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Jane’s dog, Blossom, is enrolled in the Pet Guardianship Program because of Jane’s thoughtful planning and gifts to support HSSV.

Longtime volunteer and donor Jane is a quiet hero. Not only has she been a volunteer at Humane Society Silicon Valley for over 28 years, she's fostered over 115 underage and underweight puppies. Her volunteerism has directly saved lives, but her financial commitment has also saved thousands of lives.

Jane's beloved dog, Blossom, is in HSSV's Guardianship Program, which means not only will Jane's support for HSSV continue for years to come, but Jane has also ensured that if anything should happen to her, Blossom will come into the care of HSSV so we can find her a new home. As a Guardianship Program member, Jane makes supportive annual gifts for our work, and has designated HSSV to be a beneficiary of her will to ensure her dollars continue to support the legacy of lifesaving that is so important to her. 

Over the past few years, Jane has also been making gifts to HSSV from her individual retirement account (IRA) rather than using the funds herself. In December 2015, Congress passed a law allowing people over 70 ½ years old to make tax-free gifts of up to $100,000 to charity directly from their IRA.

"Fostering dogs and puppies for HSSV is my saving grace," Jane says. "They bring my life purpose, pleasure, satisfaction and, most importantly, love. My annual IRA donation is my way of expressing thank you to the fosters who have shared my home and to the fosters yet to share my home. They are truly my inspiration."

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A charitable bequest is one or two sentences in your will or living trust that leave to Humane Society Silicon Valley a specific item, an amount of money, a gift contingent upon certain events or a percentage of your estate.

an individual or organization designated to receive benefits or funds under a will or other contract, such as an insurance policy, trust or retirement plan

Bequest Language

"I, [name], of [city, state ZIP], give, devise and bequeath to the HUMANE SOCIETY SILICON VALLEY [written amount or percentage of the estate or description of property] for its unrestricted use and purpose."

able to be changed or cancelled

A revocable living trust is set up during your lifetime and can be revoked at any time before death. They allow assets held in the trust to pass directly to beneficiaries without probate court proceedings and can also reduce federal estate taxes.

cannot be changed or cancelled

tax on gifts generally paid by the person making the gift rather than the recipient

the original value of an asset, such as stock, before its appreciation or depreciation

the growth in value of an asset like stock or real estate since the original purchase

the price a willing buyer and willing seller can agree on

The person receiving the gift annuity payments.

the part of an estate left after debts, taxes and specific bequests have been paid

a written and properly witnessed legal change to a will

the person named in a will to manage the estate, collect the property, pay any debt, and distribute property according to the will

A donor advised fund is an account that you set up but which is managed by a nonprofit organization. You contribute to the account, which grows tax-free. You can recommend how much (and how often) you want to distribute money from that fund to HSSV or other charities. You cannot direct the gifts.

An endowed gift can create a new endowment or add to an existing endowment. The principal of the endowment is invested and a portion of the principal’s earnings are used each year to support our mission.

Tax on the growth in value of an asset—such as real estate or stock—since its original purchase.

Securities, real estate or any other property having a fair market value greater than its original purchase price.

Real estate can be a personal residence, vacation home, timeshare property, farm, commercial property or undeveloped land.

A charitable remainder trust provides you or other named individuals income each year for life or a period not exceeding 20 years from assets you give to the trust you create.

You give assets to a trust that pays our organization set payments for a number of years, which you choose. The longer the length of time, the better the potential tax savings to you. When the term is up, the remaining trust assets go to you, your family or other beneficiaries you select. This is an excellent way to transfer property to family members at a minimal cost.

You fund this type of trust with cash or appreciated assets—and may qualify for a federal income tax charitable deduction when you itemize. You can also make additional gifts; each one also qualifies for a tax deduction. The trust pays you, each year, a variable amount based on a fixed percentage of the fair market value of the trust assets. When the trust terminates, the remaining principal goes to HSSV as a lump sum.

You fund this trust with cash or appreciated assets—and may qualify for a federal income tax charitable deduction when you itemize. Each year the trust pays you or another named individual the same dollar amount you choose at the start. When the trust terminates, the remaining principal goes to HSSV as a lump sum.

A beneficiary designation clearly identifies how specific assets will be distributed after your death.

A charitable gift annuity involves a simple contract between you and HSSV where you agree to make a gift to HSSV and we, in return, agree to pay you (and someone else, if you choose) a fixed amount each year for the rest of your life.

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