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 bequests, charitable trusts, gift annuities, gifts of property with retained life estate, life insurance policies and retirement plan accounts. Many of these gift vehicles 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 Depression years. 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.
For more information on becoming a member of The Marts Society, please contact the Planned Giving Office at 570-408-4309 or 1-800-WILKES-U, ext. 4309.