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.

25. Promotion of Philanthropy

Promotion of Philanthropy

Being a spark, a catalyst to promote philanthropy by others can be very effective. Igniting a community in a cause that benefits the community and some or all of its citizens can work wonders. Most persons want to help benefit others and often just need to be given the opportunity to do so.


Possible Programs

  1. Grants of seed money to students, groups or individuals to carryout programs of philanthropy in the community or in the world.
  2. Work diligently to promote and encourage volunteer activities in the community.
  3. Become aware of and publicize the work of one local charity to promote community awareness to increase the number of volunteers to that charity.
  4. A program to recognize and honor children and adults who helped the community in specific ways, to honor them and encourage them, and to inspire others.

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