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We are deeply appreciative of our donors and their support of UCLA’s endeavors. While there was a time when state funds covered almost every dollar UCLA needed to operate, today only 7 percent of the University’s total budget is paid for through the state’s general fund. Private philanthropy provides the resources UCLA requires to continue growing its stature as a global leader in the creation, sharing and application of knowledge.
UCLA has recently launched The Centennial Campaign for UCLA in anticipation of the University’s 100th birthday in 2019. The Campaign will ensure that UCLA remains intellectually vibrant and continues to serve California and the greater society as an extraordinary resource for knowledge creation and dissemination.
Please visit LetThereBe.ucla.edu to find information about the need to increase the endowment and support for UCLA.
Every donation matters. Every donation counts. Your gift of any size helps ensure UCLA’s excellence now and in the future. You are encouraged to explore the site and find a school, department, campus area, fund or cause that matters to you, and *make a gift, of any size.
*Please note, recurring gifts require a $10 minimum monthly payment. There is a maximum $250,000 one time gift capacity for gifts submitted through this site.
A gift is a generic term that includes Outright Gifts, Deferred Gifts and Pledges, the assets of which are irrevocable and can include cash, securities, real property, tangible personal property or other non-monetary assets.
UCLA derives support from formal, approved appeals (solicitations) to potential donors to provide for various University programs. Fundraising and its results have become crucial to the continued and future excellence of UCLA. All aspects of fundraising, including Solicitation, Accepting Gifts and, as necessary, the return of Gifts, are conducted in an organized and professional manner.
All Gifts are solicited and accepted in support of UCLA, either in the name of The Regents of the University of California or The UCLA Foundation, and become the property of the respective entity upon acceptance. The dollar amount of the Gift shall be the amount of cash actually received; the fair market value of property received (less any benefit retained by the donor); or, if in the form of a Pledge, the full amount pledged.
Accepting Gifts: *Legal acceptance of a Gift by an authorized campus official. This includes taking title to a tendered Gift in the name of The UCLA Foundation, and notifying the donor.
*External Affairs Staff in the Divisions of Development and Advancement Services share the primary responsibilities for the Solicitation of Gifts (Development) and for Accepting Gifts in an amount not exceeding $1,000,000 for existing programs or previously approved projects and not specifically requiring the approval of The Regents or the President, and returning gifts, and the official record-keeping (Advancement Services). Therefore, these Divisions within UCLA External Affairs have jurisdiction over all campus fundraising activities.
Outright Gift: A voluntary and irrevocable donation of cash or property that may be used immediately.
Deferred Gift: A broad description for charitable gifts that provide a deferred benefit to UCLA. There are two major categories of Deferred Gifts: revocable and irrevocable. The most common type of revocable gift is a bequest intention made via will, living trust, IRA or insurance proceeds. Irrevocable Deferred Gifts generally provide immediate tax benefits and often a lifetime income for the donor. Examples of irrevocable Deferred Gifts are charitable trusts, gift annuities, and pooled income funds.
Pledge: An irrevocable written agreement to pay a specified amount of money according to an agreed upon schedule.
Solicitation: Any communication to potential donors requesting gifts to the University.
As a top-tier public research university located in the most multi-ethnic and multi-cultural city in the world, UCLA’s influence is as far-reaching as it is profound. Rooted in its public mission to provide education and opportunity for all, UCLA is also a powerful force for innovation and positive change, committed to making a difference in individual lives—and to making the world a better place. For nearly 100 years, our successes have been fueled by bright, innovative and talented optimists in hundreds of fields of endeavor working together to deliver solutions in every area of life. Today, we are poised and ready to break down new barriers, overcome fresh obstacles and push further into unexplored frontiers. In our next century, with the help of The Centennial Campaign for UCLA, we will continue to turn our passion into promise and create a brighter future for all of us.
The best way for UCLA to preserve our public interest is through private support. Our goal is to raise $4.2 billion over the course of the Campaign. Those funds will help ensure that UCLA can do more than maintain the status quo—they will allow us to continue to achieve the seemingly impossible and help us forge new ways forward in our quest to build a better tomorrow.
