How can I help animals when I no longer share their world?
Making a bequest to HSI is an uncomplicated way to continue to protect animals and the planet long into the future.
Your Will is much more than a legal document. It is your opportunity to make a statement about your beliefs and values and to leave a lasting legacy that will make a lasting difference for animals.
When you give such an important gift you want to be confident that it will be used to make a real difference on your behalf.
HSI offers you this promise:
We are efficient. We operate with low overheads to make certain that 85% of all donations go towards animal protection.
We are effective. We have saved millions of animals from exploitation and abuse and protected millions of hectares of critical wildlife habitat.
We are transparent. We are audited annually and financial reports are available here (link).
We are compassionate. We care deeply about animals and the environment. We share your passion and will use your generous gift towards the animals that need it most.
Your Will is one of the most important documents you will ever sign. It will have a lasting effect on your loved ones and the organisation(s) you wish to benefit. There are several different options you can choose from when you are making a charitable bequest and you should consider them carefully.
A residual bequest is a gift of whatever is left of your estate after all your other gifts, taxes and debts have been fulfilled. This is the type of bequest that is highly recommended as it allows you to decide exactly how much you want to leave to your loved ones, while leaving whatever is left over to HSI.
Typical bequests can include:
a percentage of the total value of your Estate;
a specific cash amount; and/or
a specific gift of say real estate, stocks, shares, bonds etc.
It is important that you seek legal advice when preparing your Will. You solicitor may find the following clause helpful in preparing your Will:
For residual bequests:
“I give and bequeath to Humane Society International Inc. (ABN 63 510 927 032), in aid of that organisation and for its general purposes, the rest and residue of my Estate, for which the receipt of the Treasurer or other officer shall be sufficient discharge to my Executor for the Bequest.”
For specific cash amounts (or real estate, stocks, shares, bonds etc):
“I give and bequeath the sum of $XXX (or whatever type of bequest you feel appropriate to your situation) to Humane Society International Inc. (ABN 63 510 927 032), in aid of that organisation and for its general purposes, the rest and residue of my Estate, for which the receipt of the Treasurer or other officer shall be sufficient discharge to my Executor for the Bequest.”
It is important to use HIS’s registered name, ABN and address:
Humane Society International Inc
ABN 63 510 927 032
Avalon NSW 2107
Bequests do not need to be large sums. Any amount can make a significant difference to our work and we are committed to respecting our donor’s wishes and honouring their legacy for animal protection.
If you would prefer to speak to someone in person or want additional information in writing please contact us at (02) 9973 1728 or 1800 333 737 or email at Admin@hsi.org.au