Dec 11, 2023

So Many Ways to Support DCHS


No matter how you give to DCHS, your generosity saves lives! Learn more about the many ways you can make a big difference for animals in need.

We rely on support from our community members to help our animals. We want to make it easy for you to support DCHS however best works for you! DCHS offers multiple ways to donate. Gifts to DCHS are tax-deductible, and some gifts can help you avoid taxes, too! Please consult with your financial advisor for advice.

We’re here to help you donate now, as well as give the gift of a lifetime via an estate gift. Thank you for your compassion to help us provide care and comfort to thousands of animals each year.

One-time gifts

Online: We accept credit and debit cards (Visa, Mastercard, American Express, and Discover), PayPal, Venmo, Google Pay, Apple Pay, and Bank Transfer. Ready to donate? Just click here.

Mail: Send a check to Dane County Humane Society, 5132 Voges Road, Madison, WI 53718. Please make your check payable to “DCHS”.

Stocks, bonds, and other securities: Making a gift of appreciated stock can help you avoid capital gains taxes and maximize your donations! Contact Amy Good at or (608) 287-3213 for information on transferring securities from your brokerage to ours. These transfers can take some time, so we recommend requesting these in early December. Be sure to reach out and let us know if you made a gift of stocks, bonds, or other securities, as we don’t always receive complete contact information for tax receipts and thank you notes.

Qualified Charitable Distributions (QCD) from IRAs: If you’re over 70.5 years old and need to take your required minimum distribution, you can do a direct transfer to DCHS, excluding the transfer from taxable income. Reach out to your financial advisor for advice and their QCD request document, and be sure to share our EIN: 39-0806335.

Donor Advised Funds (DAF): Some brokerage firms help you create a DAF to support charities. Just contact your financial advisor to set up a fund or initiate a gift. If you give via DAF, please send an email to Kelsie Matt at as we don’t always get the donor’s information on the check and we want to be able to thank you!

Vehicle Donations: Our vehicle donation partner strives to accept all types of donated vehicles (running or not) including cars, trucks, trailers, boats, RVs, motorcycles, campers, off-road vehicles, planes, heavy equipment, farm machinery, and most other motorized vehicles. To learn more about donating a vehicle, click here.

Monthly Giving-Constant Companions

Online: Set up your monthly gift online via credit and debit cards (Visa, Mastercard, American Express, and Discover), PayPal, Google Pay, Apple Pay, or Bank Transfer. Ready to set up this recurring gift now? Click the button below.

Directly with your Bank: Give through your checking or savings account directly by starting your gift at the button below and selecting a payment method of Bank Transfer.

Legacy Giving

Legacy Giving can be simple and costs you nothing today, and your future gift will help DCHS save animals, support our community, and care for wildlife for many years to come. Simply include DCHS in your will or trust, or name DCHS as a primary or contingent beneficiary of your insurance policy, donor advised fund, or financial account. You can learn more, and create a will for free, on our Legacy Society page.

A Special Note on Year-End Gifts

If you are looking for a 2023 tax-deduction:

  • Make your gift online by 11:59 pm on December 31, 2023
  • Drop your check in the mail to arrive by December 31, 2023. Our mail has been slow; please allow at least a week for mailing.
  • Bring your gift to the shelter by 2:00 pm on December 31, 2023
  • Initiate your securities gift or QCD by December 15 so we can receive it by December 31, 2023

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