The Starfish Story

A wise man was taking a sunrise walk on the beach...

 In the distance he caught sight of a little girl who seemed to be dancing along the waves. As he got closer, he saw the little girl picking up starfish from the sand and tossing them gently back into the ocean.

“What are you doing?” the wise man asked?

“The sun is coming up and the tide is going out. If I don’t throw them in, they’ll die.”

“But little girl, there are miles and miles of beach with starfish all along the way, you can’t possibly make a difference.”

 The little girl bent down, picked up another starfish and threw it lovingly back into the ocean past the breaking waves, “It made a difference to that one.” She replied.

We are all gifted
 with the power
 the opportunity
to make a difference
in the life of a child
a family
a person.

The Power of Focus

The Power of Focus


Focus is essential for any success - - - as an individual or as a business.

As an individual, think of any portion of your life where you have been successful and it will be clear that this required a focus of your time, talent, and resources to accomplish a specific result, regardless of whether it was work, family, a hobby, or sports.

For a business of any size to be successful, it is necessary to focus time, talent and resources to produce a good quality product or service.

The reason that many individuals and most businesses are not really effective in philanthropy and charitable programs is that they forget to use this same approach of focus on one cause - - - using some of their time, talent and resources to accomplish a specific result and - - - to simply lend a helping hand to someone in need.

You can be as effective in philanthropy
but to do so you need to

You cannot help everyone - - - and therefore under pro-active giving you must select a specific cause or need that is important to you.

The successful nonprofits that we read about, whether small or large, have all used this same first step of focusing on one need, one cause.

The Power of One Person

The Make a Wish Foundation has granted thousands of wishes to sick children. It was started by a single mother with a sick child, and a few friends, with less than $100. They granted the wish of that child and then one more…

Suitcases for Kids, with chapters all over the country, gives suitcases and supplies to many foster children. It was stared by an 11 year old child who collected a few suitcases for foster children in her hometown…

The Linus Project, which has donated over a million security blankets to children in distress, was started by a young housewife who knitted a few blankets for children with cancer in her hometown...

These successful charities were started by ordinary persons who did not have;
a lot of money
or special education
or special contacts

  • They just focused on one cause, one need.
  • They took steps to make a difference - - - one step at a time.
  • What could you accomplish?

Just go to our section “Ideas for Pro-Active Giving” and pick one area and one specific need that you can be passionate about and try pro-active giving in your life.

  • You will be surprised how effective you can be.
  • You will be surprised at the benefits you will get back.

The Power of One Business
Lens Crafters eyeglasses provides to customers and partners with the Lions Clubs to provide free eyeglasses and vision to thousands or poor persons in 3rd world countries, under its Gifts of Sight pro-active charitable program.
Eddie Bauer, a retailer of outdoor clothing partners with American Forests and has planted millions of trees in America's forests under its pro-active charitable program.
The Fidelity Bank, a local full service bank, has partnered with Community Health Organizations and has been effective in helping hundreds of young persons with mental illness problems through its pro-active charitable program, The Shine Initiative.
What could your business do?
If you chose a specific need....
A specific cause.
And then, Just got started
one step at a time
on a pro-active charitable program. 
your employees,
your customers,
  and the Community
will be proud of what you are doing...

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