Plan Your Gift at UCR
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Frequently Asked Questions

General FAQs

How do I learn more about making a planned gift?

The UCR Planned Giving team can assist you with a variety of estate and planned giving options, including bequests, charitable gift annuities, charitable remainder trusts, IRA rollovers, gifts of life insurance, and much more. Please contact our Planned Giving team at 877.249.0181 or by email at [email protected]. We would love to speak with you. 

How can I make a gift?

There are many ways you can make a gift to support the University of California, Riverside. From making a gift online to transferring stock, we can help you meet your philanthropic goals. Visit the three gift sections on our home page (Gifts That Pay You Income, Gifts for UCR Today, Gifts for UCR Tomorrow) to explore the various ways you can make a planned gift to UCR.

Is my gift tax deductible?

Yes, gifts are tax deductible to the extent allowable by law. The UC Riverside Foundation is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization that is structurally separate from the University of California, Riverside and exists solely for UCR's benefit, serving as the preferred channel for private gifts to all areas of the University. The UC Riverside Foundation's taxpayer identification number is 23-7433570.

Who decides where my gift will be used?

You do! We find our donors enjoy uniting their personal interests with specific UCR colleges and programs. Explore the colleges and programs sections at to learn more about supporting specific areas and initiatives at the University of California, Riverside.

How should I make out my check? Where do I send it?

When making a gift by check, please remember to include a contribution card or a statement indicating your gift's purpose. Gifts made by check should be payable to the UC Riverside Foundation and mailed to:

UC Riverside
Office of Gift Planning
900 University Avenue, MC 063
Riverside, CA 92521

What if I want to be anonymous?

If you wish for your gift to remain anonymous, please indicate your wishes at the time that you make your gift.

How do I make a gift online?

You can make a gift online using MasterCard, Visa or American Express by visiting the UC Riverside Foundation's online giving site at

How do I give a gift of stock or bonds?

You can find out more about making a gift of stock by visiting our Gifts of Stock and Bonds page.

Do I need to notify the UC Riverside Foundation if I have included a gift to the Foundation in my will?

We want to know if you've chosen to include the University of California, Riverside in your estate plans. Those who have included UCR in their Will or estate plans are recognized as members of The Watkins Society. To let us know that we are included in your estate plan, we invite you to complete the Pledge for Future Support form or contact our Planned Giving team today so that we can assist you with bequest-related needs.

Do you have sample bequest language I can reference for including a gift in my Will?

You can access sample bequest language on our website.

What are my rights as a donor to the University of California, Riverside?

The UC Riverside Foundation adheres to the Donor Bill of Rights developed by the Council for Advancement and Support of Education, the American Association of Fundraising Counsel, the Association for Healthcare Philanthropy, and the Association of Fundraising Professionals. The purpose of the policy is to "assure that philanthropy merits the respect and trust of the general public, and that donors and prospective donors can have full confidence in the not-for-profit organizations and causes they are asked to support."

Will I receive a receipt for my gift?

After you make a gift online, you will receive an email from the UC Riverside Foundation confirming your gift. Approximately one to two weeks after making your gift, you will receive a receipt in the mail.

Will my company match my gift to the UC Riverside Foundation?

Many employers will match their employees' gifts to the University of California, Riverside. Some employers will even match the gifts of retired employees, spouses, parents, and even gifts from their board of directors. All matched funds will be designated to the area to which you originally contributed your gift. To find out if your company has such a program, visit the UCR Matching Gifts page at

Can I make a gift in memory or in honor of someone?

Yes. You will have the option to select whether a gift is to be in honor of or in memory of someone when making a gift online after you've designated your gift to any established UCR fund you choose.

Does the UC Riverside Foundation share my personal information with others?

No. To respect your privacy, the UC Riverside Foundation does not sell or share any of its donor or alumni lists. Please read our UC Riverside Foundation Ethics and Conflicts of Interest Statement for more information.

I have more questions about making a gift. Whom do I contact?

If you have additional questions, please contact us at:

University of California, Riverside
Office of Gift Planning
900 University Avenue
Riverside, CA 92521
Phone: (877) 249-0181
Email: p[email protected]


FAQs about the Endowment

How can I establish an endowed fund?

Endowments are a particularly powerful investment in UCR's future because they deliver a dependable, perpetual source of funding. For information about creating an endowed fund at the UC Riverside Foundation, please visit our Endowments page or contact the UC Riverside Foundation at (951) 827-5247 or [email protected].

How does the UC Riverside Foundation manage its endowment?

For information about how the UC Riverside Foundation Endowment Fund is managed, visit the Endowment & Finances page or contact the UC Riverside Foundation at (951) 827-5247 or [email protected].

Will I get a report on how my fund is being used?

Donors who have established an endowed fund with the UC Riverside Foundation or their contacts will receive an annual endowment report (generally in November) showing how the specific fund has been used, the balance of the fund, and any growth the fund has experienced.

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