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Ways to Give to support Jewish Studies at UC Irvine include:

Annual Gifts

Annual gifts to the School of Humanities are a very important source of support for the School of Humanities because they may be used immediately to further enhance the School's mission and work. Annual gifts are not endowed and are fully expendable in the year that they are made. This provides a discretionary fund that is used for meeting a wide range of Humanities needs.

The Humanities Innovation Fund allows the School to respond with speed and flexibility to emerging opportunities such as scholarships and fellowships, visiting scholars and lecturers, and travel.

For more information on annual giving please contact Sean Fischer, Director of Development, at 949-824-0438 or

Endowment Gifts
"It takes a noble person to plant a seed for a tree that will one day provide shade to those whom he may never meet." David Trueblood

Gifts of endowment are personal and important statements of commitment to the future success of Jewish Studies. By establishing an endowment your values and legacy become a permanent part of the School’s success and while ensuring that your enthusiasm for learning extends to many future generations of scholars.
What is an endowment?

An endowment is a gift that is held in perpetuity and invested to earn a steady stream that provides ongoing support for the activities designated by the donor. Current UC Irvine policy protects the long-term growth of its endowment fund by allocating approximately 4.5% of the endowment’s value for annual use.

What are the advantages of endowment gifts?

For the Humanities … Because endowment gifts generate earnings each year, they play a critical role in the UC Irvine’s long-term financial stability. Although state appropriations, tuition levels, and fundraising revenue might fluctuate annually, the stability of an endowment encourages strategic planning and expansion or our programs.

For the Donor … Because an endowment provides support in perpetuity, this is perhaps the most significant way to leave a permanent legacy at the School. An endowment gift also allows a donor to account tax-benefits (especially if established through a gift of securities)

How can I establish an endowment?

Endowments can be established through a myriad of ways including gifts of cash, stock, real estate, charitable remainder trusts, or bequests. Endowment gifts may also be paid over a period of years, usually three-five.

For more information about establishing an endowment please contact Sean Fischer, Director of Development, at 949-824-0438 or

Planned Gifts

Through creative planning and consideration of your goals, you can make a gift to the Jewish Studies that maximizes the greatest benefit to you and the School. Whether it is through your estate or through a gift that provides you or a loved one with a steady income stream, planned giving is the best way for you to make a contribution to the School that reflects your commitment to higher education.

For more information about gifts of estate, real estate, business partnerships, and property, or to explore opportunities for giving in partnership with UC Irvine, please contact Sean Fischer, Director of Development, at 949-824-0438 or

Matching Gifts

An easy way to double or even triple your donation to UCI, the School of Humanities and Jewish Studies is to find out if your company has a matching gift program. Many corporations have demonstrated their support for UCI 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 or search our online Matching Companies database.

Thank you for supporting the Jewish Studies!