By leaving a legacy to Friends through your estate plans, you can ensure that the Shelterโ€™s mission of providing compassionate care will be sustained in the future.

You have many options for charitable giving in order to create a legacy that can help animals for years to come. Like Anne S. Jacobs, you can make a bequest to Friends of the Fairfax County Animal Shelter in your Last Will and Testament, Living or Charitable Trust. Through your Will, you can designate a gift of a specific amount, a percentage of your estate, or even all or part of the residuary of your estate.

The official bequest language for the Friends of the Fairfax County Animal Shelter is: โ€œI, [name], of [city, state, zip], give, devise and bequeath to Friends of the Fairfax County Animal Shelter [written amount or percentage of the estate or description of property] for its unrestricted use and purpose.

You can also consider designating Friends of the Fairfax County Animal Shelter as a beneficiary of your life insurance policy, pension or retirement plans. Some of these estate planning strategies may have greater tax benefits to you than others. To determine which gift will achieve your philanthropic goals, please consult your attorney or financial planner.

Forever Friends Legacy Giving Society

By making a legacy gift to Friends, you will be joining the Forever Friends Legacy Society, a group of compassionate citizens helping shelter pets. If you have any questions about how to make a gift to Friends and become a member of Forever Friends, please contact Celia Flye, Executive Director, at foreverfriends@ffcas.org.

Consider a Gift of Stock Today

Gifts of stocks are also popular ways to donate to charity. Making a charitable gift through stock that has increased in value and that you have owned for more than one year may provide better tax benefits to you than giving cash. Make it a point to discuss stock giving with your estate planning professional during your next visit.