A Lifesaving Legacy

You’ve devoted your life to loving and caring for animals. Now consider a gift that will sustain Second Chance’s life-saving mission–and help generations of animals–long after you’re gone.

What is a Planned Gift?

Thanks to generous support from friends like you, Second Chance Pet Adoptions has been able to rescue over 12,000 dogs and cats since 1987. Still, many animal lovers tell us they wish they could do more. With planned giving, you can!

Planned gifts, sometimes called legacy gifts, are estate planning tools people use to benefit their favorite charitable causes. Along with certain tax benefits, many planned gifts actually empower donors to give more than they ever thought possible, even while providing for family and loved ones. Best of all, planned gifts allow donors to establish a legacy that will live beyond them.

Gifts through your Will or Living Trust

A gift to Second Chance Pet Adoptions through your will or living trust is a powerful statement of your support for our mission to rescue the Triangle area’s stray or abandoned dogs and cats. Below you will find sample language that you can share with your Attorney or Estate Planner. Simply include this language in your estate document and you can be assured that you played a major role in the rescue, rehabilitation, and adoption of needy animals:

“I give to Second Chance Pet Adoptions, Inc., Federal I.D. No. 56-1671883, 6003 Chapel Hill Rd., Ste. 133, Raleigh, NC, 27607, (the sum of $______) [OR] (___ % of the residue of my estate/trust), to be used for its general purposes.”

Gifts through Retirement Plan Beneficiary Designations

Naming Second Chance Pet Adoptions as the beneficiary of all or a portion of your retirement plan is a simple and smart way to help our needy animals. Simply designate Second Chance Pet Adoptions as beneficiary or contingent beneficiary of an IRA, 401(k), 403(b), Keogh account, or other qualified retirement plan. Upon your death, the designated portion of the unused balance in your account will be transferred to Second Chance.

When a retirement account is left to a charity, the organization does not pay the income tax (or, if applicable, estate taxes) that might otherwise be due if left to an individual beneficiary. Making a gift requires merely completing a change of beneficiary form, which may be obtained from the plan administrator. Here is the information you need to name Second Chance as your beneficiary:

Second Chance Pet Adoptions, Inc.
6003 Chapel Hill Rd., Ste. 133
Raleigh, NC 27607
Tax ID #56-1671883

Gifts through Life Insurance Plans

Life insurance gifts are one of the best ways to amplify the amount you can donate to save needy dogs and cats through Second Chance Pet Adoptions. Simply take out an insurance policy and name Second Chance as either the primary or contingent beneficiary. When you pass away, the benefit Second Chance will receive will often far surpass the amount you paid in premiums.

To make a life insurance gift, complete a Change of Beneficiary Form with your insurance company. To include Second Chance as a beneficiary of a life insurance plan, use the following information when filling out the beneficiary designation form:

Second Chance Pet Adoptions, Inc.
6003 Chapel Hill Rd., Ste. 133
Raleigh, NC 27607
Tax ID #56-1671883

Transfer on Death Accounts

You can support the animals by naming Second Chance the beneficiary of a “transfer on death” bank or stock account. In almost all states, it is possible to own a bank or brokerage account in your name with the provision that on your death it will be transferred to Second Chance. These are often called “transfer on death” or “pay on death” accounts or Totten trusts.

If you choose to make Second Chance the beneficiary of a TOD account, you have complete control over the accounts during your lifetime. Here is the information you will need to establish a transfer on death account with your bank or broker:

Second Chance Pet Adoptions, Inc.
6003 Chapel Hill Rd., Ste. 133
Raleigh, NC 27607
Tax ID #56-1671883

For more information or to let us know if you have already included Second Chance in your estate plans, please contact us at rachel@secondchancenc.org. All inquiries will be kept strictly confidential and will imply no obligation to make a gift.

Nothing in the Planned Giving section of this site should be construed as legal advice. Please contact your attorney or financial adviser to help you decide what is best for your personal situation.