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The Starfish Story

--based on a story by Loren Eiseley

One day a man was walking along the beach when he noticed a boy picking up something and gently throwing it into the ocean. Approaching the boy, he asked, “What are you doing?”

The boy replied, “Throwing these starfish back. The surf is up and the tide is going out. If I don’t throw them back, they’ll die.”

The man said, “Don’t you realize there are miles and miles of beach and hundreds of starfish? Do you really think you can make a difference?”

The boy bent down, picked up another starfish and threw it into the sea. Then, smiling at the man he said, “I made a difference for that one.”



Make a difference today--
and into the future

When you leave a Legacy gift for Child Saving Institute’s kids in your will or estate plans it means you not only can make a difference today, but you can make a difference for vulnerable children and youth every day long into the future, even after you’re no longer around.

You can make a difference by:

    • Naming the CSI children as beneficiaries in your will and becoming a member of CSI's Legacy Society

    • Naming the CSI kids as beneficiaries of your Life Insurance policy

    • Giving gifts of real estate, land, or other tangible assets to benefit the CSI kids

    • Designating the children served by CSI as a recipient of your retirement assets

    • Establishing a Charitable Gift Annuity, Charitable Trust, Donor Advised Fund or other vehicle to benefit CSI children and youth

    • Asking family and friends to give memorials in your name to the children and youth of CSI at the time of your death.


For more information regarding including Child Saving Institute in your estate plans, please contact Becky McNeil, Legacy Giving Director at Child Saving Institute: 402.504.3663 or bmcneil@childsaving.org.




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