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Giving Methods

Thank you for considering a gift to UC Santa Barbara. We are here to assist you with identifying areas on campus that would benefit from your support and matching those needs to your areas of passion.

Below is information detailing ways that you can support UC Santa Barbara today.

If you have questions concerning your philanthropic designation, please contact the Office of Development at (805) 893-2600.


Ways to Give

Credit Card

You can make your gift online by clicking Give Now

To make a payment on an existing pledge, please visit

You will need the pledge number (located on the printed reminder or last receipt) and the last name of the person who made the gift to login.


To mail a check to the University, please download and complete our Giving Form. Please make your check payable to The UC Santa Barbara Foundation. You can mail your completed giving form and check to:

The UC Santa Barbara Foundation
University of California, Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara, CA 93106-1130


Gifts of securities are tax deductible at their full market value and recorded based on the mean market value of the stock, bond, or mutual fund on the date of gift; this is determined by the date the donor relinquishes control of the asset.

To ensure the proper disposition of your gift, please alert the University when a securities transfer has been made by phoning the UC Santa Barbara Foundation at 805-893-3100.

Crypto Currency

Crypto originating gifts can be designated to UC Santa Barbara through Endaoment. If you are interested in making a crypto-originating gift, please contact Christian Treitler with the UC Santa Barbara Foundation at 805-893-5594 to ensure proper designation of your donation.

Payroll Deduction

As a UC Santa Barbara employee, payroll deductions are the easiest way to contribute to your area of passion on campus. You simply select the gift amount that you’d like deducted from your monthly paycheck, and your gift is automatically credited to the receiving account. Please send completed and signed Payroll Deduction Form to Gift Administration, Mail Code 1131.


Gifts of tangible personal property (for example: equipment, artwork or books) that are donated for educational purposes are recorded at their fair market value. Gifts-in-kind valued in excess of $500 should be accompanied by a deed of gift and the fair market value as determined by the donor. The IRS and the University require that gifts-in-kind valued at more than $5,000 also have a certified, independent appraisal provided by the donor.

If you are interested in making a gift-in-kind, please contact the Office of Gift Planning:

Trust and Estate Gifts

Planning a gift through your estate may enable you to make a more significant gift than you thought possible. Trustee and Estate Gifts simultaneously allow you to achieve your financial, philanthropic, and estate planning goals benefiting an area of your choosing. UC Santa Barbara’s Office of Planned Giving ( offers a comprehensive website featuring online tools that guide you through a variety of legacy gift options. If you have further questions, please contact the Office of Planned Giving at 805-893-5556.

Retirement Plans

Donors aged 70 ½ or older may make a transfer of up to $100,000 to UC Santa Barbara from a traditional or Roth IRA, free from income tax each year and with possible state income tax savings. Amounts gifted in this way count toward the required IRA minimum withdrawal amounts for the year of the gift, and can be an easy way to make annual gifts to UC Santa Barbara. To make this contribution, simply have the amount distributed directly from an IRA to UC Santa Barbara. You will not incur any tax penalties, nor will you receive a charitable income tax deduction. Please consult with your professional advisory for additional details and call our Office of Planned Giving at 805-893-5556 with any questions.

From Abroad


In Canada, all gifts are tax-deductible as prescribed by law. UC Santa Barbara is recognized as a tax-exempt organization by Revenue Canada (UC Santa Barbara Foundation Tax ID 23-7314834).

United Kingdom

As a British and United States taxpayer, you may donate in pounds sterling to UC Santa Barbara via the University of California Trust (UK) in London - registered British Charity No. 1075405. Additionally, the University of California Trust (UK) can collect Gift Aid on your behalf and forward it to UC Santa Barbara. Click here for Gift Aid form.

Donors who have tax liabilities in the UK and the US can support UC Santa Barbara via the CAF American Donor Fund for dual US/UK taxpayers. Trading as Southampton Row Trust Ltd., the CAF American Donor Fund allows US citizens living in the United Kingdom to receive tax benefits in both countries for their international contributions.

For more information on donations from the UK, contact Matthew Daines, Executive Director, UC Trust (UK), at or +44 (0)20 7269 5908.

Other European Countries

As a European taxpayer, you can support UC Santa Barbara via Transnational Giving Europe (TGE), which currently covers 13 countries. Your donation to the national TGE partner will transfer the gift to Charities Aid Foundation(CAF) in London, and will offer you all the national fiscal advantages. CAF will then forward your gift to UC Santa Barbara with the assistance of the University of California Trust (UK).


Hong Kong taxpayers may make donations in Hong Kong dollars or US dollars via the University of California Foundation Limited in Hong Kong. Contributions will be tax deductible as provided for under Section 88 of the Hong Kong Inland Revenue Ordinance. The University of California Foundation Limited will collect your contributions and forward them to UC Santa Barbara. Click here for remittance information.

Maximizing Your Investment


A pledge allows you to promise a gift and make payments towards that pledge over time (for a period of up to 5 years). Pledges are typically made with a preliminary “first installment” gift and provide a source of consistent and dependable funding for the University.

Matching Gifts

One of the easiest ways to augment the impact of your gift is to request a match from your employer. It is a simple and effective way to make a huge difference.
Discover if your company is a matching gift company.