Legacy and Planned Giving

Leave a legacy of love. Join the Berkeley Humane Legacy Circle.


A little planning can provide a lot of peace of mind – ensuring the future care of your family, pets, and the causes important to you. Creating a living trust, will, or other legal document outlining your wishes is critical for a smooth process and to ensure your needs are met.


Berkeley Humane's partner, FreeWill, provides a fast and free online tool to help you plan your estate. Once your free will is complete, you may bring your results to an attorney to help you with the details and implementation.


Designating Berkeley Humane in your will, trust, or other charitable giving plans allows us to continue to provide lifesaving programs to thousands of animals for years to come. The Legacy Circle is our way of saying 'thank you' to those who help ensure a healthy financial future for Berkeley Humane's animals. Becoming a member of our Legacy Circle ensures that your values and love for animals will be long remembered. We encourage you to become a member of Berkeley Humane's Legacy Circle today. 


Below are a few tax-savvy options to support Berkeley Humane in your estate plan:

  • Make a gift of cash or appreciated securities to establish a charitable gift annuity.

  • Name Berkeley Humane as a beneficiary in your revocable living trust or will.

  • Name Berkeley Humane as a beneficiary of a life insurance policy or retirement account.

  • Name Berkeley Humane as a beneficiary of a your charitable lead trust or remainder trust.

If you plan to include Berkeley Humane in your estate, please notify us by completing and returning the Legacy Circle commitment form. You may provide as much or as little of the information as you feel comfortable.


If you are age 70½ or over, you may transfer up to $100,000 per year from your IRA directly to an eligible charity tax-free. Contact your financial advisor today to facilitate your tax-free IRA gift to Berkeley Humane


Legal Name:   Berkeley-East Bay Humane Society

Legal Address:  2700 Ninth Street, Berkeley, CA 94710

Federal Tax ID:  94-1347069

Organization Status:  501(c)(3) non-profit


Please consult your financial, tax, and/or legal advisors to determine the benefits of making a gift.

For general questions, please contact us at (510) 845-7735, ext 234.