As a continued supporter of the Humane Society
of South Central Michigan (HSSCM), you recognize the value of a
society where every pet is a wanted pet. Through the years, HSSCM
has been able to touch the lives of so many homeless companion
dogs and cats, simply because you cared enough to make a difference
in their lives. Every animal who has found a home through our adoption
program has been helped directly by your support.
Since 1887, HSSCM has been able to make a difference
in the lives of
thousands of animals. Through your continued kindness, you have
the opportunity to leave a lasting legacy for animal welfare. We
invite you to join our Legacy Guild and designate a planned gift
to help ensure the continued success of this important mission
- making a difference in the lives of pets in our community.
Your planned gift is a commitment that will benefit
animals in south central Michigan in the future through such means
wills, IRA or traditional retirement or 401K plans, living trusts,
life insurance policies or charitable annuities and trusts.
Perhaps you have spent a
lifetime volunteering at the shelter and directly caring for
the needs of homeless pets. Perhaps you have already designated
the Humane Society in your final plans. The Humane Society of
South Central Michigan’s
Legacy Guild provides the opportunity for like-minded individuals
to come together to share an interest in animal welfare, to discuss
the lasting legacy of that lifetime of support, and to be recognized
for that contribution.
The Legacy Guild is an informal group, meeting
yearly for a signature
recognition event. Members of the Legacy Guild receive special
newsletters on the intricacies of the Humane Society of South Central
Michigan. Members also receive special invitations to open houses
and behind-the-scenes events to help you really feel a part of
the agency and see firsthand the benefits received by the animals
through your care.
A person becomes a member of the Legacy Guild
when the Humane
Society of South Central Michigan receives written notification
planned gift. Notification can occur in several ways, including
letter stating your attention, providing copies of documents pertaining
to the planned gift or requesting a personal meeting with the Executive
Director and a committee member of the Legacy Guild to discuss
your wishes. In making any type of planned or major gift, consultation
with your tax, financial and legal advisors is essential.
Planned and major gifts are so important to the
Humane Society of South Central Michigan. The agency receives 87
percent of its annual operating funds through generous donations
from people like you. The remaining 13 percent is received through
service fees. The agency does not receive any government or tax
dollar support. Planned gifts supplement, but do not replace, annual
giving through the community. Planned gifts enhance
the agency’s ability to operate new programming focused at
stopping pet overpopulation throughout south central Michigan.
Gifts can be designated or undesignated. During
your initial meeting regarding your planned gift, we will discuss
your wishes and the ongoing needs of animals in our community to
help you to choose the most meaningful contribution to meet your
Please contact us today at 269.963.1796 ext. 13
to learn more about how to join our Legacy Guild, and how your
planned gift can make a
lifetime of difference to thousands of animals in our community.
Together, we will ensure that every pet is a wanted pet.