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How to Give

When you make a gift to California State University, San Bernardino, you decide how and where to make that important difference. However you direct your generosity, you play a critical role in transforming the lives of students, faculty and the community.

Gifts of all types and sizes are powerful investments in CSUSB's mission. University Development and the CSUSB Philanthropic Foundation want to ensure you have a variety of options for giving. Below is a listing of the various ways you can make a gift to the university.


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


If you would like to make a gift by check, please make your check payable to the CSUSB Philanthropic Foundation. In the memo section of your check, please note if the gift is unrestricted or intended to support a specific program. Please mail to: 

University DevelopmentCalifornia State University, San Bernardino5500 University ParkwaySan Bernardino, CA 92407-2393

Credit Cards

Making a credit card gift to CSUSB is secure and convenient. We accept Visa, MasterCard and American Express. To make a gift by credit card, please select the Make a Gift link on this page and follow the instructions for making a gift online. 

Matching Gifts

Many organizations help give back to their communities by supporting the philanthropy of their employees. 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. 


Giving appreciated stock is an excellent way to support CSUSB. You avoid capital gains taxes and get full value as a charitable deduction.

To transfer your stock electronically, send a letter to your broker or banker stating you wish to transfer securities to CSUSB. Specify the type of stock, the number of shares that you are donating, whether your gift is unrestricted or for a specific purpose, and the date by which the gift should be transferred (two to three business days is typical). Your letter should also include the following information: 

Stock Transfer Information Account Details
Brokers for CSUSB Philanthropic Foundation: Charles Schwab/Beacon Point Advisors
Account Name: CSUSB Philanthropic Foundation
Account Numbers: 6292-5208
Sent to the Attention of: Wando Ho
Phone Number: (949) 718-1616
CSUSB Philanthropic Foundation Tax ID: 45-2255077
DTC Number: 0164


Visit our Gifts of Stocks and Bonds page for additional details regarding stock transfers, including instructions for stocks in certificate form.



Making a bequest in your will or living trust can be a beneficial way to provide for a future transformational gift. You can take care of yourself and take care of CSUSB by making a commitment 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.

Sample language may include: "I, [name], of [city, state ZIP], give, devise and bequeath to CSUSB Philanthropic Foundation [written amount or percentage of the estate or description of property] for its unrestricted use and purpose."

Tax ID #45-2255077 

Visit our Planned Giving page for more detailed information.

Charitable Trusts

Establish a charitable remainder trust and you will 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 deduction. Funding a charitable trust with highly appreciated assets such as real estate or stocks is ideal.

Visit our Planned Giving page for more detailed information.

Charitable Gift Annuities

CSUSB offers 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, marketable securities or real estate.

Visit our Planned Giving page for more detailed information.

Life Insurance

Gifts of paid-up life insurance that is no longer needed for its original purpose provide a great way to make a sizeable gift to CSUSB. Naming CSUSB as the irrevocable owner and beneficiary allows an immediate tax deduction equal to the replacement value of the policy. 

Visit our Planned Giving page for more detailed information.

Real Estate

An outright gift of a residence, vacation home, ranch, commercial building or vacant land can be an excellent way to support CSUSB. You can also "gift" your personal residence and retain the ability to live in it for your lifetime. This also applies to second or vacation homes. 

Visit our Planned Giving page for more detailed information.

Tangible Personal Property

Gifts of tangible personal property including furniture, equipment, books, gems, precious metals or fine art also make excellent gifts to CSUSB. Such gifts are often designated for a specific use within the university.

Looking for more information

For specific questions related to gift and estate planning, please contact:

Kimberly ShinerInterim Associate Vice President, Development(909)

We strongly recommend that you consult with your attorney and/or financial advisers to assist you in selecting the best gift opportunities for you and your family.

For more information on any of the other ways to give to CSUSB, please contact:

University Development(909) 537-5005