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Modest Needs Foundation

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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

3 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I've been following Modest Needs for years, and I can say with certainty that these folks are at the very top of their field. Not only are they willing to take on work that no one else seems willing to do (they help the 'working poor' - people who don't qualify for charity most of the time), they do so carefully, with integrity, careful due-diligence, and an awful lot of kindness. I have tremendous respect for the persons who work with Modest Needs and will continue to support their work for a very long time to come.


Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Unlike the previous poster, I actually do have expertise in this field, and I reviewed all of this organization's filings and audits going back for years. What they show is that the CEO of this organization made exactly the median salary of persons working in his capacity in similarly sized organizations based in New York City until the recession, at which time the CEO took a sizable pay cut. Simultaneously, the organization's program spending actually increased. Any person who actually were a non-profit professional would know that these are hallmarks of excellent management and a commitment to the mission of the organization on the part of its leadership, so I'm not so sure that the previous poster has any kind of expertise in this field whatsoever. Sounds more to me like someone with an axe to grind . . .

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 1

The CEO draws almost 2 hundred thousand dollars a year and car allowances.Looks like he is helping himself out from poverty.A score of 57.20 is the lowest and that is Modest Needs.

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