Planned Giving

Planned Giving

Protect What Matters

Planned giving from individuals and their estates play an essential role in ensuring that the thousands of homeless pets at Tails each year are able to receive much needed care and lifesaving treatment until they can find their forever homes.

Your generosity matters. Make the choice today to give to Tails Humane Society and help guarantee a future legacy of hope and compassion to homeless companion animals in need for many years to come. 

Begin Your Legacy With Us

To help you get started on your plans and legacy, you can use FreeWill, an online tool that guides you through the process of creating a legally valid will or trust. It’s easy to use, accessible online and can be completed in 20 minutes. You can use this resource on its own, use it to document your wishes before finalizing your plans with an attorney.

Non-Probate Assets

Do you have an IRA, 401(k), life-insurance policy, or any other assets not included in your will? If so, these are called non-probate assets and you must plan your beneficiaries for them separately. Use this online tool to make your plans and designate us as a beneficiary of one or more of these assets.

Stocks, Bonds and Mutual Funds

By donating appreciated stocks, bonds, and mutual fund shares that have been owned for more than one year, you can receive an income tax deduction for the fair market value of your gift. To make a stock gift to Tails Humane Society, please contact Michelle Groeper at or call 815-758-2457 ext 101.

You can download the form below and give to your financial advisor to help complete the necessary paperwork and easily donate stock to help the animals at Tails.

Please contact Michelle Groeper at or call 815-758-2457 ext 101 on or before the day you actually initiate the transfer with the following information, so that we may acknowledge you and record the gift appropriately:

  1. number of shares
  2. name and stock symbol of what you plan to transfer

The gift will be valued on the day the stock enters Tails Humane Society’s account.

Report a Gift in Your Will or Trust

Have you already included a gift in your will or trust? Please fill out this form to let us know! We would love to thank you for your generosity.

Not sure where to start? Questions can be directed to Michelle Groeper, 815-758-2457 ext 101 or by emailing