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September 25, 2014

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January 23, 2013

Modest Needs is my favorite charity, and I have a monthly automatic donation applied. Needless to say, I was concerned when I saw the "Donor Advisory" recently posted. I immediately emailed the Dire... more

September 25, 2014

Modest Needs is my favorite charity. It helps individuals and families struggling to avoid a financial crisis, including automobile repossession, loss of housing, loss of utilities, and lack of medical care, from sinking into poverty, job loss, and homelessness. It is very straightforward, and you are donating person-to-person, understanding what the need is and hearing afterwards through thank you emails what you have helped these struggling families avoid. The funds go directly to the vendor for the unexpected expense that the family cannot pay and help stop the spiral of desperation into poverty. Individuals and families requesting assistance are vetted, and the funds are targeted at working families facing a crisis and returning military and veterans. A very worthwhile charity, and very personal giving.
January 23, 2013
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Modest Needs is my favorite charity, and I have a monthly automatic donation applied. Needless to say, I was concerned when I saw the "Donor Advisory" recently posted. I immediately emailed the Director of Modest Needs, Dr. Keith Taylor, and within an hour had a very detailed explanation of the circumstances and the perspective of his organization about the issues raised. There were follow up emails, as well, to myself and the other member of this household, who also has a monthly automatic donation. The advisory posted by Charity Navigator does not tell the full story, and if you have concerns, do not hesitate to contact Dr. Taylor and receive a very reassuring and detailed response. Both members of this household are continuing our monthly automatic contributions without concern about any possible impropriety. This is a wonderful charity that directly touches and improves the lives of many working Americans.

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May 11, 2012

I have an automatic monthly donation going to Modest Needs Foundation because I feel that it is an invaluable asset to those in need. Working folks facing a crisis that might result in homelessness, unemployment, or bankruptcy can apply for a donation to cover an extraordinary, unexpected debt. The recipients are vetted, and the money goes directly to the vendor to pay the debt--a medical or car repair bill, for example. You receive an email when the recipient is funded, and a thank you email from the recipient as well. If you want to impact individuals in need very directly and help working Americans avoid a catastrophe in their lives--this is the charity for you. I love this charity, as it is a very transparent organization, so you know exactly where your money is going.

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September 16, 2014
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September 16, 2014
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My husband and I have been donors at Modest Needs since 2005. I believe in helping people right here in our own country with getting a car payment made or a car repair or an unexpected high heating bill paid or whatever keeps these usually self sufficient people out of the cycle of poverty. I am sure we have all had bills come up that we did not expect that came at what seemed to be the worst time. This company checks out every claim for assistance so I know that my donation goes to pay what has been asked and nothing more. Truly people helping others who just need a helping hand for a short time. All these people are hard working folks just like me and I get to reach across the miles and just be a little sunshine in what appears to them to be a cloudy day. God bless all your donors and recipients.
August 26, 2014
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August 26, 2014
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Being a donor to Modest Needs has enriched my life. I'm privileged to have this vehicle to identify good people with pressing needs and can help them through a temporary rough patch. The organization is transparent, efficient and effective. Please join me. In supporting Modest Needs to continue its good work. The knowledge and engagement of knowing exactly where your money is going and the uplift it gives to people going through tough times to know that there are strangers willing to help is so gratifying.o

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

Encourage donations from private foundations so they could help more people.

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2014

September 12, 2013

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September 12, 2013

Modest Needs is a wonderful organization that is there to assist the "working poor" who are normally unable to receive assistance during periods of crisis. What I believe makes it unique is that they do not necessary fund your situation directly but rather post your difficulty (minus personal info) and have others in the community assist you. You do not have to be rich to support someone in a difficult time either. As a contributor, you can do a little as a dollar to help an individual or family out of a temporary crisis. I was personally in a situation where I was behind on my mortgage due a string of life circumstances. Modest Needs was able to assist me and helped to get me back on my feet. I now donate on a monthly basis to this wonderful organization as well as pass their information on to others I know going through difficult times. Thank you again Modest Needs for being there!!

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The orgainzation is so well organized and accessable I would not change a thing.

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November 30, 2012

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November 30, 2012

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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2012

November 30, 2012

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November 30, 2012

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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November 29, 2012

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November 29, 2012

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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2012

October 17, 2012
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February 26, 2009

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 su... more

October 17, 2012
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.

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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

February 26, 2009

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!

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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.

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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

March 4, 2009

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March 4, 2009

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.

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

Donations growing every day.

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

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

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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

March 4, 2009

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March 4, 2009

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.

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

Improving lives for the 'little people'

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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

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