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Planned Giving

Forever Friends

The decision to include Paws Humane in your will, trust or other financial plans will mean your legacy of love will continue for years to come. You have the power to ensure a bright future for the lost, homeless and unwanted animals we serve. Become a “Forever Friend” by including Paws Humane Society in your estate plans.

Imagine a future without animal homelessness, in which all animals find a loving home. There are many ways to give, we encourage you to discuss these methods with your financial and legal advisors to determine a strategy that is most appropriate for you.

Your Plans, Their Future

Elevate your impact through strategic giving with diverse planned gift options.

Retirement Plans & Life Insurance

Benefit Paws Humane by naming us as a beneficiary of life insurance or unused retirement assets. These gifts, often more substantial than lifetime donations, make a significant impact. Ideal for donors with paid-up policies or unused retirement accounts, these planned gifts can also assist heirs in avoiding income and estate taxes for larger estates.

Charitable Gift Annuities

With charitable gift annuities, donors provide an irrevocable gift to Paws Humane and receive fixed income payments. This smart giving option allows an immediate tax deduction, potential investment growth, and Paws Humane retains leftover funds after the donor passes.


Charitable bequests involve allocating a portion of your estate to Paws Humane in your legal will. This can be a specific amount, a percentage of your estate, or the remaining value. Bequests cost nothing during your lifetime, making them a great option for all.

Charitable Remainder Annuity Trusts

Through a charitable remainder annuity trust, donors contribute assets and receive a fixed income for a set term. Paws Humane benefits from invested funds, and donors avoid capital gains or estate taxes. After the trust term, the remaining balance supports the nonprofit. Ideal for donors seeking a major gift with increased income from assets.

Charitable Lead Trusts

Donors use charitable lead trusts to provide a fixed income to Paws Humane for a set term. Unlike charitable remainder trusts, when the term ends, assets return to the donor or heirs. This method helps nonprofits secure consistent funding. For donors, it reduces estate taxes and transfers wealth to heirs, making it ideal for those with significant estates.

Retained Life Estates

Retained life estates allow donors to transfer property to Paws Humane while retaining its use. Unlike a charitable lead trust, the property permanently belongs to the nonprofit after the set term. This simplifies estate settlement and reduces taxes, with donors eligible for an income tax deduction on the property's value.

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