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Planned Giving

By including the Animal Rescue League of New Hampshire (ARLNH) in your future planning, you can make a big difference in the lives of homeless animals for many years to come. 


Planned giving can be a complicated subject, but we want to make this as easy for you as possible. We have partnered with a number of experts to help you discover which legacy gift options might be appropriate for you.

Wills & Living Trusts


By making a bequest to the Animal Rescue League of NH through your will or living trust, you can help create a legacy of love for pets in need in our community!

There are several ways that you can make a bequest through your will/trust:

  • Specific Gift: you can designate a specific dollar amount, percentage of your estate, or a specific stock/bond you would like to leave to a specific person or organization.

  • Residuary Gift: this type of bequest is honored after all other gifts have been made and all other debts/expenses/taxes have been paid.

  • Contingent Gift: this type of bequest is fulfilled if certain conditions are met—for instance, if your primary beneficiary does not survive you, you can indicate your next choice through a contingent bequest.


NEXT STEP: Have you already named ARLNH in your will/trust? Please let us know of your plans (email CEO Marianne Jones); we’d like to thank you for joining us in our work to improve the lives of animals in our community!

Haven't made a will yet? Not sure where to start?

Check out this free, online will-writing resource tool. The easiest way to make a powerful commitment to the Animal Rescue League of New Hampshire is to include a gift in your will. It will cost you nothing today but ensures our rescue services can continue for generations to come. To help you get started, ARLNH has partnered with FreeWill, a free, online service that guides you through the process of creating a legally valid will in 20 minutes or less. You can use FreeWill to create your legacy gift today.

Retirement Assets

A gift of your retirement assets—such as a gift from your IRA, 401(k), pension, or another tax-deferred plan—is a great way to make a planned gift. If you are like most people, you probably won't use up all your retirement assets during your lifetime, so why not allocate the remainder as a charitable gift to an organization that can put the funds to good use for a cause you feel passionate about!

Typically, retirement plan balances are subject to both income and estate taxes. However, as a nonprofit organization, the Animal Rescue League of NH won’t have the burden of these taxes and the animals will benefit from the full value of your gift!

NEXT STEP: Contact your retirement plan administrator for the beneficiary designation form.

Please let us know about your gift (email CEO Marianne Jones) as many popular retirement plan administrators assume no obligation to notify a charity of your designation. We’d love to thank you for your gift and make sure that your wishes for the donation are honored.

Life Insurance

You can name the Animal Rescue League of NH as a primary beneficiary on your life insurance (or as a contingent beneficiary should your other beneficiaries not survive you). After your lifetime, the benefits from your policy will be donated to ARLNH, free of federal estate tax, to continue its mission of helping pets and the people who love them in our community!


NEXT STEP: Contact your life insurance company for the appropriate forms to name a policy beneficiary.

Charitable Gift Annuity

With a charitable gift annuity, you can realize tax savings and reliable annual income while donating to a worthy charity!

Here’s how charitable gift annuities work:

  • You make a donation to ARLNH (minimum of $10,000). Then, you receive fixed annual payments for the rest of your lifetime at a predetermined payment rate.

  • You will receive an immediate charitable income tax deduction, and if you donate appreciated securities to fund your gift annuity, you will get capital gains tax savings as well.

  • Your gift of a charitable gift annuity will benefit you—and someone else, if you so choose—now and benefit animals in need in your community into the future!

NEXT STEP: Please contact our CEO, Marianne Jones (by phone at 603-472-3647 or by email at to learn about the process for this giving option.

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