Do the Most Good Possible with Your Bequest
One of the best ways that you can leave a legacy of compassion and create effective change for years to come is to leave a gift for animals in your will or living trust. Your gift to or through Animal Charity Evaluators (ACE) will be used to reduce as much suffering as possible, as effectively as possible, at the time it is received.
Leave a legacy gift to Animal Charity Evaluators
You value our research and efforts to promote effectiveness in the animal advocacy movement, and you want to see this work continue well into the future. By leaving a legacy gift for ACE, you will ensure that the pursuit of effective methods in animal advocacy will continue, and that your gift will have a wide-reaching impact by influencing others to support effective animal charities.
You support ACE’s work to promote effective giving and advocacy research, and to use evidence to identify high-impact ways to reduce animal suffering. Your legacy gift to ACE will be used to develop programs that further our mission and fund continued research.
You can leave a bequest through your will or living trust by designating a specific dollar amount or asset, selecting a percentage of your estate, or leaving the “rest and residue” of your estate (after your gifts to loved ones have been made) to ACE.
You may leave an unrestricted gift to ACE to support our general programs and operations, or you may leave a restricted gift to ACE to support a particular program that is most important to you. An unrestricted gift will permit us to use your donation in the best way we see fit to create impact. However, if there is a particular program that is most important to you, and that aligns with our philosophical commitments, a restricted gift will ensure that your contribution will accomplish your particular goals for effective animal advocacy research and promotion.
Suggested language for unrestricted gift:
“I, [name], of [city, state ZIP], give, devise and bequeath to Animal Charity Evaluators, federal tax identification number 36-4684978, the sum of $_______ [or description of the real or personal property, percentage of your estate, or rest and residue of your estate] for their unrestricted use.”
If you would like to leave a restricted gift for ACE, we recommend that you discuss your wishes and review options with ACE’s Director of Philanthropy, Heather Herrell.
Leave a legacy gift to our Top and Standout Charities
You value ACE’s annual charity recommendations, and want to support these research-backed effective charities with a legacy gift, but know that our recommendations may be different when your bequest is realized. By leaving your bequest to ACE’s Recommended Charity Fund, your legacy gift will be distributed to the Top and Standout Charities that are recommended at the time your gift is received and according to their funding needs.
Leave a legacy gift supporting a diverse set of promising animal charities and programs
If you want your legacy gift to support a wide range of promising advocacy interventions but are unsure of which specific organizations to designate in your will or living trust, you may want to consider leaving your gift to ACE’s Effective Animal Advocacy Fund.
ACE created this Fund for three main reasons. First, we believe that the movement should continue to fund a wide range of approaches because a broad, pluralistic animal advocacy movement will be more impactful overall than a narrow, monistic animal advocacy movement. Second, we believe that we should continue to support a broad range of interventions given that there is little available evidence supporting the effectiveness of any given one. Third, we believe that building relationships with a large group of individuals and charities will make our own work more effective by providing us with new information to consider and new individuals and groups with which to collaborate.
Contributions to this Fund will be distributed after reviewing eligible applicants for funding, based upon what our research indicates looks promising at that time. This means that a wider scope of charities outside those who have undergone our formal evaluation process may be considered for funding, in addition to our current Top and Standout Charities.
To discuss leaving a personalized legacy gift with ACE, please contact ACE’s Director of Philanthropy Heather Herrell, or submit your name and preferred contact information here. We will be in touch with you shortly.
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