Gift Planning

Donor Stories

Providing Opportunities for Deserving Students
Dennis and Betty VoskuilDennis and Betty Voskuil have a deep connection to Hope. Their gift ensures students with a desire for a Hope education have the chance to attain one. More

'Why Do I Give to Hope? One Word: Pride'
Judy KingmaAs a student, Judy Hazelton was focused on her studies. She says, "My world was so tiny, and I was in survival mode. I graduated in 1956 with a degree in teaching, which I thankfully was able to use, and a diamond ring on my finger." More

Combining Her Passions
Megan ClarkMegan Clark '19 has a passion for history and theatre. During her time at Hope, she has had the opportunity to combine them and explore areas that interest her. More

Shaping Lives at Hope College
Anna Gibbs '20Thanks to a gift from a generous donor, Anna Gibbs ’20 was able to attend Hope College. See how the education she is receiving at Hope is shaping her life and preparing her for the future. More

Dreaming of a Hope Education
Addison Huss smiling with Lela PiferAddison Huss always dreamed she'd be able to go to Hope College. Thanks to a scholarship established years earlier, Addison's dream came true. More

Thoughtfully Giving Forward
Dr. Kirkwood and Celeste FaberDr. Kirkwood and Celeste Faber established the Earl H. ’38 and Mildred E. Kirkwood ’39 Faber Scholarship Fund in honor of Kirk’s parents. What an inspiration and blessing it has been for students of the college. More

Giving Beyond
Blaine and Kathy NewhouseBlaine '86 and Kathy Newhouse believed early on in their marriage that they would give "sacrificially" to Christian causes. They have found through giving, they receive. More

Hope Touched Our Hearts and Our Minds
Jerry and Mary ZwartJerry ’67 and Mary Rynbrandt ’69 Zwart have fond memories of their individual experiences at Hope as well as the experience and impact the college has had on their family, friends and community.  More

Inspired by Hope
Bradfords and GonzalezTo Diana Gonzalez, Hope College seemed perfect in every way but one—financially it seemed out of reach. Today, Diana connects regularly with the family who helped her turn a Hope education into a reality.  More

Scholarship Helps Hope Student Move Toward Career in Education
Allix HutchisonScholarships are one of the most cherished of all gifts to the college because they keep a Hope College education affordable for talented and deserving students. Establishing a scholarship through a planned gift provides necessary financial aid for future generations of students.  More

Gift and Estate Planning From Hope College
Dr. Alwin B. ColemanHope College shaped the scientist that Dr. Al B. Coleman became. The relationship he had with his professors was a deciding factor for him to honor Hope in his estate plan.  More

Vision of Music
David RoossienDavid Roossien had a vision. His vision was to allow all of the Holland community to experience the joy of pipe organs and its music. At Hope College, David utilized the IRA charitable rollover to make the organ a reality in the Concert Hall at the Jack H. Miller Center of Musical Arts.  More

Passionate About Philanthropy
LangejansUtilizing careful planning, the Calvin and Yvonne Langejans are passionate about philanthropy. Inspired by C.S. Lewis, "There ought to be things we should like to do and cannot do because our charitable expenditures excludes them," Cal says.  More

Enjoying the Hope Experience
Breanna WisneskiScholarships give Hope students the ability to earn a college education without worrying about cost. Breanna Wisneski is one student who has had an empowering educational journey thanks to a scholarship that wouldn't have been possible without the generosity of donors like you. More

One Semester Leads to Decades of Service and Support
Dorothy SherburneDorothy Sherburne has many fond memories of Hope College dating all the way back to 1959. That's when her late husband, Frank, was offered a one-semester teaching assignment in the math department...  More

Lasting Loyalty
Don NadlerDon Nadler '73 first danced with Kathy at a fraternity rush party. Months later, and one minute before curfew, he proposed to her on the steps of Durfee Hall. She did not have time to respond.  More

Steadfast in Their Commitment to Hope
Dr. NormanDr. Norman '53 and Marcia Veldman '56 Thompson are proud of their Hope College heritage. Seven generations of their family-above and below and on both sides-have attended Hope, including all four of their children.  More

Giving Hope to Students Who Need a Helping Hand
The BooisDuane '49 and Phyllis "PJ" Sherman '50 Booi met at Hope College in 1946; she was a freshman and he was a sophomore just out of the Navy. The two connected while singing in Professor Emerita Jantina Holleman's madrigal group.  More

