Christ-centered homes & programs for pregnant and parenting young moms.

Donate to Ruth Harbor

All of our services are provided at no cost to the residents, and as an interdenominational, Christ-centered ministry, we do not utilize government funding. Therefore, we rely solely on the support of individuals, churches and groups who support our mission. Your monthly support or one-time gift provides assistance for young women who have experienced unplanned pregnancies and their babies. 

Ruth Harbor is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization (tax ID 42-1464150). As such, all donations are tax-deductible.

We are so blessed and thankful for the amazing way you fulfill our needs -- both financially and with gently-used material goods.

Financial Contributions:

  • Online – You can make a contribution through the secure form at the bottom of this page
  • By Mail – Address mail-in donations to:  Ruth Harbor 534 42nd Street, Des Moines, IA 50312
  • In-Person – Please call the office at 515-279-4661 to schedule a time to stop by in person

Material Goods (gently-used items we accept):

  • Baby clothes up to 3T
  • Maternity clothes
  • Baby related items/furniture
Donations should be dropped off at our Des Moines office.  Please consider calling 515-279-4661 or emailing Aimee@RuthHarbor.org in advance to: 1) confirm our current need for the items you wish to donate, and 2) schedule a drop-off time to ensure that you receive a donation receipt for your records. 
If you have gently-used items that are not listed here and would like to donate them for Ruth Harbor's benefit, Stuff Etc., a group of consignment stores throughout Iowa, has partnered with us to donate 50% of the sale of designated items to our ministry.  When dropping off your donation, be sure to mention that it is for Ruth Harbor.  Or, if you have the ability to purchase & donate a new item from our Wish List, we are grateful!

  • Automatic Withdrawals (ACH) - You can authorize donations directly from a bank account to Ruth Harbor for safe and carefree contributions. Simply fill out and sign this form.  Please attach a voided check and mail completed forms to: Ruth Harbor 534 42nd Street, Des Moines, IA  50312.
  • Credit Card Payments - You can authorize monthly, quarterly or annual donations to be charged to your credit card for safe and carefree contributions using the secure form below.
Don’t forget to check if your employer offers a matching gift program. This is an excellent way to increase or even double the impact of your donation.
Most community or company support campaigns allow you to write in or designate the charity of your choice.
Ruth Harbor has a "Legacy For Life" Endowment Fund that enables individuals and organizations to contribute to the future sustainability of the Ruth Harbor mission. This Endowment Fund is separate from the normal operating funds used for the ministry. The interest earned from the principal gift will be used to fund ministry operations for generations to come.

Anyone can contribute to the Endowment Fund and you don't have to be "wealthy" to do so -- gifts of all sizes are welcomed and important to the future of our ministry. You can contribute cash, stock, in-kind gifts and planned gifts through estate planning. For instance, asking your insurance agent to adjust the beneficiary of your life insurance policy to include 1% or 2% for Ruth Harbor will make an impact while still providing generously for family or the primary beneficiary.

For more information without any obligation, please contact our Executive Director, Mark McDougal, at 515-279-4661 or email Mark@RuthHarbor.org.
  • A few times each year, Ruth Harbor holds “Legacy Giving Private Briefing” events where experts describe tools and strategies for planned giving. These events are limited to a maximum of 25 attendees and are a great “conversation starter” for you, your spouse, or your family. We do not sell anything at these events, and you can leave your checkbooks at home – this is a gift from Ruth Harbor and other Christ-centered ministries. If you are interested in attending a “Legacy Giving Private Briefing,” please email Mark@RuthHarbor.org.
  • Ruth Harbor partners with other Christian non-profits and the Iowa Christian Generosity Council to sponsor an Educational Forum designed to provide our constituents with a wide variety of information regarding Legacy Giving; again, this is a gift for Ruth Harbor constituents who register through us – no product sales or donation requests…leave your checkbook at home.
  • Ruth Harbor is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization (tax ID 42-1464150). As such, charitable bequests can be made to Ruth Harbor through your estate. Ruth Harbor partners with other Iowa non-profits as a part of the Leave a Legacy® Iowa public relations campaign which encourages people of all walks of life and income levels to consider caring for those who will come after them. Contact us directly, talk with your financial planner, or visit the Leave a Legacy® Iowa website to learn more.
  • Leaving a legacy for Ruth Harbor? We encourage you to use the wording that follows when including Ruth Harbor in your will:
    “I, [Full Name], of [City, State, Zip], give, devise and bequeath the rest, residue and remainder of my estate, both real and personal, to Ruth Harbor, Inc. in Des Moines, Iowa, tax ID#42-1464150, [and/or amount or percentage of the estate or description of the property] for its unrestricted use and purpose."
  • IRA Charitable Rollover – In 2015, Congress enacted a permanent extension of the IRA charitable rollover. As a result, individuals age 70½ or older can make gifts directly from their IRA to any charity. Learn more.
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Christ-centered homes & programs
for pregnant and parenting young moms.

Ruth Harbor
534 42nd Street
Des Moines, IA 50312
Phone: 515-279-4661
Fax: 515-633-2157
M-F 8:30 AM-5 PM
info@ruthharbor.org
You may be looking for a way to make a big difference to help further our mission. If you are 70½ or older you may also be interested in a way to lower the income and taxes from your IRA withdrawals. An IRA charitable rollover is a way you can help continue our work and benefit this year.

Benefits of an IRA charitable rollover

  • Avoid taxes on transfers of up to $100,000 from your IRA to our organization
  • Satisfy your required minimum distribution (RMD) for the year
  • Reduce your taxable income, even if you do not itemize deductions
  • Make a gift that is not subject to the 50% deduction limits on charitable gifts
  • Help further the work and mission of our organization

How an IRA charitable rollover gift works

  • Contact your IRA plan administrator to make a gift from your IRA to us.
  • Your IRA funds will be directly transferred to our organization to help continue our important work.
  • Please note that IRA charitable rollover gifts do not qualify for a charitable deduction.
  • Please contact us (link) if you wish for your gift to be used for a specific purpose.

Contact us

If you have any questions about an IRA charitable rollover gift, contact us. We would be happy to assist you and answer any questions you might have.
Many people give generously during their lifetimes by making gifts to their favorite charitable causes. But many do not consider the possibility of including these organizations in their will or estate plan. After all, the need for your support will be no less the day you die.

Remembering Ruth Harbor in your will or estate plan will help perpetuate your support beyond your lifetime. Your charitable bequest will help young women choose life and support them after their child is born — the very work you've already been supporting!

This sort of advance planning allows you to preserve and pass on your values. You will be remembered for what you gave rather than what you had.

Estate & Legacy planning involves more than sending money to the next generation — it's about sending a message.

We encourage you to use the wording that follows when including Ruth Harbor in your will.

Thank you for your consideration!

"I, [Full Name], of [City, State, Zip], give, devise and bequeath the rest, residue and remainder of my estate, both real and personal, to Ruth Harbor, Inc. in Des Moines, Iowa, tax ID#42-1464150, [and/or amount or percentage of the estate or description of the property] for its unrestricted use and purpose."