your crhs. Your legacy.

Since our establishment in 1971, our mission has been and continues to be to actively promote the humane treatment of animals and positive human-animal relationships. We strive to be a resource to our community and a go-to place to learn about animal care, welfare, ethics, and treatment

We value animals of any and every kind. It is our promise that we will never turn a companion animal in La Crosse County away, regardless of its circumstance. As a resource to our community, we value transparency and we promise to remain open and honest about what it is we do here at the Coulee Region Humane Society. We value love, we value life, and we value community.

Even a modest gift can make an enormous difference to the animals in our care now and for years to come. By planning a future gift to the Coulee Region Humane Society through your will, trust or other financial plan, you’re directly saving lives now and into the future.

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Did you know?

If your wishes are not clearly stated in a will, trust, or other estate planning document, your property and finances are settled according to state laws – regardless of whether or not they coincide with your wishes.

First and foremost, you should ensure that your loved ones are cared for in the event you are no longer with them – this includes your pets. But, are you aware that you can also leave a portion of your estate to a charitable organization such as CRHS?

With a Planned gift you have the ability to…

  • Make a larger gift than you thought possible.

  • Leave a legacy without giving up assets.

  • Take care of the financial needs of your family first.

  • Provide inheritances for your heirs at a lower tax cost.

 
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As someone who loves animals you can…

  • Play a key role in the future of CRHS and the future of the thousands of animals that come into our care annually.

  • Further support CRHS as a community resource by helping us to continue offering programs at little to no cost including dog training, Pet Therapy, Humane Education, and lost and found pet assistance.

  • Strengthen our ability to provide veterinary care, vaccinations, food, and shelter for animals that come through our doors.

  • Allow us to continue promoting spay/neuter programs in hopes of lessening the issues associated with unwanted animals.

What are my options?

There are many options available to you to leave an important legacy with CRHS. Some individuals choose to designate a gift to be used for a specific purpose, such as animal care, education, wildlife rehabilitation, shelter animal medical, or shelter animal spay and neuter. Consult with your attorney and financial advisor regarding your specific circumstances.

  • Bequest: A donation made through a will or trust that typically states a specific dollar amount or percentage of your estate to be left to CRHS or charities of your choice. Your donation is exempt from federal estate tax and allows you use and control of your assets for your lifetime.

  • Retirement Accounts: You can name CRHS as a beneficiary on your retirement accounts such as 401k, traditional or Roth IRAs, or other bank or investment accounts. This allows the portion of the funds you designate to transfer directly to CRHS upon your death.

  • Memorials: Memorial gifts can be directed to CRHS. Often donors will clearly identify to their loved ones a charity or charities to which memorials can be directed. A memorial can also be made to a companion animal, whether yours or a loved one or friend’s.

  • Life Insurance: a couple of options are:

    • Leaving a policy that’s completely paid for and receive a tax deduction for the fair market value while allowing CRHS to also benefit.

    • Purchasing a life insurance policy and naming CRHS as the irrevocable owner and beneficiary.

Take These Steps When Making a Planned Gift

1. We would appreciate it if you notified CRHS to aide your planning, but it is not required. You can also call our financial advisors at Trust Point, (608) 782-1148 who can provide advice on language for bequests or how to structure specific gifts.

2. Contact your attorney or financial advisor as they can help you determine what type of gift will suit your personal and financial circumstances best. Let them know you are contemplating a planned gift to the Coulee Region Humane Society.

3. Be sure to inform your family and friends of your plans and personal wishes in regards to your legacy gifts as well as addressing family needs.

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If you are considering leaving a gift and would like more information or to discuss your options please contact our Executive Director — Heather Hankins (608) 781-4014 Heather. Hankins@couleehumane.com