Planned Giving

A brighter future begins today. Make a meaningful impact on the lives of cats and dogs now and for years to come by including pets in your financial planning.

About Planned Giving

Planned gifts, such as those made through a will or estate plan, often allow you to make the biggest impact on the causes you care about most. A planned gift is usually set up to incorporate tax-planning strategies as well as your retirement choices, and can be customized in a wide variety of ways to suit your needs.

Many people think a planned gift is something that is given only through a will or estate plan, and won’t benefit the organization until after they are deceased. However, there are several gift options that allow donors to see the impact of their contribution immediately. Read on for information about Qualified Charitable Distributions, Donor Advised Funds, and stock donations.

For more information on planned gifts, please contact Development Manager Claire Maniti at (925) 426-8656, ext. 117 or fill out our online contact form.

Create Your Legacy

Valley Humane Society has partnered with FreeWill: a free, easy, online resource that guides donors through the process of creating a legally valid will. In about 20 minutes, you can secure your future, protect what you love, and make a gift to Valley Humane Society to build a legacy that creates a brighter future for cats and dogs.

Share Your Legacy

By making a planned gift, whether through a will or by designating Valley Humane Society a beneficiary of your life insurance policy, you are eligible to become part of the growing number of people that, together, make up our Legacy Society.

Have you already included a gift to Valley Humane Society in your estate plans? Please let us know by filling out this form so we can thank you for your support and update our records. A brighter future starts with you!

DAF (Donor Advised Funds)

Donor Advised Funds (DAFs) are a popular way for donors to provide financial support for the causes they care about. Set aside especially for charitable causes (and with the tax benefit already received), DAFs only need a word from their account holder to release grant funds that can move the mission forward. If you have a DAF with Schwab, Fidelity, or BNY Mellon, you can use our free widget below to recommend Valley Humane Society receive a grant from your DAF today.

QCD (Qualified Charitable Distribution)

At the end and beginning of the calendar year, seasoned donors sometimes ask about making a qualified charitable distribution (QCD) to Valley Humane Society, a direct transfer from their custodian individual retirement account (IRA), once they turn 70½ years old.

While a QCD is not a tax-deductible donation, it is a distribution that counts towards satisfying your required minimum distribution so long as certain rules are met. A QCD excludes the amount donated from taxable income, which is unlike regular withdrawals from an IRA. When you keep your taxable income lower, this may reduce the impact to certain tax credits and deductions, including Social Security and Medicare. With the passage of the SECURE Act in December 2019, starting January 1, 2020, those donors turning 70 1/2 that make a qualified charitable distribution to Valley Humane Society will have to wait until they turn 72 to have that distribution count towards this year’s required minimum distribution. For those donors that turned 70 1/2 prior to January 1, 2020, your qualified charitable distributions to Valley Humane Society can still count against your required minimum distribution.

Please contact Development Manager Claire Maniti at (925) 426-8656 ext. 117 or sending an email through our contact form to see if you meet the requirements for making a qualified charitable distribution.


Answers to Questions Frequently Asked by Donors/Advisors

Is Valley Humane Society a registered nonprofit?
Yes, Valley Humane Society is a 501(c)3 nonprofit corporation.
Don’t you get money from the ASPCA?
No, Valley Humane Society is not affiliated with any state or national organization such as Humane Society of the United States or ASPCA. A donation to organizations such as these will not come to Valley Humane Society.