Does Your Estate Include the Animal Legal Defense Fund?

Posted by Erika Mathews, Officer of Philanthropic Gifts on October 24, 2014

Did you know it is National Estate Planning Awareness Week? According to the National Association of Estate Planners & Councils, over 120 million Americans do not have an up-to-date estate plan!

Through your estate plans, you can leave a legacy for animals to ensure their protection and well-being through the great work of ALDF.


Leaving a gift to the Animal Legal Defense Fund (ALDF) through your will can be a simple yet significant contribution to a future where animals have a more protected place in our society, where they are not just voiceless victims of abuse and neglect.

ALDF envisions a world in which the lives and interests of animals are recognized, respected and protected within the legal system. This vision guides all of ALDF’s work. Animals deserve the very best legal protection available. And you can help ensure they get it. You can keep improving animals’ lives in perpetuity through your estate plans.

Your gift will help make this happen.

For a detailed account of our work, our accomplishments, our plans for the future, and the staff that are the stewards of our mission and your money, please see our ALDF website

There is no minimum requirement, and you can take care of your loved ones while also ensuring that your care and concern for animals is part of your legacy.

ALDF as Beneficiary

You can designate ALDF as the beneficiary of a portion of your estate, of your residual estate (the remainder after payment of other bequests), or of specific assets.

How do I make ALDF a beneficiary? Simply provide the following information in your estate plans or to your financial institution:

  • ALDF’s full legal name: Animal Legal Defense Fund
  • ALDF’s permanent mailing address: 170 E. Cotati Ave, Cotati, CA 94931
  • ALDF’s federal tax ID number: 942681680

Other ways to include ALDF in your estate plans include Charitable Gift Annuities and Charitable Remainder Trusts which can provide income for you and/or a beneficiary. You can also give through your life insurance policy or retirement plan. Outright gifts include cash, stock and real estate.

We strongly suggest that you consult with your attorney or other independent professional adviser to make sure that your bequest complies with all state and federal laws.

The Animal Legal Defense Fund is a nonprofit charitable organization recognized under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, tax savings resulting from a bequest can be substantial.

The animals represented by the Animal Legal Defense Fund can’t speak for themselves. By supporting ALDF with a legacy gift, you are raising your voice to put a stop to animal abuse—for good. ALDF works tirelessly to protect animals from cruelty, abandonment, torture and neglect.

For more information on estate planning, please contact Erika Mathews at or call 707-795-2533.

One thought on “Does Your Estate Include the Animal Legal Defense Fund?

  1. Chuck Derby says:

    Hello, We give our yearly charitable donations during Thanksgiving week. Please tell us the Fed Tax Number for Thank you.

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