Thank you for considering a gift to the College of Engineering. You have a choice in how you make a gift. By providing numerous options for your investment in the College, you can pick the method that fits your needs best. From monetary gifts to bequests, we offer a full array of opportunities for you to participate in creating a superior educational environment for the students we serve. We are available to assist you in navigating the many giving options and structuring a gift that is right for you.

Securities Gifts

UC Davis records gifts of securities based on the market value of the stock, bond, or mutual fund on the date of gift, which is determined by the date the donor relinquishes control of the asset. Securities transactions are most easily handled through the UC Davis Foundation. Financial institutions provide minimal information on securities transfers, so to ensure proper disposition of the gifts, donors should notify the College of Engineering Development Office that a securities transfer has been made: 530-752-3849.

Please be prepared to provide us with the following information:

  • Number of shares;
  • Type of shares (company name);
  • Broker handling transfer for donor (name and contact info);
  • Expected date of transfer;

Gifts of appreciated securities are tax deductible at their full market value to the extent allowed by law.

Matching Gifts

The best way to double, or even triple, your gift to the College of Engineering is to request a matching gift from your employer. Thousands of companies nationwide currently support their communities with matching gifts to organizations and institutions that are important to their employees. Remember that with matching gifts you receive full credit for the purposes of recognition and benefits. For receipting and tax reasons, the matched portion of your gift must be reported on the corporation’s record. Contact your employer’s human resources department to find out if your company offers a matching gift program and submit the required forms.

Gifts in Kind

The College of Engineering gratefully accepts a wide variety of non-cash, material donations that support the academic mission of the College. Gifts of tangible personal property — for example, equipment, artwork, manuscripts, books, or other items of value — that are donated for related educational purposes are recorded at their fair market value. The IRS and UC Davis require that gifts-in-kind valued at more than $5,000 also have an independent appraisal provided by the donor.


A pledge is a statement of intention that gives you broad flexibility on when and how much you give. It allows you to donate to the College through installments or defer the bulk of your contribution to a future date.

Memorial and Honorary Gifts

A memorial gift can help perpetuate the values and ideals that guided someone’s life. Honorary gifts commemorate a significant event or someone who is still living. Either the family of the memorialized, the honoree, or any person the donor wishes to notify of the gift will receive a beautiful recognition card; the amount, however, remains a confidential matter. As always, the donor will receive a gift receipt acknowledging his or her generosity for tax records. If you are interested in making a memorial or honorary gift, please make certain to provide the appropriate information when you make or submit your gift. Please know that beyond the important action of honoring a person significant to you, your fitting tribute that assists the College of Engineering in providing a superior educational experience for generations to come.

Legacy or Planned Gifts

Through a legacy or planned gift, you may be able to make a greater philanthropic impact that you might have otherwise thought possible. Some planned gifts pay you an income, enabling you to benefit the College of Engineering while maintaining or increasing current income for yourself or a loved one.

For guidance on a variety of planned giving options or to learn more about how to include the College of Engineering in your estate plans, please contact the College of Engineering Development at 530-752-3849.

For more information on how to Give Your Way, please contact the College of Engineering Development Office at 530-752-3849.