Gift Planning

Commercial Annuities

Like retirement plan assets, commercial annuities provide for tax-deferred growth while the owner is living. Because distributions from commercial annuities are subject to income taxes, they are often considered among the best assets to leave to charity. Due to our tax-exempt status, Hope College can receive your commercial annuity completely tax-free when you name us as beneficiary.

Making this gift is as simple as updating your beneficiary form with your bank or insurance company. You can designate us as the primary beneficiary for a percentage or specific amount. You can also make us the contingent beneficiary so that we will receive the balance of your policy only if your primary beneficiary doesn’t survive you.

Next Steps

  1. Contact John A. Ruiter, J.D. at (616) 395-7779 or for additional information on commercial annuities.
  2. Seek the advice of your financial or legal advisor.
  3. If you include Hope in your plans, please use our legal name and federal tax ID.

Legal Name: Hope College, a Michigan non profit corporation
Address: 141 East 12th Street, P.O. Box 9000, Holland, Michigan 49422
Federal Tax ID Number: 38-1381271