Year-End Giving

Nonprofit organizations typically receive 30% of their annual giving in the month of December, with 10% in just the last three days of the year. HSSC is no exception. The support of generous people like you is so crucial to helping our organization fulfill our lifesaving mission. We have already found homes for over 1,500 dogs and cats this year. That’s 1,500 animals who are resting comfortably in their furever homes this holiday season. But there is still work to do. There is always one more dog with a tragic backstory. One more litter of motherless kittens in need of round-the-clock care. One more senior pet who can’t understand why he’s been abandoned. This is the work we do at HSSC. We could not do it without you. We hope you will find it in your hearts to make a donation this season.

Perfect 100

HSSC is part of an elite group of charities with a Perfect 100 score from Charity Navigator, America's premier independent charity evaluator. Less than one percent of the thousands of charities rated by Charity Navigator have earned perfect scores. HSSC is one of only two animal-welfare shelters in Florida (and the only one of any category of nonprofit in Sarasota County) to receive a perfect score. HSSC has also received a four-star rating for three consecutive years. You can trust that your donations are being used wisely. See the list of Perfect 100 Charities.

The 25 Ways of Holiday Giving

We’ve made our list and checked it twice, and we came up with 25 Ways of Holiday Giving. We hope these 25 Ways will inspire you to support the Humane Society of Sarasota County—the area’s premier no-kill shelter—and to make this holiday season a memorable one. Download a printable copy of the 25 Ways of Holiday Giving (PDF). 

  1. Donate—Make your gift in person, on our website, or by mail. HSSC receives no federal funding, nor are we affiliated with any other humane organization. Your gift of any amount is sincerely appreciated. Donate.
  1. Offsite Events—Look for HSSC at events all over town this month. We’ll be out and about with adoptable animals. Stop by and say “hi” to your local Humane Society. Upcoming Events.
  1. Qualified Charitable Distributions—If you’re 70-1/2 years or older, you can satisfy your required minimum distribution by giving up to $100,000, tax-free, directly transferred from your IRA to HSSC. Contact your IRA administrator today to make the transfer by December 31. Details
  1. Adopt the Shelter—Collect donations and supplies from HSSC’s Wish List. It's a great way for families, friend groups, or businesses to embrace the meaning of the season. Wish List.
  1. Matching Gifts—Many employers will match your charitable giving. It’s a win-win-win for you, your employer, and HSSC. Contact your payroll/HR department today. How to Give.
  1. Adopt a Cat or Dog—Save a life and bring infinite joy into your home by adopting an animal from HSSC. All adoptable animals are spayed/neutered, microchipped, and vaccinated. All they need is you. Available Animals.
  1. Decorate our Giving Trees—Stop by HSSC or the Animal Clinic to make your donation. Even if it’s $1, it still helps. We’ll display your generosity on our giving trees, and you can personalize your paper ornament too. Our Location.
  1. Incentive Programs—Purchase something you need or want and support HSSC in the process. Many retailers and manufacturers have giveback programs. And when you use AmazonSmile, Amazon donates 0.5% of the price of your eligible purchases to the charity you designate. Shop Smarter.
  1. Appreciated Stock—Share the wealth with HSSC. If you have appreciated stocks, bonds, or shares of mutual funds, you can gift them to HSSC for an immediate tax deduction for the fair market value of the securities. You pay no capital gains tax on the transfer when the stock is sold by HSSC. Learn More.
  1. Party for a Purpose—Harness the holiday spirit at your next gathering. Turn your holiday party into a fundraiser by asking your guests to donate or bring supplies from our Wish List. After the party, bring what you collected to HSSC. Host an Event.
  1. Gifts from Trusts & Foundations—Trust us, a gift to HSSC is a powerful way for your trust or foundation to meet its required annual distribution. You can simultaneously make a significant difference for HSSC and fulfill your financial objectives. Talk to your financial professionals today. Details.
  1. Volunteer—Turn your compassion into action by signing up to be an HSSC volunteer. Whether you want to walk dogs, cuddle cats, clean kennels, or matchmake, there’s a role for you at HSSC. We simply could not operate without our volunteers’ help. Get Involved.
  1. Monthly Giving—Become a Constant Companion by signing up for monthly giving. Recurring donations are an easy and convenient way to give. Plus, you’ll extend your holiday goodwill by helping homeless pets 365 days a year. Get Started.
  1. Shop Our Wish List—Add a few of HSSC’s most-needed items to your holiday shopping list. Print our Wish List so you have it on hand for your next discount club trip or when you spot a BOGO. You can even order items from our Amazon Cart and have them shipped directly to HSSC. Shop Now.
  1. Tributes—Donate in honor or in memory of a person or pet. Tribute gifts are a great way to show you care, and they’re a perfect present for those hard-to-shop-for people. We offer Memorial Bricks too. Make a Tribute.
  1. Sponsor a Pet—Surprise an adopter by sponsoring the adoption fee. Not only will you make a lifesaving gift, the adopter may even pay it forward and donate too. Call our Adoptions Center at 941.955.4131. Sponsor a Pet.
  1. Planned Giving—Give yourself the gift of peace of mind by formalizing your estate plans. Planned giving is not just for the wealthy and can make a tremendous difference in the future of HSSC. The first step is always to consult your financial and legal advisors. Leave a Legacy.
  1. Spread Cheer—Keep your children occupied when school is out with a Fundraising 101 project. Sell baked goods, offer to wrap gifts, make holiday crafts—the possibilities are endless. Get creative, then simply donate the proceeds to HSSC. More Ideas.
  1. Partner with HSSC—Make your relationship official by becoming an HSSC Partner. Partnerships come with a range of opportunities and benefits, for both individuals and businesses. You’ll demonstrate your commitment to helping the area’s premier no-kill shelter. Partner Up.
  1. Donor Advised Funds—Recommend a grant to HSSC from your Donor Advised Fund. Contact your charitable sponsor to initiate the process and know that HSSC will truly appreciate your support. We rely on the generosity of individuals and foundations. More Information.
  1. Gift Certificates—Stuff a stocking with an HSSC gift certificate. These can be used for everything from pet food in our retail center to summer camp registrations for the animal-loving child in your life. Stop by during open hours. Contact Us.
  1. Event Sponsorships—Show your support by sponsoring one (or both!) of HSSC’s 2019 signature events: Paws on the Catwalk and the Humane Society Golf Tournament. Sponsorships are highly visible ways to benefit HSSC and have a little fun in the process. These events always sell out, so don’t delay. Sponsor.
  1. Peer-to-Peer Fundraisers—Set up an online donation page on Facebook or the platform of your choice. Tell people why you support the work HSSC does, then share your fundraiser with your circle. The number-one reason people give is because someone they care about (you!) asked them to. Get Started.
  1. Buy a ShelterBed—Reduce stress in adoptable pets by donating a long-lasting Kuranda ShelterBed to HSSC. When pets sleep better, they behave better, which makes them more adoptable. It’s a tangible gift for a shelter pet, and Kuranda ships the beds directly to HSSC. Buy a Bed
  1. Give Thanks—It’s our turn to express our gratitude for everyone who has given time and treasure to HSSC this year. We envision a community where all animals are cared for and loved. By working together, we are making that vision a reality. Thank You.


