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Help secure the future for the homeless pets in our community

Through Legacy Giving, there are many ways you can make a significant gift to help further the mission of Animal Allies Humane Society: "Dedicated to a compassionate journey for pets and people in our community."

Below we have listed four common ways generous animal lovers can make a huge impact. 

To learn more about your giving options, contact Mary Guist, Donor Steward Specialist, at 218-606-1161

or via email:

Qualified Retirement Assets

Your retirement fund will be included in taxable income if passed on to heirs but can pass to charities without taxation. Leaving your remaining retirement assets to the Animal Allies as part of your estate planning is a very simple gift to make. Of note, if you wish to contribute from your IRA during your lifetime and you are age 70 ½ or older*, you can contribute up to $100,000 directly from your IRA and avoid paying income taxes on the distribution. This is known as a qualified charitable distribution.

*Changes in tax legislation may affect QCD rules; consult your tax advisor. 

Life Insurance

Life insurance can be an excellent tool for making charitable gifts. One simple way is to designate Animal Allies Humane Society as a beneficiary or owner of the policy. Special tax advantages may exist when donating insurance policies.

Real Estate

Gifts of real estate owned for more than one year can be donated and may allow you to deduct the fair market value as a charitable contribution while avoiding capital gains tax. Arrangements can be made so you and your spouse can remain in the home until your passing. Residences, vacation homes, farmland and other appreciated real estate can be given, subject to Animal Allies’ gift acceptance policy. 


While this involves longer-term planning, a gift made through your Will or living trust can benefit the homeless animals in our community for years to come and may qualify for a federal estate tax charitable deduction. Your gift becomes part of Animal Allies Humane Society at the time your will is probated. Gifts can be in the form of cash, stock, property, real estate, or a gift of the residue and remainder of your estate once other bequests have been fulfilled.

Plan your Legacy

Getting started is easier than you think!

A gift in your Will is often the easiest route to your legacy, and to make it as simple as possible, we're giving you a free way to write or start your Will by partnering with FreeWill to allow supporters to create legal Wills online.

In just 20 minutes, you can secure your legacy.  Give thanks for family, friends, and pets that have enriched your life by making your Will today.

Click the "Create Your Will" button to start the completely free process of writing your legal Will. Including a gift to Animal Allies is a powerful way to help save animals' lives for generations to come.


Tax Information

Legal Name: Animal Allies Humane Society, Inc.
Administrative Address: Development Department,

4006 Airport Road, Duluth, MN 55811
Tax ID #: 41-0917362
Type of organization: 501(c)(3)

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