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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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Master the Art of Philanthropy
When you donate to the organizations that are close to your heart, make sure your dollars will make a meaningful difference. By planning your contributions to Hope College, you maximize tax savings and make a personalized impact on Hope College. More

Counting the Benefits of Giving Cash
Want to support Hope College with a simple, straightforward gift of cash? Learn more about how this type of gift benefits us and you. More

Planning Today So You Can Give Later
If Hope College is close to your heart and it's important to you to support our mission, you may be interested in these creative ways to benefit us far into the future that don't affect your budget today. More

What Your IRA Can and Can't Do
For many of us, 401(k)s, IRAs and retirement plans will constitute the bulk of our net worth, aside from our homes. But if you are planning on leaving these funds to family or friends, perhaps you should think again. More