Modest Needs Foundation

Rating: 4.85 stars   186 reviews


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


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.


Since 2002, by working together in this very modest way, Modest Needs' donors have stopped more than 12,700 working individuals and families from entering the vicious cycle of poverty and a lifetime of dependence on the public welfare system for their survival.

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:


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Rating: 5 stars  

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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.

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