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April 4th, 2017
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A bequest is simply a gift made through a will. If you already have a will, a simple addition called a “codicil” is all that’s needed to include a gift to the Humane Society. You can leave a specific asset, or the remainder (or a portion of the remainder) of what is left after all other bequests are made. The following wording may prove helpful to your attorney when writing your will:
“I hereby give and bequeath to the Humane Society of Indianapolis, a non-profit Indiana corporation located at 7929 North Michigan Road, Indianapolis, Indiana 46268, Tax I.D. #35-0876385, the sum of $ to be used for the organization’s general purposes.”
“I hereby give, devise and bequeath to the Humane Society of Indianapolis, a non-profit Indiana corporation located at 7929 North Michigan Road, Indianapolis, Indiana 46268, Tax I.D. #35-0876385, all (or a %) of the rest, residue and remainder of my estate, both real and personal, after providing for the specific provisions of the will to be used for its general purposes.”
A gift of life insurance can provide tax advantages to the donor while providing significant support to IndyHumane. There are several ways to use life insurance to make a gift. The Humane Society of Indianapolis can be named as owner and beneficiary of your fully paid policy. Or you can purchase a new policy with the Humane Society of Indianapolis as the owner and beneficiary.
A policy that no longer serves its purposes (for dependents, a business that no longer needs insurance) can be changed to name the Humane Society of Indianapolis as the owner and beneficiary. Finally, you may choose to designate the Humane Society of Indianapolis as the beneficiary of a policy already in existence.
Transferring assets into a charitable remainder trust can provide you with a current income tax deduction and a stream of lifetime income for you, your spouse or children. At the termination of the trust, the remaining assets are transferred to the Humane Society of Indianapolis.
Similar to a charitable remainder trust, except the Humane Society of Indianapolis receives the income from the trust. Upon termination of the trust, the assets are transferred to your designated beneficiary. This allows you to make a significant gift through the income generated by the trust, while maintaining the assets for your heirs.
A charitable gift of real estate could be a particularly valuable decision from a tax perspective. If you have owned a piece of real estate for many years, it might have appreciated in value to the point that capital gains will be exceptionally high. If that property is instead donated to the Humane Society of Indianapolis, you can avoid the capital gains tax and realize a charitable deduction for the full fair market value of the real estate.
Gifts of appreciated securities that you have held for over one year are especially advantageous from a tax perspective. There is no capital gains tax due on the appreciation, and your income tax deduction is based on the current fair market value of the gift.
The planned giving professionals at Humane Society of Indianapolis are available to assist you in the creation of a gift plan that best fits your financial circumstances. We welcome the opportunity to meet with you, your attorney and your financial advisor. If you would like to receive more detailed information on planned giving please contact Stacey Fear, Development Manager, at 317.872.5650 x125 or e-mail. Additionally, you can read our shelter's case statement here to learn more about how your compassionate support provides hope for an even better city - and a better future for our animals.