Planned Giving

This is probably one of the most important pages on our website... a post about your own legacy and about the future of Hope For Paws.

Thanks to your support, since our inception, Hope For Paws has been able to save thousands and thousands of animals!  In addition, we are able to raise awareness among hundreds of millions of people from all over the world through our YouTube channel, and as a result, many more animals have been saved from a terrible fate.  Our ability to save lives in the decades to come is critical!  In order to ensure the future of our organization and the continuation of our work, we created the Hope For Paws Legacy Society.  One thing we learned in the past year is that life is so fragile and what's left once we're gone is what was in our hearts ❤️

Join our Legacy Society

Your generosity and thoughtfulness can leave a legacy of compassion for animals. With a planned gift, you can create a lasting legacy that provides a better life for neglected and abandoned animals.

Gifts of any size can make a significant difference in the lives of homeless animals. By making a gift to Hope For Paws through your will, trust, or another financial plan, you will help us ensure that every homeless, injured, or abused animal will receive the best medical care and of course, we will find all these animals loving forever homes.

Including a charitable gift in your estate planning ensures that your legacy will support animals in the future. We would love to speak with you about how planned giving can help to save the lives of abandoned pets. The information below is meant to provide a general overview and our team would be happy to walk you through the many options available as you consider adding a charitable component to your estate.

Make a plan to amplify your impact and care for your pets.

Every month, we are asked to help pets find loving forever homes after their owners passed away unexpectedly and no instructions were left for the care of their pets. Many of these pets end up in shelters or just thrown out to the streets... they are scared, confused, and can't believe how their world turned upside down because their owner didn't come home.  In order to prevent sad cases like this, Hope For Paws is partnering with FreeWill to help you take care of your pets, loved ones, and your favorite charities.

Naming Hope For Paws in your existing Will or Trust is a simple way to support our animal rescue.

If you already have a will or estate plan, you can add Hope For Paws as a beneficiary. You can designate investment accounts, bank accounts, life insurance policies, and other types of assets to Hope For Paws or any charity. Under current tax law, there is no upper limit on the estate tax deduction for your charitable bequests. Estate law can be complex and we suggest that you seek legal advice when creating charitable gifts. If you have created your own will, the language below can be used to direct a gift to Hope For Paws. 

I give and devise to Hope for Paws (Tax ID: 26-2869386), located in Los Angeles, CA, $____ (or state a percentage) of the rest, residue, and remainder of my estate, both real and personal, to be used for its general support (or for the support of a specific fund or program).

Gifts made through a will or trust can be directed to a particular purpose. Before creating a restricted gift, please check with our team to be sure that we can use your gift as you intend. 

If you’ve already named Hope For Paws in your will or trust, please contact us so that we can express our deepest thanks.

Consider donating the remainder of your retirement assets. 

You can name or designate Hope for Paws as a beneficiary of your IRA, 401(k), or other qualified retirement plan and allow the balance of your retirement assets to save even more animals in the future. 

With this approach, you can continue to take regular lifetime withdrawals and you maintain flexibility to change beneficiaries if your family's needs change during your lifetime. This is simple to set up and does not require a will. Just contact the financial institution that manages your retirement plan to learn about how to designate a charity as the beneficiary. 

Designating Hope For Paws on your retirement plan costs nothing now and allows you to include Hope For Paws in your future giving plan without having to consult with an attorney. 

Life Insurance gifts will help Hope For Paws to continue saving the lives of animals.  

You can either transfer ownership of a paid-up life insurance policy to Hope for Paws, which can be cashed in or held for future work, or you can designate Hope for Paws as the primary or contingent beneficiary, passing the value at the end of your lifetime. When you donate a life insurance policy, you’ll receive an income tax deduction equal to the value of the policy. 

Rewards of Giving

You’ll receive satisfaction now when creating a plan for your future gift. Every gift, no matter how small, will help provide lifesaving care to animals we rescue. As you are considering a planned gift, please let us know of your intentions so we can thank you for your generosity.

For more information about you can make a difference for animals, please contact us.

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