Bequests and Planned Giving

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Join the Lucky for Life Society!

Help ALIVE Rescue continue to better the lives of animals throughout the Chicago area through planned giving. Join our Lucky for Life Society and secure future funding for our programs. Your compassion and support will mean a warm bed, food, veterinarian care, training and a loving home for an animal in need. Remember every dollar counts and no donation is too small.

Your trusted professionals, including financial planners and attorneys, can assist you in naming ALIVE Rescue as part of your estate plan.  

Different Ways to Give:

-Name ALIVE Rescue as a specific bequest beneficiary: States a specific property, percentage, or dollar amount that is to be distributed to ALIVE Rescue.  “I give, devise, and bequeath _____ to ALIVE Rescue, address, to be used for its general purposes.”

-Name ALIVE Rescue as a residuary beneficiary: States that you leave the residue of your estate, meaning all assets after other specific gifts, expenses and taxes have been paid.  “All the rest, residue and remainder of my estate shall be distributed to ALIVE Rescue, address, to be used for its general purposes.”

-Name ALIVE Rescue as a contingent beneficiary: Provides that if your named beneficiary does not survive you, that a portion of your estate will be distributed to ALIVE Rescue.  “If (insert beneficiary name) does not survive me, I give, devise and bequeath the residue of my estate to ALIVE Rescue, address, for its general purposes.”

-Name ALIVE Rescue as the beneficiary on your life insurance, retirement plans, and annuities:  Work with your trusted professionals to fill out beneficiary designations naming ALIVE Rescue on life insurance, IRAs, or 401(k)s.  Did you know that retirement assets (including IRAs) that are left to charities are not subject to estate or income tax?  Your estate can benefit from an estate tax charitable deduction for your gift. 

Benefits to joining the Lucky for Life Society:

  • Engraved Lucky for Life horseshoe at The BIG Barn
  • 20% discount on all ALIVE Rescue merchandise
  • A feature in our monthly e-newsletter
  • Tickets to our annual “Lucky for Life” Gala

Important information about ALIVE Rescue:

-ALIVE Rescue is a 501 (c)(3) registered non-profit

-ALIVE Rescue’s tax identification number: 26-2230952

-ALIVE Rescue’s legal address:  PO Box 39111, Chicago, IL 60639

Should you name ALIVE Rescue in your estate plan, please email us at  We would like to thank you for your support by including you in our Lucky for Life Society and extend invitations to you for our many activities.