Sustaining the Effort: Leaving a Legacy

ok-humane-logo-sqThe Central Oklahoma Humane Society has experienced such phenomenal growth in its short 6-year existence. We have adopted out more than 10,000 animals and performed almost 50,000 spay/neuters. With all of that activity, we must make sure that we can sustain our efforts.

We have grown from 2 employees and a handful of volunteers to 28 employees, 400 volunteers, and 200 foster parents. An organization this size requires significant resources. These resources come from you.

You should know that every dollar helps. Every old blanket or towel helps. Every gallon of bleach helps. Every hour of volunteer or foster effort helps. And all of it is greatly appreciated.

An organization this size runs on a budget of approximately $1.8 million/year. That sounds like a lot of money, and it is. However, to accomplish the aggressive goals that we have set, and achieved each and every year, requires substantial resources.The staff is very motivated to sustain these efforts. We conduct events to adopt animals and increase community awareness of the importance of animal welfare. We write grants to various organizations to help fund specific programs. We routinely send out letters and newsletters, keeping our support groups informed and providing a mechanism for continued support. We meet with hundreds of people every year to make sure that our message and our needs are being communicated.

Some people have chosen to leave a lasting legacy. They are members of our OK Humane Legacy Society. With some simple planning you can help ensure that OK Humane continues to save the lives of animals in the years to come.

Simple Ways to Give
  • Bequests: A transfer of property or cash to OK Humane in a will. The bequest may be for a specific amount or the residuary.
    Gift in will or living trust: you can provide now for a future gift to OK Humane by including a bequest provision in your will or revocable trust.
  • Beneficiary designations: Donors can complete beneficiary designation forms with their financial institution that specify who will receive the assets after their lifetime.
  • Retirement plans: You name OK Humane as a beneficiary of your 401K, IRA, or other qualified plan, after your lifetime. The gift is passed on to OK Humane tax-free.
  • Bank and Investment Accounts: You may have the option to leave instructions with your bank or investment institution naming a beneficiary to receive the contents of an account upon your passing. These are sometimes known as “payable on death” or “transfer on death” accounts.
  • Life insurance: You can name OK Humane as owner and as beneficiary. You can make annual donations to OK Humane to cover the premium payments. When the policy matures the proceeds are paid to OK Humane. Your premium contributions are tax deductible. You can make a significant gift from income instead of capital.

In most of these cases there are no fees associated with the transaction. And, as with any estate planning, you should consult your attorney and/or accountant when considering these options.

“I support OK Humane now and in my estate because this organization is making a huge ongoing impact for animals in Central Oklahoma. I know that the support I give to the organization goes to help local life-saving efforts and improves the overall quality of life in Oklahoma City. Becoming a Legacy Society Member is an honor and the right choice for me.”

– Sheryl Cotton, a proud member of the OK Humane Legacy Society

If animals are your passion, which they probably are since you’re reading this newsletter, you will want to make sure that your legacy ensures the health and safety of animals in Oklahoma for years to come.

If you would like to talk more about a legacy gift, contact Christy Counts, at 405-607-8991 or email at

As cousin Eddy says, “Clark, that’s the gift that keeps on givin”.