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Gifts of Real Estate

Donating appreciated real estate, such as a home, vacation property, undeveloped land, farmland, ranch or commercial property can make a great gift to UCLA.

Flowchart: Donor makes a gift of appreciated real estate to UCLA.

Benefits of gifts of real estate

  • Avoid paying capital gains tax on the sale of the real estate
  • Receive a charitable income tax deduction based on the value of the gift
  • Leave a lasting legacy to UCLA

How to make a gift of real estate

Your real property may be given to UCLA by executing or signing a deed transferring ownership. You may deed part or all of your real property to UCLA. Your gift will generally be based on the property's fair market value, which must be established by an independent appraisal.

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If you have any questions about gifts of real estate, please contact us. We would be happy to assist you and answer any questions that you have.

Additional Information

Mortgaged Property - Please contact us if the property you wish to give has existing debt or a mortgage. Indebtedness can affect your charitable tax deduction.

Difficult Property Gifts - Certain properties pose challenges. We have adopted policies to limit the acceptance of certain kinds of real estate. Please check with us before making a gift of real estate so we can explain our gift acceptance policies.

Capital Gains Tax - Check with us on the capital gains tax implications of your gift. You may also be interested in life income options.

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UCLA Bequest Challenge

UCLA Bequest Challenge

85% toward goal!

As UCLA prepares to celebrate its first 100 years of excellence, help us achieve our goal of identifying 1,200 new bequest intentions to the university by the end of the Centennial Campaign for UCLA on December 31, 2019.

Let the discoveries and achievements of UCLA's next century be part of your legacy.