Retirement Plans

Retirement Plans and IRAs as gifts to the AKC Canine Health Foundation provide a wonderful legacy opportunity to prevent, treat and cure canine disease.

This gifting opportunity merely involves obtaining a beneficiary designation form from your retirement plan administrator and naming the AKC Canine Health Foundation as the entire or partialbeneficiary of the retirement plan assets upon the owner’s death. A donor may achieve significant income and estate tax savings by naming the Foundation as the beneficiary of their retirement assets. We advise you to consult with your tax advisor regarding your individual tax benefits of such a gift.

You may name the AKC Canine Health Foundation as a beneficiary of your IRA or other qualified retirement plans including a 401(k), 403(b), IRA, Keogh or profit sharing pension plan. Naming the Foundation as the beneficiary of a qualified retirement plan asset will accomplish a significant charitable goal and the donor maintains complete control over the asset while living. At the donor's death, a portion or all of the remaining principal in the plan passes to support the Foundation’s efforts to prevent, treat and cure canine disease without estate or income taxes.

Making a charitable gift from your retirement plan is easy and should not cost you any attorney fees. Simply request a change of beneficiary form from your plan administrator, complete the form, return it to your plan administrator and send a copy to the AKC Canine health Foundation. We can also assist you with the proper language for your beneficiary designation. Please contact us by completing our planned giving interest form, calling 1-888-682-9696 or emailing for help.

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