Leadership and Planned Giving

WHS President's Circle

Nearly 50% of Willamette Humane Society’s funding comes from members of the President’s Circle, a group of key donors who support the shelter as leadership givers. Membership in the President’s Circle is determined by an annual gift of $1,000 or more; or a cumulative lifetime giving of $10,000 or more. These major donors often tailor their gift to specific shelter departments, help establish new programs, or purchase much-needed equipment. 

We also recognize and celebrate lifetime cumulative gifts under the following designations:  

  • Founders Circle: Over $45,000 cumulative gifts
  • Stewardship Circle: Over $20,000 cumulative gifts  
  • Community Builders: Over $10,000 cumulative gifts
  • Legacy Society: Any donor who has notified us that WHS is in their estate plans. This includes those individuals enrolled in the Guardian Angel program.

President’s Circle members are invited to an annual reception, with special recognition and presentations by WHS leadership. If you’d like to learn more about how your gift can translate to compassionate services for pets and people, contact Sherri Partridge, Community Philanthropy Officer, at sherri.partridge@whs4pets.org or by phone at 503-585-5900 (ex. 305).

Estate and Planned Giving

Remembering Willamette Humane Society in your estate plans is a powerful way to invest in pets and the people that love them—both now and in the future. Today’s ability to keep shelter standards and adoption rates high is possible because of the estate gift designations made by supporters decades ago.

Joining our Legacy Society is easy and revocable—here are a few ways:

  • Make a gift in your will,  known as a bequest, to your local humane society.
  • Name WHS as a beneficiary in your life insurance or retirement account.
  • Secure the future for your pets through our Guardian Angel Program, designed for peace of mind if you should precede them in death.

To include WHS in your estate plans, you will need the following information:

Legal Name: Willamette Humane Society
Legal Address: 4246 Turner Road SE, PO Box 13005, Salem OR 97309
Federal Tax ID: 93-0577975
Type of Organization: 501(c)(3) nonprofit

Questions? We’re here to help! Find additional information about these programs below. Or  contact Sherri Partridge, Community Philanthropy Officer, at sherri.partridge@whs4pets.org or by phone at 503-585-5900 (ext 305).


We hope you’ll consider including a gift to Willamette Humane Society in your will or living trust. Called a charitable bequest, this type of gift offers these main benefits:

  • It’s simple. We’ve even got sample language you can share with your estate planning attorney.
  • It’s versatile. You can structure the bequest to leave a specific item or amount of money, make the gift contingent on certain events, or leave a percentage of your estate to WHS.
  •  There’s tax relief. If your estate is subject to estate tax ($1 million in Oregon, $5.45 million under federal tax code), your gift is entitled to an estate tax charitable deduction for the gift’s full value.

Estate gift donors are automatically members of our Legacy Society. If you’d like to join our Society today, please call us for a copy of our revocable Letter of Intent. You may choose to remain anonymous or help us promote awareness by choosing to receive public recognition.

Paid Life Insurance Policies or Retirement Accounts

The gift of a funded life insurance policy or retirement account may enable you to turn a moderate monthly premium into a substantial gift to WHS. By simply naming WHS as the beneficiary of your paid life insurance policy, 401(k), IRA, TSA or other retirement account, you can make a substantial future gift to benefit homeless animals.

Just contact the company that holds these policies or accounts, ask for a beneficiary form, and update it to reflect WHS as the primary or contingent beneficiary. You may leave all or part of these policies or accounts to WHS. Note that, as a direct distribution at your passing, funds from retirement accounts will not be subject to estate tax or to income tax, making the entire

Guardian Angel Program

What would happen if you died and your pets were left with no one to care for them? Many animal lovers have assurances from family or loved ones that their companion animals will be cared for in a loving manner if that should happen. If that is not the case for you, Willamette Humane Society has a Guardian Angel Program that will provide you with the secure knowledge that your pets will be cared for if they should outlive you.

You are invited to enroll your companion animals in the Guardian Angel Program by including WHS in your estate or by making a gift of $10,000 per animal or higher. You will be asked to provide registration information about your animals and their living environment and keep the information updated annually. Should it be necessary, the humane society will take custody of your pet after your passing and be sure your companions are placed in a similar setting to their current environment.

This is not an insurance program or a pet trust. It is a way for you to make a significant gift to WHS and provide for your pets. Most members of the Guardian Angel program are already members of the Legacy Society, having made a planned gift to WHS

Questions? Ready to sign up for the Guardian Angel Program? Please contact us for more information and a personal consultation about your pet(s).