How To Give

How To Give

You have many options for making your gift to the University of Southern California.

Gifts by Credit Card or Check

Give online here using a credit or debit card. It’s the fastest way to have a positive impact on the USC community.

Also, there are new tax incentives for donors in 2020. Learn more here.

Gifts by personal check, cashier’s check or money order should be made payable to the University of Southern California and mailed to:

USC Advancement Gift Services
1150 South Olive Street, 25th Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90015

Please print out, fill out and include this USC Giving Form with your check or money order.

Gifts by wire transfer can be made by contacting a development officer from the area you wish to support (see University Advancement Contacts) or by contacting USC Gift Services at 213-821-6094.

Gifts of Securities

Gifts of appreciated securities, stocks and bonds also provide considerable tax advantages when transferred to USC before they are sold. If you have held your securities for more than one year, you may find that your gift will provide a twofold tax benefit—creating an income tax deduction and avoiding the capital gains tax that would have been due upon their sale.

Physical stock certificates may be sent by certified mail or overnight express, with endorsements on the back(s) of the certificate(s) stated exactly on the face of the certificate(s). Do not fill in any other blanks. No stock power is necessary as long as you do not fill in the university’s name on the back.

Contact the USC Investment Office at 213-740-5413 to:

  • Transfer stocks from a broker’s account. We will send delivery instructions to your broker or financial advisor.
  • Receive additional information about making a gift of mutual funds, non-marketable stock or closely held stock.

Mail correspondence regarding gifts of securities to:

USC Advancement Gift Services
1150 South Olive Street, 25th Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90015

Gifts of Personal Property

Gifts of personal property—including rare books, works of art, valuable collectibles and tangible items of demonstrable value—may enable you to make a significant gift to support USC while, in some cases, providing outstanding tax benefits to you. Likewise, gifts of intangible personal property, such as copyrights, patents and mineral rights, can generate income for the program of your choice on a continuing basis.

Gifts of Real Estate

Gifts of real estate—including personal residences, second homes, income property and vacant land—offer a wide variety of tax and other benefits. Most people give their entire interest away, but it is also possible to give only a portion of the property (an undivided percentage interest) while retaining the rest for other purposes.

Gift Planning/Estate Gifts

USC offers a wide variety of planned-giving strategies that allow you to maximize your philanthropic goals, including:

Our gift planning team can work with you and your advisers to customize a gift that is best for you. For more information or to schedule a free consultation, please contact:

USC Office of Gift Planning

Matching Gifts

An easy way to double or even triple your donation to USC is to find out if your company has a matching-gift program. Such programs typically match all or a percentage of employee contributions to charitable organizations, making the employer a partner in the personal philanthropy of their employees. Simply obtain a matching gift form from your employer’s personnel office and fill it out, listing the University of Southern California as the charity organization. You may direct your gift to the USC academic unit of your choice by adding that as a secondary designation on the form. Send the completed form to USC with your contribution.