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Donor Stories

Donor Stories

Learn how others have made an impact through their acts of giving to our organization and others.

  • Irene Arnold - Wills Bequest
    Irene lived to be 100 years old, celebrating a lifetime of accomplishment, success, and quiet service in Northwest Iowa. For decades, she faithfully supported Hope Haven...
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  • Howard & Marge Beernink - Charitable Remainder Trust
    A Charitable Remainder Trust is an estate plan that Howard and Marge use to provide a lifelong income stream for themselves and their son Dan, who is currently served by Hope Haven (HH).
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  • Calvin & Viola Dockter - Gift Agreement and Named Gift
    In 1994, Viola, along with son Charles, established a gift agreement to benefit the people served by Hope Haven. The value of the gift increased dramatically over the years, thanks to both...
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  • Henry & Alberta Schuller - Irrevocable Trust
    At 95, Henry Schuller is in great shape. He cares for his house, plants and nurtures a garden, and still drives his car. Henry was married to his wife Alberta for nearly 60 years.
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  • John & Mary - Trust
    John and Mary decided to set up an estate plan through a Trust that would insure the future for their four children, as well as fulfilling their desire to be faithful stewards...
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  • Chuck and Sandy - Peace of Mind Gift Annuity
    To take advantage of the low Capital Gains taxes in property sales, Chuck and Sandy decided to sell some property they had bought years earlier that had appreciated in value.
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  • Arnold & Thelma Menning - Charitable Gift Annuity
    In order to secure a guaranteed and substantial rate of return on an investment, in addition to charitable intent, Arnold and Thelma decided to cash in some shares of stock they owned...
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  • Vern Altemus - IRA Beneficiary
    Many of us have taken advantage of retirement accounts in recent years. As we continue to age, these accounts still accumulate in value. Upon death, in most cases...
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  • Tillie Sipma - Fixed Income for Retirement
    Tillie and her husband Andrew, who recently passed away, have spent the last few years living in a retirement home. With fixed expenses and income, and lower market yields...
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  • Mark and Sherry Lundberg - Use of Family Foundation
    Mark: When the youngest of our three children went away to college a few years ago, we decided it was a good time to review our estate and transfer plans.
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  • John and Ruth Vander Haag - Cash Contribution/Stock Gift
    Donors make gifts in a variety ways, but a direct cash contribution through a stock gift is a great option to consider!
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  • Anonymous Donor - Federal Estate Tax / Farm Donation
    Several years ago, a dear friend to Hope Haven's ministries felt led to make a difference in the lives of children all over the world. Federal tax laws facilitated...
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  • Anonymous - Faithful Stewardship
    Faithful stewardship is a life choice that people make when they become accountable for the resources that God has given them. One such couple from Minnesota...
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  • Vern and Lois Raak
    Vern and Lois Raak, Iowa natives, wanted to do something special for Hope Haven and decided the best vehicle to support...
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