS BECAUSE SOMEDAY YOU MIGHT BE THERE AND WHAT GOES AROUND ALWAYS COMES BACK.IM ON FIXED INCOME I WAS OUT HELPING SOMEONE TODAY DOWN ON THIER LUCK NOT ANYTHING BIG BUT I HOPE I MADE HER A LITTE MORE HAPPY THEN GET HOME FIND I HAD BEEN FUNDED WHAT A HAPPY BLESSED ENDING.THAT TELLS ALL

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

THEY HELPED ME THE WONDERFUL PEOPLE THAT RESTORED HOPE IN MY BLEAK WORLD.I NEEDED HELP WITH PROPERTY TAX DUE TO SO MANY OTHER THINGS THAT I HAD FACED.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I WOULDNT BE GOOD RUNNING SOMETHING LIKE THIS I WOULD GIVE ALL MY MONEY AWAY

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

THE GENOROSITY OF STRANGERS HELPING STRANGERS IN NEED

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

THE STAFF ON PHONE WERE VERY HELFFUL SWEET AND COULDNT ASK FOR ANY BETTER A

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

HELP AND MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN SO MANY LIFES

Ways to make it better...

COULD NOT OF BEEN BETTER IT WAS THE BEST

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

MAYBE THE TIMES WERE IN SO MANY PEOPLE TO HELP AND WE ALL KNOW NOT ALL CAN BE HELPED AND AS THEY SAY JUST A POCKET FUL OF CHANGE MAKES A BIG DIFFRENCE IF EVERY MAJOR COMPANY COULD DONATE WOW MAYBE EVERYONE COULD HAVE A BLESSING

One thing I'd also say is that...

PLEASE DONATE SO MANY PEPLE DONATE GIVE TO CAUSES THAT REALLY DONT HELP INDIVIDUALS

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-1-01

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Rating: 1 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

I know 4 familys that have tryed to get help from modest needs and were turned down flat one family had just lost a child when my wife and I found out we took care of there needs,I have given money to modest need before but never again.Modest needs had the balls to tell these people that they could send them money.NOT GOOD OR SMART!!!!!! I will be spreading the word!!!!!!!!!!!!

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

NOTHING

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

be put to use with other companys not this one

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-1-01

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Modest Needs helped my son Zayne during a very difficult time. My husband was physically unable to work, and Zayne was diagnosed with autism, along with a neurological condition that prevented him from processing the things he saw. He needed glasses we couldn't afford, and after much searching for help, I found Modest Needs. I'll never forget the day Zayne got his glasses; he was four years old, and he stood only to my waist. As he balanced them precariously on his little nose, he looked up at me with a furrowed brow and said, "Mommy??" It was like he was seeing me—everything—for the first time. That same afternoon, Zayne's occupational therapist came for his regular session, and in an effort to test his limits, she asked him to draw a picture. For most four year olds, this is a regular day-to-day activity, but what you must appreciate is before this day, Zayne had never drawn a picture of anything; he drew only random scribbles in black crayon. This time he drew our family standing in front of our rented house. Now Zayne is in the fifth grade, and though he continues to struggle with autism, he works through long division and writes essays and letters right alongside his peers. I never dreamed that the gift from Modest Needs would bestow such wealth on my son. Six years after Modest Needs funded my request, my family continues to feel the positive effects. I will always be grateful for the generosity of Modest Needs, and it is my sincere hope that my story will help donors understand the magnitude of the work they do simply by taking ten minutes to register and donate.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

my personal life and in my community.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

not change a thing.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

watching my son learn like every other kid. Listening to him read is one of my favorite things to do.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

helpful, compassionate and caring.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

bring hundreds of thousands of people back from the brink of poverty. It could buy dignity, hope, and a better way of life for people who have no other options.

Ways to make it better...

nothing could have improved it. It was the miracle my son needed when nobody else would help us.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

raising enough money to meet the needs of their growing client base.

One thing I'd also say is that...

please give to this organization. It has changed my life.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-3-01

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1 person found this review helpful

Great organizations and products usually have one thing in common. They compel you to smack yourself on the forehead to say, "Why didn't we think of this sooner?" Modest Needs is a simple concept, so simple that it's brilliant. People helping people with monetary donations as small as pennies. The overarching mission of this organization is promoting a culture of unselfishness, one in which we demonstrate empathy for each other. That message has never been more important than now during this country's troubled economic climate. If you have a couple dollars to spare and 15 minutes to spare, you can make a difference in someone's life.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

The thousands of testimonials from grant recipients whose lives have profoundly changed for the better in the long term.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

This organization has the audacity and courage to break the mold by creating a new model for philanthropy. No red tape. No delays. No bureaucratic behavior.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Dedicated to the cause. Every application receives full consideration and review by an empathetic human being. Staff members agonize when they have to reject an application that does not meet the Modest Needs' criteria.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-3-01

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14 people found this review helpful

I have been a recipent of ModestNeeds and they have been a Blessing from Heavan helping me out. I was a severe heart paitient and needed a bathtub as mine had been vandualized and they replaced it so I would not have to stand and wash in my kitchen sink anymore. One donor helped me get a Army Parka coat so I could walk to get my perscriptions some twelve miles away. They have coated my roof as well which has stopped my floors from rottening out as well. This has been my favorite Charity because it has a heart and cares and gives to help fight Poverty and so many people whom are suffering through no faults of thier own. I give every month to this Charity , not because they helped me but because of the kindness and help that was there for me . I live on so low of an income and there was no help anywhere else and someone told me anout ModestNeeds several years ago and they have grown as I have watched and continue to send them my little one dollar bill a month. s long as I live I will donate to this Charity that works with small change to help so many people. I am a Donator , Volunteer Spokesperson and also a client for this worthy Charity Foundation.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Donations growing every day.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

never be able to do what they have been able to have accomplished .

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

They have hearts of angels and God Bless them for all they have helped and the many more they will continue to help.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Dr. Taylor and the Staff have angels on thier shoulders and are the most giving and caring people I have talked to and Love.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Lord knows it could help 20 million people with just such money as that.

Ways to make it better...

I could have been able to Donate more.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

Needing more paticipants and donors and programs to keep helping more people in more ways.

One thing I'd also say is that...

God Bless ModestNeeds.org and all it's people.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-3-01

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8 people found this review helpful

This is my favourite charity, bar none. It is of great comfort that Modest Needs has an excellent vetting process and we can choose our own recipients. This year for Christmas, we got my Mother-in-Law a Gift Certificate for Modest Needs. She had never heard of them before but 'spent' her gift as soon as she opened it. Not only did it give us great joy to give it to her, but she absolutely loved it! And now, one more person knows about this wonderful organization. I hope others will also get the word out via this method. If you're thinking about donating, donate it to someone else for their gifting. Share the love and spread the word.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Improving lives for the 'little people'

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

The personal experience in choosing your own recipient/s

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

only online or through mail, but they are warm, generous and thoughtful. You have a great team.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Use some of those funds to promote the cause. Get on Oprah if you haven't alerady!

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RBS Citizens N.A.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-1-01

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