A $50-million gift from two generous UCLA alumni led to the renaming of the UCLA Meyer and Renee Luskin School of Public Affairs in 2011. Meyer Luskin, a Los Angeles business leader, and his wife Renee donated a total of $100 million to also fund the Luskin Conference Center, a hotel and meeting venue on campus.

Gifts at Work

Why Give?

All gifts to the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs, no matter their size, help us maintain and strengthen its reputation for excellence in education and research in public policy, social welfare, and urban planning.

Decline in State Funding and Rising Tuition: Today, UCLA receives only 12 percent of its operating budget from the state of California and tuition for current UCLA Luskin students now tops $20,000. Your support provides much-needed student support to fund fellowships for students in all three depart- ments. As state budget cuts continue to stretch our resources, now, more than ever, private gifts are crucial to our future success. Gifts of all sizes are used to AWARD scholarships, RECRUIT new faculty, and BUILD a strong network of successful alumni.

Tax Benefits: Gifts to the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs not only benefit the School and its students and faculty, they benefit the donor as well. Your charitable gift to the School is tax deductible up to 50 percent of your adjusted gross income. Please consult your tax advisor regarding current IRS regula- tions and to ensure you are receiving the full advantages of your donation.

To make a gift or to learn more about UCLA Luskin Funding opportunities, please contact:

Ricardo Quintero
Director of Development
(310) 206-7949

Annual gifts to UCLA Luskin from alumni and friends, whether you give directly to a specific fellowship fund or to the Dean’s Innovation Fund, directly impact student success. As tuition climbs past $20,000 a year, your support is more important than ever. See how your support directly impacts current students in Public Policy, Social Welfare and Urban Planning in the videos above.

Student Fellowships at Work

As state budgets continue to decline and student tuition climbs, private support is more important than ever. Whether you contribute to the Dean’s or Departments’ Innovation Funds or endow a student fellowship for long term support, your gifts directly impact students who now pay more than $20,000 a year in tuition.

Make your gift online today to help support students like these:

Madeline WanderMadeline Wander,  a second-year Masters of Urban and Regional Planning student, received the prestigious Harvey Perloff Fellowship this year.  Madeline graduated from Occidental College in Los Angeles in 2008 where she majored in Urban & Environmental Policy and minored in Mathematics.

While at Occidental, she pursued her passion for social equity and community organizing through internships at the Coalition for Economic Survival and One LA – IAF.Following graduation, Madeline organized for Barack Obama’s Presidential Campaign in Colorado and then for Housing LA, a broad coalition pushing for the City of Los Angeles to adopt policies that ensure both the production and preservation of affordable homes.

Now, Madeline is pursuing her MURP at UCLA and is a graduate research assistant at USC’s Program for Environmental and Regional Equity (PERE). Her academic interests include transportation and environmental justice and research can be seen in her recently published article in Technology and Planning Today. She loves bicycling, cooking and living car-free in Los Angeles.

Rich Schmitt Photography 042Joshua  Low is pursuing his master’s degree in Public Policy at UCLA Luskin, emphasizing on Housing and Community Development.  He was recently awarded a fellowship from the David Bohnett Foundation to work for the City of Los Angeles in Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa’s Performance Management Unit. The PMU serves as the Mayor’s internal audit team with a mission to en- sure timely and effective implementation of key initiatives. In this capacity, Josh develops metrics for success, analyzes program data and works with departments to strategically assess future policy options. Through this work, Josh provides the Mayor with information necessary to make key decisions and move the City of Los Angeles forward.

Prior to entering graduate school Joshua spent seven years working for non-profit and community-based organizations in the San Francisco Bay Area as a fundraising professional. Through these positions, Joshua managed the fundraising for several multi-million dollar projects including the $10 million renovation of a former furniture store into a collaborative multi-non-profit facility focused on community economic development and asset building in San Francisco’s Mission District. Joshua’s political activism led him to work for the Barack Obama Campaign for Change in 2008 as a field organizer in Wisconsin where he led the voter outreach efforts for St. Croix County.  His duties included volunteer recruitment and management, designing outreach events, canvassing, phone banking and building coalitions with local democratic efforts. Joshua graduated from San Diego State University in 2003 with a BA in political science.