Legal Disclaimer


HSSC urges all prospective donors to seek the assistance of personal legal and financial advisors in matters relating to their gifts, including the resulting tax and estate planning consequences. The information above is intended to provide general information on gift giving and should not be used as specific legal, tax, or investment advice.

The Humane Society of Sarasota County, Inc., is a private, non-profit 501(c)(3) corporation registered with the Florida Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services, Registration Number CH239, and receives 100% of all donated funds. A copy of the official registration and financial information may be obtained from the division of consumer services by calling toll-free 1-800-435-7352 within the state or online at www.freshfromflorida.com. Registration does not imply endorsement, approval, or recommendation by the state.

THE HUMANE SOCIETY OF SARASOTA COUNTY
2331 15th Street | Sarasota, FL 34237 | 941.955.4131 | This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
THE ANIMAL CLINIC OF HSSC
1090 North Tuttle Ave | Sarasota, FL 34237 | 941.364.3605 | This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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THE HUMANE SOCIETY OF SARASOTA COUNTY, INC., IS A PRIVATE, NON-PROFIT 501(C)(3) CORPORATION REGISTERED WITH THE FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE & CONSUMER SERVICES, REGISTRATION NUMBER CH239, AND RECEIVES 100% OF ALL DONATED FUNDS. A COPY OF THE OFFICIAL REGISTRATION AND FINANCIAL INFORMATION MAY BE OBTAINED FROM THE DIVISION OF CONSUMER SERVICES BY CALLING TOLL-FREE 1-800-435-7352 WITHIN THE STATE OR ONLINE AT WWW.FRESHFROMFLORIDA.COM. REGISTRATION DOES NOT IMPLY ENDORSEMENT, APPROVAL, OR RECOMMENDATION BY THE STATE.

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