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Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

Why should I donate to UCI?
As an employee of UCI, you have the unique opportunity to give back directly to the place where you work and help enact the changes you want to see on campus. UCI is a nonprofit institution that relies increasingly on private support as state support declines. We ask for contributions from alumni, friends, parents, students, faculty, staff, corporations and foundations to keep a UCI education affordable and to expand our research and teaching initiatives.

How much should I give?
Any amount that feels comfortable for you. Philanthropy is a personal choice that each person should make based on their own priorities and objectives.

May I designate my gift to any area of campus?
Yes, all gifts to UCI are important and help improve the educational experience. You may designate your gift to any school, department or academic program of your choosing.

What is the time frame for faculty and staff giving?
Faculty and staff can choose to support their priorities at any time during the year. During UCI Giving Day, a campuswide, social media-driven campaign, a lot of faculty and staff choose to support the projects and programs that matter most to them. However, any gift made to UCI between July 1 and June 30 will count as support for that fiscal year.

What if my spouse/partner works for a matching gift company?
If your spouse/partner works for a matching gift company, your gift may be doubled or even tripled. Please contact that company’s human resources depart to receive a matching gift form. Then, just complete the form and enclose it when returning your contribution to UCI.

How does payroll deduction work?
A payroll deduction is one of the most convenient ways to make your gift. While completing a payroll deduction form, you may choose the amount to be automatically deducted from each paycheck. Your gift will be split over multiple pay periods, making it easy to give incrementally over time.

Are payroll deduction contributions deducted on a pre-tax basis?
No, payroll deduction gifts and pledges are deducted on an after-tax basis according to federal law. You can claim the tax deduction when you file your taxes annually.

How can I give?

Giving options include:
The fastest and most confidential option is to make an online gift here.
Other options include:

  • Personal check
    Payable to:

UCI Foundation
Office of Annual Programs
University Advancement
100 Theory, Suite 250
Irvine, CA 92617

A long-lasting form of support includes gifts of appreciated securities, personal property, real estate or inclusion of the university as part of your will and estate plan. For additional details, please contact:

Roland Ho ’05
Executive Director of Planned Giving

I have other questions. Who can I contact?
Feel free to contact Angelique Andrulaitis, Director of Leadership Annual Giving Programs at (949) 824-6373 or