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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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3 Tax-Savvy Strategies to Use This Year
There is no better time than now to protect your wealth with valuable and often overlooked tax deductions. First, estimate how much income you expect to bring in by the end of 2014. Knowing this information can help you decide how much you may want to give to favorite causes, such as Hope College, reducing your income tax hit. More

Have You Had This Crucial Conversation?
Make sure you and your spouse are on the same page when it comes to these important topics. It could save you time, money and heartache later. More

Giving Back = Good Health
It's never a bad time to pay attention to your health. Although when you reach retirement, you may not be willing to take up the hottest new fad diet or exercise routine, there is an easier way to boost your health: Make a donation to Hope College. More