Modest Needs receives a large number of emails daily. For a prompt response from the person best qualified to help you, please send your question or comment to the email address below that most closely matches your reason for writing.

We do our best to respond to all correspondence within one business day.

Looking For Help? To save time, instead of sending mail, please go directly to our online application form. Completing this form is the first step in applying for a grant from Modest Needs.

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Modest Needs' telephone number is (844) 667-3776. You can reach us by phone between 9:00am and 5:00pm Eastern Time Monday through Thursday, excluding holidays.

Before You Call, Please Read the Following Information:
Modest Needs has a very small staff, so it is not possible to apply for help or check the status of an application via telephone.

To apply for help from Modest Needs, follow this link and complete the online application you'll find on our 'Apply for Help' page. To check the status of your current application, login to your Modest Needs Account and check the 'My Application Status' section of your dashboard.

Additionally, please keep in mind that while we're always happy to hear from you, Modest Needs is a small organization with VERY few phone lines, so if you choose to call, you may have to leave a message and wait for your call to be returned.

On most days, you'll be able to reach us much more quickly by sending email than by making a phone call.


If you'd like to send a paper letter or contribution by check to Modest Needs, please write to:

Modest Needs Foundation
120 E 23rd St, FL 5
New York, NY 10010

Please note that Modest Needs does not have any way to process requests for assistance or hard-copies of documentation we've received from an applicant via regular mail.

For our applicants' security, we immediately shred any applications or hard-copies of documentation that we receive via regular mail