How can I restrict the view status of the need so it is only seen by selected individuals?

On your Open/Partially Filled, Filled or Expired Needs reports, click Edit next to that need and set View Status to Public to publish it instantly out to the entire Meet the Need network, click Semi Private to show it only on your web site, or select Members Only to restrict it to only be seen by your Approved Members (e.g. background checked individuals). Members Only status will require that individuals log in first to prove that they are an approved “member” of your organization or team, authorized to see and meet that need.

Charities will normally select Public when posting a need because they will always want their needs to be shared with local churches and companies.