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Planned Giving

Giving options that will last a lifetime

“Give to the one who asks you, and do not turn away from the one who wants to borrow from you.”

We are on a mission to help men and women in recovery.



“When you support Guiding Light with a planned gift, you are helping men and women change their lives, giving them a place to live, and reconnecting them with their families and communities through a long-term substance abuse treatment program.

With many options for planned giving, you can create a financial plan that reflects your values and can make an impact in our community for years to come.




Planned gifts offer you smart and powerful ways to increase your impact – often while benefitting your family too.

Give Non-Cash Assets to reduce your Taxes

You may be able to increase your potential impact – and reduce your taxes – by giving non-cash assets such as:
- Stock or marketable securities
- Real estate
- Business interests
- Farm commodities
- Tangible personal property.

Give Tax-free from your IRA

Individuals ages 70 ½ and older can make a sizable gift from an individual retirement account (IRA) to Guiding Light and receive significant tax benefits in return.

Gifts that Pay Income

Lifetime income gifts are wonderful solutions for individuals who wish to give in a substantial way but are concerned about having enough retirement income. You can give cash or other property and receive steady income for the rest of your life. The remainder will benefit Guiding Light.


Join the Heritage Society by including Guiding Light in your Estate Planning.

You can join Guiding Light’s exclusive Heritage Society by including us in gifts from a Will or Trust.


By listing Guiding Light in your will or trust, you model to your loved ones a legacy of generosity. You also help ensure that Guiding Light continues to make a difference well beyond your lifetime.


When you join the Guiding Light Heritage Society, you will receive:

"After much though and consideration, my wife and I were convinced that leaving part of our legacy to Guiding Light was the right thing to do. This organization has consistently worked to help men and now women in life transformation, and we wanted to make sure this continued."
Larry F.
Heritage Society Member

Interested or have more questions?

Learn how you can multiply the impact of your generosity in smart and powerful ways by reaching out to one of our donor officers.

Jill VanderEnde
Major Gifts Officer
P: 616.451.0236 x110
C: 616.315.0063
Greg McAleenan
P: 616.451.0236 x115
C: 616.560.4161
David Madiol
Director of Development & Communications
P: 616.451.0236 x117
C: 616.581.0932

Guiding Light partners with Barnabas Foundation to offer our supporters complimentary planning services and assistance with complex gifts. Since 1976, Barnabas Foundation has helped thousands of individuals and families give more effectively to the ministries close to their hearts. For free legal and financial counsel, connect with our partners at Barnabas.

Please consult your financial advisor or our Barnabas legal counsel for advice specific to your situation.

Charitable Gift Annuity

Establish a CGA by gifting cash, stock, or other appreciated assets.

Charitable Remainder Trust

Establish a CRT through gifts of real estate, business interests, cash or other non-cash assets.


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