Planned Giving

Christ Kotsos Story of Legacy and Hope

Christ loved animals. After retiring from car sales, he became involved with Lake Humane Society. Christ became a regular event attendee, and always looked forward to Black Cat Ball. In the years that followed, he adopted two dogs from LHS, Williams and Grady, who brought such joy to his life.

Before Christ passed, he knew he wanted to leave something meaningful behind. After talking to staff at LHS, he included Lake Humane Society in his will. Christ wished to help homeless animals long into the future – a legacy we are honored to fulfill.

A legacy gift will keep on giving compassionate care, protection and second chances to homeless animals, while leading a humane Lake County.

What will your legacy be?

Planned giving is a powerful way to help Lake Humane Society and can provide you with immediate or future tax benefits. Including a charitable gift in your estate plan ensures that lifesaving programs for animals and people will continue for years to come. A planned gift ensures the values you hold dear live on within future generations. Several planned giving opportunities are listed below:

Cash Donations

Cash donations provide Lake Humane Society immediate financial support and an income tax deduction for the year in which the gift was given.

Donations can be mailed to us or dropped off at Lake Humane Society: 7564 Tyler Boulevard, Bldg. E, Mentor, Ohio 44060.


Charitable Remainder Trusts and Charitable Lead Trusts are two vehicles through which you and Lake Humane Society both receive benefits on an ongoing basis. In a Charitable Remainder Trust, annual income is provided to you, and as a beneficiary of the trust Lake Humane Society receives the gift upon the passing of those indicated in the trust.

In a Charitable Lead Trust, Lake Humane Society, as a beneficiary of the trust, receives distributions from the trust for a predetermined number of years, and at the end of the time period the remainder of the trust is then distributed to Lake Humane Society and any other beneficiaries indicated in the trust document.

Your Legacy, Their Hope.

We would love to help you create a legacy of love.

Please fill out our Planned Giving Interest Form and Mandy Osborne, Director of Development, will be in touch with you.

Planned Giving Interest Form