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Ways to Make Gifts


The easiest way to support the College of Environmental Design is via credit card through an online gift. Our secure server protects the confidentiality of your gift information.

Other simple ways to make a gift include sending us a CED Gift Form. If you would like to use the gift form, print it out and mail or fax it to:

Office of Development + Alumni Relations
College of Environmental Design
University of California, Berkeley
230 Wurster Hall
Berkeley, CA 94720-1820

Types of Gifts

Charitable contributions to the college can be made in the form of:

Each of these offers an opportunity to support the mission of the college and UC Berkeley in a way that reflects your own needs and objectives. Your contribution offers financial planning and tax benefits that can be tailored to suit your individual requirements.

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.
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Credit/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, and American Express. Make a secure credit or debit card gift online now.
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Electronic Funds Transfers (EFT)

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 [PDF] to fill out and mail in.
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Wire Transfers

Wire transfers are most commonly used for gifts made from outside the United States. Financial institutions provide minimal information on wire transfers; 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 Administration. Download wire transfer instructions [PDF].
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Payroll Deductions (UC Berkeley Employees Only)

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.
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Matching Gifts

Many companies currently match their employees’ gifts to CED. 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 CED, please consult our Employer Matching Gift Search for more information.
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Gifts of Securities

Securities can be transferred directly from your brokerage account to the University’s account. Securities are recorded based on the mean market value of the stock on the date of gift, which is the date you relinquish control of the stock.
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Gifts of Real Estate 

A gift of real estate is often an effective way to make a major gift to a charitable organization such as the University, since the gift entitles the donor to an income tax deduction for the property’s full appraised fair market value and avoidance of capital gains tax. Gifts of real estate can be made either outright, outright but with lifetime residence rights, or through a charitable remainder unitrust.

Almost any marketable real estate is suitable for a charitable gift, including personal residences, farms, commercial buildings, undeveloped land, and shares in a cooperative apartment corporation. Unencumbered property is preferable and generates the greatest tax benefit.
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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.
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For more information on gift planning visit Plan Your Legacy.
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Life Income Gifts 

Fixed Income

Charitable Gift Annuities are contracts between you and UC Berkeley that provide fixed payments for life and provide for the future of CED. The particular fixed payout rate is based upon the precise age(s) of the annuitant(s) at the time of the donor’s irrevocable contribution. For example, currently a single person, aged 70, would annually receive an amount equal to 6.5% of the amount contributed. The rates are a bit lower if the annuity is for the joint lifetime of two individuals. The current rate for two people aged 70 would be 5.9%. Charitable gift annuities are considered to be partly the purchase of an annuity and partly a contribution to charity, thereby entitling the donor to an income tax charitable deduction. If appreciated stock is donated to fund a gift annuity, immediate capital gains tax on the sale of appreciated assets will be avoided. The minimum gift requirement for a charitable gift annuity at UC Berkeley is $10,000, and the funding asset can be cash or securities.

Variable Income

A Charitable Remainder Unitrust can provide you with significant tax and financial benefits while supporting CED. It offers you the opportunity (1) to receive payments for life, or a term of up to 20 years; (2) to avoid immediate capital gains tax on the sale of appreciated assets you contribute; and (3) to receive an immediate income tax charitable deduction for the value of the remainder interest. The minimum gift to establish a charitable remainder unitrust is $100,000 (cash/stock) and $150,000 (real estate).
For more information on gift planning, please visit Plan Your Legacy.
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Beneficiary Designations

Retirement Assets

Many CED alumni and friends are discovering that they have accumulated estates and retirement plans — IRAs, Roth IRAs, 401(k)s, 403(b)s, etc. — far in excess of anything they ever imagined possible. Tax burdens — sometimes more than 70% — can diminish retirement plan assets when they are left to heirs. Making a charitable gift of retirement assets and donating other assets to family and friends is one way to lessen the tax burden associated with such assets and to support the college at the same time.

Brokerage Accounts

More and more brokerage firms and financial institutions are allowing their clients to set up “transfer on death” or “payable on death” accounts. Similar to the traditional banking passbook savings account that had “payable on death” designations, these accounts allow assets to pass directly to the designated beneficiary and avoid probate. If you would like to make a gift of these assets directly to CED, check with your own financial institution to see if it has these account designations.

Life Insurance

Some CED alumni and friends have decided to use life insurance policies to make a significant gift. Naming CED as the irrevocable owner and beneficiary of a fully or partially paid-up policy normally entitles the donor to an income tax charitable deduction. How the deduction is calculated differs with the kind of policy. Donors can also name CED as the revocable beneficiary of a policy. Although this does not give any current income tax deductions, it does eliminate the asset from estates for purposes of the estate tax.
For more information on gift planning, please visit  Plan Your Legacy.
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A provision in your will or living trust that directs a gift from your estate to CED is called a bequest. A charitable bequest may allow you to make a more generous gift than your lifetime resources would allow. If your estate is subject to estate tax, a bequest could reduce or eliminate your estate tax liability.

There are many ways to make a bequest: you can arrange to give CED a percentage of your estate or residuary estate, a contingent gift, a specific amount of money, or a specific piece of property. Percentage gifts will keep your gift in proportion to other gifts for family and friends as your estate grows or declines. Residual and contingent bequests provide first for your family, and then, if circumstances permit, for the University.

The following suggested bequest language can be used in your will or living trust. You may wish to provide this language, as well as our contact information, to your attorney.
Suggested bequest language:

I give _________* to the UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, BERKELEY, FOUNDATION to support the College of Environmental Design _________ (e.g., discretionary fund, undergraduate scholarships, graduate fellowships, faculty chair or research) on the Berkeley campus of the University of California.

*For example, ____ percentage (or all) of my estate, or ____ percentage (or all) of the residue of my estate, or $____.

For more information on gift planning, please visit Plan Your Legacy.
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