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 rigorous charity evaluations 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 your gift will have a wide-reaching impact by influencing others to support effective charities that are helping the most animals.
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 invested in furthering our mission to help people help animals.
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 operations, which include our Charity Evaluations and grantmaking, or you may leave a restricted gift to ACE to support a particular program. An unrestricted gift will permit us to use your donation in the best way we see fit to create positive impact for animals. However, if a particular program is most important to you, and aligns with our philosophical commitments, a restricted gift will ensure that your contribution will accomplish your particular goals for effective animal advocacy.
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 Development Director, Heather Herrell.
Leave a legacy gift to our Recommended Charity Fund
You value ACE’s annual charity recommendations, and want to support these effective, research-backed charities with a legacy gift, but you 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 our Recommended Charities at the time your gift is received and according to their funding needs.
Leave a legacy gift to our Effective Animal Legacy Fund
If you want your legacy gift to help as many animals as possible—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 Legacy Fund. Contributions to this fund will be distributed to our Recommended Charities, and/or other promising charities or programs that our research indicates will do the most possible good at the time of distribution—which may include ACE’s own research. This fund will support those working efficiently and effectively to help reduce animal suffering, and its disbursement will be determined annually by ACE’s Programs team.
We will do our best to ensure that your personal goals for reducing animal suffering are being met. If there is a particular cause or intervention that is most important to you—and that aligns with ACE’s philosophical commitments—please let us know when you send a copy of your bequest language. We will keep your request on file to assist us in making the decisions that will most effectively achieve your goals.
To discuss leaving a personalized legacy gift with ACE, please contact ACE’s Development Director Heather Herrell, or submit your name and preferred contact information here. We will be in touch with you shortly.
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