Giving Back to Hope
donor-kempker-thumb.jpgGarry and Gloria Kempker have started the next phase of their life by giving back. There are many ways to stay connected to Hope College. One of the ways the Kempkers have chosen to stay in touch with Hope...   More

A Child Named 'Charity': Couple Adopts Philanthropic Philosophy
donor-klepper-thumb.jpgDon '54 and Alice Klepper '55 Jansma were once told that all parents want to leave something for their children. Don recalls being told, "If you have three children, why not adopt a fourth and name that child 'Charity.'"   More

Reunions and Planning for the Future
donor-mackey-thumb.jpgBarb Mackey '69 enjoys returning to Hope College often. Her next planned visit is this spring for her 45-year class reunion. Although Barb acknowledges the social aspect of class reunions, she believes strongly that reunions...   More

"Still a Part of the Family"
donor-bache-thumb.jpgCyndie Bache took full advantage of her time at Hope College. She enjoyed a meaningful education and later a great career as a teacher and coach. Now she's giving back to Hope through a special gift.  More

A Commitment to Future Generations
donor-voogd-thumb.jpgGlenn '71 and Jane Voogd '75 Lowe believe wholeheartedly that an institution of higher education can be both academically superior and intentionally Christian-that's why they love Hope College. More

Christian Liberal Arts Education Put to Use
donor-provo-thumb.jpgDr. Linda Provo '71 Fulton is an example of the kind of person Hope College strives to educate for a life of leadership and service. A lifelong learner, Linda has included Hope in her estate plan to assist future students.   More

Philanthropy Through Planned Giving
donor-bax-gerry-thumb.jpg Establishing a Hope College charitable gift annuity is a great way to support the college and, at the same time, receive partially income tax-free payments in retirement. Just ask Hope College alumnus Gerald Bax '42. More

Strong Reputation and Trust Key in Alum's Gift Intentions
donor-clifford-thumb.jpgHaving a good reputation is important. So is trust. These two factors were instrumental in Dan '68 and Nancy Clifford's decision to include Hope College in their estate plan.  More

Hope Always an Influence
donor-krueger-thumb.jpg"Any time someone calls and asks if I want to do something for Hope, I'm always eager to help and participate." This is the sentiment expressed by Daniel Krueger '68. And although not a Hope alumna, Dan's wife, Nancy...  More

Providing for Future Generations
donor-korson-thumb.jpgScholarships are considered one of the most cherished of all gifts to the college because they help make a Hope College education affordable for talented and deserving students.   More

Early Estate Commitment to Benefit Hope Students
donor-vander-thumb.jpgFor Brenda Heath '77 and Jack Vander Meulen the decision to include Hope in their will was made early in their marriage. That decision was based on a commitment to tithing, including in their estate.  More

Second-Generation Family Creates Lasting Legacy
donor-miller-thumb.jpgLinda Miller '83 has fond memories of her time as a student at Hope. A computer science major and math and physics double minor, she recalls Herb Dershem and Richard Vandervelde as professors who had an impact...   More

Community-Minded Couple Gives to Hope
donor-anderson-thumb.jpgFor Andrew and ReBecca Renner Anderson, supporting Hope College comes naturally. Andy married into a family with deep ties to Hope and joyfully became a part of the college community.   More

Lifelong Affection for Hope Leads to Giving Back
donor-mulder-thumb.jpgHope College is grateful for friends like Roger and Beverly Mulder. "We know the quality of a Hope education," Roger says. "I owe a debt of gratitude to Hope. It's a good feeling to be in a position to give back."    More

Lifetime Joy of Learning Comes Full Circle
donor-coleman-thumb.jpgAs a student, Dr. Alwin B. Coleman '49 came to know many of his professors as friends. Al states: "There wasn't a professor I studied under at Hope that I did not like."   More

Benefiting the Present and the Future
donor-schoon-thumb.jpgJohn A. Schoon believed in the importance of a Christian education. That's why, after he passed away, his family created a charitable lead trust that funds a scholarship in his honor at Hope College.   More

An Example of Generosity, Service and Faith
donor-heusinkveld-thumb.jpgThe Heusinkvelds' generosity and service go hand in hand with their strong faith. The couple's generosity includes a gift in their estate plans to support Hope College.  More

