Why Give to the Bunche Center?

Since its establishment, the Ralph J. Bunche Center for African American Studies has led the nation in supporting students and faculty in the study of Black life, hosting scholarly events relevant to Black life in Los Angeles, and producing action-oriented research that spans every field of scholarly inquiry, ranging from micro-biology to musicology. Currently, the Bunche Center is home to the award-winning Million Dollar Hoods project, which uses big data to map the fiscal and human cost of mass incarceration in Los Angeles.  In collaboration with community advocates and policy makers, Million Dollar Hoods is helping to reimagine public safety in Los Angeles. Giving to the Bunche Center advances Black Studies as a field of research that improves the conditions of Black life and transforms the world in which we live.

Additional Ways to Give

There are many ways to support the Bunche Center. Learn more about ways to make a donation that works best for you.


In writing a will or living trust, you can specify that you would like your estate to benefit UCLA. Your bequest gift may enable you to make long-term support to the Bunche Center, while at the same time allowing you to achieve your short-term financial, philanthropic, and other goals.

Real Estate

Giving land, farms, personal residences, and rental or commercial property, either in its entirety or in part, can benefit the Bunche Center while providing you relief from capital gains taxes. For residential properties, it is possible to arrange a sizable tax deduction by deeding a home to UCLA, while continuing to occupy the property for life.

Personal Property

The Bunche Center gratefully accepts donations of materials that support the academic, teaching and research mission of the University. The University receives a wide variety of such gifts, including rare books and manuscripts, works of art, equipment and other items of value.

Intellectual Property

We welcome gifts of copyrights, patents, royalties, licenses, and technical data. The tax and legal provisions that govern these gifts vary according to the type of property.

Stocks and Bonds

Appreciated stocks and bonds are a popular asset donated to UCLA by alumni and friends. Securities can be transferred directly from your brokerage account to the university’s account. You can download the appreciated stock giving form here.

Matching Gifts

The easiest way to double – or even triple – your contribution to the Bunche Center is to request a matching gift from your employer. Thousands of companies nationwide support their workforce by making such gifts to the organizations and institutions their employees care about. To see if yours is one, check our database of matching gift companies before making your donation.


A pledge is a statement of intention to make a gift to UCLA. Donors who seek to defer the bulk of their giving until a future date, or who want to give via installments over time, may use this giving strategy. This allows donors to promise a gift in the future and make payments over time.

By Phone

Make a gift with a credit card, by calling: Christopher Soto, Assistant Director of Development, at (310) 794-2305.

By Mail

Send a check, made out to The UCLA Foundation, with the memo “Bunche Center donation,” to:

The UCLA Foundation

PO Box 7145

Pasadena, CA 91109-9903

Charitable Gift and Tax Information

All gifts to the Ralph J. Bunche Center for African American Studies are fully tax-deductible for federal income tax purposes, and subject to any limitations placed on charitable gifts. Please visit the UCLA Foundation website for information on fund disclosures and donor privacy, here. For UCLA tax I.D. numbers, tax exemption letters, and other frequently requested documents, please visit the UCLA Donor Toolkit.

Any Questions?

Please contact us to speak about what you would like to accomplish with your philanthropy to the Bunche Center. We would be glad to help!

Christi Corpus
Director of Development
(310) 794-2396

Christopher Soto
Assistant Director of Development
(310) 794-2305