Alumni, friends and benefactors have played a sustaining role in the future of the
University and its students through bequests and other charitable estate planning
techniques. The Marts Society recognizes the increasing number of contributors participating
in gift planning programs to benefit Wilkes University.
Membership in The Marts Society is attained through the commitment of any number of
planned gifts, including:
- charitable trusts
- gift annuities
- life insurance policies
- retirement plan accounts.
Many of these types of gifts allow donors to contribute cash or appreciated assets
to benefit Wilkes while earning income during their lifetime.
The Marts Society was named in honor of Dr. Arnaud C. and Anne McCartney Marts. Dr.
Marts became President of Bucknell University in 1935 and was instrumental in maintaining
Bucknell University Junior College in Wilkes-Barre during the years of the Depression.
Because he believed in the service offered to the young people of the Wyoming Valley,
Dr. Marts provided the support and leadership the fledgling institution needed to
become self-sustaining. Dr. Marts established a trust in 1964, which provided a lifetime
income for Mrs. Marts after his death. Upon her death in 1994, more than $2 million
was gifted to the University, which helped to make possible the addition to campus
of the Arnaud C. Marts Sports and Conference Center.
Today, the Marts Society continues to recognize those, who through their estate planning
have made an important commitment to the future of Wilkes. Many Wilkes alumni and
friends have joined the society by notifying the University of their plans. These
future gifts preserve the continued availability of an outstanding Wilkes education,
thereby enriching the lives of future generations of students.
For more information about The Marts Society or to become a member, please contact
our planned giving officer, Angela Buckley at 570-408-783, at 800-WILKES-U Ext. 7833.
Click here for a list of Marts Society members (as of May 31, 2013).