Year-End Giving Guidelines

Hope College is deeply grateful for all the support we receive from our constituency that makes it possible to carry out our mission of educating students for lives of leadership and service. Many of you choose to do so through calendar year-end gifts, and we want to give you a few reminders to help ensure that your gift is credited to the 2014 tax year.

The college is officially closed from December 24 through January 2.

If you have questions concerning your year-end gift during this time, please contact John Ruiter at 616.395.7779 or or Annie Valkema at 616.395.7782 or in Development & Alumni Engagement for assistance.

John Ruiter

Annie Valkema

Mailed Gifts

  • Gifts should be mailed to:

    Hope College Advancement Services
    PO Box 9000
    Holland, MI 49422-9904

  • Checks sent by mail must be postmarked on or before December 31.

Credit Card Gifts

  • Credit card gifts by mail or phone should be received by noon on December 22 to allow time for processing.
  • Gifts made online via credit card should be submitted on or before December 31.

Gifts of Securities

For gifts of securities, the delivery date for electronic transfers of securities is the date the securities are transferred to the Hope College account.

IRA Rollover - Extended

The President has just signed HR 5771 into law. This law includes a one year extension of expired tax provisions retroactive to January 1, 2014, including a reauthorization of the IRA charitable rollover through December 31, 2014. Donors age 70 ½ and older may now transfer up to $100,000 from their IRA to a qualified public charity. The transfer is not subject to federal income tax and qualifies for the donor's 2014 required minimum distribution (RMD). Hope College cannot give legal or tax advice. We strongly recommend you contact your attorney or tax professional for further guidance.

All of us at Hope College wish you and your family a joyful Christmas and blessings in the coming year!