Jennifer VallejoJennifer Vallejo, a second- year MSW student, received the Marjorie Hays Fertig and Ralph D. Fertig Fellowship award this year.  Jennifer grew up in in a multi-cultural family where Spanish was her primary language and at the age of 10, Jennifer relocated to her father’s native country of Ecuador. During her three years in Ecuador, she witnessed the inequalities people of color experienced in South America, planting a social justice seed which eventually drove her to pursue her MSW at UCLA Luskin. Before returning to pursue her MSW, Jennifer earned a BS from UCLA in Microbiology, moved to Japan to teach English, taught first grade in Boyle Heights, and managed a tutoring company providing free tutoring to disenfranchised families under the No Child Left Behind Act.  It was this last role working with foster children and families in Boyle Heights that made Jennifer realize her true calling of Social Work.

Currently an intern with the Department of Mental Health’s Psychiatric Mobile Response Team, Jennifer works in crisis interven- tion and provides families with support during extremely difficult situations involving their loved ones. Her goal is to continue working in disenfranchised communities providing mental health services in both English and Spanish, particularly in crisis work. Despite the demands and the intensity of the work, at the end of the day, Jennifer believes there is nothing more rewarding than helping clients find some peace of mind.

Dean`s Associates

With a gift of $2,500 or more to your preferred UCLA Luskin fund, you will join this select group of the Luskin supporters who enjoy exclusive opportunities listed below.  By directing your leadership support to the Dean’s Innovation Fund (6912), you will also become a part of the UCLA Fund’s Chancellor’s Society with an extended list of campus courtesies listed below. The generosity of our Dean’s Associates creates a tangible impact on today’s students— and promises an even better UCLA experience for future Bruins.

Make your gift online now, or download this pledge form, complete the form with accompanying check and mail to the address listed.

Join the Dean’s Associates now

Courtesies of the UCLA Luskin Dean’s Associates:

  • Invitations to exclusive Dean’s Associate Salons
  • VIP Receptions at Luskin Lectures
  • Reserved seating at selected School programs
  • Recognition on School publications and communications
  • A personal liaison to assist with campus needs
  • Complimentary parking for campus events and meetings
  • A subscription to UCLA Magazine and UCLA Luskin Forum

Additional Courtesies of the UCLA Fund’s Chancellor’s Associates

  • Utilize UCLA’s top-ranked libraries*
  • Enjoy the Sunset Canyon Recreation Center and John Wooden Center*
  • Invitation-only events on campus and in your community, providing opportunities to network with other Chancellor’s Associates donors
  • The option to purchase priority seating for football & men’s basketball games**
  • Receive complimentary admission to on-campus UCLA sporting events²
  • Volunteer opportunities through Chancellor’s Associates regional committees
  • Complimentary parking on campus up to 12 times annually and the opportunity to purchase a donor parking permit*
  • Recognition in the UCLA Fund Chancellor’s Associates Honor Roll
  • Priority seating at cultural events (as available)
  • Access to our private LinkedIn group for exclusive professional networking

*Indicates additional steps required; **subject to availability; ²except football and men’s basketball

For more information about these courtesies or about the Associates programs above, please contact:

Ricardo Quintero
Director of Development
(310) 206-7949

Funding Priorities

At the convergence of the fields of social work, urban planning, and policymaking, the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs identifies and develops emerging areas of research and teaching and cultivates leaders and change agents who advance solutions to society’s most pressing problems.

As UCLA Luskin marks the School’s 20th anniversary, we are committed to delivering on our mission. To do so, we must invest in our students, our faculty, our programs and our physical space. With your help, these building blocks will immediately provide students, faculty and the community with the tools necessary to solve some of society’s most pressing problems.

Join us as we invest in our future.

View the 2018-2019 UCLA Luskin Catalog, which spotlights initiatives by the School’s faculty and research centers — critical study areas in which donor support can be particularly impactful.

