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Legacy Circle Members

The Animal Humane Society would like to honor the following who have thoughtfully provided fo the long term financial future of the Animal Humane Society and the homeless animals we serve by including them in their estate planning

Loved for Life

Loved for Life

Animal Humane Society understands that your pets are true family members — providing love, companionship and joy every day. And, like family, you have pledged to care for them for life. But how can you continue to commit to your beloved pets should the unexpected happen, if you became seriously ill or even if they outlive you?

Make an Estate Gift

Make an estate gift

There are several ways to make an estate gift which will help care for the thousands of animals that become homeless or are abused in our community.  The following are brief descriptions of ways of giving and the Animal Humane Society’s policies regarding designating the purpose of a gift.  

For details on how to amplify your impact, please visit our Estate and Planned Giving Pages.

Note: The information presented below is general in nature and is not intended to be, or a substitute for, professional legal advice. We recommend you consult with your own professional advisor prior to committing any financial resources.


Bequests are made through your will and may take various forms:

  • Specific bequest — directs a specific dollar gift or property to pass to Animal Humane Society.
  • Percentage bequest — designates a percentage of the total value of the estate as a gift to Animal Humane Society.
  • Residual bequest — directs that Animal Humane Society receive the remainder of the estate, or a portion of the remainder, after all expenses and other bequests have been made.

Sample wording for a bequest of a specific amount:

I hereby give and bequeath to the Animal Humane Society, a nonprofit Minnesota corporation, located at 845 Meadow Lane N, Golden Valley, MN 55422, Tax ID # 41-0693842, the sum of $_______ to be used for its general purposes.

Note:    For a gift other than cash, simply describe the assets.

Sample wording for a bequest of a residual amount:

I hereby give and bequeath to the Animal Humane Society, a nonprofit Minnesota corporation, located at 845 Meadow Lane N, Golden Valley, MN 55422, Tax ID # 41-0693842, all the rest, residue and remainder of my estate, both real and personal, after providing for the specific provisions of this will, to be used for its general purposes.

Note:     For a gift of less than 100% of the rest, residue and remainder of the estate, simply delete “all” and state the percentage.

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Charitable gift annuities

An Animal Humane Society charitable gift annuity for one-life (or two) may be established with a minimum of $10,000 and provides lifetime income for the annuitant(s) as well as an immediate tax deduction. A gift annuity can be a good option for donors age 55 and older. If you are interested I would be happy to provide you a proposal with details and current payout rates.

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Charitable remainder trusts

A charitable remainder trust is one of the more complex estate planning options but its many variations offer the donor greater flexibility. CRT’s can be a very good option for persons who own significantly appreciated assets (such as rental property) and desire to receive income for life. The donor transfers the asset to the trust, where it is sold, avoiding capital gains tax.  The proceeds are invested with the donor or other beneficiary receiving payments for life or a set term. At the end of the trust’s life, the remaining principal is gifted to Animal Humane Society.

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Name Animal Humane Society as a beneficiary of a life insurance policies

If you have a life insurance policy that is no longer needed to provide for dependants consider making Animal Humane Society the beneficiary.  This may enable you to make a significant gift to Animal Humane Society without using any of your estate’s capital.  A further option is to make Animal Humane Society both the beneficiary and owner of a paid-up policy. Doing so will earn you an immediate tax deduction equal to the policy’s cash value. Contact the policy’s issuing agent for instructions.

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Name Animal Humane Society as a beneficiary of an IRA or retirement Plan

Some assets such as IRAs, Keogh Plans and other qualified retirement plans do not pass directly through your will and require you to name a beneficiary. Consider making Animal Humane Society a full or partial beneficiary.  Such plans can be excellent choices for charitable gifting because they are taxed more heavily than other assets – sometimes greater than 60%.  However, by making Animal Humane Society the beneficiary, the full value of the account will pass to Animal Humane Society to be used to benefit the animals.

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Name Animal Humane Society as a beneficiary of a certificate of deposit

An easy option is to visit a bank and buy a CD naming AHS as the beneficiary, payable-on-death.  The CD can remain on deposit earning interest until the donor dies, upon which AHS receives its value.  Make sure the CD is the type that automatically rolls over and maintains the beneficiary designation.

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Make Animal Humane Society the successor interest of a contract

Perhaps you’re receiving payments from the sale of a business, real estate or are receiving royalties? You may be able to designate Animal Humane Society as the successor interest to receive any payments that continue after your death.

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Designated and undesignated gifts

Undesignated gifts to the Animal Humane Society are the most desirable donation.  Over time the financial needs of the organization can change dramatically.  Undesignated gifts provide the Board of Directors and staff leadership the most flexibility in using or investing the funds depending on the organization’s strategic plan and needs.

