Give

Ways to Give

It doesn’t matter how you give, it only matters that you do! Your gift helps the Humane Society of Sonoma County provide a safe haven for animals right here in our community. With your support, every animal can have a bright and loving future!

Are you interested in donating a car, truck, van, RV, trailer, motorcycle, boat, or personal watercraft to benefit the animals of the Humane Society of Sonoma County? Please call our friends at Car Donation Services (CDS) at 888.686.4483. Vehicles running or not can be donated. Thank you!

Give a gift to a family member or friend with a special tribute. Your gift in their name will help us save lives and give hope to animals in need. We will send a card to the recipient in honor or memory of a special person or pet. Gifts can be for birthdays, holidays, in memory of a lost pet or… just because.

Give a tribute today by donating online!

For more information or to phone in your memoriam/honorarium, please call Rebecca Baker at 707.577.1903, or email rbaker@humanesocietysoco.org

Our event sponsors help cover the costs of our major annual fundraisers —Wags, Whiskers & Wine, Give Me Shelter, and The Human Race. Together these events raise over $200,000 and directly impact the level of care we are able to provide for animals in need. Our sponsors help ensure that every penny raised at our events goes directly to the animals we serve.

Wags, Whiskers & Wine is our premier fundraising gala. Held every August, Wags, Whiskers & Wine brings over 300 animal lovers together to enjoy a catered dinner, fine wines and ales, along with fabulous auctions, entertainment and fun with the animals from the Humane Society of Sonoma County. Ticket sales, along with live and silent auction proceeds, help to benefit our shelter animals. Click here to see photos from our 2018 gala!

Give Me Shelter is our event that specifically benefits our Healdsburg shelter. The first event, held in 2016 at the Krug Center, helped raise needed dollars to begin operations at the shelter. Check back for our 2019 date!

The Human Race takes place each spring and is the largest community fundraiser of its kind. Sponsors help us produce our “Watering Hole & Snack Bar(k)” booth at the race and ensure that all of our fundraising dollars go directly to the animals under our care (instead of to event materials). Want to be part of our Human Race team? Please contact Jena at jhunt-abraham@humanesocietysoco.org

For those of us who love animals, what more meaningful legacy could we leave than a gift which ensures compassionate care for animals in need? Planned gifts to the Humane Society of Sonoma County, such as a bequest in your will or trust, help to secure the future of our donor-supported safe haven for animals. Every gift, large and small, makes a significant difference to the animals – and you have a wide range of options, many of which offer significant tax benefits. As you work with your attorney, estate planner or financial advisor, consider making a charitable contribution to the Humane Society of Sonoma County in one of the following ways.

Bequest

A designated gift in your will or living trust is perhaps the simplest form of planned giving and the vehicle most commonly used.

Charitable Remainder Trust

A gift of assets establishes a trust and names the Humane Society of Sonoma County as ultimate beneficiary. You receive valuable tax benefits during your lifetime and retain for life the income generated from the assets given to the trust.

Donor Advised Fund

A giving vehicle established with a community foundation or charitable branch of an investment firm, you may contribute to your DAF as often as you like, receive immediate tax benefits and recommend grants from your fund to HSSC over time.

Gift of Stock

With a transfer of appreciated stock to HSSC, you receive a charitable deduction based on market price and avoid capital gains tax.

Retirement Account Required Minimum Distribution

A charitable gift to HSSC directly from your retirement account helps you fulfill your RMD and achieve associated tax benefits while supporting the animals.

Retirement Accounts

Designating the Humane Society of Sonoma County as a beneficiary is an excellent way for you to make a gift to the Humane Society, using an asset that otherwise might be heavily taxed.

Real Estate Gift

You may irrevocably transfer the ownership of a home or farm to the Humane Society of Sonoma County, retain the right to occupy the premises for the rest of your life and receive an immediate charitable tax deduction.

Life Insurance

Donating an existing life insurance policy can offer you a charitable income tax deduction.

 

Thank you so much for your interest in planned giving to benefit HSSC and help us save more animals! For more information, please contact Priscilla Locke, Director of Development & Marketing, 707.577.1911, plocke@humanescoietysoco.org.

Humane Society of Sonoma County Donor Privacy Policy

Our Commitment to Our Donors

We will not sell, share or trade our donors’ names or personal information with any other entity, nor send mailings to our donors on behalf of other organizations.

This policy applies to all information received by the Humane Society of Sonoma County, both online and offline, on any Platform (“Platform”, includes the Humane Society of Sonoma County’s website), as well as any electronic, written or oral communications.

To the extent any donations are processed through a third-party service provider, our donors’ information will only be used for purposes necessary to process the donation.