Over 1.8 million nonprofits and charities for donors, volunteers and funders

2015 Top-Rated Nonprofit

Modest Needs Foundation

Claim This Nonprofit

More Info

Add to Favorites

Share this Nonprofit

Donate

Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Emergency Assistance, Human Service Organizations, Human Services

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 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: USA

Community Stories

187 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

I had been ill for 6 months and asked this so called organization for help. I spent too much time completing all the documents needed. Now they know all my life's story and closed my account with zero help. The reason... because I'm still unable to work. Modest needs will only help me when I get back to work. Why would I need help when I will be working and making good money again? What a Fake organization. I will donate my money later on somewhere else.

2

Volunteer

Rating: 1

Modest Needs is horrible. I filled out an application for help and waiting a month for a response. They wrote that they can help me with my medical bill instead of my rent or they can still help with my rent if I liked. I just needed to provide my Landlords telephone number. So, I uploaded my landlords phone number and said I would like help with my rent since I already paid my medical bill. 4 weeks pass and they close my application saying I didn't provide documentation. I uploaded literally everything they needed and waited months. They are horrible and they do not help those truly in need. I was in an auto accident and I have been waiting months on workers comp, so I didn't have an income. I would have donated back when I had the chance. I am so disappointed with modest needs.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

This organization helped me when no one else would. No one. I work full time, I've never received any government assistance, and I couldn't get help for my power bill from anyone. I couldn't even get anyone to even speak to me or listen to my predicament. They asked for a lot of documentation and proof of need but I received the help in less than 10 days. They did not just help me with a power bill. These people helped my emotional well-being. I don't care what anyone has to say negative about this organization. They are helping real people. They were friendly and responsive to my phone calls and emails. They even called the power company for me.

1

Donor

Rating: 5

I am a monthly contributor to Modest Needs. They are very efficient with applying donations to needs, and they epitomize the starfish principle: you can't save all the world's beached starfish, but you can help the one that you return to the ocean, where it can thrive. This isn't going to solve the world's problems, but it can - and does - solve the problems that a single person or a single family has, through no fault of their own when there's a temporary break in the paycheck-to-paycheck existence of so many Americans. Modest Needs addresses just what the name implies - people who need a very modest amount to sustain them through a difficult period in their lives.

You alone cannot end pandemic war, world hunger, or systematic genocide, but you alone CAN make an existential difference in one family's life with just a few dollars at the right time.

1

Donor

Rating: 5

I am a monthly donor to Modest Needs and have also made special donations in memory or dedicated to someone special. I donate because their mission is so special, their founder has such a big heart and they do not hound you for additional donations. I know my money is well spent and I am proud to be able to help people over those difficult humps life throws our way.

3 Jennifer470

Donor

Rating: 5

I've been giving to Modest Needs for years. All requests for assistance are vetted and very little is spent on overhead. It's amazing to see how such a relatively small amount of money can completely change someone's life.

1

Donor

Rating: 5

I have been a donor to Modest Needs for close to 10 years. I appreciate the work that they do, and love the fact that rather than my donations going into a large, amorphous fund, they are used in a tangible way that allow me to truly make a difference in a person's life.

2 Susan413

Donor

Rating: 5

I've been a regular donor to Modest Needs for over a decade now. What attracted me to the organization was their mission... not to pull people out of poverty, but to keep them from going into poverty in the first place. By removing one obstacle, it allows people to keep going. Their impact on people's lives is huge. The recipients are able to maintain their self-sufficiency and dignity.

Speaking as a donor, Modest Needs is a place where it doesn't matter how much or how little you can afford to give. Whether it's $1 or $1,000, you know that your donation is equally appreciated, and that it will be used wisely. Modest Needs is proof-positive that you don't have to be rich to make a difference.

1

Donor

Rating: 5

I have been a donor for long several years now. I love that I can choose my money to the recipient, and that the mission covers a gap that help people in need from a respectful compassionate place, helping avoid for regular people to start the economic spiral down. Modest needs is an organization that learn and evolve.

The revamping of their website was very good and the social media activity is very good. I love that I am notified to read in the own recipient words how my little gift impact them and you can see in the testimonials that a lot of people feel compelled to pay it forward.

Was and is my non-profit of choice !

