Modest Needs: Small Change. A World Of Difference.(TM)

ModestNeeds.org is a non-profit 501(c) charity, operating predominanlty online, with a goal of helping people who live paycheck to paycheck survive past life’s unexpected speed-bumps and perhaps save them from a slippery slope to financial ruin or even homelessness. Most of their “grants” are less than $300 and go for things like unexpected medical bills. Much of it is based on the honor system, and all the money flow is very transparent and shown online. The neat thing is that it started (and continues) with a teacher giving 10% of his salary to others in need.

Instead of the $5 suggested monthly pledge, I only gave a one-time $20, but I thought I’d spread the word a bit as well. Happy Holidays!

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  1. Thanks for the write-up on ModestNeeds. I’d never heard of them, but am now very interested.

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  1. [...] ModestNeeds.org is a non-profit 501(c) charity, operating predominantly online, with a goal of helping people who live paycheck to paycheck survive past life?s unexpected speed-bumps and perhaps save them from a slippery slope to financial ruin or even homelessness. Most of their ?grants? are less than $300 and go for things like unexpected medical bills. You can see all the money requests, and even vote on which requests to fund. The neat thing is that it started with just one teacher giving 10% of his salary every month. And you know what? About 65 percent of Modest Needs recipients become donors themselves. In 2006 they found an anonymous donor that matches all contributions 100%, doubling your donating power. What’s even better is that they just renewed it for 2007! Props to Dr. Taylor (the one teacher and now full-time director). We support them with a donation every year since discovering them in 2004. [...]

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