Lasting Love: Planned Giving

Gifts received through wills, trusts, and planned giving help to form the financial foundation that makes our mission possible: to educate, advocate and adopt out pets while nurturing the human-animal bond through community outreach and progressive programming. You can make a difference today and tomorrow to help people and pets in need when you make a planned gift.

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Bequests and Estates

Planning for the future and creating the legacy you wish to leave is one of the most effective ways to ensure a lasting impact. Making a gift in your will or living trust, known as a bequest, can guarantee that your legacy will endure. Your gift may be a specific dollar amount, a percentage of your estate or the remainder after all other provisions are specified. 

Below is suggested language to use when drafting your bequest. Our Federal Tax Id Number is: 36-2441177.

Sample Bequest Language: 
“I give Hinsdale Humane Society, a nonprofit organization currently located at 21 Salt Creek Lane, Hinsdale, IL 60521 __________ (written amount or percentage of the estate) for its unrestricted charitable use and purpose.”

Life Insurance

Donors can make HHS a beneficiary of their life insurance policies. Many times, additional life insurance policies are provided by employers or by certain credit cards. Listing HHS as a beneficiary directs funding at the time of death.

Retirement Plans

You can name HHS as a beneficiary of your pension, IRA, 401(k) or other retirement plans. This gift opportunity may allow you to avoid the possible double taxation on retirement plan assets to your heirs. Required minimum distributions (RMDs) are the minimum amounts you must withdraw from your retirement accounts each year. You generally must start taking RMDs when you reach age 73.

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Stocks, Bonds & Capital Gains

Appreciated stocks (and bonds) may be given directly to Hinsdale Humane Society (HHS), potentially allowing donors to deduct current market value as a charitable donation (based on individual tax situation). HHS is tax-exempt and does not have to pay capital gains taxes on the appreciation that individuals would have to pay. Exceptional tax savings may be one of the benefits of donating appreciated shares in stocks, bonds or mutual funds to HHS. You may enjoy a tax deduction for the shares' fair market value and avoid capital gains tax you may have paid if you had sold them.

Donor Advised Funds

Donor Advised Funds (DAF) is a way for you to give to HHS by directing the fund manager to distribute donations to HHS.

Family Foundations

Family foundations generally distribute a portion of their assets to charitable organizations each year. Several family foundations generously give to HHS' mission on an annual basis.

Pet Guardianship Legacy Program

This program allows you to plan for your pets’possible future, should you predecease them. It is an extraordinary, and loving thing to do for your pet(s). This program is available to individuals who have included Hinsdale Humane Society in their estate plans. 

For more information, please contact Jacki Rossi, at 630-323-5630 or

Our Federal tax Identification number is 36-2441177

The tax information provided herein should not be considered a substitute for consulting with a tax professional about your own personal tax and financial situation. This resource is provided for informational purposes only. Hinsdale Humane Society disclaims all liability for the information contained herein.

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