USC Price School of Public Policy

Ways to Give

(Photo by Steve Cohn)

(Photo by Steve Cohn)

There are many ways to give to USC Sol Price School of Public Policy. Giving consultants at USC can help you structure a tax deductible gift and gifts as part of your estate planning.

The school welcomes appreciated securities, stocks, and bonds, as well as those of real estate and personal property. You can also make a pledge to support the school over a period of time. To learn more about these options, contact Caroline Bhalla, Director of Development and Constituent Relations, at (213) 740-5134.

Unrestricted gifts are among the most valuable to USC Price, because they allow us to allocate funds wherever the need is greatest and take advantage of unique opportunities as they arise.

Directed gifts allow you to designate your gift to a specific program or priority area at USC Price. This type of gift gives you the satisfaction of knowing you are supporting a program that is of truly personal meaning.

You may also designate a gift for:

  • Current use, to provide funds and flexibility over the short term, or
  • Endowment gifts, which provide security over the long term by expanding USC Price’s permanent financial base.  This creates a predictable source of future income for such priorities as endowed faculty positions, scholarships and fellowships, and broad-based interdisciplinary research projects.

Types of Gifts

Outright Gifts
When you make an outright gift to USC Price, your contribution can be put to work immediately – by providing funding for current programs or by creating a reliable source of future income by expanding the school’s endowment. An outright gift may be composed of almost any asset of value, including:

    • Cash Gifts
      The simplest and easiest gifts you can make, cash gifts may be made through credit/debit card transactions, outright cash, personal checks, cashier’s checks, or money orders made payable to: “USC Sol Price School of Public Policy Annual Fund.” USC also has a wire account; please call (213) 740-5134 for details.
    • Gifts of Appreciated Securities, Stocks, and Bonds
      Securities provide considerable tax advantages when transferred to USC Price before they are sold. If you have held your securities for more than one year, you may find that your gift will provide a two-fold tax benefit, creating an income-tax deduction as well as helping avoid capital gains taxes that would have been due upon their sale.If you wish to transfer stocks from a broker’s account, USC has accounts with major brokerage firms. You also may make a gift of mutual funds, non-marketable stock, or closely held stock.

      Please call Caroline Bhalla at (213) 740-5134 for further details and information.

    • Matching Gift
      Many employers will match your gift to the School, making it an easy way to double or even triple the value of your gift. Please send your contribution as indicated above, along with a completed matching gift form (available from your company’s personnel or employee relations office). For online gifts, simply follow the matching gift instructions when you fill out the form.

Gifts of Real Estate
Personal residences, second homes, income property and vacant land gifts offer a wide variety of tax and other benefits. While most give their entire interest away, it is also possible to give only a portion of the property (an undivided percentage interest) while retaining the rest for other purposes.

Planned Gifts
USC’s team of planned giving experts can help you create guaranteed retirement income or reduce your estate or capital gains taxes. Visit our planned giving page for more information.

Gift Pledges
Make a formal statement of your intention to give. Pledged gifts are directed to USC through regular payments over time. Each payment on your pledge is eligible for an income-tax charitable deduction. This is one of the best ways to give more generously than you may have thought possible.

To make a gift to USC Price, please call (213) 740-5134. Or make a gift online now.

Thank you for your support of the USC Sol Price School of Public Policy!