We could not be more excited to point you to the terrific follow-up story that CNN did about Modest Needs Foundation coinciding with the funding of our 10,000th grant. 10,000 grants, with an average family member number of 3.5, means approximately 35,000 lives have been changed to the better thanks to your generosity.
Modest Needs Foundation, a charitable organization that lets donors decide where their money goes, recently made its 10,000th grant, founder and president Dr. Keith Taylor said.
The organization opened its doors in 2002. A CNN.com story about it in December 2009 sparked a historic outpouring of generosity from readers.
The 10,000th grant, made in late October, sent $750 to pay an Indiana woman's overdue medical bill and maintain her good credit rating, Taylor said
The organization's first grant, in 2002, went to an uninsured woman who needed $200 to get a mammogram. The mammogram found a malignant tumor, for which she received successful treatment. The woman told Taylor that $200 saved her life.
"I honestly never realized until that moment that these grants had the power to really change lives," Taylor said. "That letter changed my life – that's for certain."
In between, Modest Needs and its donors have given away more than $10.3 million.
You can read the story in full, but join us in celebrating the monumental difference you've made in the lives of stranger, though just like you. Give yourself a round of applause, Modest Needs team. And never doubt that your investments are changing lives.