The Humane Society of the Nature Coast (HSNC), a not for profit 501 (c) (3) corporation, organized under the laws of the State of Florida, solicits and accepts gifts for purposes that will help the organization further and fulfill its mission. The HSNC 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 mission of the Humane Society of the Nature Coast is to:
Provide a safe and healthy haven for homeless, neglected and abused animals while educating the public on pet welfare and sterilization to achieve a no-kill society.
The HSNC gratefully appreciates gifts of time, talent and treasure, where and when the gesture is given sincerely to support the work of the HSNC. The HSNC will not accept gifts based on the unethical exchange of recognition where the HSNC does not support in principle, the intentions or the reputation of the donor or where the reputation of the HSNC is at risk.
The following policies and guidelines govern acceptance of gifts made to The HSNC for the benefit of any of its operations, programs or services.
Use of Legal Counsel—The HSNC will seek the advice of legal counsel in matters relating to acceptance of gifts when appropriate. Review by counsel is recommended for:
A. Gifts of securities that are subject to restrictions or buy-sell agreements.
B. Documents naming The HSNC as trustee or requiring The HSNC to act in any fiduciary capacity.
C. Gifts requiring The HSNC to assume financial or other obligations.
D. Transactions with potential conflicts of interest.
E. Gifts of property which may be subject to environmental or other regulatory restrictions.
Restrictions on Gifts—The HSNC will not accept gifts that (a) would result in The HSNC violating its corporate articles or bylaws, (b) would result in The HSNC losing its status as an IRS § 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization, (c) are too difficult or too expensive to administer in relation to their value, (d) would result in any unacceptable consequences for The HSNC, or (e) are for purposes outside The HSNC’s mission. Decisions on the restrictive nature of a gift, and its acceptance or refusal, shall be made by the Board or Directors, in consultation with the Executive Director.
Gifts Generally Accepted Without Review—
- Ø Cash. Cash gifts are acceptable in any form, including by check, money order, credit card, or on-line. Donors wishing to make a gift by credit card must provide the card type (e.g., Visa, MasterCard, American Express), card number, expiration date, and name of the card holder as it appears on the credit card.
- Ø Marketable Securities. Marketable securities may be transferred electronically to an account maintained at one or more brokerage firms or delivered physically with the transferor’s endorsement or signed stock power (with appropriate signature guarantees) attached. All marketable securities will be sold promptly upon receipt unless otherwise directed by The HSNC’s Investment Committee. In some cases marketable securities may be restricted, for example, by applicable securities laws or the terms of the proposed gift; in such instances the decision whether to accept the restricted securities shall be made by the Board of Directors.
- Ø Bequests and Beneficiary Designations under Revocable Trusts, Life Insurance Policies, Commercial Annuities and Retirement Plans. Donors are encouraged to make bequests to The HSNC under their wills, and to name The HSNC as the beneficiary under trusts, life insurance policies, commercial annuities and retirement plans.
- Ø Charitable Remainder Trusts. The HSNC will accept designation as a remainder beneficiary of charitable remainder trusts.
- Ø Charitable Lead Trusts. The HSNC will accept designation as an income beneficiary of charitable lead trusts.
Gifts Accepted Subject to Prior Review—Certain forms of gifts or donated properties may be subject to review prior to acceptance. Examples of gifts subject to prior review include, but are not limited to:
- Ø Tangible Personal Property. The Board of Directors shall review and determine whether to accept any gifts of tangible personal property in light of the following considerations: does the property further the organization’s mission? Is the property marketable? Are there any unacceptable restrictions imposed on the property? Are there any carrying costs for the property for which the organization may be responsible? Is the title/provenance of the property clear?
- Ø Life Insurance. The HSNC will accept gifts of life insurance where The HSNC is named as both beneficiary and irrevocable owner of the insurance policy. The donor must agree to pay, before due, any future premium payments owing on the policy.
- Ø Real Estate. All gifts of real estate are subject to review by the Board of Directors. Prior to acceptance of any gift of real estate other than a personal residence, The HSNC shall require an initial environmental review by a qualified environmental firm. In the event that the initial review reveals a potential problem, the organization may retain a qualified environmental firm to conduct an environmental audit. Criteria for acceptance of gifts of real estate include: Is the property useful for the organization’s purposes? Is the property readily marketable? Are there covenants, conditions, restrictions, reservations, easements, encumbrances or other limitations associated with the property? Are there carrying costs (including insurance, property taxes, mortgages, notes, or the like) or maintenance expenses associated with the property? Does the environmental review or audit reflect that the property is damaged or otherwise requires remediation?
Gifts not mentioned above will be reviewed by the Board of Directors to determine the appropriate disposition or the right to refuse the gift.
Every gift will be promptly acknowledged, and donors will be informed of how the gift will be recognized. Specific requests about acknowledgment will be honored consistent with the HSNC’s practice. The organization reserves the right to refuse a gift if it is determined to be outside of the mission.
HSNC does not sell or otherwise make available its donors’ private information to businesses or other charities. HSNC does not collect information for commercial marketing and does not share its donor list.