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Making a Difference Together: Our Approach to Gift Acceptance

At Toronto Humane Society, our heart beats for two pivotal causes: ensuring every animal enjoys access to essential care and tirelessly working towards reducing animal homelessness. Our commitment to these causes drives us to welcome the generosity of our community, as every gift, large or small, fuels our mission to provide vital services and support. By contributing to our cause, you’re not just donating; you’re actively participating in a compassionate movement that seeks to improve the lives of animals across the spectrum, from enhancing access to healthcare and support to finding loving homes for the homeless. Join us in making a meaningful difference in the lives of animals in need. 

Your Support Matters

Our work is powered by your generosity. Whether it’s money, property, or stocks, your gifts help us provide critical services for animals in need. Yet, in navigating this journey together, we encourage donors contemplating significant gifts to consult with financial or legal advisors. This ensures your generosity aligns with both your personal goals and the needs of those we serve. 

Gifts That Give Back

We gratefully accept donations from all who wish to support our mission. However, it’s vital that each gift reflects our shared values: 

  • Aligned with Our Mission: Every gift must support our core objective – the welfare of animals. 
  • Responsible Stewardship: We evaluate each donation to ensure it benefits the animals without imposing undue administrative burdens. 
  • Guarding Our Integrity: We’re committed to maintaining the trust placed in us by ensuring donations do not negatively impact our reputation or values. 
  • Legal and Ethical Compliance: All gifts must uphold our charitable status and adhere to the highest standards of integrity. 

Special Gifts with Special Considerations

Some gifts require additional scrutiny due to their unique nature. This includes: 

  • Life Insurance: If you’re considering naming us as a beneficiary, we’re here to help ensure it’s set up correctly. 
  • Real Estate and Capital Assets: These gifts are reviewed to ensure they are in line with our mission and operational capabilities. 

Special Gifts with Extra Care: Tangible Personal Property

When it comes to gifts of tangible personal property, like artwork, equipment, pet food, pet supplies, or other valuable items, we follow guidelines to ensure everything is clear and fair, for both you and Toronto Humane Society. For non-cash gifts valued over $1,000, Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) advises that we determine a ‘Fair Market Value’ to properly acknowledge your generosity: 

  • For Gifts Over $1,000: We kindly ask that you arrange for a third-party evaluation or appraisal of the item. This helps us issue you an official tax receipt that accurately reflects your contribution. 
  • For Gifts Valued Over $500 But Less Than $1,000: We can issue tax receipts for these gifts as well, provided there’s documentation proving their Fair Market Value. It’s a step that ensures your donation is recognized in line with its worth. 
  • For Gifts Under $500: These gifts are special to us, no matter the size. If you can provide proof of their Fair Market Value, they may still be eligible for a tax receipt upon special request. 

This process ensures that your generosity is acknowledged appropriately and that we remain in compliance with tax regulations. It also guarantees that your donation makes the most significant impact possible, helping us continue our mission to care for and protect animals in need. If you’re considering a donation of tangible personal property, please reach out to us. We’re here to guide you through each step, ensuring your contribution is as rewarding for you as it is for the animals we serve. 

Let’s Connect

If you’re considering a donation, especially through your estate, or have any questions, we’re here to help. Reach out to us at 416-392-2273 ext. 2162 to discuss how your generosity can leave a lasting impact. 

Together, We Can Make a Difference

In the face of growing challenges, your support enables us to innovate and expand our services. From veterinary care to community outreach, we’re dedicated to breaking down the barriers to access. With your help, we can continue to lead the way in animal welfare, ensuring every pet receives the love and care they deserve. 

Help improve the lives of animals by considering a donation today. Your generosity is a vital part of our mission and the difference we make together. 

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