Planned Giving

Planned Giving

Create a legacy with us by becoming part of the Elsie Seeger Barton Society and support our founder’s vision by including us in your will or estate plans.

Your commitment will show a tremendous final gesture of support for our mission and will ensure the care and protection of many animals in years to come. Planned gifts are an investment in the future of the Baltimore Humane Society, solidifying our financial position and creating a legacy for generations to come.

Planned or deferred gifts offer you ways to minimize your estate taxes and ensure that your gift has the maximum desired impact. Gifts may be made in lifetime or at death as part of your overall financial and/or estate planning. These include gifts of equity, life insurance, real estate, personal property, or cash. Planned giving can often help you make larger charitable gifts than you could make from ordinary income.

Three Types of Planned Giving

  • Outright gifts that use appreciated assets as a substitute for cash
  • Gifts that return income or other financial benefits to the donor in return for the contribution
  • Gifts payable upon the donor’s death

If you are interested in planned giving, please contact Lisa Poland at 410-833-8848 x202 or via email at to arrange a visit to our campus.


A bequest is a gift of your personal property upon your passing to a person or entity by means of a will or trust. Gifts of this sort can often reduce estate taxes.

Making a Bequest

Here’s something you can share with your attorney:

I hereby give, devise and bequeath to Baltimore Humane Society, with offices at 1601 Nicodemus Road, Reisterstown, MD, federal tax ID # 52-0623165, or its successors in interest, the sum in $(amount written out), exclusive of my lifetime donations, if any, for use in its most urgent priorities as determined by its board of trustees in their sole discretion.

Your attorney can change this to a percentage of your estate, rather than a fixed amount, if you prefer.

Life Insurance

Help the animals by donating your life insurance policy, selling it in a life settlement and gifting the proceed, or donating your dividends.

IRA Beneficiary

You can also include Baltimore Humane Society as a beneficiary or contingent beneficiary in your IRA. You can designate all or a portion of your IRA to help our homeless pets. A simple call to your financial advisor is all that it takes to add Baltimore Humane Society as a beneficiary to your account.

Your traditional IRA will have an age required mandatory distribution (RMD). This distribution is non-taxable regardless of how large. Check with your advisor about donating that distribution to Baltimore Humane Society.

Federal Tax Identification Number
  • EIN
  • We are a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit charitable organization.
Get More Information

It is essential that you contact a tax advisor or trusts and estates attorney so that you set up your bequest properly and you take proper advantage of tax laws. Be sure to use the proper name for our organization, Baltimore Humane Society.

Contact Baltimore Humane Society

Please contact us at 410-833-8848 x212 for more information about leaving a legacy to homeless animals through a gift in your estate plans.

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Gifts of Stock

Help our animals with a donation of stock or mutual funds.

Please contact your financial advisor about how best to make the transfer of stock and/or mutual funds.

If you have questions for the Baltimore Humane Society, please contact us at 410-833-8848 x212