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Modest Needs Foundation
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.

MY ROLE:
Donor

CHILDRENS ADVOCACY CENTER OF SW FLORIDA INC
July 8, 2014

I was a professional child psychologist so am interested in charities that work with abused and neglected children, as this was part of my work experience. I found Children's Advocacy Center on Charity Navigator and sent an email expressing interest in their work. A couple of staff members gave me a personal tour and explained their mission. I was very impressed with the clinical work being done, and, in fact, after my visit made sure to include CAC in my estate planning so that they would receive a contribution when I die. We need the best services possible for children who have been abused, and CAC is providing those.

Ways to make it better...

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

I am sure that they could use even more financing and donations to increase their outreach.

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Was your donation impactful?

Likely

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?

2013

MY ROLE:
Donor

Modest Needs Foundation
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 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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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?

2013

MY ROLE:
Donor

Review from CharityNavigator
Modest Needs Foundation
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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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

MY ROLE:
Donor

DONORSCHOOSE INC
August 4, 2011

DonorsChoose is one of my favorite charities. I have contributed to 90 projects over the past 4 years. This is up-close-and-personal giving. You pick a classroom based on your subject interest, geographical locale, or grade level. You hear from the teacher twice, once when the project is funded, and again when the project is completed. If you give $100 or are the final person to complete the funding, regardless of what amount you have donated, you get a packet of thank you letters in the mail; the students thank you and draw lovely pictures, and sometimes the teacher adds a letter, too. You can communicate with the teacher on the web site and compliment the students on their good drawings and thank you letters, too! If you want a nice present for someone, make a donation in that person's name. The chosen person will receive the thank you emails and packet of student thank you notes (if you qualify for those). I have had a lot of folks thank me for giving in their name--for birthdays, Christmas, in honor of someone passing, once for a friend about to have a stem cell transplant--whatever the occasion. It is a lot more meaningful than a card or small material present. Many of the projects are from teachers in high poverty schools, and you can make a modest contribution to enhancing the education of those students least likely to have many materials in their classrooms. The photos posted on the web site are great, too; you see the materials and the students enjoying them.

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

seeing the positive impact of the classroom projects via teacher thank you emails I receive, thank you packets received in the mail, and seeing the smiles on students' faces who are using the materials donated to their classrooms via the photos posted on the site.

Ways to make it better...

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

make it better known and give it more publicity; it is such a worth-while charity, and ii is a great resource for personal and meaningful giving for oneself or in honor of someone.

MY ROLE:
Donor & I have donated to 90 projects to date.

Review from CharityNavigator
Harry Chapin Food Bank of Southwest Florida, Inc.
November 25, 2009

The Harry Chapin Food Bank of SW Florida has a four star (highest) rating from Charity Navigator, meaning that this food bank effectively uses its funds to feed the poor and needy, rather than spending it on fundraising or organizational costs; this is a great food bank and deserves recognition!

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

every time I view their high rating on Charity Navigator

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

feed even more individuals

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

MY ROLE:
Donor & made donation.