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Ways to Give

In making your gift to CSUSB, you decide how and where to make that important difference. Cal State San Bernardino accepts gifts ranging from cash to stock donations, with immediate to long-term commitments.

The Office of Development and the CSUSB Philanthropic Foundation want to ensure that as many opportunities are available as possible. Below you will find a listing of the many ways you can make a gift to CSUSB. The CSUSB Philanthropic Foundation's TAX ID number is: 45-2255077

Kinds of Gifts


Cash gifts, made by check or credit card, are the simplest and most common types of gifts and allow CSUSB to put your contribution to use right away, benefiting students and programs immediately.

Checks*: To make a gift by check, make your check payable to the CSUSB Philanthropic Foundation. In the memo section of your check, please note if the gift is to be used to support the university or a specific program. Please mail it to: Office of Development, California State University, San Bernardino, 5500 University Parkway, San Bernardino, California 92407-2397.

Credit Cards**: Using your Visa, MasterCard, or American Express to make a gift is a growing convenience for donors. To make a gift by credit card please select the Make a Gift Now! button at the bottom of this page and follow the instructions for making a gift online.

Wire Transfers: If you would like to make a gift to the University via wire transfer, please follow the information listed below and wire to:

Citizen's Business Bank
301 Vanderbilt Way
San Bernardino, CA 92408

Routing No: 122234149

For Deposit to Account of:

CSUSB Philanthropic Foundation
Account No: 245122619

Matching Gifts: Visit your employer's human resources office to see if your employer matches employee gifts. You may be able to significantly increase the value of your total gift to CSUSB with a matching gift from your employer.

Stocks: Giving stock is an excellent way to support the CSUSB Philanthropic Foundation. You avoid capital gains taxes and get full value as a charitable deduction. To make a gift of stock, please contact the Office of the CSUSB Philanthropic Foundation at 909-537-7769.

Bequests: Making a bequest in your will or living trust is a common and efficient avenue of support. You make a contribution without reducing your assets during your lifetime. The bequest can take the form of a specific dollar amount, a percentage of your estate, or a particular asset.

Charitable Trusts: Establish a charitable trust (charitable remainder trust, charitable lead trust, charitable remainder annuity trust) and you may receive income for life from the trust assets. You will also gain significant tax benefits that could include reduction of capital gains taxes as well as an immediate tax reduction. Funding a charitable trust with highly appreciated assets such as real estate or stocks is ideal.

Charitable Gift Annuities: CSUSB is part of the California State University Foundation Gift Annuity Consortium, offering competitive rates for gift annuities. In return for your gift, you receive annual payments, a part of which is tax-free. The rate of return may be significantly higher than many other fixed-income investments. Gift annuities may be funded with cash or marketable securities and they provide significant tax benefits.

Retirement Plans: You may designate CSUSB as a beneficiary for an IRA, TSA, Keogh Plan 403(b), 401K and other qualified pension and profit-sharing plans.

Life Insurance: Gifts of life insurance provide a way to make a sizeable gift at a relatively low cost. Such a gift can be made by either delivering and assigning ownership of the policy to the institution or naming the institution as the beneficiary. An outright gift of a paid life insurance policy naming CSUSB as the irrevocable owner and beneficiary, allows an immediate tax deduction equal to the replacement value of the policy. Partially paid-up policies allow for a tax deduction equal to the cash surrender value of the policy.

Real Estate: An outright gift of a residence, vacation home, ranch, commercial building or vacant land (entirely or fractional interest) can be an excellent way to support CSUSB. You can also "gift" your personal residence and retain life interest-gift of life estate - the ability to live in it for the remainder of you and your spouse's lives. This also applies to second or vacation homes that are used as personal residences.

Tangible Personal Property: Gifts of tangible personal property may consist of furniture, equipment, books, gems, precious metals, art, stamps, coins, fixtures or nearly any kind of property. Such gifts are often designated for a specific use within the university.

For more information on any of the other ways to give to CSUSB, please contact the Office of Development at 909/537-5005. We strongly recommend that you also confer with your attorney and financial advisors to assist you in selecting the best gift opportunities for you and your family.

A gift fee of 5% is assessed on all gifts administered by the Foundation. This fee may change through CSUSB's policies and procedures as they exist from time to time. For further information please refer to the California State University, San Bernardino Gift Acceptance Policy.

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