Planned Giving

Make your life (and theirs) easier with a planned gift!

Present & Future Giving Opportunities

As one of the only open-admission, truly no-kill shelters in the country, the cost to provide daily and lifesaving care continues to grow. Planning for the future is just as critical as paying the bills today.

Whether you can give today or in the future, both are equally important. After all, thousands of animals are counting on us every year. We hope you’ll consider one (or more) of the following vehicles by which to share your blessings — and legacy — with us so they’ll always get their second chance.

Remember to consult your legal, tax or financial advisor for support in making a planned gift. 

HSHC’s EIN Number: 35-1610723 

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    Ensure your animal-loving legacy lives on by making a provision in your estate plan for the animals of Hamilton County and beyond. Your legacy commitment will allow us to continue saving lives and providing second chances to every animal that comes through our doors for years to come.

    Already made a provision for HSHC in your will? Please fill out our Statement of Intent so we can honor and thank you during your lifetime.

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    Operating Endowment

    Operating endowment gifts provide an endless source of support and are pooled to earn annual interest. The income is spent for current needs while the principal remains untouched. At this time, HSHC does not have an operating endowment. It is absolutely critical that we establish an endowment to sustain the bright future we’ve worked so hard to build.

     There is currently a naming opportunity for the first lead gift ($500,000 or greater) we receive to help us establish the endowment.

    Gifts to the operating endowment can be made in installments. Contact to notify us of future donations.

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    Stock Transfers

    Avoid capital gains through a gift of highly appreciated stock while taking a full value deduction on your tax returns.

    For stock transfer and delivery instructions, please contact

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    IRA Rollovers

    If you are 70 1/2 or older, making an IRA Charitable Rollover Gift is a wonderful way to support HSHC’s lifesaving efforts. Make a gift from your IRA of up to $100,000 per year — tax-free — while satisfying your IRA required minimum distributions.

    This giving option is a direct contribution made from your traditional or Roth IRA to a public charity like HSHC, and it’s a great option if you have significant assets in your IRA or you don’t normally itemize your charitable deductions.

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    Charitable Remainder Trusts (CRTs) 

    Different types of valuable assets may be sold through a charitable remainder trust to provide payments for life – or a period up to 20 years – to the creator of the trust. When the trust later terminates, the trust assets can be used to benefit the Humane Society for Hamilton County.

    Generally, the sale of valuable assets through a CRT delays and sometimes eliminates the capital gains tax on any appreciation and reduces or avoids estate and gift taxes.

    Lead Trusts

    Valuable assets may be put in a trust that provides an annual payout to one or more charities for the term of the trust. At the end of the term, the remaining property in the trust is distributed to family members of the creator’s family.

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    Life Insurance

    You can name the Humane Society for Hamilton County as a full, partial or contingent beneficiary of any life insurance policy or you can donate a life insurance policy that is no longer needed outright so that HSHC receives the current cash value.

    Please request a beneficiary form from your insurance carrier to make a gift of life insurance. 

Love & Let Live

Every animal deserves a second chance at love — and life. We invite you to be part of the solution and give back to the animals who give us so much.