Save Heartache With This 1 Step

Think about how many places you have money saved. They may include:

  • Checking accounts
  • Insurance policies
  • Retirement plans
  • Now ask yourself: When I set up these accounts, did I remember to add a beneficiary? If so, did I tell that person?

    Naming a loved one as a beneficiary of a life insurance policy or retirement plan assets is a heartfelt way to protect them in the future. You can also name a favorite nonprofit as a beneficiary.

    Unfortunately, many people and nonprofits aren’t aware that they have been named to receive a gift. Informing them helps preserve your intentions and avoid hassle and confusion.

    Protect the people and causes you love by following this simple step: Alert your beneficiaries that you have a life insurance policy or have named them as a beneficiary of a retirement plan. Share the location and details of the policy or plan with them.

    As you update your beneficiary designations, consider making a gift of a life insurance policy or retirement plan to the Humane Society of the United States so that we can continue our important work. We would be honored if you would notify us of your decision so that we can carry out your wishes and thank you.

    We Want to Hear From You

    If you have already named the Humane Society of the United States as beneficiary of a life insurance policy or retirement plan assets, please contact Steve Maughan at or 1-800-808-7858 today. If you are still creating your estate plan, we would be happy to answer any questions you may have about making this type of gift.

    Membership benefits

    A subscription to All Animals magazine and our annual report

    Customized updates on your programs of interest

    Invitations to events in your area

    Updates from Kitty Block and program staff

    An opportunity to share your story with others who care about animals as much as you do


    To enroll, please complete the Humane Legacy online.

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    You can download our suggested bequest language for your and your attorney's review.

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