School of Humanities Complex



Giving: Types of Gifts

Humanities Donor Board

What is an endowment?

An endowment is a gift that is held in perpetuity and invested to provide ongoing support for the activities designated by the donor.  Current UC Irvine policy protects the long-term growth of its endowment fund by allocating a portion of the endowment’s value for annual use.

What is an annual gift?

A gift which contributes to discretionary support of a particular program initiative or department. 

What is a major gift?

A major gift is defined as one that is greater than $25,000.  Major gifts best match a donor’s interests with the needs of the University.  Major gifts are often funded over a period of years (a pledge term) and include a gift agreement document to ensure that the donor and the University agree upon the gift’s use, recognition, and funding terms.

What is a Gift In-Kind?

Non-monetary items of tangible personal property such as art, collectibles, books, equipment and other physical assets or materials which have value to the university.

What is a matching gift?

An easy way to double or even triple your donation to UC Irvine and the School of Humanities is to find out if your company has a matching gift program.  Many corporations have demonstrated their support for UC Irvine by matching, or multiplying, their employees’ gifts to the University.
Before you make a gift, consult your company’s personnel office for further information about matching programs or search our online Matching Companies database.

What is a planned gift?

Planned giving is a vehicle that allows donors to make larger gifts than they could make from their income alone.  Learn about all our planned giving options by visiting You may also contact the Executive Director of Planned Giving with specific inquiries, Roland Ho, at 949-824-6454 or

What is a gift of stocks and securities?

A gift of your securities, including your stocks or bonds, is an easy way for you to make a gift.  By making a gift of your appreciated securities, you can avoid paying capital gains tax that would otherwise be due if you sold these assets.

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What is a capital improvement gift?

A gift that is used towards the establishment or improvement of a physical space on campus.  This can vary from new construction of buildings to naming privileges of rooms (i.e. Dean’s office, specific classrooms, and conference rooms) and renovation of existing structures.