An endowment is a fund established by gift in which the donor has imposed the restriction that the principal remain intact; only income and growth from the principal can be used to support the stated purpose of the fund.
Donors may claim tax deductions for gifts and donations made to the University. UCLA’s federal taxpayer ID number for gifts to the UCLA Foundation is 95-2250801. Giving opportunities on the GIVE TO UCLA website are administered via the UCLA Foundation. Your gift may be tax deductible. Please visit the UCLA Foundation disclosures site for additional information.
If you have questions, please consult Donor Relations. You may direct questions via email to firstname.lastname@example.org or call (310) 794-2447.
You may qualify for benefits as a member of the Chancellor’s Society through the UCLA Fund. Various benefits, including volunteer opportunities, are provided based on your level of giving. Visit the UCLA Fund website for full details.
Please contact the UCLA Fund by email at email@example.com or by phone at (310) 794-2363 if you need assistance.
In addition to the Chancellor’s Society campuswide recognition program, many schools and areas also offer recognition programs. For more information, please visit the Schools section of the GIVE TO UCLA website and click on the school of your choice. Contact information is provided for each school.
Online registration for the GIVE TO UCLA website is not required at this time. Simply click on one of the GIVE NOW yellow polygons located on all site pages to make your gift. The GIVE NOW yellow polygon will take you to detail pages where you will enter your giving, personal and payment details. Upon first screen entry, your details will be populated automatically into subsequent screens.
The GIVE TO UCLA website offers a variety of ways to find and search for areas to which you may wish to make a gift to UCLA.
These following choices can be found at the top of each page of the website. You may search by:
1. FIND FUNDS
2. SCHOOLS (a drop-down will appear showing a list of Schools and Campus Areas), or
3. CAUSES (a drop-down will appear showing a list of funds supporting various giving causes).
A SEARCH function (represented by a magnifying glass icon) can be found at the top right on every page allowing you to globally search all funds. You can click on the search icon at the top right of the website from every page on the site and a search bar will open enabling you to find a fund to which to make a gift.
Additionally, you will find some helpful features such as a FILTER function on the FIND FUNDS home page, and fund groupings by FEATURED, TRENDING and MOST IN NEED categories. Please spend some time on the site, the stories, videos and images are sure to inspire!
Anyone can give to UCLA, whether an alumnus or not. UCLA is grateful for your support. Every donation matters. Every donation counts. Your gift of any size helps ensure UCLA’s excellence now and in the future. You are encouraged to explore the site and find a school, department, campus area, fund or cause that matters to you, and make a gift, of any size.
You will be given this option once you click on the GIVE NOW yellow polygon which will take you to the giving details page.
While you are in the personal details section, please check the JOINT GIFT button. You will be asked to provide the name of the person with whom you are making this gift. You also will be asked to note your spouse/partner’s class year.
Yes, 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. Depending on your country of residence and your tax status, you may be able to give directly to UCLA or you may need to give through an intermediary or via the Regents of the University of California. Gifts that are initially directed to the Regents are known as “Regental” gifts. See Giving from Abroad for specific information for donors from Canada, Hong Kong, the United Kingdom and Europe.
You may make a ONE TIME GIFT through the GIVE TO UCLA website. You will be given this option once you click on the GIVE NOW yellow polygon which will take you to the giving details page. Once you have chosen your giving option you will be able to proceed through the payment process by entering in your personal and payment details.
You may set up a RECURRING GIFT through the GIVE TO UCLA website. You will be given this option once you click on the GIVE NOW yellow polygon which will take you to the giving details page. Click on RECURRING GIFT and choose the amount and frequency to set up your payment schedule. You will be given four scheduling options:
You control the amount and frequency of your investment and where the money will go. Once you have chosen the amount and frequency you will be able to proceed through the payment process by entering in your personal and payment details.
You may set up a PLEDGE GIFT through the GIVE TO UCLA website. You will be given this option once you click on the GIVE NOW yellow polygon which will take you to the giving details page. Click on the PLEDGE box and choose the amount you would like to pledge to UCLA. You will be given five scheduling options:
1. Two consecutive monthly payments
2. Two semi-annual payments
3. Four quarterly payments
4. Four consecutive monthly payments
5. 12 consecutive monthly payments
You control the amount and frequency of your investment and where the money will go. After the amount you wish to pledge has been chosen, you will be asked for your personal and payment details.