Couple Made Estate Plans Early to Include Hope
donor-dieffenbach-thumb.jpgThe Rev. Timothy '84 and Brenda Hoffman '89 Dieffenbach traveled different paths to Hope College. Tim, a first-generation student, came to Hope as a second-year transfer from Central College in Pella, Iowa.  More

Celebrating 34 New Households That Joined DHS
donor-alumni-thumb.jpgHope College is grateful to the 34 new households who joined the Dimnent Heritage Society in the last year. We're taking this opportunity to give thanks to the 34 new and inspiring members of the Dimnent Heritage Society.  More

Helping Future Generations of Hope Students
donor-kanode-thumb.jpgDick Kanode '54 and his wife, Carol, continue to receive great joy from their connection with Hope College. Prior to retirement, Dick worked in the news making industry on the west coast.  More

Paying It Back
donor-marsh-thumb.jpgAlthough his Hope College education was interrupted several times, Gerard E. Marsh '56 didn't let that stop him from earning his Hope College diploma. Jerry came to Hope from Kalamazoo after visiting campus on a church trip.  More

Commitment to Hope Inspires Couple to Give Back
donor-serum-thumb.jpgAlthough Dr. James W. '65 and Mrs. Marilyn J. Hoffman '66 Serum were only a year apart while attending Hope they did not know each other. A few years after graduating, Hope connections brought them together...   More

Endowed Scholarships at Hope Help Students Succeed
images/H/hope-college/donor-dykema-thumb.jpgThere are many ways to support the ongoing mission of Hope College, but few as meaningful and rewarding as establishing an endowed scholarship. For many students, attending Hope College can become a reality...  More

Familial Hope
donor-mouw-thumb.jpgRaised in the parsonage of Sixth Reformed Church in Holland, Mich., Mary Emily Mouw '72 has always known Hope College as an extension of her backyard. Her parents, the Rev. Henry '40 and Emily Bielefeld '41 Mouw...  More

Welcome New Dimnent Heritage Society Members!
donor-alumni-thumb.jpgThe following households joined the Dimnent Heritage Society by providing for Hope College in their estate plans or otherwise participating in planned gifts with Hope College.  More

Van Raaltes Give Back for Receiving Nurturing and Support From Hope
donor-van-raalte-thumb.jpgLloyd '50 and Virginia Van Raalte believe in the importance of an affordable Hope College education. Lloyd's father was unable to complete his Hope education and Lloyd has often wondered how his father would have fared...   More

Back to Hope
donor-larson-thumb.jpgPeg Van Grouw may not be a graduate of Hope College herself, but she is a vibrant and dedicated member of the college community. Peg grew up in the Lansing area and attended Michigan State University. More

Giving Thanks for Hope
donor-scott-thumb.jpgDonald '59 and Constance Kregar '61 Scott of Burlington, Vt., have been strong and consistent supporters of Hope College for the duration of their 47-year marriage. While together at Hope, Don and Connie...  More

A Community Champion
donor-van-grouw-thumb.jpgPeg Van Grouw may not be a graduate of Hope College herself, but she is a vibrant and dedicated member of the college community. Peg grew up in the Lansing area and attended Michigan State University. More

Joy in a Global Hope
donor-devisser-thumb.jpgDr. David '64 and Alverna '66 DeVisser have truly come full circle at Hope College. "At Hope we each had a chance to see our faith both mature and focus," said Alverna.  More

Don and Miriam DeJongh Name Hope as Retirement Fund Beneficiary
donor-dejongh-thumb.jpgFor Don '59 and Miriam (Klaaren '60) DeJongh of Palo Alto, Calif., Hope College represents their backyard and the world. Both of their families come from western Michigan, and their parents attended Hope...  More

John and Dede Howard: Strong and Consistent Support With CGAs
donor-howard-thumb.jpgFor many years prior to moving to Holland from a comfortable home on a bluff overlooking St. Joseph's Lions Park Beach, John and Dede Howard attended and supported the performing arts at Hope College. More

Leaving a Legacy as an Inspiration for Her Children and Others
donor-ridder-thumb.jpgEducation is of the utmost importance to Lenora Ridder '69. Since graduating, she has been pleased that Hope College continues to make integration of faith and rigorous academic standards a priority. More

Kieft Hopes Giving Will Inspire Others to Action
donor-kieft-thumb.jpgLarry Kieft does not like a lot of public recognition, but when asked if we could profile him for this newsletter, he replied, "If going public with my giving helps Hope College, and inspires others to give, then I am willing to do it."  More