Planned Giving

Your estate plan can be a powerful tool to create lasting change for survivors and their families, and a healthier and safer community for everyone. By naming Raphael House of Portland as a beneficiary for any of the following, you are investing in a future without violence:

Building and sustaining a community without violence

Making a charitable bequest or beneficiary designation to Raphael House is an incredibly valuable way to support our life-saving services, and to ensure that we can continue working toward a future without violence.

Naming Raphael House of Portland in your Will or Living Trust

There are various options available when making a gift through your will or trust:

  • You can specify that Raphael House of Portland receive a specific sum of money, a percentage of your estate, or a specific asset, such as stocks, bonds, real estate, or personal property.
  • You can designate that your gift be used for either general operating funds or for a specific program, such as our Youth Program or our Emergency Shelter for survivors and their families.
Designating Raphael House as a Beneficiary

After your lifetime, any assets you designate will transfer directly to Raphael House without going through probate. Beneficiary designations can be made for:

  • Life insurance policies
  • Retirement plans, such as an IRA, 401(k), 403(b), etc.
  • Bank and brokerage accounts, and other types of deposit and investment accounts (if allowed by state law and offered by your financial institution – please check with your estate planning attorney or other representation)

Designating Raphael House as a beneficiary requires that you contact your insurance company, employer, or the company that manages your retirement plan, request a beneficiary designation form, complete it, and return it. You may designate Raphael House as a primary or secondary beneficiary of all or just a percentage of your policy, plan, or account.

Who do we serve?

Raphael House proudly serves anyone impacted by domestic violence regardless of gender identity, ethnicity, disability, immigration status, primary language, or sexuality.

Multigenerational families with kids (and adults) of all ages are supported, and we welcome pets!

Informing us of your gift

If you choose to make a bequest, please let us know so that we can express our appreciation and honor your support.

We understand that estate planning is personal, and you may choose not to inform anyone of your decision. If that is the case, please know that your support of Raphael House of Portland is deeply meaningful. Estate gifts allow us to prepare for long-term organizational growth and provide us with a lasting foundation to ensure that our life-saving services are always available to families when they need them most. Thank you!

Questions about Planned Giving?  Please contact our Development Director Amanda Ives at (503) 243-5116.


At the heart of our approach is is a commitment to lasting change for survivors and their families. We’re working to break the cycle of violence. To rewrite narratives of safety, stability, family, and future. We’re thriving in a culture of hope, and your support makes that possible. 

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