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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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5 Steps to Better Protect Your Kids
Children add much joy to life, but they also bring about the need for many new tasks. Possibly the most important task is planning a secure future for them in the event that you won't be here. If you've already created a plan, how accurate is it today? More

The Dangers of DIY Wills
Everyone loves to save time and money, and DIY estate planning seems like a perfect opportunity to do both. Sites like LegalZoom.com and RocketLawyer.com came on the scene a few years back and have steadily gained a following. Experts estimate that more than 1 million individuals use these sites every year to create wills and other estate documents. More

No Kids? You Still Need a Plan
Estate planning is for everyone, regardless of your marital status, income or age. Your life circumstances, however, will affect your plan. For example, estate planning for people without children has a different focus than planning for those with kids. More

Can't Help Right Now? Consider a Gift in Your Will or Trust
If you believe in our mission but don't want to part with money today, a gift in your will or living trust may be the donation option you've been looking for. More