Ways to Give
There are many ways to make a life-changing gift to support students through the Division of Student Affairs. Student Affairs is the gateway to all aspects of the student experience. From scholarships to leadership opportunities to programs that nurture students throughout their university journey, we pride ourselves on our culture of care and the services we provide to students. Our commitment to access, service and engagement is helping to shape the lives of tomorrow’s leaders.
If you have questions or wish to consider giving options not detailed here, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or give us a call at 510.643.5810.
The easiest way to support students is via credit card through an online gift. Our secure server protects the confidentiality of your gift information.
Cash and Checks
Gifts of cash made through the UC Berkeley Foundation are equally tax-deductible and are used for the purposes specified by the donor.
Donors may elect to make a gift via a charge to a credit or debit card. Cards accepted for donations include VISA, MasterCard, and American Express. Make a secure credit or debit card gift online now.
Electronic Funds Transfers (EFT)
Monthly payments via electronic funds transfer may be arranged through a donor’s financial institution and the UC Berkeley Foundation. Contact us if you wish to make a gift via electronic funds transfer.
Wire transfers are most commonly used for gifts made from outside the United States. Financial institutions provide minimal information on wire transfers; to ensure proper disposition of the gifts, donors should alert the University that a wire transfer has been made by notifying the benefiting campus department, University Relations, or Gift Administration. Contact us if you wish to make a gift via wire transfer.
Payroll Deductions (UC Berkeley employees only)
Payroll deduction is an easy way for University employees to contribute on a monthly basis to almost any area of the University. Once an employee enrolls to make a gift via payroll deduction, funds are automatically deducted from the monthly paycheck and credited into the receiving account. Complete and submit an authorization form online. Gift Operations will contact you if they encounter problems processing your request or they require any further clarification. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Gift Operations by email at email@example.com or by phone at 510.643.9789.
Many companies currently match their employees’ gifts to Student Affairs. You receive full credit for your matching gifts for the purposes of recognition and benefits. For receipting and tax reasons, the matched portion of the gift must be recorded on the corporation’s record. If you are interested in making a matching gift, please consult our Employer Matching Gift Search for more information.
Gifts of Securities
Securities can be transferred directly from your brokerage account to the University’s account. Securities are recorded based on the mean market value of the stock on the date of gift, which is the date you relinquish control of the stock.
Gifts of Real Estate
A gift of real estate is often an effective way to make a major gift to a charitable organization such as the University, since the gift entitles the donor to an income tax deduction for the property’s full appraised fair market value and avoidance of capital gains tax. Gifts of real estate can be made either outright, outright but with lifetime residence rights, or through a charitable remainder unitrust.
Almost any marketable real estate is suitable for a charitable gift, including personal residences, farms, commercial buildings, undeveloped land, and shares in a cooperative apartment corporation. Unencumbered property is preferable and generates the greatest tax benefit.
Gifts-in-kind are items of tangible personal property such as art, books, computer equipment, and automobiles. They are donated for related educational purposes and are recorded at their fair market value. Gifts-in-kind valued in excess of $500 should be accompanied by a deed of gift and the fair market value as determined by the donor. The IRS and the University require that you provide an independent appraisal of gifts-in-kind valued at more than $5,000.
Planned gifts offer creative and flexible strategies for you to pursue your financial and charitable estate planning goals while supporting Student Affairs. Among the financial benefits you may receive is lifetime income for yourself or your family, and substantial tax savings. However, the greatest benefit lies in knowing you are transforming students’ lives.
For more information on gift planning, please visit Plan Your Legacy.