With a planned gift to Minnesota Federated Humane Societies, you can combine your desire to give to a local, reputable and impactful charity with your overall financial, tax, and estate planning goals. Planned giving provides you with a special connection to our organization and our ability to help better the lives of both animals and humans — for now and for years to come. Planned giving is the act of making a commitment to give Minnesota Federated Humane Societies a major gift, over time or at death, as part of your overall financial and estate planning. It is leaving a legacy of kindness and compassion. Your gift can help to create a positive change for countless animals as well as the people dedicated to protecting and providing care to them. Your thoughtfulness, generosity and support allow the difficult and necessary work to continue to help create better and safer communities throughout Minnesota.
Your legal or financial advisor can provide you information about how to make a legacy donation to Minnesota Federated Humane Societies.
If you have additional questions or need information please contact Elisa Johnson, Executive Director, at 612.866.8663 or at MFHS@mnfedhs.org. We would love to speak with you to best determine how your gifts can best be put to work to help animals throughout the state of Minnesota.
HAVE YOU MADE PLANS FOR YOUR ANIMAL COMPANIONS?
Plan for the unexpected to ensure the welfare of your beloved animal companion(s).
Your animal companion(s) bring you unconditional love and companionship, and is beloved member of your family. But what about when you are no longer able to provide care or are no longer around? Animals are considered property in the state of Minnesota and that's why it is so important to make sure you have planned ahead to ensure your animal companions are properly cared for.
How to Protect Your Pets
Discuss your wishes for your pets with relatives or friends. Designate a temporary caregiver in the event something unexpected happens to you and ensure she has instructions for how to care for your pets.
Carry a “pet alert card” in your wallet, identifying your pet, vital information and contacts in case you suffer an emergency that prevents your return home.
Contact your attorney to discuss the estate planning options available to provide for the ongoing care of your pet in the future and formalize your wishes in a legal document.
Benefits of a Pet Trust Including pet provisions in your will is helpful. A pet trust can be even more advantageous, allowing you to:
Designate a caregiver and backup caregivers for your pet.
Appoint a separate trustee to oversee the caregiver and ensure she is following your directives.
Specify your pet’s needs and customary lifestyle, including healthcare, diet, exercise, special needs and end of life plans.
Provide different options for covering your pet’s expenses to ensure the money is used as intended.
Protect the money you set aside for your pet by shielding it from many creditors, estranged spouses or family members.
Provide immediate and uninterrupted care for your pet without the need for court intervention in the event you pass away or become ill.
Allocate remaining money to specific persons or charitable groups, such as Minnesota Federated Humane Societies.
Give yourself the peace of mind of knowing that all your family members will be provided for when you are gone. Consult your estate planning attorney to discuss your wishes and ensure you have a plan in place to carry out those wishes.
Help us end animal abuse and cruelty in Minnesota.