CNS Director Kim McAllister and student in the lab

Information About Giving

Your Gift Makes a Difference


Your gift, no matter the amount, makes a difference! Determine what type of gift and when is the best timing for you:

Immediate Gifts

Your immediate gifts can be used today or to establish perpetual endowments, and can be made all at once or pledged over time. When you make a gift during your lifetime, you have the opportunity to build relationships with your beneficiaries and share in the achievements made possible by your generosity.

Cash Gifts

  • Online: Browse gift options and continue to a secure giving portal
  • Check: Make payable to: UC Davis Foundation and mail to: 202 Cousteau Pl Ste 185, Davis, CA 95618. Be sure to include your gift designation in the memo line. You may designate your gift to one of these areas of interest or contact Jennifer Scott at or (530) 752-5304 for assistance.
  • Company Matching Program: Supplement your donation with your company’s matching gift program. Email and our development office at with your gift amount and fund designation.
  • IRA Charitable Rollover: If you are age 70 ½, you can give any amount up to $100,000 per year from your IRA directly to a qualified charity, such as UC Davis, without having to pay income taxes on the gift. The transfer generates neither taxable income nor a tax deduction, so you benefit even if you do not itemize your deductions.

Gifts of Securities

  • Include stocks, mutual funds and bonds
  • Can be gifts of partnerships or LLC interests

Gifts of Real Property

  • Land and farms
  • Personal residencies
  • Rental and commercial property

Deferred Gifts

You can plan today to give tomorrow! Planning a gift through your will or trust may allow you to make a larger gift than you might have thought possible. Deferred gifts offer many benefits, such as:

  • Control and enjoyment of assets while living
  • Flexibility in deciding who gets what, when and for what purpose
  • Potential estate and/or income tax savings
  • Providing income to you and/or a loved one


  • Establish UC Davis Foundation as a beneficiary of your will or living trust
  • Flexibility to provide for family first

Retirement Plan Gifts

  • Name UC Davis as the beneficiary and eliminate income tax on account distributions
  • Preserve the plan’s value

Life-Income Gifts

  • Include charitable remainder trusts and gift annuities
  • Provide potential tax savings on income, estate and capital gains
  • Generate income for you and/or your loved ones for life or a fixed period of time
  • Distribute the remaining assets to UC Davis Foundation for your designated purpose