Leave a legacy for the future
There are many ways to leave a legacy gift to the HSSA, including through your will or trust. For example, you can:
- Leave a fixed amount of money or specific property like stocks or real estate.
- Designate a percentage of your estate.
- Name HSSA as a contingent beneficiary in the event another beneficiary does not survive you.
- Designate a residual bequest, leaving a portion or the entire remainder of your estate to the HSSA after all else has been settled.
- Create a life income bequest, paying income to a person of your choice for his or her lifetime after your death, with the principal donated to the HSSA at the death of your beneficiaries.
Whichever mechanism you choose, we suggest the following language to avoid confusion or misunderstandings.
“I hereby give and bequeath to the Humane Society of Southern Arizona, a nonprofit Arizona corporation located at 635 West Roger Road, Tucson, Arizona, 85705, Tax I.D. #86-0112798, the sum of $______________ to be used for its general purposes.”
For a gift other than cash, simply describe the assets.
For a residuary bequest, the wording may be:
“I hereby give and bequeath to the Humane Society of Southern Arizona, a nonprofit Arizona corporation located at 635 W Roger Road, Tucson, Arizona, 85705, Tax I.D. #86-0112798, all the rest, residue, and remainder of my estate, both real and personal, to be used for its general purposes.”
For a gift of less than 100% of the rest, residue, and remainder of the estate, merely delete "all" and state the portion you would like to leave HSSA.
Gifts earmarked for our general purposes permit us to use the funds where they are most needed. If you wish to restrict your bequest to a particular project, we’ll be happy to talk with you further about how your wishes can best be accomplished. For more information, call 520-321-3704, ext. 116.
HSSA is not able to give planned giving advice. We recommend you seek legal or financial consultation in planning your estate. HSSA cannot serve as a personal representative for your estate.