Planned Giving

Planned Giving is a unique and powerful way to have an impact on animals well into the future. Your support ensures the Humane Society of Summit County can continue to save the lives of homeless pets for years to come. Planned giving may offer valuable tax benefits for you and your heirs. Besides helping you meet philanthropic goals, Planned Giving may also provide you with significant benefits such as capital gains tax savings, increased cash flow, or reduced estate taxes.

We recommend working with your own financial planner or lawyer to fully understand the tax benefits of donating for you and your family as well as to ensure your wishes are formalized. We can help connect you with local professionals in these areas if you would like recommendations.

How do I include the Humane Society of Summit County in my estate planning?

  • Bequest, or provision made in your will. May be allocated as:
    • A specific dollar amount
    • Percentage or residual percentage of your estate, or
    • Contingency
  • Charitable Gift Annuity: a giving vehicle that provides you with a lifetime income stream and upfront tax-savings.
  • Charitable Remainder Trust or Charitable Lead Trust
  • Beneficiary of your retirement plan, life insurance policy, trusts, or other accounts.
  • Gift of an asset such as stocks, bonds, or real estate*

*Please note: Gifts of assets may require approval by the HSSC President and CEO prior to acceptance.

Recognizing your contribution: the Legacy Society

In 2020, the Humane Society of Summit County established the Legacy Society as a way of thanking donors for their planned gifts during their lifetime. There is no minimum pledge required to join. Except in specific cases (as in a charitable gift annuity or irrevocable trust), the donor retains decision making control and the power to alter plans at any time. Joining is as simple as declaring your philanthropic intentions through a simple form. By declaring your gift, you allow HSSC to plan for a bright future and safe community for animals in need.

Legacy Society Member Benefits
  • An enamel pin reserved for Legacy Society Members.
  • Annual Legacy Society Newsletter mailed to your home.
  • Future benefits as determined, including invitations to private Legacy Society events.


HSSC is committed to the privacy of donors. We will never share your name or intentions publically without your expressed permission. Please see our Donor Privacy Policy for more information.

What other information do I need to know?

  • Our Tax ID number (FEIN) is 23-7060744
  • Your estate documents should use the following address:
    • Humane Society of Summit County
    • 7996 Darrow Rd.
    • Twinsburg, OH 44087

Who should I contact at the Humane Society of Summit County about my Planned Giving?

Should you have any questions or requests regarding your planned gift, to notify us of your intentions, or for information on the Legacy Society, please contact:

Louise DiLullo, Director of Capital Campaign and Major Gifts
(234) 212-9749

Colleen Repie, Director of Development and Outreach


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