Legacy Giving

What does it mean to leave a legacy?

A legacy is passed from one generation to the next; can be money or property which someone leaves to you when they die; sometimes referred to as a bequest.

Giving a legacy gift makes it possible for us to continue the mission for years into the future. You can make a difference today for those needing our services tomorrow.


  • BEQUEST: giving through your will or estate plan; exempt from estate taxes
  • LIFE INSURANCE: Name the Center as an owner or beneficiary of your life insurance policy
  • RETIREMENT PLANS: Name the Center as a beneficiary of your IRA or other qualified plan; gift will pass through tax free to support the organization
  • CHARITABLE GIFT ANNUITY: A CGA is a contract between the donor and the Center in which the donor transfers cash or securities to the Center. The Center pays you a guaranteed income for life.

If you are interested in learning more about these opportunities to further the mission of the Des Moines Pastoral Counseling Center, please contact Laurie Betts Sloterdyk, 515-564-5122 or lsloterdyk@dmpcc.org.

A Gift that Keeps on Giving — Leaving a Legacy

Legacy gifts, also known as “future gifts” or “planned gifts” help ensure the Des Moines Pastoral Counseling Center’s mission lives on into the future. Legacy gifts are oftentimes a supporter’s largest gift and help sustain the Center for generations to come. We are grateful to the people who make provisions for a Legacy gift to benefit the Center’s mission of understanding, hope and healing for people of all ages.

Thank you to the Members of the Center’s Legacy Society

The following persons have made provisions to ensure the Center’s future by including the Des Moines Pastoral Counseling Center in their estate plans. We extend our heartfelt gratitude.

  • Sandra and Paul Axness
  • Ferne Bonomi
  • Carla Cain
  • Marsha and Ellery Duke
  • Douglas A. Fick
  • Mary Gottschalk
  • Thomas Herman
  • Trudie and Hal Higgs
  • J. Jeffrey Means and Diane E. Glass
  • Janice and John Mechem
  • M. Ann Mendelson
  • Dr. Barbara Beatty
  • Kathy Reardon
  • Riley and Eloise Richards
  • Janet and Lyle Simpson

The Center is grateful to the persons listed below who were early members of the Center’s Legacy Society and whose bequests provided generous support to the Center’s endowment.

Create your Legacy — Wills, Bequests, Deferred and Estate gifts

Bequests and other deferred gifts are an excellent way to ensure the Center’s healing presence in the community in the future. The Center’s EIN number is: 42-0995074.

Sample BEQUEST language

1. Bequest of cash: I bequeath the sum of $x to the Des Moines Pastoral Counseling Center of Urbandale, IA.

2. Bequest of a percent of the estate: I devise and bequeath x% of the remainder and residue of property owned at my death, whether real or personal, and wherever located to the Des Moines Pastoral Counseling Center of Urbandale, IA.

Retirement Plan Assets

Making the Des Moines Pastoral Counseling Center a beneficiary of your retirement plan assets (which are taxable to you/your estate) could be a very cost-effective move in planning for the distribution of your assets after your death.

Let us know if we can help you arrange any of these gifts. Contact Laurie Betts Sloterdyk, Director of Development at (515) 274-4006 x 137 or lsloterdyk@dmpcc.org.

Other ways to give:

Make a current gift in support of the work of the Center

Gifts of cash, appreciated stock, or property to Des Moines Pastoral Counseling Center help us provide counseling to individuals and families, adults and children who are struggling with life’s challenges on little or no resources for the counseling they need.

Matching gifts

Many employers will match their employees’ or retirees’ gifts to nonprofit organizations like the Center. If you or your spouse is employed by (or retired from) a company that matches employees’ / retirees’ charitable contributions, your gift could be worth even more than you thought. Please check with your employer.

Donor Choice

When deciding about workplace giving, please know that the Des Moines Pastoral Counseling Center is a Donor Choice organization. Thank you.

Iowa ONE GIFT Contributions

The State of Iowa’s annual One Gift Campaign typically is held in the fall, although State workers may contribute at any time during the year. The program allows State employees to contribute to DMPCC and other approved charitable agencies through payroll deduction. When you donate through One Gift, 100% of your gift goes to your charity of choice and stays in Iowa, where it helps your neighbors, friends, and family. Visit the State of Iowa Department of Administrative Services (DAS) http://das.hre.iowa.gov/onegift/index.html, to learn more or to pledge. Use Code “7700” to designate a gift to DMPCC.

Memorial and Tribute gifts

Consider honoring the memory of a loved one with a memorial gift or celebrating a significant milestone of a friend or family member with a tribute gift to the Center. This type of gift extends care, compassion, and esteem for the honored person far longer than flowers can bloom.

For more information, please contact Laurie Betts Sloterdyk, Director of Development by calling (515) 274-4006 x 137 or emailing lsloterdyk@dmpcc.org.