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Types of Gifts

What is an endowment?

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

What is an annual gift?

A gift which contributes to discretionary support of a particular program initiative or department. 

What is a major gift?

A major gift is defined as one that is greater than $25,000.  Major gifts best match a donor’s interests with the needs of the University.  Major gifts are often funded over a period of years (a pledge term) and include a gift agreement document to ensure that the donor and the University agree upon the gift’s use, recognition, and funding terms.

What is a Gift In-Kind?

Non-monetary items of tangible personal property such as art, collectibles, books, equipment and other physical assets or materials which have value to the university.

What is a matching gift?

An easy way to double or even triple your donation to UC Irvine and the School of Humanities is to find out if your company has a matching gift program.  Many corporations have demonstrated their support for UC Irvine 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.

What is a planned gift?

Planned giving is a vehicle that allows donors to make larger gifts than they could make from their income alone.  Learn about all our planned giving options by visiting https://plannedgiving.uci.edu/. You may also contact the Executive Director of Planned Giving with specific inquiries, Jiesi Zhao, at (949)-824-8134 or jiesiz3@uci.edu

What is a gift of stocks and securities?

A gift of your securities, including your stocks or bonds, is an easy way for you to make a gift.  By making a gift of your appreciated securities, you can avoid paying capital gains tax that would otherwise be due if you sold these assets.

For more information, please visit: UCI Planned Giving

What is a capital improvement gift?

A gift that is used towards the establishment or improvement of a physical space on campus.  This can vary from new construction of buildings to naming privileges of rooms (i.e. Dean’s office, specific classrooms, and conference rooms) and renovation of existing structures.