Thank you for your interest in making a gift to Wilkes!
Several gift options are available to you for making a financial contribution to Wilkes University and are listed in the left-hand menu.
Options include contributions of cash, check or charge (MasterCard, Visa or Discover). In addition you can make a gift via securities (stocks, bonds, mutual funds), a pledge and planned gifts (bequests, charitable gift trust arrangements…).
Wilkes continues to make life better for current students by providing unrestricted scholarship support as well as library acquisitions and the program and tools necessary for the excellent education our students receive. Please make your gift today!
Benefits to you
Aside from knowing you have helped current Wilkes students, charitable gifts are generally exempt from taxation for those who itemize deductions on their tax returns. Please consider placing Wilkes on your annual giving list.
Gifts of appreciated property (such as stocks, bonds, or mutual funds), held for longer than one year, allow you to bypass capital gains tax normally due when you sell the assets and provide you a charitable income tax deduction that reduces the cost of your gift.
Matching gifts allow you to double, or possibly triple your gift, and are credited in full toward
leadership gift club membership. Click here to see if your employer is a matching gift company.
Gifts of Cash and Publicly Traded Securities
Cash gifts offer a tax deduction for the full amount of the gift in the year it is made.
Checks – Checks made payable to Wilkes University should be sent to the Office of Annual Giving, Wilkes University, 84 West South Street, Wilkes-Barre, PA 18766. Your contribution will be credited to the Annual Fund unless otherwise indicated. Checks must be postmarked, or delivered in person, by December 31 in order to be eligible for a charitable deduction on income tax returns for that year. Checks must be postmarked, or delivered in person, by May 31 in order to count for a gift during the University’s fiscal year.
Credit Card – Wilkes accepts Discover, Visa and MasterCard. Make a gift online at any time or call the Office of Annual Giving at 800/WILKES-U Ext. 4331 during business hours to make a credit card gift by phone. Credit card gifts must be received by December 31 in order to be eligible for a charitable deduction on income tax returns for that year, or by May 31 in order to count for a gift during the University’s fiscal year.
Publicly Traded Stocks or Securities - Much like cash, gifts of stock are tax deductible at full fair market value if held for at least a year. The donor is not taxed on long-term capital appreciation. For further information about transferring stocks or securities, please contact Margaret Steele, Director of Major Gifts & College Development, 570-408-4302, or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
A matching gift is one that a company donates to match the charitable gift of an employee (or their spouse/partner). Most often, corporations match charitable donations made by active employees however many also match for retirees as well. If you or your spouse/partner are associated with a matching gift company, your gift could double or even triple in amount, depending on the corporation's policy. To check your company's eligibility and policies, see Matching Gifts.