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Financing Hope with Modest Needs
By Cheryl Ellis, Staff Writer
“Just because a need is on the website,” says Taylor,
“does not mean that it is automatically funded. Our
donors help score the applications in an effort to
prioritize the funding that we have each week.”
Taylor adds that IRS regulations prohibit donors from
designating their donations to assist a specific
individual. Rather donors are involved in ranking
applications and staff makes the final decisions on who
is assisted based on the final scoring and the amount of
money available each week for assistance. In order to
determine that funds are used responsibly, money is
never given directly to the applicant. Rather, Modest
Needs mails a check to the vendor or creditor on behalf
of the individual.
Applications that are not funded remain on the website
and can continue to be scored each week for 30 days.
After that, the application is removed from the site and
if the score is high enough, the individual is invited
to resubmit their application as long as the need
In 2006, donors have had the special privilege of
knowing that their dollars are serving even more people.
An anonymous celebrity donor has pledged to match each
dollar raised by Modest Needs. For the first time since
Modest Needs was formed, the organization has given away
100 percent of its donor dollars and used the
celebrity’s funds for operational expenses, as well as
giving to meet the needs of individuals who request help
from Modest Needs.
Hundreds of persons seek help from Modest Needs each
month, bringing an unfortunate dilemma. “There will
never be enough money to meet the needs,” says Taylor.
“There are people who will not get assistance from
Modest Needs, even though they have legitimate
Caregivers may find that their needs fit the guidelines
for Modest Needs and feel that they can apply for
assistance. At the same time, some individuals may feel
that they have a few dollars to donate each month to
help persons who may not otherwise get assistance.
Taylor invites both categories of individuals to visit
Modest Needs and find out how they may give or get help.
For more information about Modest Needs, contact
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