Due to the accounting and audit requirements of establishing and maintaining a designated or restricted endowment, Animal Humane Societyhas a policy that these gifts must be $20,000 or more, unless they are designated for the Animal Humane Society’s Endowment Fund. If you plan to designate your gift, please contact me to ensure that the designation is worded in a way that will be usable to Animal Humane Society well into the future.

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The Legacy Circle

Legacy Circle

Animals give unconditional love, affection and friendship to us every day.  For many of us they have played a vital role in enriching our lives.  By including Animal Humane Society in your estate planning, you help enrich the lives of so many others by supporting our efforts to provide shelter, adoption and humane investigation services to the animals in our community.

Privacy policy

Privacy policy

Animal Humane Society (AHS) is the leading animal welfare organization in the Upper Midwest dedicated to engaging and serving local and regional communities of people and animals. Through comprehensive programs and services, Animal Humane Society provides resources that compassionately serve all the stages of an animal’s life.

AHS is an independent, nonprofit organization. It is not affiliated with the Humane Society of the United States or any other national humane group such as the American Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and it receives no support from them. AHS does not receive funding from the state of Minnesota, or the counties or cities where its facilities are located. Every dollar raised comes through earned revenue (adoption and program fees, retail sales, and dividends from the for-profit subsidiary, Now Boarding), donations, bequests and special events. 

Contributions from individual donors, corporations and foundations make up approximately 60% of Animal Humane Society’s base of support and our relationship with our contributors is the highest expression of our mutual commitment to the mission of engaging the hearts, hands, and minds of the community to help animals.

AHS respects the privacy of its donors and has put in place a Donor Privacy Policy to honor these rights.  

Donor information

AHS collects and maintains the following types of donor information when it is voluntarily provided to us:

  • Contact information such as name, address, telephone number and e-mail address
  • Giving information
  • Information on events attended, publications received and special requests for program information
  • Information provided by the donor in the form of comments and suggestions

This confidential information is kept on file for IRS purposes. It is also used to analyze overall giving patterns in order to make more accurate budget projections, as well as to understand donors’ interests in our mission and to update them on the organization’s plans and activities. This information is shared with staff, board members, volunteers and consultants only on a confidential and need-to-know basis.

List sharing

Animal Humane Society does not sell, rent, trade or share its donor list with any other organization. AHS never sends out mailings on behalf of other organizations.

Discontinuing contact upon request

It is the policy of AHS to communicate with donors according to their expressed preferences whenever possible. AHS will discontinue or change the method used to contact any person upon that person’s oral or written request directed to the organization, its professional fundraiser, or other agent.

AHS shall maintain a record of all requests by persons who indicate to Animal Humane Society, its professional fundraiser, or other agents, that they do not wish to be contacted by or on behalf of Animal Humane Society.

This policy does not prohibit contact by an individual or group voluntarily soliciting on behalf of Animal Humane Society, even if the person being contacted has requested to be placed on the "do not contact list."

Upon a person’s (or a person’s authorized representative’s) request that Animal Humane Society discontinue further contacts, the person’s name and address will be promptly modified in Animal Humane Society’s donor database to ensure that no further contact is made with the person. Animal Humane Society will also take steps to ensure that no further contact is made with the individual and that the person’s name is removed from any external databases or records under Animal Humane Society’s control.

Permanent Record: Animal Humane Society will maintain an electronic record of all requests for discontinuance of contacts, effective with the adoption of this policy by Animal Humane Society’s board of directors. Oral requests will be noted in writing by the staff of Animal Humane Society and then permanently recorded in the electronic donor database. The records of persons who have made such a request will be maintained by Animal Humane Society to the extent necessary for legal or liability purposes.

Donor Bill of Rights

AHS subscribes to the Donor Bill of Rights, which was created by the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP), the Association for Healthcare Philanthropy (AHP), the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE), and the Giving Institute: Leading Consultants to Non-Profits.

Donor Bill of Rights

Philanthropy is based on voluntary action for the common good. It is a tradition of giving and sharing that is primary to the quality of life. To ensure that philanthropy merits the respect and trust of the general public, and that donors and prospective donors can have full confidence in the nonprofit organizations and causes they are asked to support, we declare that all donors have these rights:

I. To be informed of the organization's mission, of the way the organization intends to use donated resources, and of its capacity to use donations effectively for their intended purposes.

II. To be informed of the identity of those serving on the organization's governing board, and to expect the board to exercise prudent judgment in its stewardship responsibilities.

III. To have access to the organization's most recent financial statements.

IV. To be assured their gifts will be used for the purposes for which they were given.

V. To receive appropriate acknowledgement and recognition.

VI. To be assured that information about their donation is handled with respect and with confidentiality to the extent provided by law.

VII. To expect that all relationships with individuals representing organizations of interest to the donor will be professional in nature.