Fellowships and Endowments

Providing graduate fellowship assistance is one of UCLA Luskin’s top priorities. As state budget cuts deepen and educational expenses rise, fellowships help to relieve student debt, ensuring that the broad array of professional options – including leadership in underserved neighborhoods – remains open to all students, and that the school remains competitive among peer institutions.

To support UCLA Luskin scholarship initiatives, you can create a new endowed or current expen- diture scholarship, or contribute to an existing scholarship fund. Endowed fellowships begin at $100,000.

How to Give

You may choose from a number of options for making your gift. Learn more about ways to make a donation that works best for you.

Cash and Checks: Gifts of cash made to the School of Public Affairs through the UCLA Foundation or UC Regents are equally tax-deductible and are used for the purposes specified by the donor. Make check payable to UCLA Foundation and send to:

Development Office UCLA School of Public Affairs
337 Charles E. Young Drive East
3250 School of Public Affairs Building
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1656

Download a giving form to fill out and mail it in.

Credit and Debit Cards: Donors may elect to make a gift via a charge to a credit or debit card. Cards accepted for donations include VISA, MasterCard, and American Express.  Make a secure credit or debit card gift online now. (For gifts under $50,000.)

Electronic Funds Transfer: Monthly payments via electronic funds transfer may be arranged through a donor’s financial institution and the UCLA Foundation.

Wire Transfer: Wire transfers are most commonly used for gifts made from outside the United States. Financial institutions provide minimal information on wire transfers, so to ensure proper disposition of the gifts, donors should alert the University that a wire transfer has been made by notifying the School of Public Affairs Development Office at (310) 206-4612.

Securities: Financial institutions provide minimal information on securities transfers, so to ensure proper disposition of the gifts, donors should alert the School of Public Affairs Development Office that a securities transfer has been made. Gifts of securities are recorded based on the mean market value of the stock, bond, or mutual fund on the date of gift, which is determined by the date the donor relinquishes control of the asset.   Please contact the securities coordinator for the UCLA Foundation at (310) 794-3434 for more information and for detailed transfer instructions.

Gifts-in-Kind: Gifts of tangible personal property, such as equipment or books that are donated for related educations purposes are recorded at their fair market value. Gifts-in-kind valued in excess of $500 should be accompanied by a deed of gift and the fair market value as determined by the donor. The IRS and the University require that gifts-in-kind valued at more than $5,000 also have an independent appraisal provided by the donor. If you are interested in making a gift-in-kind to the School of Public Affairs, please contact the Development Office at (310) 206-4612.


Employer Matching Gifts: Employer matching gifts can double or triple your gift…and you can receive full credit for the total amount of the donation for the purposes of recognition and benefits. Hundreds of companies currently match the gifts of their employees or employees’ spouses to UCLA. Participating employers are specially recognized on the School’s Honor Roll. To find out if your or your spouse’s employer matches gifts, you may check our database before making your donation. You can request and fill in a matching gift form from your company (often through the human resources office) and mail in or fax the form to the School of Public Affairs development office.

Memorial and Honorary Gifts: Honorary gifts commemorate a significant event or someone who is still living. Alumni frequently make gifts to honor a faculty member at the School of Public Affairs. A memorial gift can help perpetuate the values and ideals that guided someone’s life. Families of those so honored will be notified of your gift, but the amount of the gift is not disclosed. If you are interested in making a memorial or honorary gift, please make sure to provide the appropriate information when you make or submit your gift.

Gifts of Real Estate and Materials: Real property, either in its entirety or in part, can be deeded to The UCLA Foundation to benefit the University. 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. The UCLA School of Public Affairs gratefully accepts donations of materials that support its academic, teaching and research mission. The University receives a wide variety of such gifts, including rare books and manuscripts, works of art, equipment and other items of value. If you are interested in making a gift of real estate or materials, please contact the School of Public Affairs Development Office at (310) 206-4612.


All gifts to the UCLA School of Public Affairs are fully tax-deductible for federal income tax purposes, and subject to any limitations placed on charitable gifts. Go here for other fund disclosures and information on donor privacy.

