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Meet Bessie: "Why I'm Leaving Hope Ministries in my Will."


Helen Cook

Helen Cook was a long-time faithful and consistent donor to Hope Ministries. She passed away in December 2014, but she's still helping to feed and shelter the homeless and hungry members of our community. How is that possible? Helen did some advance estate and legacy planning because she understood that her giving would be no less the day she died. We thank God for the memory of Helen and for her most generous and thoughtful bequest of $50,000 we received in September 2015 which will be used for special needs within our ministry. Information regarding estate and legacy planning can be found on our website at the following link: LEGACY PLANNING.

Many people give generously during their lifetimes by making gifts to their favorite charitable causes. But many do not consider the possibility of including these organizations in their will or estate plan. After all, the need for your support will be no less the day you die.

Remembering Hope Ministries in your will or estate plan will help perpetuate your support beyond your lifetime. Your charitable bequest will help us continue our outreach to homeless and hungry men, women and children — the good work you've been supporting all along.

This sort of advance planning allows you to preserve and pass on your values. You will be remembered for what you gave rather than what you had.

Estate & Legacy planning involves more than sending money to the next generation — it's about sending a message.

We encourage you to use the wording that follows when including Hope Ministries in your will.

Thank you for your consideration!

"I, [Full Name], of [City, State, Zip], give, devise and bequeath the rest, residue and remainder of my estate, both real and personal, to Hope Ministries in Des Moines, Iowa, tax ID#42-1512992, [and/or amount or percentage of the estate or description of the property] for its unrestricted use and purpose."

Your estate gift to Hope Ministries can be directed to general operating fund or to the Hope Iowa Endowment Fund or split between the two funds.