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Cats: Wally and Masasa

Wally and Masasa — the Boydston’s treasured HSSV kitty alums

Animals were an important part of Bob and Adele Boydston's life during all their years in Silicon Valley. So it wasn't surprising that the couple wanted to stay involved with the organization where they had adopted several of their kitties. They gave generously through their family foundation every year. And they made a point to visit us every year to see first-hand how we were stewarding those funds.

As Bob and Adele got older, we at HSSV especially cherished those visits. We made sure that Adele always had a friendly, unflappable cat to pet while we were visiting. And, of course, there were pastries and coffee on hand for Bob. The Boydstons were family and they cared deeply that the organization they were investing in was growing, changing and making progress in addressing the challenges facing homeless animals in their community.

We saw the Boydstons one final time in February of 2014. Bob proudly handed Carol Novello a $10,000 gift and got caught up on business. That was the last time we saw them. Bob passed in June of that year, and Adele quickly followed him four months later.

Fortunately, their legacy and work lives on at HSSV. Bob and Adele made a point to share with their son, now the president of their charitable foundation, all that they had accomplished at HSSV during their lifetime. Because of that, the Robert E. and Adele M. Boydston Charitable Foundation continues to support the work at HSSV.

It's a testament not only to Bob and Adele's generosity, but also a fitting way to honor their heartfelt desire to make a lasting difference for animals in Silicon Valley and beyond.

You can join in their efforts. To learn more about making a gift through your estate to the Humane Society of Silicon Valley, please contact the Office of Planned Giving at 408.262.2133, Ext. 198 or

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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