Ways to Give

The generosity of our alumni, friends, corporations and foundations continues to allow Wilkes to attract the best and brightest students. Your gift helps Wilkes in many ways. You can designate your gift to the Wilkes Fund, scholarships, Athletics or any other area that is important to you! 


Giving to the Wilkes Fund has the greatest impact on the everyday Wilkes experience for students. The Wilkes Fund helps to support the areas below and much more: 
Academics
Financial Aid
Faculty Development
Student Development/Mentoring
Technology
Give to the Wilkes Fund


Wilkes offers financial assistance to a large number of students to make it possible for them to attend Wilkes and benefit from a Wilkes education. By offering this financial assistance, Wilkes is able to attract and retain a talented and diverse student body, with a focus on attracting first-generation college students.  You can make your gift to the general scholarship endowment, or to one of many scholarships named in honor of faculty, alumni and family. 
A one time annual scholarship we ask of gifts of $2,500 or more and to be considered for an endowed scholarship we ask for a gift of $50,000 or more. 
Click here for a list of current scholarships.
Give to scholarships.


Like for most university and college teams, the athletic budget is stretched to the limits by the basics.  Every Colonel appreciates your help!  The Colonel tradition is the embodiment of drive and determination and recognizes the importance of lessons learned through competition.  Our current athletes are a reflection of these attributes, and so are our alumni – we know that "student" comes first in "student athlete". If you are interested in supporting a specific athletic project, let us know.
See how Colonels are doing this season here.
Give to a specific team.
Give to Schmidt Stadium.
Give to the Munson Field House Renovation Project.
Give to Wilkes Athletics.


There are many ways to help Wilkes by donating your time. If you’re interested in finding out more information about any of the areas below, please email the contact listed in the area of your interest.
Class Chairs
Class Agents represent most graduating classes by contacting their peers and encouraging both volunteer support and financial participation. Acting as a class chair is critically important to the Annual Fund because chairs serve as a way of communicating with alumni and friends. Contact: margaret.steele@wilkes.edu 
Class Reunion Volunteers
Reunion volunteers are needed to help be a driving force behind the successful planning and execution of reunion by helping to encourage participation from your fellow classmates. Contact: mary.simmons@wilkes.edu  
Alumni Career Network
As a Wilkes alumnus, you can offer career advice by providing information on your own work experiences to current students and alumni, mentoring them and providing guidance for professional development. View the online Career & Mentoring Center here. Contact: mary.simmons@wilkes.edu  
Business Campaign Volunteers
The Business Campaign encourages local companies to support various Wilkes student programs. Volunteers will contact businesses to explain the importance of corporate support. Contact margaret.steele@wilkes.edu.


After you've chosen the designation for your gift, there are many easy and fast ways to make a donation to Wilkes. You can give now by choosing one of the following options:

Cash or Credit Card
Gifts of cash, check or credit card are tax deductible when made before December 31. Gifts will count towards Wilkes’s fiscal year of June 1-May 31. Wilkes accepts Visa, Discover and Mastercard. Make your gift online or contact us at: (570) 408-4302.

Prefer to mail your gift? All gifts are payable to Wilkes University and can be sent to:
Office of Annual Giving
Wilkes University
84 West South Street
Wilkes Barre, PA 18766

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. 

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.

Bank accounts and CDs allow you to name the University the “payable-on-death beneficiary” of your savings and/or checking accounts or on any certificates of deposit. You own the assets for your lifetime and have them available for your use. Upon your death, the assets pass directly to us without going through probate. Visit your bank to name Wilkes as a beneficiary on your accounts or CDs. You can change your beneficiary designation anytime you wish.

Retirement plan assets are plans that are most appropriate for funding are profit sharing plans, 401(k) plans, money purchase plans and IRA’s. Because our tax laws often subject retirement plan assets to the highest combined income and estate taxes, charitable donations of these assets may be your most efficient estate planning option. At the same time, you can pass more tax-favored assets to your family. 

A retained life income allows you to transfer the deed of your personal residence or farm to us now and keep the right to use the property for your (and your spouse’s) lifetime. You will receive a current charitable deduction in an amount that is based on your life expectancy and the value of the property or tax specialist for a strategy best suited to your situation.

Pledges
A pledge is a promise to pay your charitable gift at a future date. You can spread out your payments monthly, semi-annually or annually to fulfill your pledge. You can also make a monthly or annual sustaining gift, where your credit card can be charged until further notice.

Matching Gifts 
Some employers match (some even double or triple!) charitable donations made by an employee, their spouse/partner or retiree of the company. Check to see if your company is a matching gift company here. If you qualify, obtain a matching gifts form from your HR department and return it completed to:
Matching Gifts, Office of Annual Giving
Wilkes University
84 West South Street
Wilkes Barre, PA 18766


Making a planned gift is a great way to show your support and appreciation for Wilkes University and its mission while accommodating your own personal, financial, estate-planning, and philanthropic goals. With smart planning, you may actually increase the size of your estate and/or reduce the tax burden on your heirs. Just as important, you will know that you have made a meaningful contribution to Wilkes today and in the future.


Bequests
Making provisions to benefit Wilkes is the most popular type of planned gift. Your will guarantee that your personal plans are carried out after death and anything that you leave to Wilkes will reduce the size of your taxable estate, while helping one or more worthy causes of your choice. You can leave an outright gift of cash, securities or property, a percentage of your estate or a percentage of the remainder after making provisions for family and friends.

Life Insurance
You may either donate a life insurance policy that you no longer nee to the University or name us the beneficiary of a policy. For the gift of a paid-up policy, you will be entitled to an income tax deduction equal to the lesser of the cash value of the policy or the total premiums paid. To qualify for the federal charitable contribution deduction on a gift of an existing policy, you must name the University owner and beneficiary. Even if you are still paying premiums on your policy, you can give it away, and future gifts to us to pay the premiums will be tax deductible. To name the University the beneficiary of a policy will provide no current tax benefits because the arrangement is not irrevocable; however, it will provide a very generous gift with attractive tax benefits upon your death.

Real Estate
A gift of real estate offers you the opportunity to make a significant contribution to Wilkes University with a tax-friendly outcome. The following are just several possibilities:

- An outright gift may be the simplest solution if you own property that is fully paid off, has appreciated in value and that you no longer use, such as a second home or vacation property. You can deduct the fair market value of the gift and avoid all capital gains taxes. Plus, you no longer have to worry about the carrying costs of continued ownership, and you have removed that asset from your taxable estate.

- A retained life income allows you to transfer the deed of your personal residence or farm to us now and keep the right to use the property for your and your spouse’s lifetime. You will receive a current charitable deduction in an amount that is based on your life expectancy and the value of the property.

- A bargain sale can be used to generate a gift that is less than the full fair market value of the property. In this scenario, you agree to sell the property to us at less than its fair market value. The difference between the sale price and the fair market value is the amount that determines your charitable deduction. While the tax rules concerning a bargain sale are complex, the net result is often more favorable than selling the property at fair market value and making a charitable contribution from the realized capital gain.



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