We are thrilled to offer exciting new opportunities to make a difference for people and animals by partnering with us through endowment.


Since finishing building our facility in 2009, we have gained serious traction in our mission! Now it is time to ensure financial support for the programs that are critical to our mission and position us to grow by building our endowment. Thanks to generous past gifts given through two successful campaigns completed since 2009, HSSV is well positioned to be an even better partner for philanthropists, offering inspiring opportunities for you to advance and sustain the lifesaving mission you share with HSSV, positioning HSSV to innovate and expand, reaching more people and animals.


To include HSSV in your legacy, contact Bridget Keenan at 408-942-3006 or bridget.keenan@hssv.org.

Why is Endowment Important?

Have you always dreamed of doing something big for the animals in our community? Now, you can.

Maybe you want to do something transformative to honor an animal that changed your life, or you’d like pay tribute to someone who’s passionate about animal welfare. Maybe your heart is bigger than your ability to give during your lifetime, but you long to leave a personal mark on HSSV’s mission. Maybe you would like to ensure that today’s lifesaving programs continue to support our human-animal community in the future. It’s all possible when you partner with Humane Society Silicon Valley. We have a lifesaving mission, a track record for impact dating back to 1929, and a vision for the future. You have a passion for animal welfare. Just imagine how much greater we could be together!

What is Endowment?

An endowment is a fund created by donors that provides a non-profit organization with financial support in perpetuity while at the same time establishing an inspiring legacy for the donor. A donor can create a new endowment to focus on a specific program, achieve a desired goal, or help with the greatest needs of the organization. At HSSV, endowments are protected funds that are invested for long-term growth. Each year, a percentage of an endowment is distributed to provide much-needed support for our programs, outreach, and life-saving mission.

An endowment is an important measure of an organization’s long-term strength. A robust endowment is essential to HSSV’s continuing leadership in animal welfare.

Ways to Give

  • You can CREATE A LEGACY funded during your lifetime, through your estate plan, or through a combination of both.
  • You can DIRECT YOUR GIFT toward a favorite program or toward the area of greatest need.
  • You can INVEST IN THE FUTURE by creating your own endowment to support a beloved program — or by contributing to HSSV’s general endowment fund.
  • You can HONOR YOUR INSPIRATION — human or animal — by naming an endowed gift of $25,000 or more.

Designation Ideas

“As long-time volunteers, we see firsthand the efficiency and compassion HSSV brings to its life-saving work. We’ve donated more than $250,000 to further that mission during our lifetimes, and we recently updated our wills and investments to create a legacy, with HSSV as a beneficiary.”


– Elizabeth Laverty & Kevin Williamson