FAQ

Below are the answers to some of our frequently asked questions. If you have a question that isn’t answered below, feel free to contact us at ucla@support.ucla.edu.

What is the UCLA Fund?
UCLA’s Annual Giving program builds enduring relationships with the university community, and secures annual support for its Chancellor and academic leaders in order to maintain and enrich UCLA’s tradition of world-class excellence in education, research, and service.

How do I make a gift?
You can give any way you want—online, telephone, in the mail. You can also make your gift recurring where you set the payment amount and frequency your credit card is charged.

Many organizations match charitable giving so be sure to check with your company’s HR department to see if they have a matching gifts program.

Is there a minimum gift amount?
No, and gifts of any amount make a difference! However, to make payments on a gift over a twelve-month period, a $1,000 minimum applies; for Chancellor’s Young Alumni Circle gifts, a $250 minimum applies.

Do I have to pay for my gift upfront?
No, you can make a pledge to be paid in the future and select from several scheduling options. The minimum pledge amount is $10. Please click here to do so.

Can I direct my gift to a particular area of campus?
Yes! You can designate your gift to a broad selection of areas, departments, programs and schools across campus. Click here for more information.

Can I split my gift across different designations?
Of course! Our student call center has a limit of six, but you can give to an unlimited number on our online giving page.

What do gifts to the UCLA Fund support?
Your contributions support UCLA’s mission of academics, research and community service. Funding from donations allows UCLA to provide scholarship support to top students, attract and retain the world’s best professors, and launch innovative civic engagement programs that link UCLA students to the world. With your help, libraries and laboratories are stocked with the latest research tools; student services are enhanced in their reach and scope; and UCLA’s alumni benefit from a degree earned at a consistently top-ranked university.

UCLA receives funding from the state. Isn’t that enough?
Actually, the state provides just seven percent of the university’s total operating budget, and the university’s use of those funds is restricted to certain purposes. Private, unrestricted support is key to maintaining UCLA’s stature.

I received a call from a UCLA student asking to update my information and ask if I wanted to give back to UCLA. Can you tell me more about the student callers?
A vital component of the UCLA Fund is our student call center. It is located in Westwood, very close to campus. Current UCLA students apply for and are extensively trained to contact alumni, parents, friends and current students to talk about UCLA and giving back.

What is the Chancellor’s Greatest Needs fund?
The Chancellor’s Greatest Needs fund is a flexible source of support for the entire campus—it’s an insurance policy for the people, places, and programs that need it most. Chancellor’s Greatest Needs allows the university to act quickly to develop new programs and curriculum, retain faculty, and seize exciting opportunities.

What if an area, program or fund I am interested in is not listed on the UCLA Fund website?
The UCLA Fund covers hundreds of areas on campus. However, there are a few areas, including Intercollegiate Athletics and Health Sciences, that are best supported through those respective areas’ websites directly.

What calendar does the UCLA Fund use to recognize gifts?
UCLA’s fiscal year begins July 1 and ends June 30.

Who is considered a leadership donor or a Chancellor’s Society donor?
Donors who demonstrate their support of the university in the following groups are a part of the Chancellor’s Society:

Chancellor’s Cabinet

$10,000+

Chancellor’s Council

$5,000 – $9,999

Chancellor’s Associates

$2,500 – $4,999

Chancellor’s Circle

$1,000 – $2,499

Chancellor’s Young Alumni Circle

(5-9 years post undergraduate graduation)

$500+

Chancellor’s Young Alumni Circle

(0-4 years post undergraduate graduation)

$250+

Chancellor’s Student Circle

(Current undergraduate students only)

$100+

To learn about the UCLA Fund Chancellor’s Society, click here.