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Modest Needs
115 East 30th Street
1st Floor
New York, NY 10016
tel: (212) 463-7042
EIN: 47-0863430

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Board Leadership

Harold Kahn
Board Chair


Keith Taylor
President, Founder

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Human Services : Social Services

Modest Needs

Small change. A world of difference.

(out of 100)
Overall Score & Rating 84.81 3 stars
  Financial 90.00 4 stars
  Accountability & Transparency 81.00 3 stars
This rating was published 07/01/2016 and includes data from FY2014, the most recent 990 received at that time.

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Financial Performance Metrics
  Program Expenses
(Percent of the charity’s total expenses spent on the programs
and services it delivers)
  Administrative Expenses 4.9%
  Fundraising Expenses 5.7%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.06
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 0.21
  Program Expenses Growth 11.1%
  Liabilities to Assets 6.4%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Modest Needs on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Income Statement     (FYE 12/2014)

   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $1,803,309
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $0
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $0
Total Contributions $1,803,309
   Program Service Revenue $0
Total Primary Revenue $1,803,309
   Other Revenue $1,126
TOTAL REVENUE $1,804,435
   Program Expenses $1,786,070
   Administrative Expenses $133,708
   Fundraising Expenses $119,233
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $-234,576
Net Assets $439,410

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Compensation of Leaders     (FYE 12/2014)

Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$178,500 8.75% Keith Taylor President


Modest Needs works to stop the cycle of poverty before it starts for the low-income workers whom conventional philanthropy has forgotten. We do this by empowering compassionate members of the general public to safely and securely help hard-working, low-income households to afford the kinds of short-term emergency expenses. Since 2002, by working together in this very 'modest' way, Modest Needs' donors have stopped 7,659 low-income individuals and families from entering the vicious cycle of poverty and a lifetime of dependence on the public welfare system for their survival. Together, we can make sure that no hard-working person is ever forced to choose between taking a child to the doctor and putting food on the table.

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