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Spring 2007 - Act•ionLine

by Vernon Weir | Spring 2007

How To Be a Friend of Animals

In this issue of ActionLine, you will read about many interventions on behalf of animals needing your support. All are made possible through your kindness and generosity. Please use the envelope inserted within ActionLine to make your gift today. We will put it to work immediately.

Here are some other ways you can help animals:

Become a Monthly Donor

For most non-profits, donations rise and fall during specific months of each year. In the summer, for example, donations drop off dramatically as people turn their attention to vacations, family events, and leisure pursuits. Facing the challenge of continuing critical programs during slow periods, some groups adjust their budget by temporarily cutting expenditures. Yet the need does not stop. Many life-saving interventions must be maintained throughout the entire year.

By signing up for our monthly donation program using any credit card or bankcard carrying the Visa or MasterCard logo, you can help Friends of Animals by providing us with a dependable and regular source of income each and every month of the year. To sign up for the monthly giving program, please call our office at 203-656-1522. Monthly donations in any amount are gladly accepted, and you can stop any time you wish. Thanks so much for considering this vital form of support for our interventions on behalf of many communities of animals in North America and beyond.

Remember the animals in your will

The animals put in peril by our own burgeoning growth will need our help for some time to come. Here’s Friends of Animals’ commitment: We’re here as long as the other animals of the world need us. You can be sure that your good wishes for animals will make a difference beyond your own lifetime by including Friends of Animals in your estate plans. You, or your attorney, will need our tax ID number (13-6018549) and our street address ( 777 Post Road, Suite 205, Darien, Connecticut 06820).

Changes to a 401(k), pension plan or life insurance would mean asking for a new beneficiary form. Today, this can often be done in minutes through your investment company’s website. Changes to a will usually require a properly executed codicil, although state requirements for what constitutes a valid will do vary, so it’s best to check with your lawyer if you’re unsure.

A person does not need to have a large estate to plan and prepare a will. Anyone who owns property, whether "personal property," such as cash, stocks, jewelry or furniture, or "real property," such as land and/or a house, should prepare a will. If married, each spouse should have a will.

For more information on making a will, Friends of Animals has two brochures that can help you when making estate decisions: How to Make a Will that Works, and 37 Things People ‘Know’ About Wills That Aren’t Really So. To receive your free copy, please call our office or just send us a note.

Online Gifts

For those of you who want the convenience of making a gift over your computer, you can go to www.friendsofanimals.org, click the “Donate” button on the home page, then follow the prompts. Your donation is certified as safe by Digicert.

Workplace Giving

You may be able to double your gift to Friends of Animals. Many employers will match gifts you make to non-profits. Friends of Animals may already be classified as an approved charity by your employer. If we are not, please let us know. We will be happy to complete any forms or reports that are required.

Memorials and Tributes

Gifts in any amount are gratefully accepted to honor or remember someone special in your life. You may also want to acknowledge a special event or animal in your life. Memorial tributes always appear in each issue of ActionLine.

Shop for Merchandise

The last pages of ActionLine offer a variety of useful and inspiring books, brochures, t-shirts, buttons, stickers, hats and more. We also still have a large supply of Friends of Animals 2007 calendars that feature brilliant photos of animals living free. All merchandise sales help support the work of Friends of Animals.

Join the Party

Friends of Animals is celebrating 50 years of promoting respect for nonhuman animals. The gala will take place on Friday, May 18, at the Hilton New York. Inside this issue of ActionLine is more information about how you can register to attend. We’d love to meet you there.

Tax Time

April 15 th falls on Sunday this year, and Monday the 16 th is Emancipation Day, so your tax return is not due until Tuesday, April 17 th. That gives you two extra days to think about how much you might have saved in taxes for 2006 if you had more charitable deductions. It’s also a good time to plan ahead for 2007. Gifts to Friends of Animals are fully deductible to the extent allowed by law.

Vernon Weir

Act•ionLine Spring 2007

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