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William Spoelhof Society
Recognizing the faithful
The William Spoelhof Society was established in 2001 to recognize those alumni and friends who have committed to carrying forward Calvin's vision through their planned gifts to the college.
Membership: Including everyone who gives
Please notify us of your gift to be automatically included in the William Spoelhof Society. Or, call the Office of Gift Planning at (616) 526-8719 or (800) 968-4363 to request a William Spoelhof Society brochure.
As a member of The William Spoelhof Society you will receive:
- a special semiannual newsletter for society members with practical, insightful information about estate planning
- the opportunity to attend an annual spring dinner and other society events
- a memento inscribed with the William Spoelhof Society logo
Honoring the President Emeritus
William Spoelhof served Calvin University for 30 years as a professor of history and then as university president. His faithful work, his determination and his vision for the university shaped the Calvin we know and love today.
A charitable remainder trust provides you or other named individuals income each year for life or a period not exceeding 20 years from assets you give to the trust you create.
You fund this type of trust with cash or appreciated assets—and may qualify for a federal income tax charitable deduction when you itemize. You can also make additional gifts; each one also qualifies for a tax deduction. The trust pays you, each year, a variable amount based on a fixed percentage of the fair market value of the trust assets. When the trust terminates, the remaining principal goes to Calvin University as a lump sum.
You fund this trust with cash or appreciated assets—and may qualify for a federal income tax charitable deduction when you itemize. Each year the trust pays you or another named individual the same dollar amount you choose at the start. When the trust terminates, the remaining principal goes to Calvin University as a lump sum.