Instructions for Making a Donation
Gifts of Cash/Checks
Gifts of cash to the Paul Merage School of Business are qualified charitable contributions for which donors receive tax benefits if they itemize deductions. Checks should be made to "The UCI Foundation," and may be mailed or delivered to The Paul Merage School of Business Development Office; 210 MPAA, UC Irvine, Irvine, CA 92697-3130. Please include a letter indicating how you would like your gift applied.
By Credit Card (donate online today)
Gifts of cash to the Paul Merage School of Business may also be made by way of a credit card anytime via the secure Paul Merage School of Business/UCI eGiving website.
When you donate online, along with your receipt, you'll be given an opportunity to click on a "Share on Facebook" button that will automatically post our "donor badge" on your news page. You can even provide your personal testimonial to tell your friends why you support the School's research and education goals. This opportunity is completely optional and no details of your donation are shared with your friends or with Facebook at any time.
By Wiring Funds
If you would like to wire funds, please call 949-824-0142 to obtain the proper forms and receive assistance.
Other Pledges and Opportunties
The Paul Merage School of Business' Development Office is available to discuss in detail - and in confidence - projects and programs that relate to the Paul Merage School of Business' priorities and the specific ways in which you would like to help the school. Gifts to the Paul Merage School of Business may be made to the UC Irvine Foundation or The Regents of the University of California. Both are considered public charities, thus qualifying gifts to the Paul Merage School of Business for all charitable deductions to the limit allowed by law.
A pledge arrangement will allow you to spread your commitment over a specified number of years, and serves as a guarantee for the Paul Merage School of Business that your gift intention will be fulfilled. Pledge forms are available from the Paul Merage School of Business' Development Office, or you may write a letter to the Paul Merage School of Business indicating your pledge amount, dates, payment schedule and the purpose of your gift.
The following suggestions are offered as representative examples of the Paul Merage School of Business' diversified giving opportunities. Please call the Development Office at 949-824-6418 to discuss what may be best for you.
Gifts of Real Property
Gifts of real property are among the most convenient ways to make sizable gifts to the Paul Merage School of Business. Such gifts are accepted on the basis of their verified fair market value. In most cases, two professional appraisals are recommended to assure the valuation of the gift and the deduction you claim. Ordinarily, gifts of income-producing or vacant property should be unencumbered.
Gifts with Life Income to the Donor
Many donors find they can make a more substantial gift to the Paul Merage School of Business through a planned giving arrangement rather than an outright contribution. With the assistance of the UC Irvine Foundation and UCI's Office of Gift Planning, you may enhance your own financial situation while helping to shape the Paul Merage School of Business' future.
Usually, planned gifts are trust funds that generate income paid to you during your lifetime, with the principal going to the Paul Merage School of Business at the time of your death. The value for deduction purposes is a percentage of the amount transferred to the UC Irvine Foundation for the life income contract.
Gifts by Bequest
A bequest is a provision in your will to provide a gift to the Paul Merage School of Business after your death. It is one of the most common ways that friends of the Paul Merage School of Business have provided for the school's future. Because a bequest is a gift made through your will, you can retain the full use of your property during your lifetime and also guarantee that it is used as you desire after your death. Gifts to the Paul Merage School of Business by bequest are fully deductible from your estate for tax purposes. Bequests may be for current use or for endowment purposes, and may be restricted or unrestricted as to use.
Bequests may be made for such specific purposes as buildings, academic programs, endowed faculty chairs, libraries and student fellowships. Unrestricted bequests will provide the Paul Merage School of Business with the flexibility to use private funds wherever the need is greatest. Moreover, the impact of such gifts on academic programs and student financial aid far exceed their original investment because they are used to promote the Paul Merage School of Business and attract the support of other individuals, corporations and foundations.
Sample language is available from the Paul Merage School of Business Development Office and from UC Irvine's Office of Gift Planning to enable you to (1) have the Paul Merage School of Business receive the balance of your estate after all bequests are paid, (2) endow a graduate student fellowship or faculty position, and (3) provide for the payment of any pledges to the Paul Merage School of Business made during your lifetime. For more information, or to discuss a contribution, please contact the Development Office at (949) 824-6418. We look forward to working with you.