Remember KHS in Your Will

How to Remember KHS in Your Will or Estate Plans


For over 130 years, the Kentucky Humane Society (KHS) has been a champion for companion animals. As a private, non-profit organization, KHS receives no city, state or federal funding, nor are we affiliated with other humane organizations.

The decision to include KHS in your estate plans shows a sincere commitment to the future care of pets in our community and a desire for your legacy of love and caring to continue for years to come.

Lifelong Friends | Pet Guardianship Program | Donor Advised Funds | IRA Rollover | Life Insurance | More Information

Celebrating Loyalty: Lifelong Friends

Supporters who provide for the future of KHS by naming us in their estate plans are recognized as members of an exclusive group called Lifelong Friends.

Benefits of membership include:

  • Invitations to special activities
  • Subscription to quarterly magazine, The Paw Street Journal
  • KHS Pet Calendar mailed to you
  • Recognition as a Lifelong Friend
  • An opportunity to share your story and inspiration as a Lifelong Friend in various donor publications.
  • Personal tour of any of our facilities, including our East Campus, S.N.I.P. Clinic, Sam Swope Pet TLC and Sam Swope Pet Retreat
  • Pet Guardianship Program

If you have already included KHS in a bequest or other planned gift, we hope you will let us know. Your willingness to be listed as a member of our Lifelong Friends Society encourages others to follow your example. We acknowledge and respect those who wish to remain anonymous, but we urge you to notify us of your plans on a confidential basis, as it allows KHS to plan for the future.


KHS Pet Guardianship Program

The relationship we have with our pets is a very special one. One of the most loving things we can do for our pets is to make arrangements for their well-being when we are no longer able to provide care. Planning ahead for life's uncertainties will give you peace of mind, knowing your pet will be loved and cared for after you are gone.

The Pet Guardianship Program is an exclusive benefit for members of KHS's Lifelong Friends Society, which is open to anyone who includes KHS in their estate plans. KHS will be there for your pets when you no longer can. 

Please contact Kristin Binkowski at 502-515-3147 or [email protected]  for more information.


Donor Advised Funds

A Donor Advised Fund, or DAF, is a giving program that allows you to combine favorable tax benefits with the flexibility to support KHS. It allows you to make a charitable contribution, receive an immediate tax benefit and then recommend gifts/grants from the fund over time. It's a great way to simplify your charitable giving.

If you have a donor advised fund, DAF Direct enables you to recommend grants to the Kentucky Humane Society directly from your DAF. If your donor advised fund does not participate in DAF Direct, just ask your financial advisor to designate a gift to KHS. And please let us know when you do, so we can say thank you.

If you have any questions, or to notify KHS of your DAF gift, please contact Kristin Binkowski at [email protected] or 502-515-3147.


IRA Rollover

Satisfy your required minimum distribution (RMD) while saving taxes and animals. The IRA Charitable Rollover provides you with an excellent opportunity to make a gift during your lifetime from an asset that would be subject to multiple levels of taxation if it remained in your taxable estate.


  • You must 70.5 years or older at the time of the gift.
  • The transfers must originate from a traditional IRA or Roth account. 
  • Your plan provider must issue the donation directly to the charity.
  • Your gift can be any amount up to $100,000
  • You will benefit from giving even if you do not itemize deductions.
  • The transfer may be made in addition to any other charitable giving you have planned.

Contact your IRA administrator for plan provider to discuss your gift intent. They will provide instructions on how to transfer funds to KHS.


Life Insurance

There are several ways to donate to the Kentucky Humane Society using life insurance. They can be policies that are paid in full, partially paid, or newly purchased. KHS can be named as owner and beneficiary for your fully paid policy. You may deduct the replacement cost of the policy from your taxes. You can also designate KHS as the beneficiary of the policy you already have. There is no immediate deduction, but your estate will receive a deduction equal to the amount of the policy when settling.


More Information

For more information, contact the Kristin Binkowski at 502-515-3147 or [email protected].


Legal Disclaimer
Neither the Kentucky Humane Society nor its employees may give legal, tax, or accounting advice. Counsel should be contacted prior to drafting or amending any instrument.