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Broncos Game Days Have Extra Meaning for HSPPR Supporter

MaryEllyn Taylor with her dog, Buck

MaryEllyn Taylor, pictured with Buck, has long been a supporter of HSPPR. Her generous gifts have provided help for animals in need, and will continue to do so into the future.

MaryEllyn Taylor has found a way to combine her love of animals with her passion for football. If the Denver Broncos win, she donates $50 to the Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region (HSPPR).

"It's fun and it makes the Broncos' games more exciting," she says. "Plus, it holds me accountable. You could say you're going to write a check but never quite get to it." MaryEllyn became involved with HSPPR soon after she moved to Colorado Springs in 1975.

"I've always been a dog person," says MaryEllyn, a retired educator. "I can't imagine not having a dog in my life."

She's adopted three Siberian huskies over the years from HSPPR. Her current dog, Buck, a lab and husky mix, is also a rescue.

"We are so very grateful to MaryEllyn for her support over many years," CEO Jan McHugh-Smith says. "We just hope the Broncos have a strong finish to the season, so MaryEllyn has more opportunities to honor her beloved Broncos and help HSPPR reach out to more animals and their families."

MaryEllyn also plans to leave one-third of her estate to HSPPR, which she says is her No. 1 charity.

"I hope they will continue to utilize their resources the way they have in the past," she says. "In the last 10 to 15 years, they've really upped their game. I hope this is going to provide for the animals."

Thanks to the community's support, HSPPR has recently undergone a major renovation and expansion project to improve the care of the animals, operate more efficiently, and offer the public a more responsive and comprehensive customer experience. If you wish to see these changes up close, please contact Randy Harrelson at (719) 302-8737 or

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A charitable bequest is one or two sentences in your will or living trust that leave to the 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.

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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.

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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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