Planned Giving – (Wills) Bequests

Make an Impact

When you support AWA through your will (bequest) or with another kind of planned gift, you reinforce your commitment to our community’s homeless and neglected animals. Supporting a local charity this way can make a huge impact in saving lives in your own backyard for generations to come.


Questions & Assistance

When leaving AWA in your will, you can designate a specific dollar amount, a percentage of your estate, or a portion of the residual of your estate, whichever is best for your circumstances. However because of inflation, leaving a percentage of your estate will have a greater impact on our charity than a flat rate. To leave AWA in your will, simply direct your attorney to use this language:

“I give and bequeath the sum of $ __ (or, ___ percentage of my estate) to the Animal Welfare Association Inc, a New Jersey nonprofit corporation (federal ID # 22175-2792).”

All bequests pass to AWA free of estate taxes and lower the overall size of your estate for tax purposes.

Questions & Assistance:

If you would like to leave AWA in your will but need assistance, AWA has financial advisors and attorneys who are willing to work with potential donors.

If you have left AWA in your will and would like to be a part of our Legacy of Love friends circle, simply fill out and return this Letter of Commitment.

For more information, you can contact our Laura Houston, our Executive Director, email

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