Ways to Give

Direct Gift

Direct gifts - whether cash, check or via credit card - are critically important to the University, because they can be put to work immediately, increasing their impact and extending their reach.

  • Click here to make your gift online

Gifts can be mailed to:
The UCLA Foundation
PO Box 7145
Pasadena, CA 91109-9903

Please make your check payable to The UCLA Foundation.

Giving from Abroad

UCLA welcomes gifts from international alumni and friends. Methods and tax benefits of giving to UCLA vary from country to country. See Giving from Abroad for specific information for donors from Canada, Hong Kong, the United Kingdom and Europe.

Securities and Wires

Gifts of appreciated securities are tax deductible at their full market value. In most cases, appreciation in the value of the security benefits the University and is not taxable to the donor. Please contact the securities coordinator at (310) 794-3333 for more information. Wiring instructions for cash gifts can be found here. For gifts of stocks or bonds, wiring instructions can be found here.

Matching Gifts

The easiest way to double - or even triple - your contribution to UCLA is to request a match from your employer. Thousands of companies nationwide support their workforce by making such gifts to the organizations and institutions their employees care about. To see if yours is one, check our database of matching gift companies before making your donation ... and then watch it grow.

Pledges

A pledge is a statement of intention to make a gift to UCLA. Donors who seek to defer the bulk of their giving until a future date, or who want to give via installments over time, may use this giving strategy. Pledges are typically made in concert with a preliminary "first installment" gift and provide a source of consistent and dependable funding for the University.

Real Estate

Real property, either in its entirety or in part, can be deeded to The UCLA Foundation to benefit the University. For residential properties, it is possible to arrange a sizable tax deduction by deeding a home to UCLA, while continuing to occupy the property for life.

Bequests

In writing a will or living trust, donors can specify that they would like their estate to benefit UCLA. Donors who wish to have their gifts managed by The UCLA Foundation must specifically state in their wills or living trusts that their gifts be made to The UCLA Foundation. Click here for sample bequest language. For information on how to include UCLA in your estate plans, please contact gift planning at (800) 737-8252.

Charitable Gift Annuity

Donors may transfer money, securities, or real estate in trust to the University and receive income for themselves or another, for life. Donors may receive immediate tax benefits, and ultimately UCLA receives the trust property. For further information about making such a planned gift or bequest, visit the gift planning web site or call (800) 737-8252.

Gifts of Materials

UCLA gratefully accepts donations of materials that support the academic, teaching and research mission of the University. The University receives a wide variety of such gifts, including rare books and manuscripts, works of art, equipment and other items of value.

Qualified Retirement Plans

Naming The UCLA Foundation as a beneficiary of your qualified retirement plan (IRA, KEOGH, 401(k) or 403(b)) may be particularly advantageous; doing so may result in more assets being passed on to your heirs than if you make a bequest from other funds in your estate. For information on how to incorporate UCLA into your estate and retirement planning, please contact gift planning at (800) 737-8252.