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ModestNeeds.org

Letting members of the general public make small emergency grants to low-income workers.

By Modest Needs Foundation

Project URL: modestneeds.org
Project Twitter: @modestneeds

  • Economic Empowerment
  • Community Engagement
  • Social Software
  • Internet
  • Data

Modest Needs lets members of the general public make small ($10-15) emergency grants to low-income workers. Instead of helping them after they’ve fallen into poverty, as the US social safety net does, Modest Needs targets those who have just returned to full-time work, those in training to increase their employability, and veterans returning to civilian life, giving just-in-time, one-off loans at the exact moment when those modest funds could prevent the need for much longer term state aid. It has grown from distributing $10k a year in 2002, to $2 million in 2012.

Last updated: 09th of May, 2014

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