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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212 463-7042
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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

Last year, my wife was forced out of work due to illness. The bills were piling up and we just couldn't keep up, much less get ahead.
When Winter came, we needed to fill our oil tank but there was barely enough money for food much less the $900 to fill the tank.
Modest Needs helped us by obtaining a grant for us which covered this cost. Without Modest Needs, it would have been a long, cold, tragic winter.
I cannot praise them enough. They were a true blessing!

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

A lot

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Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

Modest Needs gave me the boost I needed in my time of need. I am so thankful that there is an organization that has members who sincerely care about the needs of others. I was skeptical at first, and didn't know what to expect, when I applied for Modest Needs assistance. They were very kind, and let me know what my status was, every time I got closer to my application being funded by caring members. To my surprise, my needs were promptly met with a check to pay my electric bill, and kept me and my kids out of the dark. Thank you Modest Needs, for helping me and others that have fallen on tough times! :)

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

Provide vouchers for emergency food needs

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

A lot

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

When an expensive car repair set me back financially, Modest Needs was able to pay my rent! As a single mother of three, and no family members available to help us, I was facing eviction with no where to go! I can not begin to express the relief that I felt when Modest Needs said they had found a donor! I will be forever grateful to Modest Needs for fulfilling my family's need! I have recommended this site to several of my coworkers when they were in need. Modest Needs employees were always friendly, and helpful. They never made me feel like a "charity case" like some agencies do. They always treated me with respect and kindness, they empathized with me and went above and beyond to help my family. Modest Needs is truly a foundation you can count on! Modest Needs truly renewed my faith in humanity & the kindness of others!

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

The application process was quite lengthy but I can understand why they would like to be so thorough. There are some of my friends who were unable to apply for help because they do not have a bank account, perhaps an alternative way of viewing these people's incoming/outgoing finances could be made available?

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

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

Modest Needs was my guardian angel! In 2012 I relocated to Georgia for a nursing position with the VA. I was 6 months pregnant and had no family. It was my plant to work up until my scheduled due date of July 26th.; but I began to experience complications with my blood pressure. I went into premature labor three times and eventually delivered my baby at 36 weeks. I did not have enough vacation or sick time accumulated and exhausted my savings on relocating. I was afraid and alone but Modest Needs gave me hope and helped to pay my rent. It is a scary feeling not knowing whether you will have a roof over your head and I was a new mom. I became a nurse so that I could help others and it is a wonderful feeling to know that I had somewhere to turn for help. Thank you Modest Needs!

Love,
Malikha & Araya

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

I would not change anything, however, I wanted to clarify that I did not receive the amount that was indicated in my follow-up email.

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

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

Your organization really helped my family get back on its feet after Superstorm Sandy. I have never reached out for help in any way and it felt so good after serving 100 days in the storm to help others to finally be recongined myself. THANK YOU AGAIN from the bottom of our hearts. We really needed the help and way to modest to ever ask but we did!!!

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

NOTHING EXCELLENT

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

A lot

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

I want to say thank you for helping my family get back on our feet!!! We were very close to losing everything!! I cant thank you enough. Modest need is an amazing organization! We are in a great place in our lives now! The neurologist released my fiance and he is back to work, and im getting a promotion at work!!! It would have been alot harder for us to get here with out modest needs! Thank you!

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

None

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

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

Wow! What a Godsend Modest Needs has been for me and my family. Through generous donors I was able to get my two crowns on my teeth. Times were especially difficult at the time for me and my husband due to my husband having to take cut hours at his job. I needed his help to stay healthy at the end of my pregnancy with our sixth child. I have no help at home with our children except my husband so he had to stay home with me and our son for a couple of weeks before returning to work. This is a wonderful non-profit agency and I don't know what I would have done without them. Joanne.

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

I wouldn't change anything about the website but maybe give a phone call to the clients before the thank you note is due so their check is not forfeited.

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

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

Modest Needs came through for me when every one else turned their backs or closed their eyes. I understand my need was not life threatening but it was an issue of health, self esteem, and generally over all cleanliness. My hot water tank died and I went for almost six months without hot water. I'm 57, I live alone, had just returned to college after 25 years, I've had numerous back surgeries and I have Fibromyalgia. Hot water helped me with both my back pain and my Fibromyalgia, and of course I could clean up in the sink by heating water, but I never felt clean. No one in my city of 50,000 was willing to help because they said hot water was not a necessity. Modest needs accepted my application right away, and on my last day I was approved. I wrote my thank you letter and my check arrived, in less than a week I had hot water. There really are no words to thank Modest Needs or the people who helped a complete stranger get back some comfort and feel better about herself and her life. Thank you so much.

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

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

I'm very grateful for Modest Needs and I thank God for them. They helped me with a car repair that kept my car running. If I had lost my car, I would have lost my job. The job requires me to use my car and I had just got the job when my car needed the repair. Being a single mom living in a homeless family shelter at the time, I had just got the job and I was about to lose it. The situation was very frantic for me. So again I say I thank God for their gift.

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

A lot

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

Modest needs helped me when i was in desperate need of help . i had a bad experience with a dentist in mexico . Stetic implant & dental centers , i needed emergency surgery after leaving the clinic and my bills over whelmed us . modest needs helped me pay one of the hospital bills , i am forever greatful , and cant express enough how much it means to me that someone was there when i needed help . thank you modest needs , great respect Holly Strehlow

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

A lot

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Likely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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