Are you looking for a way to support B.O.N.E.S. in the long term? We have been working with consultants and some of our volunteers to provide you with ideas in this area.
Dear B.O.N.E.S. Volunteers and Supporters:
First came Ellie. Then Scout. And now Buddy makes three.
We adopted little Buddy-Beagle just about two weeks ago, fresh out of a New Jersey Laboratory where he had spent the first six years of his sweet life doing hard time for humans like us.
Buddy arrived in our foster (now permanent) home as Pepe, but the name hardly fit. Not only was Pepe not Latin, he had no pep at all -- of course I wouldn't feel peppy either if I'd spent my entire life in a steel box being poked and prodded by humans. Still, and incredibly, Buddy is a wonder-dog: Sweet and gentle and loving, even after spending his whole life in cold steel laboratory cage.
So, for us, from the very start, it was no contest. A couple of days after Buddy's arrival we took a family vote. On the very first ballot, with two hands and two paws enthusiastically raised in the affirmative, Buddy was warmly welcomed permanently into our family of five.
For me, beagles, more than anything, are about love -- the love we, as humans give them, and the love they return to us a thousand times over.
So, like all of you, I try to do whatever I can to demonstrate my love for beagles. Recently, with our beloved pups very much in mind, I amended my own will to bequeath 10% of my future estate to B.O.N.E.S., and I named B.O.N.E.S. a beneficiary of my retirement plan. Ellie, Scout, and Buddy all wagged when I signed the papers. But, of course, they're always wagging about something.
After carefully considering your own financial situation, and after consulting with your own attorney/financial advisor, I sincerely hope that you will consider joining me by naming B.O.N.E.S. as a beneficiary -- of your will, your life insurance policy, or your retirement plan. A scratch of a pen can make a world of difference for B.O.N.E.S., and for beagles.
For more information about how you can join George and plan a future gift to B.O.N.E.S. please keep reading.
A planned gift is your legacy and your way of extending your commitment past your lifetime to those wonderful dogs that have stolen all our hearts – the Beagles of New England. And you don't need to be wealthy to plan a gift to B.O.N.E.S. because every bit helps to ensure that B.O.N.E.S. can carry on its mission to help Beagles of New England into the future.
There are several simple ways you can provide a lasting gift to B.O.N.E.S. You can give B.O.N.E.S. a bequest through a will or you can name B.O.N.E.S. a beneficiary in your life insurance policy or retirement plan:
Bequests through Wills
Name B.O.N.E.S. in your will. It is one of the most popular and easiest ways to make a lasting contribution. Bequests may be in the form of a stated dollar amount, property, a percentage or the residuary of an estate.
Name B.O.N.E.S. as the beneficiary of an existing life insurance policy or donate a policy that you already own and name B.O.N.E.S. as the owner and beneficiary.
Name B.O.N.E.S. as the beneficiary of all or a portion of your retirement plan.
As a B.O.N.E.S. Planned Giving Donor you will receive, with the beagles' heartfelt thanks and, while supplies last, a hardback copy of the excellent Kristen Von Kreisler book "For Bea: The Story of a Beagle Who Changed My Life". As a donor, you will also, if you wish, be enrolled in a dedicated B.O.N.E.S. planned giving Internet group. Enrollment in the group will give you access to behind the scenes rescue and other volunteer stories.
For more information from B.O.N.E.S. or to let us know that you have planned a gift for B.O.N.E.S. in the future; please send an e-mail to George Frost, B.O.N.E.S.' Planned Giving Coordinator. Thank you very much for considering offering B.O.N.E.S. a planned gift.
Nothing in the foregoing is offered as legal advice or should be taken as such. If you wish to make a planned gift to B.O.N.E.S., please first consult your attorney to evaluate your individual circumstances and to develop the best plan for you.