1

Donor

Rating: 5

I have been a monthly donor for 10 years, increasing my contribution every time I get a raise. I like being able to choose which request(s) to support. I generally review the ones that are local to me and the ones that will expire soonest. I feel that my donation is going to make a real difference and not to support the infrastructure (or over-paid executive director) of other organizations.

1

Donor

Rating: 5

This is one of the few charities I feel good supporting; I love the way you can direct your donation and I feel like your gift gets to the one in need with a minimum of overhead. Keep up the good work, guys!

3

Donor

Rating: 5

I have been with Modest Needs since the beginning. Unlike other sites that also rely on donations, I know that my money is going to the people who need it most. From the beginning, Modest Needs has been doing a great job! Grown from the heart and mind of a single person who wanted to help those less fortunate than himself, even though he only had a modest salary of his own to share. I love the tag line. Modest Needs, small change a world of difference. That says it all!

2

Donor

Rating: 5

I love that my small donations really do visibly make a difference in people's lives, including frequent thank you letters from recipients. Also, Modest Needs fills a niche that no other non-profit fills, and does it admirably.

2 Mary196

Volunteer

Rating: 4

MODEST NEEDS IS A HELPING NON PROFIT ORGANIZATION THAT TRULY IS INTERESTED IN YOUR NEEDS, NOT WANTS. THEY ARE CHARITABLE BUT YOU HAVE TO DO YOUR PART. I LIKE THAT BECAUSE YOU ARE NOT TREATED LIKE A CHARITY CASE. WE ALL NEED A LITTLE HELPING HAND AND THIS IS THE ONE. AND, OF COURSE WHEN YOU CAN, IT IS A GREAT WAY TO GIVE BACK TOO! WITH ALL THE BAD NEWS YOU HEAR, IT'S NICE TO KNOW THIS PLACE IS HELPING PEOPLE MAKE A DIFFERENCE.
MARY KRAPEZ

Previous Stories
1

Client Served

Rating: 5

WHEN I NEEDED HELP PAYING FOR THE REPLACEMENT BATTERY OF MY LIFT SYSTEM, MODEST NEEDS HELPED ME. I DIDN'T KNOW WHAT TO DO. A FRIEND SUGGESTED TRYING THEM. SUCH KINDNESS................
................THANK YOU FOR LIGHTENING MY BURDEN!


MARY

1

Donor

Rating: 5

I've been donating to Modest Needs for a couple of years now. I love their mission of helping people who might not otherwise qualify for assistance; people who just need a helping hand to get them through a rough time. I also love that I make the decision to choose to donate to whomever I want, based on the situations people describe themselves going through. Modest Needs does the due diligence, and then I can pick to help the cause that is near and dear to my heart. It's a great organization, and I'm proud to be a donor to Modest Needs.

1

Donor

Rating: 5

I've been with Modest Needs from the beginning. They are completely transparent as to how they research the applicants. The money does not go directly to them, it goes to the places they owe money to. You can read their thank you letters. Modest Needs has been vetted by consumer agencies, magazines and TV people who have interviewed Dr. Taylor. Even if all you can give is $5, you can choose who gets it. It is the only charity I totally trust as I know the people who are desperate are actually getting the money and I feel good about that.

Previous Stories
1

Donor

Rating: 5

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.

1

Donor

Rating: 5

I'm so grateful that Modest Needs exits because it truly give me a unique opportunity to be able to help someone in need. I feel so blessed that I personally touched the lives of so many via this site. Reading their heartfelt stories and follow up thank yous puts a personal one-on-one face on my donation. Modest Needs ROCKS!!

1 Ben_45

Former staff

Rating: 5

Truly unique organization. Their work speaks for itself - just visit their website and you'll find stories of some of the countless lives they've changed. No other charity provides such a direct, personal way to help people in need. At the same time, Modest Needs shines a spotlight on the very real, human effects of the cycle of poverty that exists in the United States. Giving to Modest Needs, reading their newsletters, or browsing applications on their site, you will see the faces of struggling, working America and understand why this work is so important.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been giving to modest needs and I feel it is a privilege to help such a wonderful charity. The way they step in and avert financial crises that could put a family into a cycle of poverty is a fantastic way to help people stay on their feet and continue their lives. I have never had to request help, yet, but I know that if I wind up in a critical situation, I will feel very comfortable working with them. It has been a pleasure helping out.

1

Donor

Rating: 5

This is the best charity that I give to. To directly read the needs of those who ask for help and to provide a reprieve to their hardship is a privilege that I cherish.