Planned Giving

By making a planned gift through your will or estate plan to the Washington Animal Rescue League, you are extending your commitment to the animals of our community beyond your own lifetime. Such a gift to the League will help ensure the future of our organization and the many services we provide to the neediest animals of the Washington metropolitan area. If you would like to learn more about us and how your planned gift can help our animals, please contact the Development Office at 202-375-7756 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) if you have any questions. We have experienced staff who can help you with your questions.

The League’s tax identification number is 53-0162440.

1914 Society

Individuals who wish to provide information about their planned gift to the League are honored through membership in our 1914 Society. 1914 Society members are recognized in our annual report and are invited to our annual 1914 Society reception.

The League now offers charitable gift annuities!

Residents of retirement age in the District, Maryland and Virginia can now obtain a gift annuity through the League.  With a minimum donation of $10,000, you can help us help thousands of animals while obtaining a fixed, lifetime, partially tax-free income for yourself. Click here for a charitable gift annuities fact sheet. Gift annuities from the League may be available to residents of other states, as well; please check with us. 

The League adheres to rates suggested by the American Council on Gift Annuities (ACGA). Click here for a gift annuity chart provided by the ACGA.

Contact us today! Your personalized annuity scenario can be developed in only mintues!


There are many ways to support the League’s community animal care programs with an estate gift. Helping cats, dogs, and low-income pet owners in the future is a wonderful legacy!

Our fact sheet on Major and Planned Gifts provides a general overview of different options for making a gift.

We also offer you a series of detailed fact sheets about different forms of giving:

Beneficiary Designations discusses the advantages of donating through a qualified retirement plan, such as an IRA, 401k, 403b, Keogh plan, pension, etc.

Bequests and Legacy Gifts discusses different ways to give through a will and provides sample language for your estate planning document.

Charitable Gift Annuities discusses this popular, life income vehicle that the League currently offers to residents of the District, Maryland and Virginia.

Charitable Remainder and Lead Trusts discusses ways to place a significant amount of assets into an income-producing vehicle for you and/or a loved one(s).

Comparison of Life Income Gifts discusses the differences between donating with a charitable gift annuity and a charitable remainder trust.

Gifts of Closely Held Business Interests discusses ways to donate privately held stock.

Gifts of Life Insurance Policies discusses three different ways to donate life insurance, including insurance offered by an employer.

IRA Rollover Gifts discusses a tax-saving opportunity for donors age 70½ or older to make charitable donations directly from their IRAs. 

Gifts of Stock and Other Securities discusses different ways to donate these assets, e.g., an outright current gift, gift to fund a charitable gift annuity, and a testamentary gift.

Real Estate Gifts discusses different ways to donate a home, e.g., outright current gift, testamentary gift, gift to fund a life income vehicle, retained life estate, and charitable bargain sale.

Retained Life Estate Gifts discusses ways to donate a personal residence while retaining the right to live there for a particular period of time.

Please feel free to contact us anytime with your questions about a major or planned gift. We are happy to help you in any way and welcome your inquiries about these complex topics. Members of our staff are experienced with these forms of giving and would be delighted to assist you. All conversations are confidential and without obligation.

Protect Your Pet with Your Estate Plans

Responsible pet owners always want to ensure the needs of their companion animals are met and while we may not like to think about a time when we cannot provide proper care for our beloved dogs and cats, responsible pet owners also need to think about providing for pets in their estate plans.  Our animal friends are dependent on us to ensure that their well-being is arranged and handled effectively.

The Washington Animal Rescue League now offers two new fact sheets on this topic.  The first is a general discussion on the subject.  The second focuses on setting up legal entities known as pet trusts.  These trusts are now permitted in the District, Maryland, and Virginia—the three states constituting the League’s primary service area—as well as many other states.  The fact sheet on pet trusts was kindly developed by Virginia attorney Patience Alexander, JD, MBA, LLM (Tax), as a pro bono favor to the League.

These fact sheets are appropriate for both lay people and professionals.  Please share them with your attorney and other pet owners you know.

Providing for Your Pets’ Care When You Can No Longer Care for Them

Pet Trusts

Guardian Angels Program

Many of us worry about what might happen to our companion animals should we become unable to care for them. We may not know anyone who is willing and able to provide a good alternative home for our beloved canine and feline family members. Now, the Washington Animal Rescue League’s Guardian Angels program can help by finding new caretakers for the pets of donors who are either incapacitated or deceased. For more information, please visit

Please feel free to contact the Development Office at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or 202-375-7756 for further information.

Nothing in the foregoing Planned Giving section of this Web site is offered as legal advice or should be taken that way. Rather, this section is designed to provide only the most general outline of potential options available to would-be planned givers. If you wish to make a planned gift, you should consult an attorney to evaluate your individual circumstances and to develop any needed will and/or estate plan. 

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