Planned Giving

Ways to Contribute

Bequests in your will:
Please note that the Santa Cruz SPCA is separate from Santa Cruz County's Animal Services Authority and bequests to us should be made to "The Santa Cruz Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Inc, a charitable organization".

Retirement Plans:
Any or all of the balances in IRAs, 401Ks, and other retirement savings plans can be donated to non-profit organizations.

Life Insurance Policies and Trusts:
The Santa Cruz SPCA can be named as a whole or partial beneficiary under life insurance policies and trusts.

Charitable Remainder Trusts & Gift Annuities:
A CRT or CGA enables you to receive a lifetime income from an investment while receiving a tax deduction for the value of the investment donated to a charity.

Gifts of Property:
The Santa Cruz SPCA is always grateful for donations of real estate and other financial assets such as stocks and bonds, cars, boats, art collections, and other personal property.

How to Help

The Santa Cruz SPCA is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization, receives no government funding, and depends on financial support from its friends.  Please consider us in your financial and estate planning.  It is our mission to insure that every dollar we receive is spent carefully and wisely for those in our care.

Contributions may be made in many ways that will enable you to save innocent lives and prevent suffering while receiving tax benefits.

Grants We've Received

  • The Humane Society of the United States: In recognition of the SPCA’s Hurricane Katrina and Rita rescue efforts.
  • The American Humane Association: Second Chance Fund, which provides financial assistance to organizations responsible for the temporary care of animals as they are prepared for adoption.
  • The Peninsula Community Foundation: A grant through the Animal Assistance Fund was awarded to assist in the rescue, care and placement of animals rendered homeless by Hurricane Katrina.
  • The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals’ Pet Reunification Reimbursement Program for the SPCA’s work in reuniting Katrina victims with their original owners.
  • The Community Foundation of Santa Cruz County, awarded to the SPCA to support animal welfare and humane education services in Santa Cruz County during the holiday season.
  • The Community Foundation of Santa Cruz County in recognition of the SPCA’s participation in the sheltering of pets displaced by Hurricane Katrina.

We are available to work with your estate planning and financial advisors.
Contact Robert Armbrust, Executive Director, for more information:
Phone: (831) 465-5000

Tax Savings

Bequests to the Santa Cruz SPCA are deductible from one's taxable estate for Federal Estate Tax purposes, including California. Tax savings can be substantial. A bequest to the SPCA may be in the form of cash, securities, real estate or other property. In addition, you may use your life insurance policy in a number of creative ways to provide tax-deductible assistance to the SPCA. In California, there is no restriction on the amount that may be given to the Santa Cruz SPCA by will.

You may make an unrestricted bequest to the SPCA or you may designate the purpose for which you wish it to be used; for example, some individuals prefer their bequest to be restricted to spay/neuter or our education programs. The bequest may be designated for buildings and building renovation. You may, in fact, designate that your bequest be restricted to any activity at the SPCA which is of special interest or concern to you.
For more than 75 years, the Santa Cruz SPCA has been here to save innocent lives and prevent suffering of family pets and all animals in need. We have accomplished this through the generous commitments of our supporters. Like other charities, we are from time to time mentioned in an estate plan or given a large gift. We greatly appreciate and depend on these gifts to help carry out our mission, and respect for your privacy and preferences is an even greater priority.
With that in mind, we have accepted the gracious offer of a Santa Cruz attorney who is a Certified Specialist in Estate Planning Law and a strong supporter of our work. She has offered that, for every California resident whose estate plan leaves the Santa Cruz SPCA a minimum of $10,000, she will prepare the estate plan (including a will or trust) at no charge. She does not represent the Santa Cruz SPCA and will not divulge any information about you or your estate plan to us. Again, while we're here to assist you in any way we can, it is not right for us --- or any charity --- to influence these private and personal decisions.
If you are interested in this program, please contact Deborah A. Malkin, Attorney at Law, 2425 Porter Street, Suite 15, Soquel, CA 95073, (831) 462-9100. Her web site is If other attorneys volunteer to provide this service we will update this site. All program attorneys will be Certified Specialists in Estate Planning Law under the rules of the State Bar of California. For all of us at the Santa Cruz SPCA, we are grateful for your support.
Deborah A. Malkin, Attorney at Law 2425 Porter Street, Suite 15 Soquel, CA 95073, (831) 462-9100

Our Growth

Whatever your preference may be, it must be remembered that the SPCA is not a static institution and the importance of various issues concerning animal welfare may change over time. Bequests providing funds for unrestricted use are particularly important because they allow the SPCA to use the funds where and when the need is greatest. As such, they are essential in order to maintain the overall strength of the SPCA. Therefore, a bequest provision should be drawn as broadly as possible so that the legacy will have enduring usefulness.