Just how deep can the connection between donor and applicant run?
In this case, a donor was so concerned for an applicant (who, incidentally, she'd never met or spoken to before) that she called our offices twice looking for advice on how to "speed up" this applicant's funding.
Now the applicant in question surely did have a heartbreaking story and a desperate need for the grant; a terminally ill mother of four was asking that you cover her tax bill while she waited for her Social Security Disability to kick in.
But the fact that this kind-hearted donor felt so emotionally connected that she put forth this much extra effort to help someone she'd never even met before? That kind of bridging-the-cyber-gap philanthropy reminds me why I started Modest Needs in the first place.
Every person reacts differently to a Modest Needs application, but if there's just one applicant's story that speaks to you, I hope you'll consider donating or purchasing a gift certificate. Recently, I felt especially moved by an application from a wife trying to get back on her feet after her husband passed away this June from brain cancer. I'm keeping my fingers crossed that you'll pony up some Modest Needs points for her, too.