Legacy Gifts

Leave Your Legacy with Children First

At Children First, we believe that every child deserves the opportunity to dream big and achieve his or her full potential. With a planned gift to our Legacy Society, Children First Forever, you can help to make this happen. Together, we can make a difference in the lives of the children and families we serve, for years to come.

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"One of the greatest dignities of humankind is that each successive generation is invested in the welfare of each new generation."

- Fred Rogers -

Humanitarian and Television Personality

Ethna & Ted Wishnie are long-time supporters who created an endowment fund with Children First in loving memory of their son, Eric.

In 2020, they made the decision to double their initial bequest and legacy gift.

Read more about the Wishnie’s commitment to Children First Forever and the legacy they will leave for future generations.

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"Eric, through his education, learning and traveling, had such a wonderful, fulfilling life. We wanted to honor that as we feel education gives children a chance to prosper. We love that when they take care of a child, it encompasses the whole family. It is a wholesome way to teach children, break unhealthy cycles, and put them on a level playing field."

- Ethna & Ted -

Inspired by their personal stories, Al & Norma Cohen chose to direct their legacy donation to Children First’s endowment fund in 2018, creating our legacy society, Children First Forever, and becoming our agency’s first ambassadors.

Read more about the Cohens, their commitment, and the creation of our legacy society.

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"Children First needs an endowment fund that generates funds every year, which allows them to do planning over multiple years. We chose to make a substantial legacy grant to kick this off. The inordinate effort an organization like this must devote just to keep going year after year is enormous. An endowment can allow resources to be devoted to helping more children and families."

- Al Cohen -

For over a decade, Stephanie and Allen Hochfelder have been key supporters of Children First.

From serving as co-chairs of fundraising events and supporting special initiatives, the Hochfelders have transformed the lives of hundreds of children and their families. Stephanie has also volunteered in the classroom for 10 years.

Most recently, they announced a significant legacy gift as ambassadors of our agency’s legacy society, Children First Forever. They also made a multiyear gift to help seed Children First’s endowment, as well as support staff salaries and overall employee well-being.

Learn more about the ongoing impact of Stephanie and Allen.

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"Our future as a society depends on these children, and we firmly believe there is no greater investment we can make."

There are many different ways to create your legacy, depending on your personal goals. Some options include:


By naming Children First, Inc. as a beneficiary in your will, there is no cost during your lifetime, and your estate may avoid costly taxes.

Living Trust

When you establish a Trust and list Children First as a beneficiary, you will make a meaningful gift and avoid probate.

Life Insurance

Have a policy that you no longer need? Name Children First as a beneficiary and make a gift with less out-of-pocket expense.

Real Estate

Deed property to Children First and you may avoid tax fees.

Make Your Continuation Plan Today

If you would like to learn more about ways you can leave your legacy, please contact us to discuss endowed gifts.

If you include Children First in your plans, please use our legal name and federal tax ID.

Legal name: Children First, Inc.

Address: 1723 N. Orange Ave.
Sarasota, Florida 34234

Federal tax ID number: 59-0968249

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