Give Your Way

Thank you for considering a gift to UC Berkeley. University representatives are available to assist you in navigating the many giving options and structuring a gift that is right for you.

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Important Information

UC Berkeley Tax ID Numbers

UC Berkeley Foundation: 94-6090626
UC Regents: 94-6002123

If you do not know which Tax ID number to use, please consult Gift Operations.

Mailing Address

Use this address to send in gifts, matching gift forms, and other giving-related correspondence:

University of California Berkeley
University Relations / Gift Operations
2080 Addison Street 4200
Berkeley, CA 94720-4200

Contact Us

General Inquiries

For questions about setting up, making, or receiving credit for your gift, please contact:
UC Berkeley Gift Operations
Phone: 510.643.9789
E-mail: gifthelp@berkeley.edu

Securities, Gifts-in-Kind

For questions about gifts of securities, or other gifts-in-kind, please contact:
UC Berkeley Senior Gift Steward
Phone: 510.642.6791
Fax: 510.643.6770
E-mail: givesecurities@berkeley.edu

All other inquiries, e-mail givetocal@berkeley.edu.

Gift Planning

A planned gift may enable you to make a more significant gift than you thought possible while at the same time allowing you to achieve your financial, philanthropic, and estate planning goals. UC Berkeley’s Office of Gift Planning offers a comprehensive Web site featuring online tools that guide you through a variety of gift options.

Office of Gift Planning Web Site

Recognition Programs

The Charter Hill Society, and other campus recognition programs, honor the extraordinary commitment of donors who preserve and enhance the University’s excellence in education, research, and public service through their significant annual giving. More information about benefits and associated programs is available on the Charter Hill site.

Charter Hill Society Web Site

Corporate and Foundation Relations

The Office of Corporate and Foundation Relations (CFR) facilitates and strengthens strategic corporate and foundation partnerships for the University of California, Berkeley.

Corporate and Foundation Relations Web Site

Types of Gifts

Cash and Checks

Gifts of cash made through the UC Regents and the UC Berkeley Foundation are equally tax-deductible and are used for the purposes specified by the donor.
Download a giving form to fill out and mail it in. [PDF 104KB]

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, Discover and American Express.
Make a secure credit or debit card gift online now. (For gifts under $50,000.)

Electronic Funds Transfer

Monthly payments via electronic funds transfer may be arranged through a donor’s financial institution and the UC Berkeley Foundation.
Download an EFT authorization form to fill out and mail in. [PDF 116KB]

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 benefiting campus department, University Relations, or Gift Operations. Download wire transfer instructions. [PDF 96KB]

Securities

Gifts of securities are recorded based on the mean market value of the stock, bond, or mutual fund on the date of gift, which is determined by the date the donor relinquishes control of the asset. Securities transactions are most easily handled if made through the UC Berkeley Foundation. Financial institutions provide minimal information on securities transfers, so to ensure proper disposition of the gifts, donors should alert the University that a securities transfer has been made by notifying the benefiting campus department, University Relations, or the Senior Gift Steward.

Gifts-in-Kind

Gifts of tangible personal property for example, equipment, artwork or books that are donated for related educations 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. If you are interested in making a gift-in-kind to Cal, please contact the Senior Gift Steward.

Payroll Deduction for UC Berkeley Employees

Payroll deduction is an easy way for University employees to contribute on a monthly basis to almost any area of the University. Once an employee enrolls to make a gift via payroll deduction, funds are automatically deducted from the monthly paycheck and credited into the receiving account.
View detailed information and submit online authorization form.

Gift Options

Pledges

Pledges must be made in writing and include a commitment to a specific amount and payment schedule. Pledges may be paid over a period of five years from the time of the commitment in annual, semiannual, or quarterly installments. Pledge reminders will be mailed on an agreed-upon schedule unless the donor requests otherwise. Pledge payments may be in the form of cash, credit, or debit card charges, or wire or securities transfers.

Donors should indicate if their pledge includes an anticipated corporate matching gift, or if it may be fulfilled by a private or community foundation. If you are interested in making a pledge, please fill out this pledge card [PDF 270KB] and mail to Gift Operations at the above address.

Matching Gifts

Hundreds of companies currently match their employees’ gifts to UC Berkeley. You receive full credit for your matching gifts for the purposes of recognition and benefits. For receipting and tax reasons, the matched portion of the gift must be recorded on the corporation’s record.

If you are interested in making a matching gift to Cal, please consult out employer matching gift search at matchinggifts.com/berkeley for more information.

Memorial and Honorary Gifts

A memorial gift can help perpetuate the values and ideals that guided someone’s life. Honorary gifts commemorate a significant event or someone who is still living. Families of those so honored will be notified of your gift; the amount, however, remains a private matter. If you are interested in making a memorial or honorary gift, please make sure to provide the appropriate information when you make or submit your gift. If you have any questions, please contact Gift Operations at gifthelp@berkeley.edu.