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Caring and Giving

One Couple’s Legacy to the Humane Society

Robert and Jan Knight

Foster dog Taylor (left) cuddles with the Knights and Pocket.

Robert and Jan Knight’s love of animals and the Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region (HSPPR) have complemented each other for many years.

 “The Humane Society has done so much, not just in Colorado Springs, but throughout the wider area,” Jan says.

She points to the Humane Society’s mobile van that rescues dogs in outlying communities as just one of the many exceptional services it provides.

“They do wonders,” Jan says. “It must be one of the best humane societies in the U.S.A.!”

Lifelong animal lovers, Jan, 77, and Bob, 73, first adopted a dog from the Humane Society over 40 years ago.

“There was one little springer spaniel in the back, just hiding,” recalls Bob.

With their young daughter, Bob and Jan took home the dog, named Buttons—the first of many dogs and cats they adopted and rescued.

Their frequent visits to HSPPR have given the Knights a front-row seat into the facility’s expansion over the years.

“It’s grown so much,” says Jan, adding that she is pleased to see the development of indoor kennels and an up-to-date surgical area, among other improvements.

The Knights have earmarked a percentage of their estate to ensure that the Humane Society continues to serve the animals that need it.

“We don’t have a lot of time to volunteer, so we included the Humane Society in our trust,” Bob says. “It was easy.”

He and Jan consulted with an attorney who specializes in estates and trusts to set up their gift to the Humane Society.

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 join us for a monthly lunch and tour with President/CEO Jan McHugh-Smith.For more details on tours or the many ways you can make a future gift to HSPPR, contact Randy Harrelson at or (719) 302-8737.

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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.

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 the 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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