Guardian Angel Planned Giving | PAWS Chicago

Guardian Angels Planned Giving Society

Leave a legacy to the animals you love.

Planned gifts ensure that PAWS Chicago can continue to save the lives of homeless pets for years to come.

Guardian Angels are dedicated friends of PAWS Chicago who have committed to leaving a legacy of financial support through a bequest or other planned gift arrangement. Including PAWS Chicago in your estate planning will mean shelter, food, veterinary care, medication and loving new homes for homeless animals long after your lifetime.

If you have included PAWS Chicago in your estate plans but have not yet notified us, please email guardianangel@pawschicago.org or call 773-475-4242. We want to be able to include you in our Guardian Angel activities, including our annual luncheon.



Benefits of Becoming a Guardian Angel

By becoming a Guardian Angel, you’re making a difference for countless homeless pets. Additional benefits include:

  • Recognition on the Guardian Angel plaque at the Lincoln Park Adoption Center
  • Recognition in PAWS Chicago Magazine
  • Invitations to PAWS Chicago donor events and other activities
  • Invitation to the annual Guardian Angel Society members-only luncheon

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Guardian Angel Pet Care Program

Have you ever asked yourself, “Who will care for my pets if I no longer can?” PAWS Chicago’s Guardian Angel Pet Care Program may be the answer.

The Guardian Angel Pet Care Program is designed to give peace of mind to PAWS Chicago supporters who are concerned about what will happen to their pets should something happen to them. By making a planned gift and working with PAWS Chicago representatives to enroll their pets in this program, our Guardian Angels know their pets have safety nets and will find loving homes through PAWS Chicago’s adoption program.

In addition to providing for their own pets, these Guardian Angels help other at-risk homeless cats and dogs by financially supporting PAWS Chicago’s important lifesaving work.

To find out more about this program, email guardianangel@pawschicago.org or call 773-475-4242.

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Bequest Options and Sample Attorney Language

Your attorney or financial advisor can work with you to include PAWS Chicago in your will, trust or codicil. Below is specific language that you and your attorney can use. Bequest options include:

States a specific dollar amount, a percentage of your estate or specific property is left to PAWS Chicago. Sample language:
I give, devise and bequeath ____% of my estate (or specific assets) for the benefit of PAWS Chicago, 1997 N. Clybourn Ave., Chicago, IL 60614, FEIN 36-4219778, to be used for its general purposes.

Made when you intend to leave the residue portion of your assets (your residual estate) after other terms of the will have been satisfied. Sample language:
All the rest, residue and remainder of my estate, both real and personal, I give to PAWS Chicago, 1997 N. Clybourn Ave., Chicago, IL 60614, FEIN 36-4219778, for its general purposes.

Allows you to leave a portion of your estate to PAWS Chicago if your named beneficiary does not survive you. Sample language:
If [beneficiary name] does not survive me, I devise and bequeath my residuary estate to PAWS Chicago, 1997 N. Clybourn Ave., Chicago, IL 60614, FEIN 36-4219778, for its general purposes.

Allows you to designate how your gift to PAWS Chicago will be used, such as to name an endowment or to support a specific purpose (i.e., the Lurie Spay/Neuter Clinic or the Lincoln Park Adoption Center).
Sample language can vary greatly depending on the bequest. Please consult with your attorney.

You can also leave real estate, IRAs, insurance policies and personal property. Gift annuities and stock are also considered planned gifts and may offer substantial tax advantages.

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Planned Giving FAQs

PAWS Chicago’s tax ID number is 36-4219778.

Please use:
PAWS Chicago
Attn: Guardian Angel
1997 N. Clybourn Ave. Chicago, IL 60614

You can leave real estate, IRAs, insurance policies, personal property, gift annuities, stock and trusts.

All unrestricted gifts received through a planned gift are placed into our sustainability fund. This ensures that today’s lifesaving programs are safeguarded for the future. Over time, these funds will help us continue our mission to save homeless pets at risk, spay or neuter pets of families who could not otherwise afford it, educate children about animals and continue our awareness initiatives.

There are many opportunities to name programs for individuals or families who wish to leave a significant balance of their estate to PAWS Chicago for a specific purpose. Each program has a different funding need. Please call Sheryl Lesch at 773-697-5203 or email guardianangel@pawschicago.org to discuss your goals.

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