Ways to Give


With your support, UC Riverside can continue its upward momentum, improving education and expanding our regional and global impact.

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Donate Online

Gifts of every size have great impact at UCR. Your gift today will make a difference in the lives of students, support faculty and their research and creative activities, and help fund university programs.

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Monthly Giving

Through monthly gifts to UC Riverside you equip students and faculty with resources, programs, and services they need year-round for success and learning. Your recurring gift of any amount will make a huge difference in many lives at UCR. To sign up, click the Recurring Monthly Gift option in the donation form.

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Donate by Mail

If supporting an area other than University Greatest Needs, please be sure to include the specific fund name.
Send to: UCR Foundation, PO Box 112, Riverside, CA 92502- 9879.

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Contact: Lisa M. Wilson, Director, Gift Administration
Telephone: (951) 827-3486
Gift Administration Office Hours: Monday–Friday, 7:30 a.m.–5 p.m.

Gift Planning

Whether you are looking to make a gift now or planning for future giving through a bequest in your will, IRA or retirement account, charitable annuity, or trust, the Office of Gift Planning can help. For assistance in determining which planned gift options will best suit your financial situation, family needs, and charitable interests, please contact us today. We look forward to speaking with you!

Office of Gift Planning
Telephone: (877) 249-0181
Email: Planmygift@ucr.edu

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Gifts by Wills or Living Trusts
You may be looking for a way to make a significant gift to help further our mission. A bequest is a gift made through your will or trust. It is one of the most popular and flexible ways you can impact the future at UCR. 

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Gifts of Stocks or Bonds
Donating appreciated securities, including stocks or bonds, is a simple and tax-effective way for you to make a gift to UCR. 

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Gifts of Real Estate
Gifts of appreciated real estate provide you with an immediate tax deduction and capital gains tax savings and can be made immediately or through your will or living trust. Consider also making a tax-deductible current gift of your home, while continuing to live in and enjoying it for your lifetime with a gift of retained life interest. 

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Gifts of Personal Property 
Almost any form of property such as works of art, antiques, and other personal items, can be suitable gifts to the university. In many cases, the full appraised value of the property on the date of the gift will be credited to the university. 

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Gifts of Intellectual Property
Donate intellectual property such as copyrights, patents, royalties, licenses, and technical data. The tax and legal provisions that govern these gifts vary according to the type of property. 

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Gifts of Retirement Assets
Donate part or all of your unused retirement assets such as a gift from your IRA, 401(k), 403(b), pension, or other tax-deferred plan.

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Gifts of Insurance
If you have a life insurance policy that has outlasted its original purpose, consider making a gift of your policy to UCR.

Foundation and Corporate Giving

UCR has a long and successful history of partnering with national, regional, and family foundations. The Foundation Relations team is available to assist foundation partners with visits to campus, meetings with faculty and key leadership, and other UCR connections.

Contact us to request information, schedule a visit, enjoy a customized tour of campus facilities, or arrange for an on-site visit with our knowledgeable team. We look forward to discussing your next philanthropic endeavor or strategic partnership.

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Bryan Carlson
Executive Director of Foundation Development
bryan.carlson@ucr.edu | (951) 827-4592

Cassie Riger
Director, Foundation Development
cassie.riger@ucr.edu | (951) 827-7143


UCR students, staff, and faculty are passionate and ambitious. Check out the latest crowdfunding campaigns and make an impact on a specific opportunity that needs your support. Go a step further by sharing projects with other advocates to generate more interest and be sure to check back for progress made towards goals.

Matching Gifts

What is better than a generous gift to UCR? 
A gift that has been doubled or tripled thanks to a corporate matching gift! 

Many companies offer a matching-gift benefit to their employees to inspire charitable giving in support of education. Sometimes the gifts of retirees, members of the board of directors, and spouses are also eligible.

Check to see if your company has a matching gift program or contact your Human Resources office or benefits manager and ask for a matching-gift application. If you are required to send the signed application to UCR, please send it to:
Gift Administration
University of California
1136 Hinderaker Hall, Riverside, CA  92521

After your gift is verified by UCR, your employer will send an additional gift on your behalf!

Day of Giving

Each year, UC Riverside participates in the international day of giving, Giving Tuesday. Giving Tuesday 2020 was the biggest day of giving in UCR history! Make history again with us on November 30, 2021.

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Faculty and Staff Giving

UCR faculty and staff are among the most devoted members of the Highlander community. Each year, university employees demonstrate a remarkable dedication to our students, our mission, and to the community by making gifts that impact the future of their department, school, or favorite area on campus. If you’re a UCR employee, visit Faculty and Staff Giving to download a payroll deduction form to easily make recurring gifts to UCR, and consider making a donation to the Employee Emergency Fund to help UCR colleagues in need of assistance. 

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Senior Class Gift

The senior class gift is a UCR tradition celebrating UCR’s philanthropic spirit among the graduating class. Graduates begin their legacy of giving to the university as proud Highlander alumni by paying it forward with a gift to the program or area on campus they love most, or by paying tribute to a professor, advisor, or family member who has helped them along the way. Friends and family members may also make a donation to the Senior Class Gift in celebration of a graduating student. 

Join the Highlander family of supporters and donors when you make your gift today! 

Donor Advised Funds

Donor Advised Funds are the fastest-growing, tax-efficient way to manage charitable donations. As a qualified, tax-exempt organization, UC Riverside Foundation is able to accept your Donor Advised Fund gift and help you make a grant wherever the need is greatest, to a program that is meaningful to you, or simply aligned with one of the university's top priorities including student scholarships, research, graduate fellowships, and more.
Clients of Fidelity Charitable, Schwab Charitable, and BNY Mellon can easily make a designation. UC Riverside Foundation is a charitable organization under IRS tax code 501(c)(3).
Tax ID: 23-7433570.

Here’s what you make possible when you support UCR

UC Riverside is on a fast track to becoming one of the most uniquely successful institutions in the country, combining achievement for students of all backgrounds, research prominence, growing philanthropic support, and diversity that matches or exceeds that of the state of California and the U.S.

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Questions About Giving?

Please contact us:
(951) 827-5611 or 900 University Ave., Riverside, CA 92521