"Brittney," he said with his patented wry grin, "I'm going to give 10% of my gross income, around $350, each month to people who need it."
He explained to me about how he was once rescued from eviction by a friend when he was in grad school, a time when money was very tight. It was an unforeseen issue, but without the aid of his friend, missing rent may have started him down a path of financial ruin.
"Every month I am going to give $350 to people in situations just like that," he explained.
This did not surprise me. Keith Taylor is a very generous man. It's what he said next that gave me pause.
"And I'm going to see if I can get other people to do the same thing."
It was that part of the idea that made me say something I'll never forget til the end of my days. I replied, "That is not going to work."
Call it cynicism. Call it naivety. Call it hazy foresight, because not only was I dead wrong, eight years later I am now working for Modest Needs, one of the foremost charities in the country. At least if I have to eat my words, they go down easy.
Keith's idea was an inspired one, and nearly a decade later he and his dedicated, hard-working staff have helped so many in immeasurable ways. I'm proud to say I was dead wrong.
So, that's how I learned about Modest Needs. Now what I want to know is how you first learned about Modest Needs. Please share your story about the discovery of the little idea that could, that went from small change to a world of difference.
How did you first find out about Modest Needs?
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