Planned Giving

Your estate plan can save animals’ lives long after you are gone.

Paws Forever Legacy Society

Since our founding in 1875, homeless animals served by the Nebraska Humane Society have benefited greatly from the generosity of friends in our community who have remembered the animals through a will or estate gift. Many of these donors have had a long history of giving during their lifetime and have informed NHS that they have included us in their estate planning.

The Paws Forever Legacy Society is a way to thank those individuals who believe in our mission to care for abandoned and neglected animals and who have chosen to take care of them in their estate planning. For detailed information about including NHS in your estate planning, click here »

Some of the Ways to Care For Our Animal Friends:

  1. Naming NHS as a beneficiary in a will or living trust
  2. Creating a charitable remainder trust
  3. Naming NHS as the beneficiary of a life insurance policy, retirement plan, certificate of deposit or bank account

If you choose to include the animals in your estate plans, we hope that you will consider joining our Paws Forever Legacy Society. We ask you to fill out the Paws Forever Legacy Society membership form with as much information as you feel comfortable sharing. We also ask each member of Paws Forever to allow us to list their name (unless you wish to remain anonymous) in our Annual Report to both acknowledge support of the animals and set an example to other individuals in our community who share your compassion for animals. Acknowledging your commitment will inspire others to become members.

Additionally, you will be invited to our annual donor recognition event and be eligible to participate in our special Paws for Life program, a way to provide lifetime care for your pets if you become unable to care for them. The Nebraska Humane Society would like to thank you for planning to help the future of the neglected and abandoned animals in our community. Your legacy will allow us to save lives for many years to come.

Important Information

Below is the legal information needed to name NHS as a recipient of a gift in your estate planning.

Legal Name: Nebraska Humane Society
Address: Omaha, NE
Federal Tax ID Number: #47-037-8997
Org. Exempt Status: 501(c)(3)

Please contact us at 402-905-3435 or at with any questions, comments or to request more information.

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A charitable bequest is one or two sentences in your will or living trust that leave to Nebraska 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, [name], of [city, state, ZIP], give, devise and bequeath to Nebraska Humane Society [written amount or percentage of the estate or description of property] for its unrestricted use and purpose."

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 Nebraska Humane Society 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 Nebraska Humane Society 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 Nebraska Humane Society 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 Nebraska Humane Society where you agree to make a gift to Nebraska Humane Society 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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