The George M. Newhall Friends for Life Society


The George M. Newhall Friends for Life Society at the Humane Society of Indianapolis (HSI) recognizes and honors those who have chosen to support HSI through estate and charitable gift plans.

The programs, services, and mission of the Humane Society of Indianapolis are made possible today in large part because yesterday’s supporters included IndyHumane in their estate plans. Members of the Friends for Life Society share a common bond of generosity and passion for service to the community and pets in need that ensures we are able to pursue our mission for generations to come.

Our Program’s Namesake:

Mr. George M. Newhall was a longtime Indianapolis resident with a passion for the underserved. After completing studies at Indiana Central College (now the University of Indianapolis), he moved to the inner city and worked with the YMCA of Indianapolis before joining the civilian staff at Fort Benjamin Harrison, where he had been stationed during his years in the military. In addition to being a passionate pet owner and supporter of IndyHumane, Mr. Newhall also enjoyed hiking and the outdoors, and was a patron to the Indianapolis Hiking Club and The Nature Conservancy of Indiana.

In 2014, Mr. Newhall passed away, leaving a significant bequest for the Humane Society of Indianapolis. It was Mr. Newhall’s final gift that allowed the Board of Directors and IndyHumane senior leadership to eliminate a long-standing and financially restraining debt the organization had accumulated, and launched the organization into a new era of compassionate service to Indianapolis.

Becoming a Member:

The Humane Society of Indianapolis recognizes the significant role these planned giving donors play and is pleased to pay special tribute to their philanthropic leadership and vision. Becoming a member of the Friends for Life Society is simple, and there are several options available:

  • Include the Humane Society of Indianapolis as a beneficiary in a living will or trust.
  • Create a life-income gift through a charitable gift annuity, charitable remainder trust, or charitable lead trust.
  • Name HSI as a beneficiary or owner of a life insurance policy.
  • With your attorney, create a future gift of real estate and/or property.

Upon receipt of your intention to include HSI as a beneficiary of a planned gift, the donor will be recognized as a member of the Friends for Life Society.

Donor Recognition:

Members of the George M. Newhall Friends for Life Society are recognized on the Humane Society of Indianapolis’ Web site, and listed in the annual report for the year in which the planned gift is received. Donor names are also added to a register of planned givers at the Humane Society of Indianapolis’ Michigan Road campus beginning with the year their gift is received.

Members will also receive invitations to members-only experiences; special periodic communications relating to planned gifts, changes, or enhancements to the planned giving program at IndyHumane; and other important information about the shelter and its programs.

Plan Your Charitable Gift Today:

Charitable gift planning helps you define and execute your charitable intentions in the most beneficial manner to you and to the Humane Society of Indianapolis.

Through the creative process of planned giving, you can fulfill philanthropic goals; reduce income, capital-gain, and estate taxes; retain your income; and even increase your income all while supporting HSI.

Use the Contact Us link on the right side of the screen, or call 317.872.5650 for more information on joining Mr. Newhall as a friend for life.


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