Direct support of the UC Alumni Association (UCAA) through private donations is not only appreciated — it’s necessary to ensure that UC has a vibrant alumni-relations environment, which is essential for the university’s overall success.
UCAA relies on private support to offer the variety of programs and services that connect alums with each other and their university. Three major priorities for UCAA fundraising are:
- Funding to maintain and improve the Myers Alumni Center;
- Funding scholarships for current and future UC students;
- Funding programs and services associated with career management and professional development for alumni.
In addition, gifts to the UCAA Advancement Fund or undesignated gifts help underwrite the organization’s top strategic priorities and where they can have the greatest impact. Of course, gifts to UC and UCAA can be designated to any specific use or cause, according to the donor’s wishes.
Beyond financial support, UCAA thrives on the engagement of its alumni, where active participation is also a form of UCAA support.
Donors to the UC Alumni Association can become part of the Loyal Bearcat Society by giving $50 or more annually, or part of the William Howard Taft Society by reaching $2,500 or more in cumulative lifetime giving to UCAA. Click here to learn more about these two giving societies.
Maximize your support through a matching gift if possible. Many companies match any current gift of cash, stocks or bonds made to higher education by their employees (and often employees’ spouses and company retirees). The company’s matching gift form must be sent to the UC Foundation with the individual’s gift. To see if your company participates, visit our matching gift directory. Donors are entitled to income tax deductions for their individual gifts only, but the UC Foundation recognizes the donor for the total amount of both personal and matching gifts.