Estate Planning and Planned Gifts
The GENEVA family has demonstrated amazing commitment in its support for the Christian summer camp experience and creating space for youth and adults to grow in the love of Jesus. Planned giving is a way to continue that commitment and provides significant support for GENEVA each year. In fact in many cases, planned giving also allows individuals to leave the most significant gift of their lifetime.
GENEVA has established the George and Florence Douma Legacy Society to recognize and thank those who value GENEVA enough to make a planned gift and help assure that the mission of GENEVA continues into the future. Know that your commitment and faithfulness to GENEVA through a planned gift will grow generations of youth and adults in the love of Jesus Christ.
To explore planned giving options, please contact GENEVA’s executive director, Kevin VanderKlok, at 616.399.3150 x 105. Or, if you have included GENEVA in your estate plans already, please let us know. We would like to thank you for your generous commitment and welcome you to the George and Florence Douma Legacy Society.
George and Florence Douma
When the Grand Rapids Classis of the Reformed Church met in November of 1945 to appoint a committee empowered to confer with the other West Michigan Classes, raise funds, and purchase grounds for a summer camp, the Reverend George Douma was appointed chair of the committee. Within a year, George and his committee had identified GENEVA’s present location as the site for the proposed camp, and by July of 1946, a Finance Committee for the future camp was formed to raise funds for the purchase of the grounds and the construction of camp buildings, under the theme “Invading Vacationland for Christ.” By 1948, the cabins and Assembly/Dining Hall had been constructed.
Throughout GENEVA’s early history, George Douma was President of the Board of Directors. George played a pivotal role in creating GENEVA and in shaping it into the wonderful place it is today. George and his wife, Florence, invested themselves deeply in GENEVA during their lifetimes. They also continue to share in GENEVA’s legacy, as they made GENEVA a beneficiary of their estate plan.
GENEVA is honoring their outstanding contributions to our history and our future by naming our legacy society, which includes all those who have made a planned gift to GENEVA or who have made provision to include GENEVA in their will or estate plan, the George and Florence Douma GENEVA Society.