CGU Graduates

Ways to give to CGU

When you make a gift to Claremont Graduate University, you have flexibility in determining how the funds will be used, as well as options for how to make your gift.

Unrestricted gifts are among the most valuable to CGU; they allow the university to allocate funds wherever the need is greatest, and to take advantage of unique opportunities as they arise. Your unrestricted contribution may be used to offset costs associated with financial aid, make innovations in teaching, provide research equipment, enhance facilities, and much more.

Directed gifts allow you to designate your gift to a specific school, program, or any priority area at the university. When you make a directed gift to CGU, you enjoy the satisfaction of knowing you are supporting a program that is personally meaningful to you.

Annual Fund gifts are a great way for alumni and friends of CGU to pledge support on an annual basis. Moreover, if your company has a matching-gift program, you can double, even triple your Annual Fund donation. These programs typically match all or a percentage of employee contributions to charitable organizations, making the employer a partner in its employees’ personal philanthropy. Simply obtain a matching-gift form from your employer’s personnel office, fill it out, and provide it to CGU with your contribution.

Types of Gifts

Cash gifts are simple and easy. They can be made with credit or debit card transactions, or by cash, personal checks, cashier’s checks, or money orders made payable to Claremont Graduate University.

Gifts of appreciated securities, stocks, and bonds provide considerable tax advantages when transferred to CGU before they are sold. If you have held your securities for more than one year, you may find that your gift will provide a twofold tax benefit, creating an income-tax deduction as well as helping avoid the capital-gains tax that would have been due on their sale.

Gifts of real estate – including personal residences, second homes, income property, and vacant land – offer a wide variety of tax and other benefits. Whereas most people give their entire interest away, it is also possible to give only a portion of the property while retaining the rest for other purposes.

For more information about these giving options please visit our Gift Planning website.  It features current information on the best giving options to meet your financial goals. You can also contact the Office of Planned Giving at (909) 607-9224 or e-mail inquiries to

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