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Leave a Legacy

You love animals – their compassion and loyalty – and you know how important it is to support the animals in our care. With thoughtful gift planning, you can continue to make a difference for the animals at the Humane Society for Southwest Washington after your lifetime. When you make HSSW part of your estate plan you join the St. Francis Circle, a group of dedicated donors committed to providing for the animals and HSSW after they pass away. 

At HSSW we know pets are part of your family. We know that ensuring they are cared for after you pass is important to your peace of mind. Click to learn more about our Home Again Pet Guardian Program.

Some of the ways to support HSSW with planned gifts include: 

Retirement Accounts
Appreciated Securities
Life Insurance

If you are considering becoming a St. Francis Circle member, the essential HSSW information you will want to give your attorney is as follows:

Name: Humane Society for Southwest Washington
Address: 1100 NE 192nd Ave., Vancouver, WA 98684
Phone and Fax: 360.693.4746 / 360.693.2338
Tax ID: 91-0759124
Contact:  Brittany Gosselin, Legacy & Major Gifts Officer at 360.281.7826 or [email protected]

Do you need help with your estate planning? 
Don't give up! We can help. The Humane Society has created a helpful planning packet and offers professional assistance designed to guide you through critical questions so you can ‘Leave A Legacy’ that accomplishes your goals and wishes.

Get In Touch
Questions? Want to learn more about the many ways to support HSSW with your planned gift, see below. To request a packet or to speak with someone about joining the St. Francis Circle contact:

Brittany Gosselin
Legacy & Major Gifts Officer
[email protected]


A bequest is a gift made to the Humane Society for Southwest Washington through your will and is a simple way to make a significant gift to the animals.

Bequests can be for a specific dollar amount or for a percentage of your estate. You can also provide a contingent bequest, which would be honored only if other beneficiaries predecease you. Your estate will receive an estate tax charitable deduction for the full amount of your cash bequest to HSSW or for the fair market value of other donated assets.

For examples of sample bequest language, click here

Retirement Accounts

Did you know that 60-70% of your retirement assets may be taxed if you leave them to your heirs at your death?

Naming the Humane Society for Southwest Washington as a beneficiary of your IRA or other qualified retirement is easy to do. Simply request a change of beneficiary form from your retirement plan administrator.

Rest assured that you will maintain complete control over the asset while you are living, and upon your death the plan passes to the HSSW free of probate and both estate and income taxes.

Appreciated Securities

A popular alternative to a cash gift is a gift of appreciated securities. Such gifts generate a double tax benefit. In addition to receiving an income tax charitable deduction for the full market value of the securities, the donor escapes potential capital gains taxes. In order to qualify for this double tax benefit, the property must have been held for more than one year.

Life Insurance

A gift of your life insurance policy is an excellent way to support the Humane Society for Southwest Washington. If you have a life insurance policy that has outlasted its original purpose, consider making a gift of your insurance policy to support the dogs and cats in our care. 

Questions? Contact us!

Donor Spotlight

Chuck can’t remember a time when he wasn’t an animal lover. He has included the HSSW in his estate plan, is a monthly donor, and a volunteer! During his planning Chuck used our estate planning packet and worked with our professional advisor to help him develop his plan and prepare documents before he visited his estate planning attorney. Learn more about Chuck.