The Merryman Mills Legacy Society

Create a legacy that touches the lives of homeless pets by making a planned gift to CCHS. Many types of gifts allow you to fulfill your charitable intentions and some may result in immediate or future benefits for you. Please contact us at 344-7297 for more information.

Bequest Gifts

When you create your will, you can make a gift to Champaign County Humane Society to build a legacy of compassion for animals and protecting pets in need. We've partnered with an online resource called Free Will that helps you make or update your plans in just 20 minutes. This resource is free and accessible to use. Click here to get started today.

Have you already made a gift to CCHS in your will or trust?

All there is left to do is fill out this form so we can say "thank you" for helping ensure that no pets will ever be truly homeless in Champaign County.

Gifts of Non-Probate Assets

Non-probate assets such as an IRA, 401(k), and life-insurance policy are not covered in your will or turst. You must plan your beneficiaries for these assets separately. You can use this free online tool to easily designate Champaign County Humane Society as a beneficiary, promoting animal welfare for generations to come. Using this tool, you will receive instructions on how to set each asset up with your broker.

Gifts of Securities

The best stocks to donate are those that have increased greatly in value, particularly those producing a low yield. In order to preserve tax advantages, it is critical that you transfer the physical securities to CCHS rather than the proceeds from a sale.

Appreciated Securities

If you donate stock that has risen in value and that you've held for more than one year, you pay no capital gains tax on the transaction and are entitled to a charitable deduction for the full market value of the stock. (Your income tax deduction is limited to 30 percent of your adjusted gross income. Any excess can be carried forward for five additional years.) If you wish to continue investing in a specific stock, you could donate the stock to us and then use cash to purchase shares with the same company, thus increasing your cost basis to current fair market value.

Depreciated Securities

If you have stock losses, generally you should not make a gift of the depreciated stock. Instead, it is recommended that you sell the stock to realize the loss for tax purposes. You can then contribute the cash and take a charitable deduction.

Mutual Funds

A charitable contribution of mutual fund shares can provide the same tax advantages as a gift of appreciated stock. Due to the complexities involved in the transfer of mutual fund shares, we encourage you to begin the transfer process well before Dec. 31.

Gifts of Life Insurance

You can contribute a life insurance policy to CCHS by naming us either as the owner of the policy or as a beneficiary. If you name CCHS as owner and beneficiary, you will be entitled to an income tax deduction limited to the lower of the value of the policy or your cost basis in the contract. In addition, if you continue to pay premiums on a policy that we own, you can deduct the premium payments.

Life Income Gifts

Life income gifts allow you to receive an income as a result of making a charitable gift. Depending upon the plan you choose, the income can be fixed or variable, and can be for you or other beneficiaries you choose. For example, you might create a charitable remainder trust to pay income to you for life and contribute money, stock or property to it. Once placed in the trust, the assets can be sold (without capital gains tax) and the proceeds reinvested to produce a higher yield. Life income gifts entitle you to an immediate income tax deduction, which is based on the current value of your gift to us.

Gifts of Real Estate

If you own property that is not subject to a mortgage and has appreciated in value, a charitable gift may be an attractive option. You can claim an income tax deduction based upon the fair market value of the property, avoid all capital gains taxes and remove the asset from your taxable estate. Or, you can transfer your home or farm to us now and continue to use the property for life. Because of the complexities involved, we encourage you to contact us while working with your financial advisor.