Please make checks payable to The UCLA Foundation. Gifts can be mailed to the address below:
THE UCLA Foundation
P.O. Box 7145, Pasadena, CA 91109-7145
Questions? DONOR RELATIONS is available to provide customer service and address general questions you may have related to your giving.
You may direct questions via email to firstname.lastname@example.org or call (310) 794-2447.
You will need to provide your personal information so that you can be credited and receipted for the gift. However, if you want your gift to be acknowledged as anonymous, please note this by clicking the ANONYMOUS button when you are entering in your giving details.
You may make your gift a tribute to a special person through the GIVE TO UCLA website. You will be given this option once you click on the GIVE NOW yellow polygon which will take you to the giving details page.
Please check the MAKE THIS GIFT IN HONOR OR IN MEMORY OF SOMEONE box on the giving details page. You will be asked to enter in details about what type of gift you are making (in honor of, in memory of) and the name of the person you are recognizing. You also will be asked to enter in an email address (optional) if you would like your honoree to be notified of your donation. A gift made in memory of someone does not contain an email address request, as these gifts are intended to memorialize a deceased person.
You can look up your company in our matching gift database.
You will also be given this option once you click on the GIVE NOW yellow polygon which will take you to the giving details page.
Please contact UCLA Corporate, Foundation and Research Relations (CFRR). UCLA increasingly relies on private support to remain competitive with top public and private research universities. Funding from corporations and foundations helps maintain the University’s excellence and directly impacts its exceptional students, faculty and programs.
CFRR can help identify partnership opportunities across the campus and facilitate introductions with key faculty and campus leadership. CFRR staff can assist with coordination of all corporate and foundation gifts and grants to UCLA. You may direct questions via email to CFRR@support.UCLA.edu or call (310) 794-2315.
Yes, payroll deduction is an option for UCLA employees. You will be given this option once you click on the GIVE NOW yellow polygon which will take you to the giving details page. Click on PAYROLL DEDUCTION and choose the amount and frequency to set up your payment schedule. You will be given three scheduling options:
1. One Time (a one time gift)
2. Short Term (if selected, you will be able to choose a number of months, from 2-60)
3. Indefinite (choosing this category sets up an ongoing schedule, without an end date)
Once you have chosen the amount and frequency you will be able to proceed through the payment process by entering in your personal and payment details.
DONOR RELATIONS is available to provide customer service and address general questions you may have related to your giving. DONOR RELATIONS can also assist in connecting you to the appropriate development office to answer your questions or facilitate your next gift.
There are many other ways to make a gift to UCLA. Please check out the UCLA Foundation’s contact information for more details.
To proceed through the payment process, we collect information that allows us to process and credit your gift to you in an appropriate manner as mandated by UC policies and procedures. We collect, name, address (specify home or business), phone (specify home or business), email (specify personal or business), birthday and graduation year (optional). Collection of this info verifies who you are, updates UCLA’s database of record and allows UCLA to communicate with you about your gift. UCLA does not store your credit card information.
You also have the option to signup to receive additional information regarding giving to UCLA via email. Please enter your contact information in the site footer.
Yes, you can.
To alert us to changes in address, marital status, etc., please contact:
As an *alumnus of UCLA and donor, you may update your records online. You also may send an email to Alumni Services at email@example.com, or contact us by phone at (310) 825-2586.
As a friend of UCLA and *donor, you may update your records online. You also may send an email to Donor Relations at firstname.lastname@example.org, or contact us by phone at (310) 794-2447.
*If you are not an alumnus or current donor, please create an account by making a gift online. In the future you will then be able to update your contact information as a friend of and donor to UCLA.
At this time, that site feature is not available. We plan to add this capability in a future site upgrade. After the upgrade, a login will be provided and you will be able to enter a password of your choice. This will allow you to see your previous history of giving through the GIVE TO UCLA website.
You will see the website address change from http:// to https:// when you get to the payment page where you enter in your credit card information. This tells you the process used to collect your payment is being handled within a secured environment. As with all websites containing personal data, it is important to close out from your session to help keep your information secure.