Some of the most common ways to make a gift to Farm Sanctuary are to write a check, make a gift using a credit card, or donate online.

A gift of cash could be right for you if:

  • You want the easiest way to donate to Farm Sanctuary. 
  • You want the largest possible income tax charitable deduction for your gift.
  • You would like to make the gift to Farm Sanctuary that has the greatest immediate impact.

How it works

You make a gift of cash directly to Farm Sanctuary and you receive an immediate income tax charitable deduction.

How Your Gift Helps

Your gift will help us fulfill our mission on behalf of billions of farm animals... each one an individual with feelings no different than your beloved cat or dog. Making a planned gift will help us...

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Educate millions of people about the effects of factory farming on our health and environment; Advocate to create protections for farm animals, and promote compassionate vegan living; And rescue farm animals from cruelty and neglect, allowing them to live in the peace and joy of sanctuary.


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What is an outright gift of cash?

An outright gift of cash is when you transfer funds to Farm Sanctuary and get nothing of financial value in return. The most common way for donors to make an outright gift is to write a check payable to Farm Sanctuary.

Gift provides immediate support

Unlike some other gift arrangements, your outright gift will provide resources that Farm Sanctuary can put to immediate use. If you prefer to restrict our use of your gift in any way, please contact us so that we can be sure that we can carry out your wishes.   

Maximum tax savings

You may deduct the full amount of your donation up to 60% of your adjusted gross income, providing tax savings if you itemize. You may carry forward all of your unused deduction for up to five additional years.

Ways to give cash

Most donors make an outright gift by writing a check payable to Farm Sanctuary and mailing it to us. You may also make a cash gift using your credit card.


Janice Stout would like to make an immediate $15,000 gift to Farm Sanctuary. Janice could write a check for this amount and earn a charitable deduction equal to $15,000. Alternatively, Janice could make a gift using her credit card by calling us on the phone, responding to a mailing, or by donating online through our website. Gifts of checks and gifts made via credit cards are considered cash gifts.


  • Janice may deduct up to 60% of her adjusted gross income for her gift of cash, providing tax savings if she itemizes.
  • If Janice itemizes deductions but cannot use the entire deduction in the year of gift, she may carry the balance forward for up to five additional years. 
  • Assuming Janice itemizes deductions and can use her entire income tax charitable deduction of $15,000, she will save her $5,550 (37% tax).
  • Janice will gain the satisfaction of making a $15,000 gift to Farm Sanctuary.