For UCLA tax I.D. numbers, tax exemption letters, and other frequently requested documents, please visit the UCLA Donor Toolkit.

Planned Giving

Bequests and Planned Gifts: Legacy gifts have resulted in some of the School’s most generous and far-reaching gifts. Your planned gift will ensure aca- demic excellence and access for generations to come. Your gift can also provide financial and tax benefits for you, your heirs, and others you care about.

Many individuals who could not otherwise make a major gift find they are able to do so with a carefully planned gift, thereby fulfilling their philanthropic goals for the School.

Planned gifts include:

  • Bequests
  • Pooled Income Funds
  • Gift Annuities
  • Charitable trusts
  • Gifts of property or real estate

Whatever your age, you can make a substantial contribution to the UCLA School of Public Affairs through a planned gift and satisfy your personal tax and longterm financial goals at the same time.

UCLA First Century Society: The generous alumni, friends and parents who have chosen to remember UCLA in their estate plans are a special group. They are visionary. And uncommonly dedicated. Their philanthropy has helped propel UCLA’s rise among the world’s great universities. The First Century Society was created to honor these individuals, who have built their legacies through planned gifts that are meaningful to them.

Members of the First Century Society share a strong common bond of philanthropy that has championed UCLA’s first century of extraordinary achieve- ment. And they have the satisfaction of ensuring UCLA’s continued preeminence when the university celebrates its centennial and begins its second century in 2019.

Turning their individual passions into action, these donors have looked ahead to the needs of future generations. They have effectively put “money in the bank” to fulfill countless opportunities that ensure excellence campuswide – from scholarships to life-changing research, fellowships to distinguished faculty recruitment. And depending on the plan selected, they have helped solidify their own financial futures as well.

We invite you to join the committed philanthropists who enjoy the rewards of membership in the First Century Society.

Learn More: UCLA has extensive planned giving resources, dedicated staff, and in-house attorneys available to answer your questions, on a confidential basis and without charge or obligation. To learn more you are welcome to contact the university Planned Giving Office directly.

Contact us

3250 School of Public Affairs Building
Box 951656
Los Angeles, CA  90095-1476

Nicole Payton
Executive Director of External Relations
(310) 206-3059

Ricardo Quintero
Director of Development
(310) 206-7949

Nico Gervasoni
External Relations Coordinator
(310) 206-5479


UCLA Development
For information on any aspect of giving to UCLA
(310) 794-2345

UCLA Foundation
Promoting private philanthropy for the public good, The UCLA Foundation is a charitable institution organized to encourage gifts, trusts and bequests for the benefit of the University and the community at large. Fiduciary responsibility for governance of The Foundation and management of its holdings is vested in the Board of Directors.
(310) 794-3193

Complete list of UCLA Foundation contacts.

Corporate, Foundation and Research Relations
Corporations and foundations seeking to engage with UCLA through philanthropy, intellectual property opportunities, technology transfer, recruiting, research alliances and continuing education can do so through the office of Corporate, Foundation and Research Relations (CFRR).
(310) 794-2315

Donor Relations
Donor Relations is available to provide customer service and address general questions you may have related to your giving. Donor Relations can also assist in connecting you to the appropriate development office to answer your questions or facilitate your next gift.
(310) 794-2447

The UCLA Fund provides an exciting way for donors to direct giving to the department, division or school of their choice. Relaunched in early 2007, the Fund provides maximum flexibility and expanded opportunities for givers to connect with what excites them most about what’s happening at the University. Donors enjoy special benefits and membership courtesies for their participation.
(310) 794-2363

UCLA Office of Gift Planning
Questions regarding bequest language, charitable remainder trusts, gift annuities and the transfer of assets such as real property, closely held stock, and tangible personal property can be answered by the Office of Gift Planning.
(800) 737-8252

Women & Philanthropy at UCLA
Women & Philanthropy promotes women’s giving, volunteerism and leadership at UCLA. Considered the flagship model for women’s philanthropic programs at universities nationwide, Women & Philanthropy encourages this special group of donors to achieve their giving potential and make a tangible difference at the University in areas that are important to them.
(310) 794-2389