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Planned Giving

For more than 15 years, Gateway Pet Guardian has worked to end homelessness for animals in the Metro East. Together with people like you, we’ve saved the lives of countless homeless pets and helped them find their forever homes. By making a gift to Gateway Pet Guardians through your will, trust or other financial plan, you can help many pets now and well into the future.

When you incorporate charitable giving in your estate planning, you gain personal satisfaction — not only by completing your plan, but also by providing for the people and charities that matter most to you. The planned giving staff at Gateway Pet Guardians would love to talk to you about the many opportunities for charitable giving that can save the lives of pets. Please contact us by phone at 618.687.8007, ext.3 or by email at donate@gatewaypets.org to learn more. If you include Gateway Pet Guardians in your planned giving, please let us know so that you can be recognized as a member of our Lifesaving Legacy Circle.

Remembering Gateway Pet Guardians in your estate planning will help save lives now and well into the future. 

Planned gifts leave behind a living legacy of compassion, as your gift will be helping to end homelessness for pets in your community. These gifts not only help the animals, but can also help you meet your financial, tax and estate planning goals. Consulting an attorney who specializes in estate planning will be of great assistance to you. Click on the links below to learn of the different ways your planned gift can save homeless animals, or make a tribute or memorial donation online.

To ensure that Gateway Pet Guardians receives your designated gift, please include the following language in your planned gift:


Gateway Pet Guardians

Tax ID # 26-0096240
725 N. 15th Street
East St. Louis, IL 62205


There are many ways in which you can remember Gateway Pet Guardians in your will. This is a simple and common way to leave a lasting gift to a charity. Examples include leaving a specified amount of cash, an investment fund, or a percentage of your estate. Consulting an attorney may be beneficial in assisting you with your wishes. Here is some sample language:

Donate a Percentage of Your Estate:

I give and bequeath ____% of my estate to Gateway Pet Guardians, an Illinois corporation located at 725 N. 15th Street, East St. Louis, IL 62205.

Make a Specific Dollar Bequest

I give and bequeath the sum of $____ to Gateway Pet Guardians, an Illinois corporation located at 725 N. 15th Street, East St. Louis, IL 62205.

Make a Specific Gift of Property

I give and bequeath my home located at _________________ to Gateway Pet Guardians, an Illinois corporation located at 725 N. 15th Street, East St. Louis, IL 62205.

Contingent Gift

If (name of beneficiary) does not survive me, I give the remainder of my estate to Gateway Pet Guardians, an Illinois corporation located at 725 N. 15th Street, East St. Louis, IL 62205.


Revocable Living Trust

A Revocable Living Trust is not subject to probate and remains private. Upon your death, a trust insures a quick resolution of your wishes saving money and time for those you leave behind.

Charitable Remainder Trusts

This type of trust allows you to contribute to Gateway Pet Guardians and receive guaranteed payments for life or for a length of time as designated. Payments can either be a fixed amount or a percentage of your assets. A Charitable Remainder Trust offers many estate and income tax benefits as well. You can design this trust yourself with the help of an attorney.

Insurance Policies
Naming Gateway Pet Guardians as a beneficiary of your life insurance policy is another way of supporting GPG. Gateway Pet Guardians can be named as either the primary beneficiary or as a secondary beneficiary in case the primary beneficiary predeceases you.
Gift of Stock

For stock held in brokerage accounts, your broker can assist you in making a gift of stock via a direct transfer to Gateway Pet Guardians. Giving a gift of publicly traded stock that has increased in value and that you have owned for more than one year may provide better tax benefits than giving cash.

Real Estate

A gift of real estate is another way you can help Gateway Pet Guardians.. However, no gifts of property will be accepted until an appraisal is completed and it is examined for potential liability. Gateway Pet Guardians reserves the right to reject any gifts of real property.

Personal Property

Personal property such as jewelry and collections of art is one way to bequest Gateway Pet Guardians. There are legal guidelines that must be followed when planning this type of gift and consulting with an attorney will be beneficial.

Vehicle Donation

No longer need your vehicle? Donate it to Gateway Pet Guardians and receive a tax deduction in the process.

Workplace Giving
Many employers will match an employee’s gift (either 50-100%) to a charitable organization. Check with your employer to see if they will match your payroll deduction or general donations as a simple means of supporting Gateway Pet Guardians.
Retirement Benefits

A gift to Gateway Pet Guardians may keep your retirement assets from being absorbed by income and possibly estate taxes. The simple act of changing your beneficiary to Gateway Pet Guardians will direct those retirement assets to be used to make a gift from their estate, and thus preserve the balance of the estate for family and friends.

Under the IRA Charitable Rollover Provision, an individual 70 1/2 and older can make charitable donations of up to $100,000 directly from IRA and Roth IRA accounts without having to count the distributions as taxable income. Furthermore, eligible IRA owners can use these charitable gifts to satisfy their annual minimum distribution requirement.