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Modest Needs

Small change. A world of difference.

three stars

81.64

120 East 23rd St FL 5
New York, NY 10010
tel: (844) 667-3776   Web Site
EIN: 47-0863430

Board Leadership
Charles Cissel
Board Chair

CEO
Keith Taylor
President

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 81.64 three stars
  Financial 75.00 two stars
  Accountability & Transparency 93.00 four stars
This rating was published 10/01/2019 and includes data from FY2018, the most recent 990 received at that time.

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.

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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Financial

two stars

75.00

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

93.00

This rating was published 10/01/2019 and includes data from FY2018, the most recent 990 received at that time.
Overall Rating Chart
  Program Expenses
(Percent of the charity's total expenses spent on the programs
and services it delivers)
90.0%
  Administrative Expenses 4.9%
  Fundraising Expenses 4.9%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.05
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 0.01
  Program Expenses Growth -19.6%
  Liabilities to Assets 74.0%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Modest Needs on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Modest Needs on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Modest Needs (NY) 81.64 three stars
Person-to-Person (CT) 91.37 four stars
Edgar Cayce's A.R.E. (VA) 86.67 three stars
Assistance League of Austin (TX) 92.49 four stars
GOOD+ Foundation (NY) 98.23 four stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $998,737
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $0
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $0
Total Contributions $998,737
   Program Service Revenue $0
Total Primary Revenue $998,737
   Other Revenue $0
TOTAL REVENUE $998,737
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $912,711
   Administrative Expenses $45,036
   Fundraising Expenses $38,663
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $996,410
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $2,327
   
Net Assets $21,655

Program names and associated costs are listed for the top programs as reported on the charity's most recently filed Form 990. The top programs displayed will include the largest three programs, or those programs covering at least 60% of the charity's total expenses, whichever comes first.

Program Name Amount Spent % of Program Expenses
Allocations $912,711 100.0%

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2018-12 10/01/2019 81.64 three stars
2017-12 07/01/2019 82.09 three stars
2016-12 05/01/2018 83.84 three stars
2015-12 02/01/2018 90.71 four stars
2014-12 07/01/2016 84.81 three stars
2013-12 06/01/2016 86.21 three stars
 
CN 2.0
2013-12 08/01/2015 82.98 three stars
2012-12 06/01/2014 85.15 three stars
2012-12 05/01/2014 84.34 three stars
2011-12 08/16/2013 85.84 three stars
2010-12 12/20/2012 --Donor Advisory

Prior to 9/1/2016, Charity Navigator issued Advisories under the name CN Watchlist and Donor Advisory. For more information on the CN Advisory system click here. This charity was issued a DA.

This donor advisory was published on Thursday, December 20, 2012

On December 20, 2012 Charity Navigator posted a Donor Advisory regarding Modest Needs.  The Donor Advisory was posted in good faith reliance based on information reported by Modest Needs in its Form 990 for FYE 2010: specifically 1) That Modest Needs’ CEO had received what appeared to be a loan from the organization  in 2010 and 2) a disclosure that Modest Needs’ CEO had been employed on a part-time basis by a vendor hired by Modest Needs’ Board of Directors to redesign its website. 

However, since that time Modest Needs has supplied Charity Navigator with new information, including: a) additional documents and information showing that the “loan” was, in fact, a loan from the CEO to Modest Needs to cover certain of the organization’s operating expenses, and that the loan was repaid by the CEO within four weeks of its ratification by the Board in March 2011; and b) confirmation that the CEO’s relationship with the vendor had been discontinued as of early 2011; as well as c) a new Form 990 for 2011.

Based on these additional materials and disclosures provided by Modest Needs, Charity Navigator has determined that it is appropriate to remove the Donor Advisory and resume its ratings of Modest Needs as of August 16, 2013. 

Charity Navigator had previously published a Donor Advisory for this charity because we became aware of the following information in connection with this charity:

  • During our analysis of this charity’s FYE 2010 Form 990, the document revealed that Modest Needs has contracted with an outside firm for the redesign of, and ongoing maintenance and technical support for its website. The contract provides for the firm to receive more than $800,000 for services covering a three-year period. The document further revealed that Modest Needs' CEO, Dr. Keith Taylor, is employed by this outside firm on a part-time basis for this purpose.  While The Form 990 states that Modest Needs adhered to its conflict of interest policy in connection with this transaction, the transaction raises conflict-of-interest concerns. (see PDF attachment 'Modest Needs, Schedule L, Part IV explanation').
  • In addition to Dr. Taylor's $197,000 of direct compensation from the organization, the document also revealed that he has received a $26,000 loan, the terms of which are not in writing and for which no board approval was granted. (see PDF Attachment 'Modest Needs, Schedule L, part II'). This is inconsistent with the Panel on the Nonprofit Sector’s Principles for Good Governance and Ethical Practice.
  • We find such practices atypical as compared to how other charities operate and have therefore issued this Donor Advisory.
2010-12 03/01/2012 87.20 three stars
2009-12 09/20/2011 93.25 four stars
 
CN 1.0
2009-12 02/01/2011 91.33 four stars
2008-12 12/01/2009 91.43 four stars
2007-12 11/01/2008 94.24 four stars
2006-12 02/01/2008 91.42 four stars

The data displayed on this tab is provided by the IRS in the form of Publication 78 and the Business Master File (BMF).

EIN 47-0863430
Name in IRS Master File MODEST NEEDS FOUNDATION
NTEE Code P60
NTEE Classification Emergency Assistance (Food, Clothing, Cash)
NTEE Type Human Services - Multipurpose and Other
Classification Charitable Organization
Subsection 501(c)(3)  (View the list of codes)
Activities
Foundation Status Organization which receives a substantial part of its support from a governmental unit or the general public   170(b)(1)(A)(vi)
Deductibility Contributions are deductible
Affiliation Independent - the organization is an independent organization or an independent auxiliary (i.e., not affiliated with a National, Regional, or Geographic grouping of organizations).
Group Name [Not Applicable]
Ruling Date June, 2002
Filing Requirement 990 (all other) or 990EZ return
Fiscal Year End December
IRS Forms 990
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  • December, 2017
  • December, 2016
  • December, 2015
  • December, 2014
  • December, 2013
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$125,000 12.54% Keith P. Taylor President

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Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Modest Needs (NY) 81.64 three stars
Crossroads of Michigan (MI) 89.70 three stars
Tuesday's Children (NY) 88.09 three stars
CitySquare (TX) 92.74 four stars
Interfaith Assistance Ministry (NC) 91.71 four stars

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Charity Contact Info

Modest Needs
120 East 23rd St
FL 5
New York, NY 10010
tel: (844) 667-3776
EIN: 47-0863430

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Board Leadership

Charles Cissel
Board Chair

CEO

Keith Taylor
President

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