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Ways to Give

Donations to the Y&S Nazarian Center for Israel Studies provide immediate support for the Center and can be designated to fund different activities, including teaching, student support and public programs.


Your support can take the form of outright or deferred gifts and pledges (the assets of which are irrevocable and can include cash, securities, real property, tangible personal property or other non-monetary assets).


The alternatives below offer you an opportunity to make an immediate donation, create a gift that generates a lifetime income, or bestow a larger gift that provides important tax benefits.


If you have any questions, please contact Y&S Nazarian Center Executive Director Maura Kleeman Resnick at (310) 825-9646 or International Institute Director of Development Karin Shaw at (310) 825-6644.



Online Gifts

Giving online is simple and allows you to make a single gift or become a sustaining supporter by committing to regular donations. We accept gifts from most major credit cards including VISA, MasterCard, Discover and American Express.

If you would like to make a one-time pledge or a long-term commitment to the Y&S Nazarian Center, please use our convenient online gift link below:



Annual donors of $250 or more may join The Friends of the Nazarian Center and receive special benefits. More information on joining The Friends and different levels of support can be found here.


Gifts by Check

Gifts by check allow you to claim a charitable deduction for the full value of your gift on your income tax.

Please make your check payable to the UCLA Foundation (Tax I.D. 95-2250801). Mail to: UCLA Y&S Nazarian Center of Israel Studies, 10367 Bunche Hall, Los Angeles, CA 90095-1487


Donor-advised Funds (DAF)

We welcome gifts from Donor Advised Funds or family foundations. These gifts should also be made payable to The UCLA Foundation with a note stating that gift is for the Y&S Nazarian Center. The may be mailed directly to the Nazarian Center at the address above. 


Gifts of Securities

A gift of long-term appreciated marketable securities helps you save taxes twice. Such a gift provides an income-tax charitable deduction and a capital-gains tax savings. For the Gift of Stock Instruction Sheet, please click here.


Note: Always discuss donations with your tax consultant to maximize your benefits. Please notify us of your intention to transfer shares by contacting the International Institute’s Development Office office at 310-206-9229. If you have any questions, please e-mail securities@support.ucla.edu or call AS Treasury at (310) 794-3333 or Tsegie Negus at (310) 794-3429.


Bequests, Planned Gifts and/or Gift Annuities

Planned gifts are gift arrangements with specific tax advantages that often include lifetime income to a beneficiary or beneficiaries named by the donor. Many of these arrangements, such as gift annuities, charitable trusts or certain real estate donations, allow you to hold an interest in the gift during your lifetime or for a specified number of years. After that time, the funds become available to the Y&S Nazarian Center.


In writing a will or living trust, donors can specify that they would like their estate to benefit the Y&S Nazarian Center. Donors whose gifts will be managed by The UCLA Foundation must specifically state in their wills or living trusts that their gifts be made to The Foundation. Click here for sample bequest language.


For information on how to include the Y&S Nazarian Center in your estate plans, please contact the UCLA Office of Gift Planning at (800) 737-8252 or find more information on the UCLA Gift Planning website. You can also receive advice by contacting the International Institute's Director of Development Karin Shaw at (310) 825-6644.


Gifts of Real Estate

When you gift your home or property to the Y&S Nazarian Center, you may claim an income-tax charitable deduction based on the full market value of the property, avoid capital gains taxes and eliminate certain costs associated with the transfer of real property. Gifts of real estate can also provide income to you if designated as a gift with retained interest.


To find out more on how to make a gift of Real Estate to the Y&S Nazarian Center, please contact the International Institute's Director of Development Karin Shaw at (310) 825-6644.


Qualified Retirement Plans

Naming the Y&S Nazarian Center as a beneficiary of your qualified retirement plan (IRA, KEOGH, 401(k) or 403(b)) may be particularly advantageous; doing so may result in more assets being passed on to your heirs than if you make a bequest from other funds in your estate. For information on how to incorporate the Y&S Nazarian Center into your estate and retirement planning, please contact the International Institute's Director of Development Karin Shaw at (310) 825-6644.


Matching Gifts

Your employer may sponsor matching gift programs for contributions to charitable organizations, including The UCLA Foundation. Some companies even match gifts made by retirees and/or their spouses. Before making your contribution, find out if your employer matches charitable gifts by checking our database. You receive full credit for your matching gifts for the purpose of recognition and benefits, with the matched portion of the gift recorded on the corporation's record.


Wire Transfers

Wire transfers are most commonly used for gifts made from outside the United States. Banks provide minimal information with wire transfers, so please notify the International Institute's Director of Development Karin Shaw at (310) 825-6644 in advance to ensure that your intended gift is processed correctly. Click here to access instructions for the required Wire Transfer Instruction Form.


Memorial and Tribute Gifts

Your gift for a family member, friend, professor or other special person can be directed to the Y&S Nazarian Center. Make your donation through our secure online giving site and complete the necessary fields. At the prompt for credit card information, you will find a field for Comments. Enter the person's name, whether the gift is in honor or in memory of the person, and any other information we may need.