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Gifts of Appreciated Securities


Fund your philanthropic gifts with appreciated assets instead of cash and maximize your tax savings.


  • If you donate to UCLA securities or similar assets that you have owned for more than one year, you are entitled to a charitable income tax deduction based on their current value.
  • You also avoid the capital gains tax that you could have paid if you sold the stock.
  • Because the value of these assets may have increased significantly over time, your tax savings may be sizable.
  • Your charitable income tax deduction can be used to offset up to 30% of your adjusted gross income (AGI) in the year of the gift. Any unused deduction can be carried forward in subsequent tax years, up to 5 additional years.
  • Appreciated stocks, bonds or shares may be used to fund a gift arrangement that provides an income stream to you and/or your loved ones for life or a term of years.


  • You can use appreciated securities to make an outright gift or fund a deferred gift in support of any area of UCLA you designate. The UCLA Foundation will sell the appreciated assets and direct the funds according to your instructions.
  • If our financial service provider holds the securities or mutual fund shares for your account, you can simply request an electronic transfer to The UCLA Foundation.
  • UCLA's Office of Gift Planning can provide guidance for completing this process, including how to specify the exact use of your gift for the department or program of your choice.

Contact Us

800-737-UCLA (8252) • giftplanning@support.ucla.edu

UCLA's gift planning professionals are happy to provide you and your legal and financial advisors with more information on the transfer of appreciated securities, bonds and mutual fund shares and provide assistance with your gift designation. Any information in this publication is not intended as legal, accounting, or financial advice. Please consult with your tax, legal, and financial advisors to ascertain whether this gift option and other gift plans are in keeping with your own tax and financial needs. Conversations with the university's gift planning team are always confidential and never imply obligation.


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UCLA Bequest Challenge

UCLA Bequest Challenge

100% toward goal!

Thank you to our generous UCLA alumni and friends who chose to remember UCLA in their wills or living trusts in support of the many campus units! We reached our goal of identifying more than 1,200 new bequest intentions to the university.

Each gift represents future scholarships and fellowships, new research breakthroughs, world-class patient care, a place for the arts to flourish, and so much more.

It is not too late to establish a meaningful legacy gift and join a philanthropic effort that will propel and support the university into its second century.
Please contact UCLA's Office of Gift Planning.