USC Price School of Public Policy

Ways to Give

There are many ways to give to USC Sol Price School of Public Policy. Planned giving experts at USC can help you structure a gift as part of your estate planning. The school welcomes gifts of appreciated securities, stocks, and bonds, as well as those of real estate and personal property. Matching gifts may be available through your employer. And you may consider making 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 to 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 personally meaningful to you.

You also have the option of designating your 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 and creating a predictable source of future income for such things 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 – either providing funding for current programs or 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 the following:

  • Cash Gifts – the simplest and easiest gifts you can make – 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 also 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 twofold tax benefit, creating an income-tax deduction as well as helping avoid the capital-gains tax that would have been due on 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 programs are an easy way to double or even triple your gift. Many employers will match your gift to the School. 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 – including personal residences, second homes, income property and vacant land – offer a wide variety of tax and other benefits. While most people 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 while also making a meaningful gift to USC Price. Visit our planned giving page for more information.

Gift Pledges are formal statements of your intention to make a gift to the university. With a pledge, you may complete your gift by making regular payments over time, allowing you to give more generously than you originally may have considered. Plus, each payment on your pledge is eligible for an income-tax charitable deduction.

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!