Ways to Give

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Every gift has the power to have an impact

There are many ways to give, whether your gift is small or large. And every contribution is viewed as important – not only because it will help current students, but also because it will have a powerful impact on future students who attend.

Unrestricted gifts are among the most valuable to Marymount because they allow the university to immediately allocate funds wherever the need is the greatest.

Restricted gifts allow you to designate your gift to a specific program or priority. This gives you the satisfaction of knowing you are supporting a program that is personally meaningful. You can give to a variety of programs, including student scholarships, technology upgrades or campus infrastructure improvements.

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Credit Card

Give using your credit card with our secure online giving form or by calling (310) 303-7293. A credit card gift entitles you to the same income tax deduction as a cash gift. Should you wish, you may also make a recurring gift online.


Make your check payable to Marymount California University and mail it with a note about how you would like for us to direct your gift.

Marymount California University
30800 Palos Verdes Drive East
Rancho Palos Verdes, CA 90275

Wire Transfer

From anywhere in the world and in any currency, you may wire your gift to Marymount. To transfer your gift, email the Office of Development at development@marymountcalifornia.edu or call (310) 303-7293 during business hours.

An easy way to double or even triple your gift to Marymount California University is to find out if your company has a matching gift program. If your employer matches gifts, fill out your company’s form and include it with your contribution, and mail it to:

Marymount California University
30800 Palos Verdes Drive East
Rancho Palos Verdes, CA 90275

See if your company has a matching gift program. 

Many donors prefer gifts of appreciated stocks, bonds and mutual funds when considering a donation of $1,000 or more. For stock transfer instructions or to discuss in greater detail, call the Office of Development at (310) 303-7293 or email us at development@MarymountCalifornia.edu.

Tax advantages

You may claim a federal income-tax charitable deduction when filing an itemized return, and many state income-tax laws allow this type of deduction as well. When the donated items have been held for more than one year, you may claim a deduction for their full fair-market value, and after appreciated securities are donated, you can avoid paying tax on the capital gain.

Always discuss donations with your tax consultant to maximize your benefits.

The best way to make your gift might be donating real estate; tangible personal property, such as rare books, equipment and works of art; or other assets, including gifts in kind and closely held stocks, which often require special handling. Contact the Office Gift Planning at (310) 303-7293 to discuss.

Give over time

Planned gifts, including bequests and life income gifts, are designed to help you meet your financial and charitable goals while supporting Marymount in the long term.

Bequest in your will

Leaving a lasting legacy with Marymount California University can be as simple as including the university as a beneficiary in your will or living trust. You may consider a bequest of a specific dollar amount, a percentage of your estate or a residual amount after payment to other beneficiaries is made.

Bequests to Marymount are deductible for estate tax purposes. They may be structured in many ways and directed to a purpose of your choice. For sample bequest language, contact the Office of Development at (310) 303-7326 email us at development@MarymountCalifornia.edu.

Marymount as a beneficiary

Adding Marymount as a retirement account beneficiary is good tax planning. Marymount is exempt from income taxes, unlike individual heirs, so your philanthropic impact will go further when you leave an account to the university.

IRA charitable rollover

For those 70-and-a-half years or older, directing gifts to Marymount from your Individual Retirement Account (IRA) is an easy, convenient way to make a gift from one of your major assets. The gift will be excluded from your gross income: a tax-free rollover will count towards your required minimum distribution.

Charitable gift annuities

Funded with $25,000 or more in cash or securities, charitable gift annuities provide fixed payments for life. A portion of these payments is usually tax-free for a number of years.

Charitable remainder trusts

Funded with $100,000 or more in cash or securities, charitable remainder trusts provide a stream of payments for life (or a term of years) determined by investment performance (unitrust) or a fixed dollar amount (annuity trust). Unitrusts may be invested alongside Marymount’s endowment to benefit from diversification and access to asset classes not available to most individuals.

Donor-advised fund

A donor-advised fund allows you to make a tax-deductible gift to Marymount to establish a fund today—and later advise the university on how you would like the gift used. At least half of the gift must be designated to Marymount, and the rest may support other charities.

A recurring gift is an easy, automatic way to give according to your budget and schedule. Recurring gifts are customizable for donors and help ensure a stable source of funding for Marymount. For information about making a recurring gift, call the Office of Development at (310) 303-7293or email us at development@MarymountCalifornia.edu.

By spreading a donation over time, pledges help you make larger gifts at your own pace, allowing a potentially greater impact on the university. Some donors make multi-year pledges, often over five years or less.

For information about making a pledge, call the Office of Development at (310) 303-7293 or email us at development@MarymountCalifornia.edu.