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Thank you for visiting the Guide to Planned Giving. Here you will find helpful and creative ideas for gift and estate planning. We hope you will come back often because our content is always changing.

Please feel free to contact John A. Ruiter, J.D. or one of the Regional Advancement Directors for help with any issues or questions about planned giving.


Dave '90 and Rhonda Boelkins '90 Byrne
After Dave '90 and Rhonda Boelkins '90 Byrne graduated from Hope, they were told to "make giving a habit," Dave shares. "And Hope was one of our first habits."
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Why Is Now the Time to Give?
Donating before Dec. 31 can ensure that you will receive your entitled tax benefits this year. But when is a gift considered complete? More

Leave More for Your Loved Ones
If you are passionate about supporting Hope College after your lifetime, there are many options that will make a big difference to those we serve. But our supporters often worry that the more they give to charitable causes, the less their children will receive. We have good news: With a tax-smart gift of retirement plan assets, you can make a significant impact and leave more for your heirs. More

End Your Year on a Generous Note
For most of us, 2014 was a year of financial ups and downs. So you may feel a bit unsure about the possibility of making a year-end gift to Hope College. Fear not—we've assembled a group of gifts that can work for anyone. Whatever your charitable goals or priorities, you have options to support Hope College today and into the future. More

3 Cases: Planning Rewards and Planning Wrecks
You've probably heard it said many times that it is vitally important to have your estate plans in order, but perhaps you are still not convinced. Here are three stories that highlight the benefits an estate plan can offer as well as the pitfalls that can result from poor plans. More