How to Give

Mailing Address

University of California, Merced
Attn: Gift Administration
5200 North Lake Road
Merced, CA 95343

Check / Money Order

Please make checks payable to the UC Merced Foundation and mail to the address specified above. Indicate the purpose of your gift in the memo line of the check or by completing a gift form to be sent with your gift. Please do not send cash through the mail.

» Download gift form

Recurring Gifts

Recurring gifts offer you the ability to provide your favorite UC Merced scholarship or program with dependable support throughout the year.  By determining the amount, frequency (monthly or quarterly) and total number of payments, you are able to conveniently build a significant contribution through smaller installments. 

Your recurring gift may be changed or discontinued by contacting Gifts Administration at 209.228.4438 or

» Click here to start your recurring gift

Matching Gifts

Make your gift to UC Merced go further with the help of your employer.

If your employer sponsors a matching gift program, you can easily multiply the impact of your gift. When your gift is matched, the amount goes toward the same program that your initial donation sponsored.

Participating companies will match employee gifts dollar for dollar. Some will even double or triple your gift. Many companies will also support charitable giving by employee's spouses, retirees, board members and others.

You may also contact UC Merced at 209.228.4438 or if you have questions regarding matching gifts.

Tribute Gifts

A memorial gift can help perpetuate the values and ideals that guided someone’s life. Honorary gifts commemorate a significant person or event.  If you are interested in making a memorial or honorary gift, please make sure to provide the appropriate information when you make or submit your gift online.

If you have any questions, please contact Gift Administration at 209.228.4438 or


Gifts-in-kind are items of tangible personal property or other physical assets — including artwork, books, equipment or specialized instruments — which serve the educational mission of UC Merced.

To speak with someone at UC Merced about a potential gift of personal property please contact Gift Administration at 209.228.4438 or

Payroll Deduction

Full-time faculty and staff members of UC Merced may donate to the university through automatic payroll deduction. To begin your payroll deduction for one of the following funds, please call 209.228.4438, or download the authorization form by clicking the link below.

» Chancellor’s Associates
» Staff Assembly Scholarship Fund for Employees’ Children
» Annual Fund Payroll Deduction Form

Stocks, Securities and Electronic Fund Transfer (EFT)

To make of gift of stocks, securities or via Electronic Fund Transfer (EFT) to either the University of California, Merced or the UC Merced Foundation, please download and complete the Gift Transfer Notification Form below.

Banks and other financial institutions provide UC Merced with limited information about your stock, security or EFT gift. To ensure the prompt acknowledgement and disposition of your gift, please notify UC Merced Gifts Administration of your transfer by forwarding a copy of the Gift Transfer Notification Form found below. For assistance, please contact or call 209.228.4438.

» Gift Transfer Notification Form

Gift Planning

Planned giving often allows you to make a larger philanthropic impact than you may have previously thought possible. Planned gifts are gift arrangements that have specific tax advantages and can include lifetime income to the donor and/or a loved one. The importance of planned gifts to the ongoing support of UC Merced students, faculty, and programs cannot be overstated. They are an investment in the continuing excellence of the University of California, Merced.

To learn more about gift planning, please visit the Gift Planning area of this website.