Modest Needs

I came across this on the AFP blog (great source) who link to an article on

 Originally this was a small site set up by Keith Taylor, a teacher, who was willing to give away some of his annual salary to help people in need, so he would get emails from a woman who needed $65 to help pay for her sons glasses to be repaired. Now the website has developed into a more sophisticated giving mechanism and is another of these sites that is giving directly to those in need (I have spoken about some other examples of this before).

So how does it work, well you can make a donation and for a once off donation you are given points for each dollar you donate. You can then invest your points into a project or individual that you think is deserving.

What a great idea. I know I have said before that I worry a bit about something like this being abused, but these guys seem to have covered the angles.

Is this the end for Charities (I ask again!). No of course not….what charities need to do though is look at sites like this and recognise that they are popular tools for people and see how they can adapt this form of donating into their organisations. How great would it be for charities to list the projects they are working on and empower donors to invest in the ones that they feel passionate about. I would love to see a charity set this up….if you know of one please let me know?

5 thoughts on “Modest Needs

  1. When I read this I immediately thought of the “gift catalogs” published by World Vision, Oxfam, and a host of other NPOs, especially around holidays. These are oriented toward the project-giving approach you mention, and what a wonderful idea and great way to raise money for charity! Instead of purchasing a Chia Pet for your loved one, you can purchase a gift in their honor–a goat for a family in Ghana, a share of a well-building project in Peru, a house for a family in Sri Lanka, etc.

    Why is this so powerful?

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  5. Hi…found your blog while Googling Modest Needs. You see I am one of the many individuals that have sought help there. We are a loving couple, with a big dream, to buy a home that we can open to foster children. As an adoptee myself that suffers with infertility, my heart longs to offer a home to children in need.

    In order to make this dream come true, my husband and I have sat down with a lender and found that a few minor past due bills from our credit report are hindering us from this dream.

    Although we have been able to pay a few of them, we have had set backs from car troubles which hinder us from completing the payoffs by our goal date of October 1st, 2008.

    The bills that we would like help with are four medical bills, however payment of even a couple of the bills would be a GREAT help!

    It sure would be cool if someone that donated to Modest needs would consider helping fund our points required of 1250. I know there has been sometime since anyone replied to this post, but hey, a girl can hope, right…LOL. I wish you the best in all you endevor to do.

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