With an enduring gift to Friends of Animals, we can actively meet the needs of more animals on more fronts. Our mission remains: to free animals from cruelty and exploitation wherever it occurs.
Together, we can ensure that the vision you and Friends of Animals share lives on. It is because of our members’ generosity that Friends of Animals can advance its mission. Here are some of the ways you can create a legacy:
WILLS – Safeguard the Future
Friends of Animals appreciates your current generosity and support. By including Friends of Animals in your will, you continue to reinforce our vision and abilities far into the future.
Everyone who owns assets needs a will. You spend a lifetime earning and saving what you have, and you alone should decide what becomes of your life’s work. If you die without a will, state laws will determine how your property will be distributed.
Estate planning can be deeply satisfying. Thinking of loved ones and thoughtfully providing for them can assure that your will truly reflects your wishes. It is often during the careful, thoughtful process of planning and reviewing a will that people recognize the opportunity to remember charitable organizations that have made a meaningful impact. By providing a gift to Friends of Animals you gain the satisfaction of knowing you continue to help save animals.
For professional advice and assurance that your document will be properly drafted, please contact an estate attorney. If you already have a will, you will only need to complete an addendum (codicil) to make changes.
Bequests – Make a Lasting Gift
A bequest to Friends of Animals in your will is an easy way to provide a secure future for animals in need. There are several ways to provide for non-profit organizations like Friends of Animals through a bequest in your will.
To make Friends of Animals a beneficiary you can structure your will as:
1) A specific dollar amount or property;
2) A percentage of your estate,
3) A percentage of your residuary estate, which is what remains after all specific bequests and expenses have been accounted for.
To name Friends of Animals in your will, all you need is the following information:
1) Legal name: Friends of Animals, Inc.
2) Address: 777 Post Road, Suite 205, Darien, CT 06820
3) Federal tax identification number: 13-6018549
In addition, the following language can generally be used to make a bequest to Friends of Animals:
“I give, devise, and bequeath to Friends of Animals, Inc., at 777 Post Road, Suite 205, Darien, CT 06880, federal tax identification number 13-6018549, the sum of $_______ [or describe the real or personal property or percentage of your estate] to be used for its general purposes.”
And don’t forget — you can name Friends of Animals as a beneficiary on your Life Insurance and Retirement accounts.
Many people underestimate the true value of their estate or don’t consider themselves “wealthy.” And sadly, some who give so generously throughout their lives neglect this wonderful opportunity to make a difference.
Perhaps a “hidden asset” you thought was of little value will help you to create an enduring legacy. No matter how large or small, every gift is valuable to the animals Friends of Animals works to protect. Your bequest will make a difference.
It is important to remember that any donation or the value of any property you leave to Friends of Animals will be tax deductible for federal estate purposes. Friends of Animals, Inc. is a non-profit organization under IRS code 501(c)(3); Federal ID # 13-6018549.