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Planned Giving: Building a Legacy of Hope for Foster Children in Michigan

Guiding Harbor has been providing quality services to children in Michigan’s foster care system for 65 years. We are dedicated to our mission of improving the quality of life for children and families. Your support plays a vital role in our continued ability to further our mission. One impactful way you can assist Guiding Harbor with our mission is through planned giving. 

What is Planned Giving?

Planned giving, often referred to as legacy giving, involves arranging charitable donations during your lifetime or as part of your estate planning. It's a thoughtful and lasting way to support causes that matter to you, such as improving the lives of children in need. 

Why Choose Planned Giving? 

  • Leave a Lasting Legacy: Planned giving allows you to leave a meaningful legacy that will continue to benefit children and families long into the future. Your generosity can make a profound difference for generations to come. 
  • Tax Benefits: Depending on your location and the specific nature of your planned gift, you may be eligible for tax benefits, such as reduced estate taxes or an income tax deduction. These benefits can maximize the impact of your gift. 
  • Support a Cause You're Passionate About: Planned giving enables you to support the causes that matter most to you. If child welfare and improving the lives of children are close to your heart, your gift can help transform lives. 
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How YOU Can Make an Impact 

  • Bequests: Including Guiding Harbor in your will or estate plan allows you to designate a specific amount, asset, or percentage of your estate to our organization. 
  • Life Insurance: You can name Guiding Harbor as a beneficiary of a life insurance policy, providing support without affecting your current financial situation. 
  • Charitable Trusts: Explore options like charitable remainder trusts or charitable lead trusts to provide for both your loved ones and Guiding Harbor. 
  • Retirement Accounts: Designate Guiding Harbor as a beneficiary of your IRA, 401(k), or other retirement accounts to support our mission. 
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How to Get Started

Planned giving is a personal and thoughtful choice. We recommend consulting with a financial advisor or estate planner to determine the best planned giving strategy for your circumstances. 

Your decision to include Guiding Harbor in your legacy is a testament to your commitment to making the world a better place for vulnerable children. Together, we can continue to provide hope, support, and opportunities for those who need it most. 

For more information on planned giving or to discuss your legacy gift, please contact us!

Thank you for considering planned giving as a way to support Guiding Harbor. Your generosity will have a lasting impact on the lives of children and families in need.