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For the Love of Eddy

Creating a Safe Haven for Today and Tomorrow

Lydia and Paul Stevens, along with their dog, Eddy, appreciate the care HSPPR provides animals and their community and are supporting the Humane Society with a gift in their estate plan.

Lydia and Paul Stevens, along with their dog, Eddy, appreciate the care HSPPR provides animals and their community and are supporting the Humane Society with a gift in their estate plan.

Paul and Lydia Stevens of Colorado Springs, Colorado, don't have children. Or do they? Consider Eddy, a Chihuahua-terrier mix who came into the Stevenses' lives about 18 months ago.

"We had plans to go to Las Vegas for my 80th birthday," Lydia recalls.

But then, they received a call from the Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region (HSPPR) saying that a young dog in poor health needed a home right away.

"So, we canceled the trip to Vegas," Lydia says.

Instead, baby gates were set up and a regimented feeding schedule was put into place—a scenario that will sound familiar to any parent. Today, Eddy is a healthy, happy little guy who keeps Paul and Lydia on their toes, just like a toddler.

"He likes to go out and pick our ripe tomatoes," Lydia chuckles.

"He digs up potatoes for you, too," Paul points out.

"He digs them up for himself!" Lydia answers. "He's very smart—smarter than we are, maybe."

The Stevenses are used to rearranging their lives around their four-legged children. Several stray dogs have waited for them on their doorstep, almost as if they knew they'd be safe there.

"We've long kidded that we're the local branch of the Humane Society," Lydia says.

But when it comes to supporting the causes that matter to them, Lydia and Paul are not kidding around. They've been loyal contributors to HSPPR as far back as records have been kept, and they have used their will to make sure that support continues.

"We think they do a real good job and really don't get the recognition they need," Paul explains. "We have no living relatives, so we set up our estate so that what remains will go to the Humane Society."

But don't worry, he adds, "We've also made provisions for our animals!"

Lucky for Eddy—and lucky for all the animals served by HSPPR.

Learn more about making a gift that will provide a safe home for animals in our community by contacting Randy Harrelson at (719) 302-8737 or rharrelson@hsppr.org.

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A charitable bequest is one or two sentences in your will or living trust that leave to Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region a specific item, an amount of money, a gift contingent upon certain events or a percentage of your estate.

an individual or organization designated to receive benefits or funds under a will or other contract, such as an insurance policy, trust or retirement plan

"I give to Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region, a nonprofit corporation currently located at 610 Abbot Lane, Colorado Springs, CO 80905, or its successor thereto, ______________* [written amount or percentage of the estate or description of property] for its unrestricted use and purpose."

able to be changed or cancelled

A revocable living trust is set up during your lifetime and can be revoked at any time before death. They allow assets held in the trust to pass directly to beneficiaries without probate court proceedings and can also reduce federal estate taxes.

cannot be changed or cancelled

tax on gifts generally paid by the person making the gift rather than the recipient

the original value of an asset, such as stock, before its appreciation or depreciation

the growth in value of an asset like stock or real estate since the original purchase

the price a willing buyer and willing seller can agree on

The person receiving the gift annuity payments.

the part of an estate left after debts, taxes and specific bequests have been paid

a written and properly witnessed legal change to a will

the person named in a will to manage the estate, collect the property, pay any debt, and distribute property according to the will

A donor advised fund is an account that you set up but which is managed by a nonprofit organization. You contribute to the account, which grows tax-free. You can recommend how much (and how often) you want to distribute money from that fund to HSPPR or other charities. You cannot direct the gifts.

An endowed gift can create a new endowment or add to an existing endowment. The principal of the endowment is invested and a portion of the principal’s earnings are used each year to support our mission.

Tax on the growth in value of an asset—such as real estate or stock—since its original purchase.

Securities, real estate or any other property having a fair market value greater than its original purchase price.

Real estate can be a personal residence, vacation home, timeshare property, farm, commercial property or undeveloped land.

A charitable remainder trust provides you or other named individuals income each year for life or a period not exceeding 20 years from assets you give to the trust you create.

You give assets to a trust that pays our organization set payments for a number of years, which you choose. The longer the length of time, the better the potential tax savings to you. When the term is up, the remaining trust assets go to you, your family or other beneficiaries you select. This is an excellent way to transfer property to family members at a minimal cost.

You fund this type of trust with cash or appreciated assets—and may qualify for a federal income tax charitable deduction when you itemize. You can also make additional gifts; each one also qualifies for a tax deduction. The trust pays you, each year, a variable amount based on a fixed percentage of the fair market value of the trust assets. When the trust terminates, the remaining principal goes to HSPPR as a lump sum.

You fund this trust with cash or appreciated assets—and may qualify for a federal income tax charitable deduction when you itemize. Each year the trust pays you or another named individual the same dollar amount you choose at the start. When the trust terminates, the remaining principal goes to HSPPR as a lump sum.

A beneficiary designation clearly identifies how specific assets will be distributed after your death.

A charitable gift annuity involves a simple contract between you and HSPPR where you agree to make a gift to HSPPR and we, in return, agree to pay you (and someone else, if you choose) a fixed amount each year for the rest of your life.

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