While many—or even most—of us have a bank account, this asset is often overlooked when planning a gift to charity. You may have the option to leave instructions with your bank or investment institution naming a beneficiary to receive your account upon your passing. These are sometimes known as "payable on death" or "transfer on death" accounts.
You retain complete control over the funds or assets in the account while you are living. This allows you to retain full ownership and use of your money during your lifetime; anything left over when you pass away goes to help the animals the ASPCA serves.
You do not have to change your will or work with an attorney or an accountant, and there are no fees to arrange such a gift. This arrangement is also revocable; you could decide later to change your pay on death beneficiary to a family member, friend or other entity.
All you have to do is complete a form provided by your bank or financial institution. This is some information your bank might need:
The ASPCA’s full name: American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Ouraddress: 424 East 92nd Street, New York, NY 10128 Our Federal Tax ID #: 13-1623829
The material presented on this website is intended as general educational information on the topics discussed herein and should not be interpreted as legal, financial or tax advice. Please seek the specific advice of your tax advisor, attorney and/or financial planner to discuss the application of these topics to your individual situation.
2014 was a record-breaking year for the ASPCA. We shut down dog fighting rings and puppy mills, helped pass groundbreaking legislation and found more homes for animals than ever before. We’re so excited to save even more lives in 2015, and we hope you are, too. If you’ve resolved to help our furry friends, we’ve got an easy way to do it: Join our compassionate group of monthly givers, ASPCA Guardians.
Guardians are very important to the ASPCA. In fact, they’re the backbone that sustains our work. And these generous folks are more than just kind, they’re also practical thinkers: They know that giving monthly allows us to spend less time fundraising and more time rescuing animals. And in the end, that’s what it’s all about.
Ready to make 12 gifts in 12 months to save lives? Here’s all you have to do to become an ASPCA Guardian:
Here at the ASPCA, we’ve hit the ground running in 2015. But as we move forward, we’d like to take a look back at some of the benchmarks we set in 2014. “We saved and protected an extraordinary number of animals in 2014, but couldn’t have done it without the backing of our supporters,” says ASPCA President and CEO, Matt Bershadker. “It inspires us to continue working hard to help even more animals, people and communities in the coming year and beyond.”
From coast to coast, we helped more animals than ever before. Here are a few of the highlights:
As we head into 2015, many of us are setting goals for the year ahead. But as you write out your New Year’s resolutions, it’s important to keep your pets in mind as well!
Here are a few of our tips for making 2015 a happy and healthy year for your furry friends:
Schedule a check-up: Now is the perfect time to pay a visit to your veterinarian. Annual veterinary exams will help ensure that your pet is up-to-date on the latest vaccinations and flea/heartworm medications. It will also help avoid preventable health problems like diabetes and arthritis. If it’s been a year or more since your pet has seen the vet, make an appointment today!
Take a hike: If you plan to focus on fitness this year, be sure to incorporate your pets! We think taking a stroll through your neighborhood or an afternoon hike is always more exciting when you bring your furry friends along. Adult dogs need at least 30 minutes of exercise twice a day—jogging, playing fetch, and swimming are all great options. Keep your feline friends in shape with rousing play sessions and fun furry toys.
Glamorous grooming: Now that the hectic holiday season has come to a close, consider giving your pet’s fur, teeth, nails and ears some extra attention in the New Year. Resolve to brush your pet every day and check their teeth, nails and ears at least once a week. Routine care is important for your pet’s health and hygiene, and it has the added bonus of making them feel happy, clean and loved.
IDs, please: It’s important for all pets—even the ones who live indoors—to wear an ID tag. January is a good time to make sure that all their information is up-to-date, or to invest in tags if you haven’t already. Implanted microchips are also a smart option.
Lend a hand to pets in need: If you’re dedicated to helping animals in need this year, we hope you’ll join us and resolve to become an ASPCA Guardian. For just 60 cents a day, you can make a huge impact on countless lives in 2015.
Are you setting any New Year’s resolutions for yourself or for your pets? We’d love to hear them! Please share in the comments.