Last year, nearly 6,500 animals found their way to Capital Humane Society. Some were lost, some were injured and some were simply no longer wanted. With two locations to better serve the animals, we need your help. With two buildings comes more lives saved, but also higher expenses. Your financial contribution helps us reunite lost animals with their families, provide foster care for those that need it, veterinary care, spay/neuter and microchips, and assists in our efforts to find new homes for the animals in our adoption program.
Your generous gift will help offset our costs of helping the animals, we are grateful to all of our donors for making our work possible. Below you will find the many ways to donate to Capital Humane Society.
Every single dollar makes a difference for the animals in our care. Make a one-time donation by using the "Donate Now" button at the top of your screen.
Become A Monthly Donor
The costs to spay/neuter, microchip and vaccinate an animal far exceed the adoption fee. A monthly credit card donation program helps care for the animals that come through our doors.
Each tribute gift in memory or honor of a pet or a loved one, or just to celebrate the holidays, a birthday, graduation, wedding, retirement, anniversary or milestone life event, helps Capital Humane Society achieve our mission of saving thousands of animal lives every year. A certificate will be sent via mail to the recipient of the gift and will acknowledge the gift made to the shelter.
Making a planned gift to Capital Humane Society is a meaningful way to carry forward your compassion and concern for animals. Additionally, this type of giving may help you achieve specific financial goals, such as reducing or eliminating certain tax liability.
Perhaps the most straightforward planned giving option is to make a bequest in your will. Regardless of your age or financial status, a will is essential to ensure that your property is distributed according to your wishes instead of the arbitrary laws of the state in which you live. For questions about giving to Capital Humane Society, consult your tax adviser first.
Naming Capital Humane Society as a Beneficiary
If you have a life insurance policy that is no longer needed to provide for dependents, consider making Capital Humane Society the beneficiary. This may enable you to make a significant gift to the shelter without using any of your estate's capital. A further option is to make Capital Humane Society both the beneficiary and owner of a paid-up policy. Doing so will earn you an immediate tax deduction equal to the policy's cash value.
Some assets, such as IRAs, Keogh Plans, and other qualified retirement plans, do not pass directly through your will and require you to name a beneficiary. Consider making the shelter a full or partial beneficiary. Such plans can be excellent choices for charitable gifting because they are taxed more heavily than other assets—sometimes greater than 60 percent.
A relatively easy planned giving option is to buy a Certificate of Deposit (CD) at your local bank and name the shelter as the beneficiary, payable-on-death. The CD can remain on deposit earning interest until the holder's death, then Capital Humane Society would receive its value. For questions about giving to Capital Humane Society, consult your attorney or tax adviser first.
Charitable Remainder Trusts
A charitable remainder trust is one of the more complex estate planning options but provides the donor greater flexibility. CRT's can be a very good choice for those who own significantly appreciated assets (such as rental property, stocks, mutual funds and farm land) and want to receive income for life. For questions about giving to Capital Humane Society, consult your attorney or tax adviser first.
Charitable Lead Trusts
This type of trust is opposite of the Charitable Remainder Trust. The donor agrees to give an asset to Capital Humane Society for a set number of years. At the end of the term, the asset is then transferred to specified family members at a reduced gift and estate tax rate. A Charitable Lead Trust may make sense for donors who exceeded the annual limits on income tax deduction for charitable gifts. For questions about giving to Capital Humane Society, consult your attorney or tax adviser first.
Donating Stocks, Bonds, and Securities
If you're looking for a way to help the animals, while also achieving specific tax benefits, donating stocks, bonds, and/or mutual funds might be right for you. For questions about giving to Capital Humane Society, consult your attorney or tax adviser first.
Gifts of Property/Real Estate
Gifts of appreciated property can be given to the shelter through a donor's will or living trust. The donor would receive an estate tax charitable deduction for the full value of the property. For questions about giving to Capital Humane Society, consult your attorney or tax adviser first.
Successor Interest of a Contract
Perhaps you're receiving payments from the sale of a business or real estate or are receiving royalties? You may be able to designate Capital Humane Society as the successor interest to receive any payments that continue after your death. For questions about giving to Capital Humane Society, consult your attorney or tax adviser first.
Participate in Workplace Giving Campaigns
Many employers sponsor annual workplace giving campaigns through which employees can elect to make a donation to selected charities. Encourage your employer to participate in such a campaign and see if the shelter is a possible choice. What a convenient way to help the animals and show community support!
If you have any questions, or would like to have Capital Humane Society attend your company's Workplace Giving Fair, contact:
Participate in Matching Programs
Matching gifts are an easy way to double (sometimes even triple!) a charitable contribution. Thousands of U.S. companies and corporate foundations match their employees' gifts to nonprofit organizations, such as Capital Humane Society. Encourage your company to add this fun benefit and join several local organizations supporting non-profits in your community.
If your company offers a matching gift program:
1. Contact the personnel officer.
2. Request your company's matching gift form.
3. Complete the matching gift form and send it in along with your donation to the shelter.
Volunteer Incentive Program
Many companies encourage their employees to be volunteers. Some companies will allow employees to volunteer a certain number of hours. After the employee has completed those volunteer hours, the company will send a specified amount to that non-profit. Other companies will give their employees a day off to go and volunteer at an organization. In return, the organization often receives a check for a specific amount.
Other Ways to Help
There are many ways your company can help the animals at Capital Humane Society.
Display a Capital Humane Society Donation Canister
Sponsoring a donation bank for Capital Humane Society at your business is an easy way to help the animals! Encourage your employer to display a shelter canister! Money collected can be picked up by a shelter staff person on a scheduled basis.
Participate in our “Round Up” program. Designate a 1-3 month period when you ask each customer to round up their purchase at the register. It’s great awareness for the organization and also benefits us financially. It’s also great PR for the business and promotes your community outreach.
*Wish list donation drive
*Jeans day fundraiser
*Office BBQ fundraiser
*School/Office bake sale
*Collect used cell phones
*Sell goodies at your workstation with proceeds going to the shelter
*Have a spa day with proceeds benefitting Capital Humane Society
*Pet photo or video contest fundraiser
*Sell pizzas or greenery to help the animals
*Collect aluminum cans
If you have questions on any of these opportunities, contact:
Through your support, we can ensure that all animals will receive the respect and care they deserve!