Ways to Give

CNS Director Kim McAllister and student in the lab

Your Gift Makes a Difference


Your gift, no matter the amount, makes a difference! Determine what type of gift and when is the best timing for you:

Immediate Gifts

Your immediate gifts can be used today or to establish perpetual endowments, and can be made all at once or pledged over time. When you make a gift during your lifetime, you have the opportunity to build relationships with your beneficiaries and share in the achievements made possible by your generosity.

Cash Gifts

  • Online: Browse gift options and continue to a secure giving portal
  • Check: Make payable to: UC Davis Foundation and mail to the UC Davis Center For Neuroscience, ATTN: Development, 1544 Newton Ct., Davis, CA 95618
  • Company Matching Program: Supplement your donation with your company’s matching gift program. Email matchinggifts@ucdavis.edu and our development office at jescott@ucdavis.edu with your gift amount and fund designation.
  • IRA Charitable Rollover: If you are over 70 ½ years old, you can request a direct transfer from your IRA administrator to UC Davis up to $100,000 per year tax free

Gifts of Securities

  • Include stocks, mutual funds and bonds
  • Can be gifts of partnerships or LLC interests

Gifts of Real Property

  • Land and farms
  • Personal residencies
  • Rental and commercial property

Deferred Gifts

You can plan today to give tomorrow! Planning a gift through your will or trust may allow you to make a larger gift than you might have thought possible. Deferred gifts offer many benefits, such as:

  • Control and enjoyment of assets while living
  • Flexibility in deciding who gets what, when and for what purpose
  • Potential estate and/or income tax savings
  • Providing income to you and/or a loved one


  • Establish UC Davis Foundation as a beneficiary of your will or living trust
  • Flexibility to provide for family first

Retirement Plan Gifts

  • Name UC Davis as the beneficiary and eliminate income tax on account distributions
  • Preserve the plan’s value

Life-Income Gifts

  • Include charitable remainder trusts and gift annuities
  • Provide potential tax savings on income, estate and capital gains
  • Generate income for you and/or your loved ones for life or a fixed period of time
  • Distribute the remaining assets to UC Davis Foundation for your designated purpose