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Tax Benefits

Give to UCLA and receive tax benefits

Explore gifts that support UCLA while providing significant tax advantages.

Retained Life Estate

Make a gift of your primary residence, vacation home, or farm during your lifetime and continue to enjoy your property for life while receiving tax benefits. The property is removed from your taxable estate. read more

UCLA Donor Advised Fund

A UCLA Donor Advised Fund (DAF) allows you to make contributions to your DAF, receive a charitable income tax deduction in the year of the contribution, while making distributions to UCLA and other charitable organizations over time. read more

Charitable Lead Trust

You establish a charitable lead trust to provide sustained philanthropic support for UCLA for a term of years, and when the trust ends, the assets pass back to you or on to your children or other beneficiaries, depending on how the trust is set up. read more


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New Tax Law Changes with the CARES Act

Congress recently passed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) that includes several charitable tax provisions to encourage giving. These include:

  • A new deduction for donors who do not itemize when filing their tax returns. If you do not itemize but make a cash gift to charity, you will be allowed to take a special tax deduction, up to $300, to reduce your tax liability.
  • An increase in the deduction limit up to 100% of a donor's annual income for cash gifts (previously the deduction was capped at 60% of annual income). If you make a gift, you will be able to deduct more this year.

If you are interested in learning more about these opportunities, please contact UCLA's Gift Planning team at 800-737-8252 or at giftplanning@support.ucla.edu. Please also let us know how we can help you during this time.