Gift Options


Gifts-in-kind are items of tangible personal property, such as art, books, computer equipment, and automobiles. They are donated for related educational purposes and 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 you provide an independent appraisal of gifts-in-kind valued at more than $5,000.
If you are interested in making a gift-in-kind to the School, please call 510-643-6382 or e-mail Eileen Pearl.

Matching Gifts

Hundreds of companies currently match their employees' gifts to UC Berkeley. Donors receive full credit for their matching gifts for the purposes of recognition and benefits. For receipting and tax reasons, matching gifts much be recorded on the corporation's record.

If you are interested in making a matching gift to the School, please call 510-643-6382 or e-mail Eileen Pearl.

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 to the School, please call 510-643-6382 or e-mail Eileen Pearl.


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.

Planned Gifts

A planned gift may enable you to satisfy personal financial planning needs in addition to providing the University with important, long-term support. Some plans may provide income for life (or a term of years), an immediate income tax charitable deduction, avoidance of capital gains tax, and professional asset management (if the University serves as trustee). If a gift is made through your will, you obtain significant estate tax benefits. For more information, please visit the UC Berkeley Gift Planning website. Gift Planning Options:

  • Bequests
  • Pooled Income Funds
  • Charitable Remainder Trusts
  • Charitable Gift Annuities
  • Real Estate
  • Life Insurance
  • Retirement Assets

If you would like more detailed information about any of these options, please contact the director of external relations programs via e-mail or by calling (510) 643-6382. (In your message, please include your name, date of birth, way to contact you, and best time to reach you.)