Mari Sabusawa Michener Bequest Society

The Mari Sabusawa Michener Bequest Society was established to recognize and honor those individuals who have provided for the museum’s future through a bequest or other planned gift. Traditionally, many donors have made outright gifts to the Michener. Although these immediate gifts of cash and appreciated assets are vitally important, there is also a growing need for other types of gifts. By including the Michener Art Museum in your estate plans, you ensure that the museum will maintain its commitment to remain a home for the region’s rich artistic soul. Bequests and planned gifts also encourage an exemplary pattern of continuing support which will help the museum keep pace with expanding needs and encourage the building of endowment funds to secure its future and mission for generations to come.

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Margaret Ahlum*
Liz Biester
Pete Biester
Anna Billa*
Anthony C. Canike
Jill Paton Casiegna*
Vincent Ceglia*
Dorothy M. Cramp*
Neil E. Ellenoff*
Charles Ermentrout*
Harriet Ermentrout*
Helen Gemmill*
Kenneth Gemmill*
Dorothy Grider*
J. Lawrence Grim
Dennis Helf
Mary Helf
John Horton*
Barbara L. Ingerman
Earl Jamison*
Bruce Katsiff
Jo Katsiff
Donna Sarandrea Kozlowski
M. Carole Knight
Ernest Knight II
William H. Mandel*
Molly Marsh*
Davis Meltzer
Ilse Meltzer
Beveridge Moore*
Henry Morof*
Anna Bosa Mulligan
Donald E. Mulligan
Barbara Murphy
Daniel Murphy
Francis H. Rasmus, Jr.
Dorothy Redfield*
Katherine Renninger*
Robert L. Russell*
Bryce M. Sanders
Jane Sanders
Doris Schiller
Jack Schiller
Charles L. Schlipf*
Ann Silverman*
Herman Silverman*
Elizabeth Skilton*
Frank W. Skilton
Leslie E. Skilton
Charles V. Swain*
Brian Louis Wagner*
Herbert Ward*
Anna Weschler*
Virginia Williams*
William D. Williams*
Jerome Wolf, MD*
Dorothy S. Wood*


A charitable bequest to the museum can be inserted into your will when it is written or revised. You can also add a bequest to your existing will through a codicil or amendment. Your lawyers should be consulted when drafting a new will or when revising an existing one. The museum’s Advancement Office will be happy to discuss giving opportunities with you and assist you and your attorney in drafting appropriate language.


When and How to Update Your Will

  • You want to name a different executor, trustee, or guardian
  • Your assets have significantly increased or decreased in value
  • You’ve moved to another state
  • Your situation has changed through marriage, divorce, birth, adoption, etc.
  • You want to include a gift to the museum or other charitable institution
  • The estate tax laws have changed


How to Update Your Will

  • Step 1 Get a copy of your current will
  • Step 2 Mark the areas you’d like to change
  • Step 3 Meet with your estate planning attorney to draft and prepare new documents to include a codicil, which is an amendment, to your current will**
  • Step 4 Consider discussing changes with your beneficiaries


Here is an example of language to use when establishing or updating a bequest to the museum:

**I hereby give, devise and bequeath to the James A. Michener Art Museum, a nonprofit corporation organized and operating under the laws of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, the sum of $________, or _________% of my estate, or the following property:__________________.

For assistance or more information about making a bequest, please contact Laurie McGahey, Deputy Director, at 215.340.9800 x161 or by e-mail.