Ways to Give

In addition to giving to our annual fund, there are several other ways to give to the dental school. For any giving inquiries, please contact the UCLA Dentistry Development Office at (310) 206-6079 or development@dentistry.ucla.edu.

  • Unrestricted Gifts - When you do not restrict the use of your gift, the University gains crucial flexibility. Unrestricted gifts can be used to cover urgent needs such as library acquisitions, state-of-the-art technology, equipment, or new research initiatives.
  • Cash and Checks - Gifts of cash made to the School of Dentistry through the UCLA Foundation or UC Regents are equally tax-deductible and are used for the purposes specified by the donor.
  • Credit and Debit Cards - 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.
  • Matching Gifts - Many corporations have demonstrated their support for UCLA by matching, or multiplying, their employees' gifts to the University. Before you make a gift, consult your company's personnel office for further information about matching programs.
  • Wire Transfer - Wire transfers are most commonly used for gifts made from outside the United States. Financial institutions provide minimal information on wire transfers, so to ensure proper disposition of the gifts, donors should alert the University that a wire transfer has been made by notifying the School of Dentistry Development Office.
  • Gifts with Retained Interest - This type of gift allows you to hold an interest in that gift for your lifetime or for a specified term of years. After that time, the funds become available to the University. A charitable trust or gift of real estate may fall under this category. When you make your gift, you have the satisfaction of knowing that plans you make today will help to support the University in the next century.

  • Gifts of Endowment - A gift for endowment demonstrates your farsighted commitment to the University. An endowment is a fund that is maintained in perpetuity, and only a portion of the annual investment return is used for the purposes specified by the donor. The rest of the investment yield is returned to principle. Thus, over the years, the fund can grow and hopefully keep pace with inflation.

  • Gifts-in-Kind - Gifts of tangible personal property, such as equipment or books that are donated for related educational purposes 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 gifts-in-kind valued at more than $5,000 also have an independent appraisal provided by the donor.

  • Planned Giving - Planned gifts are gift arrangements that have specific tax advantages and often include lifetime income to a beneficiary or beneficiaries named by the donor. A planned gift maximizes your giving potential and can even allow you to ensure your future financial security or that of a loved one. For further information about making a planned gift or bequest to UCLA, visit UCLA's Office of Gift Planning website.