Making a “planned gift” to Critter Care is a wonderful way to extend your compassion and concern for animals, and a wonderful way to say thank you to every animal who has touched your life. It is one of the most effective ways to ensure that Critter Care’s work continues and wild animals are treated humanely and preserved for generations to come.
What is a planned gift?
Planned giving involves making arrangements now to have Critter Care and the animals benefit from some of your assets, either currently or in the future. Through this type of giving, individuals can often make a more significant gift than they ever thought possible, while maximizing the financial and tax benefits to you, your estate, and your family.
A planned gift can be as simple as transferring long-term appreciated stock to Critter Care directly (rather than selling it and donating the after-tax proceeds) or naming Critter Care as a beneficiary in your will or life insurance policy.
There are many ways to make your planned gift:
Bequests and In Memoriam
Perhaps the most straightforward option is to make a bequest in your will. Whether you have vast assets or have only a few possessions, a will prevents legal complications and delays. It directs your personal representative to deal with your estate as you wish.
Another important aspect of a will is that it allows you to provide for the animals you care about after your death. Whether this means your own animals or those at Critter Care, your will can continue a legacy of kindness.
If you decide to support Critter Care through your will, you can:
• Direct a specific bequest of money or an asset (ie: stock or a property) to Critter Care
• Designate a percentage of the total value of the estate
• Designate a residual bequest which directs that Critter Care receives the remainder of the estate, or a portion of the remainder, after all expenses and other bequests have been made
Naming Critter Care as a beneficiary
If you have a life insurance policy that is no longer needed to provide for dependants, consider naming Critter Care as the beneficiary. Some assets, such as IRAs and other qualified retirement plans do not pass directly through your will and require you to name a beneficiary.
Consider making Critter Care a full or partial beneficiary. Name Critter Care as a beneficiary of a Certificate of Deposit (CD). These plans can be excellent choices for charitable gifting because they are taxed more heavily than other assets-sometimes greater than 50 percent. However, by making Critter Care the beneficiary, the full value of the account will pass to Critter Care to be used to benefit the animals.
Remainder Interest in Personal Residence
You can give your personal residence to Critter Care while specifying that you (and/or another person) be permitted to continue using the property for life. This can result in a sizable tax deduction, depending upon the age(s) of the person(s) in question.
These are just some of the options of planned giving. Before deciding on what type of gift you might make to Critter Care, please consult with your attorney. Tax laws change and an independent estate planning professional should always review your individual situation.
For more information on any of these planned giving options, or to let us know if you have already included Critter Care in your estate plans, please contact our Executive Director at 604 530-2054. All inquiries will be kept strictly confidential, and inquiries imply no obligation to make a gift.
Please note that nothing on our website should be construed as legal advice. Please contact your attorney or financial advisor to determine what is best for your personal situation.
The staff at Critter Care would like to extend our heartfelt condolences to the family and friends of our angels list, who now watch over our critters from above. Donations in memory of our angels can be made via canadahelps.org or here on our website, or cheques can be mailed to:
Critter Care Wildlife Society
481 – 216th Street
Langley, BC, Canada
(Please include the name of the person the donation is in memory of)
Donate Securities To Help Wildlife
Another great way to help the animals is donating securities to Critter Care Wildlife Society. It’s a great tax benefit! For more details and how to donate securities, have your investment agent contact our agent. He will be happy to assist you!
Donate A Car Canada accepts vehicle donations for Critter Care Wildlife Society. To donate a car, truck, RV, boat, motorcycle or other vehicle to Critter Care Wildlife Society, simply fill out the DONATE NOW tab at www.donatecar.ca. Donate A Car Canada can provide you with free towing in many areas across Canada. Donate a Car Canada can pick up your car or truck, or you can drop off your vehicle to maximize your donation. When you donate your car it will either be recycled or sold at auction depending on its condition, age and location. Donate A Car Canada will look after everything to make your donation easy for you to support Critter Care Wildlife Society. DONATE NOW at www.donatecar.ca and Critter Care Wildlife Society will send you a tax receipt after your car donation is complete!