Committed to Making More Happy Tails

CHS Volunteer Eileen Cook Plans Her Legacy to Give Forever

Eileen Cook

Eileen Cook cares for CHS pets today and tomorrow through gift planning.

The energetic beagle mix ran across the Connecticut Humane Society’s outdoor playpen as Eileen Cook watched and began to feel nostalgic. The pooch reminded her of the dog she grew up with as a youngster.

“He ran across that playpen back toward me and did a somersault. It was like someone sliding into first base. And then, of course, he was upside down at my feet asking for belly rubs,” says Eileen, a medical professional and CHS volunteer of 10 years. She happily obliged.

As a volunteer, Eileen has seen the journey animals take when they arrive at CHS’ doors. She’s watched animal-care staff and volunteers comfort those pets and show them they’re safe, warm and loved, and has seen the medical team work miracles. “It’s amazing to see their transformations,” she says.

Eileen has seen it in her three cats, two of whom are CHS alumni. She hates to think about ever living without them and can’t imagine how families feel when they hit a rough patch and have to give up a pet. So she’s all the more appreciative of CHS’ efforts to help families in need keep their pets, with services such as vaccination clinics, the Pet Food Pantry and CHS’ low-fee Fox Memorial Clinic.

Animal welfare has come so far in a variety of areas, Eileen says, and that progress needs to be protected. These experiences feed her inspiration for supporting CHS’ pets now and led her to the decision to do so in perpetuity. And she’s glad to make that a part of her legacy.

“There’s nothing that brings me more joy than to come home to little furry faces,” Eileen says. “I love knowing that for years to come, the Connecticut Humane Society will ensure both animals and humans can continue sharing that same joy.”

Like Eileen, you can continue animal welfare progress and make a lasting difference for companion animals in communities across our state with your planned gift. Learn more by contacting Barbara Naugle at 860-594-4502 x6324 or bnaugle@cthumane.org, today.

A charitable bequest is one or two sentences in your will or living trust that leave to Connecticut Humane Society a specific item, an amount of money, a gift contingent upon certain events or a percentage of your estate.

an individual or organization designated to receive benefits or funds under a will or other contract, such as an insurance policy, trust or retirement plan

"I give (specify amount of property, percentage, or residue) to the Connecticut Humane Society; a not-for-profit corporation, chartered in the State of Connecticut, located at 701 Russell Road, Newington, CT 06111, for its general uses and purposes."

able to be changed or cancelled

A revocable living trust is set up during your lifetime and can be revoked at any time before death. They allow assets held in the trust to pass directly to beneficiaries without probate court proceedings and can also reduce federal estate taxes.

cannot be changed or cancelled

tax on gifts generally paid by the person making the gift rather than the recipient

the original value of an asset, such as stock, before its appreciation or depreciation

the growth in value of an asset like stock or real estate since the original purchase

the price a willing buyer and willing seller can agree on

The person receiving the gift annuity payments.

the part of an estate left after debts, taxes and specific bequests have been paid

a written and properly witnessed legal change to a will

the person named in a will to manage the estate, collect the property, pay any debt, and distribute property according to the will

A donor advised fund is an account that you set up but which is managed by a nonprofit organization. You contribute to the account, which grows tax-free. You can recommend how much (and how often) you want to distribute money from that fund to CHS or other charities. You cannot direct the gifts.

An endowed gift can create a new endowment or add to an existing endowment. The principal of the endowment is invested and a portion of the principal’s earnings are used each year to support our mission.

Tax on the growth in value of an asset—such as real estate or stock—since its original purchase.

Securities, real estate or any other property having a fair market value greater than its original purchase price.

Real estate can be a personal residence, vacation home, timeshare property, farm, commercial property or undeveloped land.

A charitable remainder trust provides you or other named individuals income each year for life or a period not exceeding 20 years from assets you give to the trust you create.

You give assets to a trust that pays our organization set payments for a number of years, which you choose. The longer the length of time, the better the potential tax savings to you. When the term is up, the remaining trust assets go to you, your family or other beneficiaries you select. This is an excellent way to transfer property to family members at a minimal cost.

You fund this type of trust with cash or appreciated assets—and may qualify for a federal income tax charitable deduction when you itemize. You can also make additional gifts; each one also qualifies for a tax deduction. The trust pays you, each year, a variable amount based on a fixed percentage of the fair market value of the trust assets. When the trust terminates, the remaining principal goes to CHS as a lump sum.

You fund this trust with cash or appreciated assets—and may qualify for a federal income tax charitable deduction when you itemize. Each year the trust pays you or another named individual the same dollar amount you choose at the start. When the trust terminates, the remaining principal goes to CHS as a lump sum.

A beneficiary designation clearly identifies how specific assets will be distributed after your death.

A charitable gift annuity involves a simple contract between you and CHS where you agree to make a gift to CHS and we, in return, agree to pay you (and someone else, if you choose) a fixed amount each year for the rest of your life.

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