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.

Modest Needs remains open during the COVID-19 crisis. However, due to workplace restrictions imposed by the city and state of New York, all of Modest Needs' employees are working remotely without regular access to telephone and voicemails.

While you may choose to leave a phone message for us, PLEASE be aware that it may take us anywhere between 7 and 10 business days to respond to your voicemail. Under these circumstances, email is ABSOLUTELY the best way to contact Modest Needs with questions about our program, applying for help, or making a contribution.

We'll reopen our phone lines as soon as we receive word that it's safe to return to our office. Meanwhile, we'd like to thank you in advance for your cooperation and for reaching out to us via email rather than phone during this unprecedented time.


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

Modest Needs Foundation
33 Irving Place, FL 5
New York, NY 10003

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