Cats  

The Feline Health Center


The majority of the Center's work is made possible through contributions from friends.

How You Can Help

Contributions
Cash contributions provide financial resources necessary to fulfill the Center's mission and to prevent and cure feline diseases. You can increase the impact of your gift through a matching gift from your employer. Ask your employer for details on the company's matching-gift policy. We provide a form for online giving.

Planned Gifts
Unlike cash gifts, planned gifts provide financial resources for the Center's future while you receive immediate tax benefits and/or income based on the investment type you choose. If you would like to discuss any of these options below, please contact Ian Garrett or Rebecca Vallely in the Cornell Office of Gift Planning, 1-800-377-2177.

Bequests. You can help ensure better health for future generations of cats by naming the Center as a beneficiary in your will. 

If you decide to bequeath money or property to the Feline Health Center at the College of Veterinary Medicine, you and your lawyer may find the following examples of language helpful:

1.  An unrestricted bequest for general purposes:

I hereby give, devise, and bequeath to Cornell University, an educational corporation in Ithaca, New York, for the benefit of the Feline Health Center at the College of Veterinary Medicine {.... Dollars} {.... Percent} {all the rest, residue, and remainder of my estate}.

2.  A bequest for endowment:

I hereby give, devise, and bequeath to Cornell University, an educational corporation in Ithaca, New York, for the benefit of the Feline Health Center at the College of Veterinary Medicine {.... Dollars} {.... Percent} {all the rest, residue, and remainder of my estate} to establish and endowment fund to be known as the {(name of) Fund}, the income from which shall support the research, education and outreach programs of the Feline Health Center.

Gifts to establish a permanent endowed fund are subject to minimum gift amounts established by the Cornell University Board of Trustees.  The current minimum for unrestricted endowment funds is $100,000.

Life Income Agreements. This option allows you to make the Center the remainder beneficiary of a trust you create during your lifetime while retaining income for yourself and /or that of a second beneficiary. You receive an immediate tax deduction when you create your trust.

Trusts. By establishing a trust, donors either name the Center as the trust beneficiary or place assets in a trust fund that will generate income for the Center over a specified term.

Stocks. Through your gift of appreciated securities, stocks, or bonds to the Center, you may avoid some or all of the capital gains tax by deducting their full current market value as a charitable contribution.


Memorial Program for Feline Companions
The loss of a beloved cat can be a truly devastating experience, sometimes causing emotion as intense as that felt over the loss of a human family member. At times like this, expressing compassion and understanding can be immensely comforting. A memorial contribution in the cat's name shows your sensitivity in a way that will help other cats live healthier lives.

Membership
The Center offers membership plans for both veterinarians and cat owners. Your membership dollars enable us to 1) support feline health studies consistent with the Center's mission and 2) publish and disseminate current information on feline health care.