Ensuring a Safe Haven for Pets in Need

Opal inspires Erma to leave a lasting legacy

Erma with her dogAt 15 years old, Opal could have been considered an "unadoptable" cat, to some. But the Connecticut Humane Society saw she deserved a second chance at love in her golden years. And so did Erma Pascucci.

Erma knew she had to adopt Opal when they met at CHS, back when she was a volunteer cat cuddler.

"She'd just had her whole life disrupted. I cuddled her and bonded with her and fell in love," Erma recalls as she re ects on her experiences as a past volunteer. "There were other cats there, but they weren't Opal. I had her until she was 21."

Pets like Opal were on Erma's mind years later when she decided to earmark a future gift that will save the lives of more animals in need at CHS. She wants to ensure homeless pets will always have a safe haven that will heal their bodies and their souls, and set them on a path toward a fresh start—whether they're 15 days old or 15 years old, and whether they come to CHS next month or many years later.

Erma had seen rsthand how many pets depended on CHS to help them in the toughest time of their lives, as well as the medical care and TLC given to each pet, especially seniors like Opal.

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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