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Offline toddg

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Good news for dogs
« on: July 01, 2008, 07:22:42 PM »
The New York Times
Helmsley’s Fortune May Go to the Dogs
By STEPHANIE STROM
Published: July 2, 2008

Sure, the hotelier and real estate magnate Leona Helmsley left $12 million in her will to her dog, Trouble. But that, it turns out, is nothing much compared with what other dogs may receive from the charitable trust of Mrs. Helmsley, who died last August.

Her instructions, specified in a two-page “mission statement,” are that the entire trust, valued at $5 billion to $8 billion, be used for the care and welfare of dogs, according to two people who have seen the document and who described it on condition of anonymity.

It is by no means clear that all the money will go to dogs, however. Another provision of the mission statement says Mrs. Helmsley’s trustees may use their discretion in distributing the money, and some lawyers say the statement may not mean much anyway, given that its directions were not incorporated into Mrs. Helmsley’s will or the trust documents.

“The statement is an expression of her wishes that is not necessarily legally binding,” said William Josephson, a lawyer who ran the Charities Bureau in the New York State attorney general’s office from 1999 to 2004.

Still, longstanding laws favor adherence to a donor’s intent, and the mission statement is the only clear expression of Mrs. Helmsley’s charitable intentions. That will make it hard for her trustees, as well as the probate court and state charity regulators, to ignore.

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Even if the resulting total is at the low end of the estimate — $5 billion or so — the trust will be worth almost 10 times the combined assets of all 7,381 animal-related nonprofit groups reporting to the Internal Revenue Service in 2005.


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With funding like that, we can afford to tear down luxury condos and replace them with beautiful dog runs all over the place!

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Re: Good news for dogs
« Reply #1 on: July 01, 2008, 07:49:35 PM »
Todd, my dog doesn't find you comment humorous at all.   >:(

All kidding aside, even a smaller portion of the inheritance in question would do a world of good for dogs.
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Re: Good news for dogs
« Reply #2 on: July 03, 2008, 12:29:27 AM »
From the "mouths" of dogs.  Here's an interesting follow-up to the article regarding the billions that Leona Helmsley earmarked for the care of dogs.

Eight Billion? For Us? New York City’s Dogs Take the News in Stride
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Re: Good news for dogs
« Reply #2 on: July 03, 2008, 12:29:27 AM »