Giving Back

The Starfish Story

Original Story by: Loren Eisley

One day a man was walking along the beach when he noticed

a boy picking something up and gently throwing it into the ocean.

Approaching the boy, he asked, what are you doing?

The youth replied, Throwing starfish back into the ocean.

The surf is up and the tide is going out. If I don’t throw them back, they’ll die.

Son, the man said, don’t you realize there are miles and miles of beach and hundreds of starfish?

You can’t make a difference!

After listening politely, the boy bent down, picked up another starfish,

and threw it back into the surf. Then, smiling at the man, he said

I made a difference for that one.

Whether it is one individual at a time, or one organization at a time, Wealth by Design, LLC wants to make a difference.  Giving of time, talents and treasure helps to keep our focus on what is important and helps us to deeply appreciate all that we have.

Giving is a foundational component of creating a healthy financial life. Danielle educates non-profits and their donor base as to creative giving strategies in order to embrace and thrive on their journey of generosity.

Since 2014, she has worked with Response in Aspen with a grant from the Embrey Family Foundation to create content for a Women’s Financial Empowerment workshop.  She facilitates this four week session on a volunteer basis.

In 2015, working with fellow advisor, Partha Iyengar, Danielle underwrote the Life and Money workshop in colleges across Tumkur District, Karnataka India.  The program reached over 500 women.

Working with kids is another facet of Danielle’s giving journey.  She participates with Youth Entity on their Level Two “I am Financial Knowledge” program curriculum.  She has trained trainers and taught the course at Basalt Middle School.  Presenting the Junior Achievement  4th grade curriculum in Basalt has also been a treat over the past several years.

She is involved with local churches and faith based organizations to present financial life stewardship learning opportunities.

She speaks locally to organizations with the goal of educating, and empowering families around their financial choices and increasing satisfaction in their financial lives.

She writes a personal finance column in the Aspen Times and Glenwood Post Independent focusing on financial maturity and timely fiscal issues.

Pro-bono financial planning:  We provide personalized financial planning services to those in need and struggling with life-threatening health care issues, experiencing widowhood, and U.S. veterans.

Danielle has given her time and talents to the Board of Habitat for Humanity Roaring Fork and the Valley View Hospital Planned Giving Board as well as the Elder Board at Christ Community Church.

Danielle and her husband Mark, feel it is an honor to give financially to the causes and concerns they feel led to support.  At least 10% of their personal gross income is invested in charitable organizations with the goal of increasing that amount annually.