VIII. To be informed whether those seeking donations are volunteers, employees of the organization or hired solicitors.

IX. To have the opportunity for their names to be deleted from mailing lists that an organization may intend to share.

X. To feel free to ask questions when making a donation and to receive prompt, truthful and forthright answers.

Donate to our wish list

Donate to our wish list

We appreciate donations at all times. Right now we are in need of the following:

For the animals in our care:

  • Gift cards to grocery, pet supply, home improvement, office supply or auto part stores
  • Cage scratchers for cats from
  • Kuranda beds for dogs from (select AHS as the recipient)
  • 6 ft. nylon leashes
  • Gentle leaders (m edium and large)
  • Kongs (all sizes especially larger ones)
  • Cat toys without cat nip
  • Towels, wash cloths, and white bath towels
  • Feliway spray
  • Fresh veggies
  • Timothy hay
  • Plastic bags
  • Puppy training pads
  • Sunny Seat window mounted cat beds
  • Treat puzzle toys
  • Digital food scale
  • Digital Thermometer
  • Snuggle Safe microwave heat pad
  • Soft dog treats
  • Natural Balance Dog Food Rolls
  • Fleece for cat bedding
  • New ping pong balls for  education projects
  • Dog shampoo
  • Waterless shampoo
  • Royal Canin Baby Cat 34 dry food (for weaning kittens)
  • Canned kitten food
  • Greenies Pill Pockets
  • Peanut butter
  • Cheese singles
  • Tongue depressors
  • Distilled water
  • Electric heating pads for exam and surgery
  • Newspapers
  • Digital kitchen scale for weighing foster kittens
  • Digital infant scale
  • Meat-based baby food
  • Canned tuna in water
  • Hot dogs

For our training and behavior specialists:

  • Collapsible tunnels
  • DAP Spray
  • ½” diameter or greater slip leads
  • 48” high exercise pens
  • Buja Boards

Cleaning supplies:

  • Bleach
  • Clorox disinfecting wipes
  • Dish soap (regular and automatic)
  • Luron hand cleaner soap
  • Dish cloths and dish towels
  • Laundry detergent
  • Spray bottles with triggers
  • Sponges and scrub pads
  • Paper towels
  • Kleenex
  • Lint rollers
  • Ziplock bags (all sizes, especially gallon)
  • Odor neutralizer spray

Other supplies needed:

  • Batteries (AA, AAA, D, and 9-volt)
  • Fabric scissors for education projects
  • Pet sympathy cards
  • Animal-themed postage stamps 
  • Large wall fans
  • Long zip ties

Items we CANNOT accept:

  • Hard or homemade dog treats
  • Toner cartridges
  • Old computers and equipment like mice, keyboards, CRT monitors, printers, and scanners
  • Medications and medical supplies like syringes
  • Topical and oral pesticide products for dogs and cats including flea and tick products
  • Flea sprays, powders and foggers for the home
  • Used (already chewed on) dog treats and raw hides
  • Used litter boxes 
  • Confetti shredded paper
  • Old clothing (t-shirts, socks)
  • Comforters, pillows, pillow cases and sheets       
  • Anything broken or missing pieces                           

Charities Review Council

Donated items can be brought to the customer service counter at any AHS location during regular business hours; no appointment is necessary. Groups are also welcome to schedule a tour of one of our facilities at the time they bring in their donations. Tours last approximately 1 hour; there is a $1/person fee, with a $15 minimum, minimum group size of 5 persons, for tours. Our tour schedules fill up quickly, so please schedule tours at least 2 weeks in advance.

Become a corporate partner

Become a corporate or business partner

Charities Review Council

Donate a vehicle

Donate a vehicle

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Stock gifts

Make a gift of appreciated stock

Making a gift of appreciated stock can benefit you as well as the animals. Donating stock you’ve held for more than 12 months avoids capital gains taxes on the increase in the stock’s value and allows you to receive its full, fair market value on the date of the gift.

This is an excellent vehicle for stock that has appreciated substantially in value. Proceeds from the sale of your donated stock will be used by Animal Humane Society to care for the animals.

Stock transfer instructions

Animal Humane Society offers the following information for donors interested in making a gift of appreciated securities.

Brokerage Firm: Morgan Stanley
Contact: Daniel Horyza, 612-340-6774
Name on Account: Animal Humane Society
Account #: 364-067652-301
DTC#: 0015
Federal ID#: 41-0693842

Morgan Stanley does not automatically notify us when transfers are made. We want to be sure to acknowledge your support in an accurate and timely way. Once the transfer is made, please notify:

Michelle Arcand
845 Meadow Lane North
Golden Valley, MN 55422

Charities Review Council


Learn more by contacting us online or calling (763)-489-2210.

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