Planned giving

A planned gift to AVMF can help you achieve your philanthropic goals and financial planning needs as well as significantly advance our mission to Embrace and Advance the Well Being and Medical Care of Animals. Below are some options to consider.


A gift made through a will, life insurance, or retirement account policy. You can specify either a fixed amount or a percentage of your estate.

Charitable Remainder Trust

A gift that makes either a fixed amount payment (annuity trust) or percentage of trust principal (unitrust), to the beneficiary of your choice. At the end of the term, AVMF receives any funds that remain in the trust.

Charitable Lead Trust

A trust that makes either a fixed amount payment (annuity trust) or a percentage of trust principal (unitrust) to AVMF during its term. At the end of the trust term, the principal can either be returned to the donor (a grantor lead trust) or to heirs named by the donor (a non-grantor lead trust).


Setting up an endowment provides principal into perpetuity, making interest income available to the Foundation for programs and grants to provide for the future well-being of animals and the veterinary scientists who will help them.

Legacy Society – Deferred Gifts

The American Veterinary Medical Foundation (AVMF) honors donors who choose to include the Foundation in their wills and estate plans by recognition in the Legacy Society. Gifts by will, or other estate planning techniques are a cornerstone of the Foundation’s future growth.

Legacy Society members enjoy the knowledge that their sound and generous financial decisions will help advance the science and practice of veterinary medicine to improve animal and human health for years to come. AVMF is deeply grateful to each Legacy Society member for this very special expression of loyalty, confidence, and support.

As you make plans for your estate, consider using your life insurance as a long-term donation. Many donors would like to make a significant contribution to AVMF but simply do not have the available funds. By transferring a newer insurance policy, or even purchasing a new life insurance policy and naming AVMF as owner, you can achieve your philanthropic goals.

Current tax laws allow you to purchase a new policy, name AVMF as owner, and every year donate sufficient funds to AVMF to pay the annual premiums. With this planning, you guarantee that AVMF will receive a sizable donation in the future. By using life insurance, you limit your current outlay to the annual premiums – a small deductible annual gift. You can even leverage this current gift by donating highly appreciated assets, such as stocks or mutual funds, to pay the premiums. You still receive an income tax deduction for the gift and AVMF can sell these assets without paying capital gains taxes.

As you plan for your future, consider including AVMF in your long-term goals. Of course, all financial decisions should be discussed with your legal and tax advisors.

For more information about the Legacy Society and ways you can support AVMF through a planned gift, contact AVMF at 847-285-6690.

Leaving a Legacy Gift to the AVMF

Dr. and Mrs. Fobian discuss their reasons for including the American Veterinary Medical Foundation in their estate plans.