Why Give to the Institute of American Cultures?

Together, the IAC and ethnic studies centers advance research, scholarship, art, and activism to promote social justice and advocacy. The formation of these ethnic studies programs occurred during the tumultuous and highly charged socio-political dynamics of the 1960s that saw a demand for colleges and universities to confront racial bias. With enduring dedication and passion, the IAC continues to advance research grounded in the experiences and issues of diverse communities in the greater Los Angeles area, but also throughout the United States and internationally. As an integral part of a world-class university with a public mission, the IAC draws from the entire university (and through partnerships that literally span the globe) in order to lead conversations on race and ethnicity in America. Giving to the IAC means finding solutions to racial discrimination, inequities, and societal conflict.


Our Funds

Institute of American Cultures Discretionary Fund
Funds to be used for the general support of the IAC and affiliated ethnic studies centers.

Institute of American Cultures Scholars Program Fund
The Institute of American Cultures offers in-residence appointments to support ethnic studies research. Gifts made to this fund will help scholars advance their research for social justice.

American Indian Studies Center Friends Fund
To support the American Indian Studies Center programs, activities and projects, including undergraduate and graduate scholarships.

Asian American Studies Center - Director's Discretionary Fund
This fund supports a wide range of campus and community-based programs related to research.

Chicano Studies Research Center Director's Fund
Funds to be used for the general support of the center.

Ralph J. Bunche Center for African American Studies - Discretionary Fund
Funds will be used to provide scholarships, support student programming, sustain action oriented research, and more.

The Gary B. Nash Memorial Fund To support the mission of the African American and American Indian Studies Centers within the UCLA Institute of American Cultures. The fund will support research, teaching and public outreach activities within the Centers.

Additional Ways to Give

There are many ways to support the IAC. Learn more about ways to make a donation that works best for you.

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In writing a will or living trust, you can specify that you would like your estate to benefit UCLA. Your bequest gift may enable you to make long-term support to the IAC, while at the same time allowing you to achieve your short-term financial, philanthropic, and other goals.

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Real Estate

Giving land, farms, personal residences, and rental or commercial property, either in its entirety or in part, can benefit the IAC while providing you relief from capital gains taxes. For residential properties, it is possible to arrange a sizable tax deduction by deeding a home to UCLA, while continuing to occupy the property for life.


Intellectual Property

We welcome gifts of copyrights, patents, royalties, licenses, and technical data. The tax and legal provisions that govern these gifts vary according to the type of property.

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Stock and Bonds

Appreciated stocks and bonds are a popular asset donated to UCLA by alumni and friends. Securities can be transferred directly from your brokerage account to the university’s account.

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Matching Gifts

The easiest way to double - or even triple - your contribution to the IAC is to request a matching gift from your employer. Thousands of companies nationwide support their workforce by making such gifts to the organizations and institutions their employees care about. To see if yours is one, check our database of matching gift companies before making your donation.

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A pledge is a statement of intention to make a gift to UCLA. Donors who seek to defer the bulk of their giving until a future date, or who want to give via installments over time, may use this giving strategy. This allows donors to promise a gift in the future and make payments over time.

By Phone

Make a gift with a credit card, by calling our Development office at: (310) 794-2305.

By Mail

Send a check via USPS, made out to The UCLA Foundation, with the memo “UCLA Institute of American Cultures donation,” to:

The UCLA Foundation
PO Box 7145
Pasadena, CA 91109-9903

Charitable Gift and Tax Information

All gifts to the Institute of American Cultures are fully tax-deductible for federal income tax purposes, and subject to any limitations placed on charitable gifts. Please visit the UCLA Foundation website for information on fund disclosures and donor privacy here. For UCLA tax I.D. numbers, tax exemption letters, and other frequently requested documents, please visit the UCLA Donor Toolkit.

Any Questions?

Please contact us to speak about what you would like to accomplish with your philanthropy to the IAC. We would be glad to help!

Christi Corpus
Director of Development
(310) 794-2396

Assistant Director of Development