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Are gifts tax deductible?

Absolutely! All gifts to UCLA Spark campaigns are tax-deductible.

However, if you claim a perk that has a Fair Market Value associated with it, your tax deductible amount will be the amount of your donation minus the Fair Market Value of the selected perk.

For your records, UCLA’s federal taxpayer ID number for gifts to the UCLA Foundation is 95-2250801. Please visit the UCLA Foundation disclosures site for additional information.

If you have questions, please reach out to our Donor Relations team and mention the Spark Campaign you gave to and they’ll be sure to help. You may direct questions via email to or call (310) 794-9081.

Do I have to claim a perk?

Not if you don't want one! Simply enter the amount you'd like to donate in the topmost field under 'Please enter the amount you would like to contribute:', and then select the 'No Perk' option. 

I don't want to make a donation at the suggested levels. Can I still support this project and be counted?

Of course! The levels are simply intended for you to better understand how your gift will make a difference. Simply fill in the amount you'd like to donate in the top most field under 'Please enter the amount you would like to contribute:', and then complete the rest of the donation form.

What are my options when donating anonymously?

We are happy to respect your privacy and you are free to hide your name, the amount you donate, or all information regarding your donation from a project's donor wall. If you select this option, you will not receive any form of public acknowledgement for your gift i.e. social media shout outs. However, selecting these options does not mean that your donation is anonymous to the UCLA Foundation, and you will receive donor credit and all applicable tax benefits. 

If you're interested in making a truly anonymous donation to any crowdfunding project, please contact our team at (310) 794-9081

Can I support a UCLA crowdfunding campaign if I don't live within the United States?

Yes. UCLA has long been one of the top U.S. destinations for international students, as well as a leader in U.S. students studying abroad. We welcome the support of our alumni and friends across the globe.

You can select the country associated with your billing address on this donation page. For additional information related to tax-deductibility, please see the information presented by the UCLA Foundation regarding Giving From Abroad.

For more information on giving from abroad, please contact: 

Bill Kinsella, Director of Gift Policy, at or +1 (310) 794-3453 

Does UCLA Spark or the UCLA Foundation take any part of my donation?

Yes. As is customary with universities and other non-profit organizations across the country, a one-time administrative fee is applied to all new gifts, providing essential support to UCLA's overall operation - such as providing use on our crowdfunding platform free of charge to the projects we host. The fee is currently 6.5 percent. 


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