Donor Information and Frequently Asked Questions.

How can I make a gift to the stem cell center?

You can easily make a gift online now using our secure giving page.

To make a gift via check, please make your check payable to The UCLA Foundation and write Broad Stem Cell Research Center and the fund name, such as Annual Fund, Innovation Fund or Training Fund in the memo line. Checks can be mailed to the address below:

THE UCLA Foundation
P.O. Box 7145, Pasadena, CA 91109-7145

To make a gift through a donor-advised fund, wire transfer or another method, please contact our Director of Development, Sara Kalish Orlansky, at skalish@mednet.ucla.edu or 310-983-3063 to discuss giving opportunities or if you have any questions.

How can I designate my donation?

Giving to our Annual Fund supports our center’s greatest needs. You may also designate your giving to the Innovation Fund, which directly supports faculty research, or our Training Fund, which provides critical resources to graduate students, postdoctoral and clinical fellows engaged in stem cell research.

If you would like to support a specific faculty member, research or technology, please contact our Director of Development, Sara Kalish Orlansky, at skalish@mednet.ucla.edu or 310-983-3063 to discuss giving opportunities to areas that are most meaningful to you.

Why is my gift to the center important?

The federal and state funding landscape for stem cell research is uncertain. Our center uses donations to support promising research, train the next generation of scientists and clinicians and provide our investigators with the technology and expertise necessary to drive their discoveries to the clinic.

Philanthropic support ensures our scientists have the resources necessary to pursue bold research that could yield significant medical advances. Your donation can fuel the translation of scientific discoveries into treatments and cures for the patients who need them most. 

What is UCLA’s Tax ID number?

Gifts to the UCLA Broad Stem Cell Research Center are administered via the UCLA Foundation. The federal taxpayer ID number for gifts to the UCLA Foundation is 95-2250801.

Can I make a joint gift with my spouse or recognized domestic partner?

Absolutely! On the third screen of our secure online giving page, you may check the box to indicate that you are making a joint gift and provide the name of your spouse or recognized domestic partner.

If you would like to make a joint gift via check, wire transfer or another method, please contact our Director of Development, Sara Kalish Orlansky, at skalish@mednet.ucla.edu or 310-983-3063 for instructions.

Can I make a gift to the center from abroad?

Yes! We welcome gifts from around the world. Methods and tax benefits of giving vary from country to country. Please contact our Director of Development, Sara Kalish Orlansky, at skalish@mednet.ucla.edu or 310-983-3063 for more information about giving from your country of residence.

How do I set up a recurring gift?

You may set up a recurring gift through our secure online giving page by simply clicking “recurring” on the second screen. When making this selection, you will be asked to specify how frequently you would like to give: monthly, quarterly, semi-annually or annually. If you would like to set up a recurring gift over the phone, please contact our Director of Development, Sara Kalish Orlansky, at 310-983-3063.

How do I make a pledge to give to the center?

You may set up a pledge through our secure online giving page by selecting “make this gift a pledge” on the second screen. You may then choose from one of five scheduling options: two consecutive monthly payments, two semi-annual payments, four quarterly payments, four consecutive monthly payments or 12 consecutive monthly payments.

If you would like to make a pledge over the phone, via check or another method, please contact our Director of Development, Sara Kalish Orlansky, at skalish@mednet.ucla.edu or 310-983-3063.

Can I make my donation anonymous?

Yes. On the third screen of our secure online giving page, simply check the box next to “make this gift anonymous.”

If you would like to make a gift over the phone, via check or another method, please contact our Director of Development, Sara Kalish Orlansky, at skalish@mednet.ucla.edu or 310-983-3063 for help with making your anonymous gift.

Can I make my gift in honor of or in memory of someone?

Yes. You may make a gift in honor of or in memory of someone through our secure online giving page by checking the box next to “I'd like to give this gift in honor or in memory of someone” on the bottom of the second screen.

You can then specify which type of gift you are making (in honor of, in memory of) and provide the name of the person you are recognizing. You may also enter contact information if you would like your honoree or someone else to be notified of your gift (optional).

If you would like to make a gift in honor of or in memory of someone over the phone, via check or another method, please contact our Director of Development, Sara Kalish Orlansky, at skalish@mednet.ucla.edu or 310-983-3063.

How can I find out if my company has a matching gifts program?

The impact of your gift to the center may be doubled or possibly tripled! To find out if your company has a matching gift policy, use our matching gift database.  

On the bottom of the third screen of our secure online giving page, please check the box next to “my employer (or my spouse’s / partner’s employer) will match my gift.” You will then be prompted to enter the name of the employer that will match the gift. Some companies also match gifts made by retirees.

If you would like to learn more about making a matching gift, please contact our Director of Development, Sara Kalish Orlansky, at skalish@mednet.ucla.edu or 310-983-3063.

I represent a foundation or corporation. Whom should I contact about making a gift?

Please contact our Director of Development, Sara Kalish Orlansky, at skalish@mednet.ucla.edu or 310-983-3063 to identify giving opportunities. Funding from corporations and foundations is vital to maintaining the center’s excellence and directly impacts our exceptional faculty research, trainees and programs.

I am a UCLA faculty or staff member. Can I use payroll deduction to make a gift to the center?

Yes, payroll deduction is an option for UCLA employees. You can easily set up a one-time or recurring payroll deduction now using our secure online giving page. On the first screen (giving details page), please use the sign in feature on the top right, using your last name and current UCLA Employee I.D. (only current UCLA employees will be given this option). The payroll deduction option will appear on the bottom of the second screen. Once you select the “payroll deduction option,” you will be given three choices for frequency in a dropdown menu: one time, short-term (pledge) or recurring.

Please contact our Director of Development, Sara Kalish Orlansky, at skalish@mednet.ucla.edu or 310-983-3063 if you have questions.

How can I stay up to date on the center’s work?

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What is the CARES Act?

In March 2020, the U.S. Congress passed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, which includes several new charitable tax provisions to encourage giving. 

How does the CARES Act impact my philanthropic giving in 2020?
  • For donors who do not itemize when filing their tax returns, there are new deductions.
    • This year, you will be allowed to take a special tax deduction for charitable gifts made in cash, up to $300, to reduce your tax liability.
  • For donors who do itemize when filing their tax returns, there is an increase in the charitable deduction limit up to 100% of a donor's adjusted gross income (AGI) for cash gifts (previously the deduction was capped at 60% of AGI).
    • This year, you will be able to deduct more.
How does the CARES Act impact various giving vehicles?

Donor Advised Fund
​​If you have a Donor Advised Fund (DAF) and wish to support the center this year, distributing funds from your DAF will not impact your AGI or savings.

Charitable Gift Annuity
If you are concerned about your financial security given the ups and downs of the stock market, you may want to consider making a gift to fund a charitable gift annuity. You might be surprised by the benefits. You can exchange your low-performing stock, CDs or cash for guaranteed, lifetime fixed payments. If you make a gift of an appreciated asset, you will not have to pay capital gains when you fund the annuity. You may also benefit from a tax deduction this year and a portion of your payments could be tax-free.\

Individual Retirement Account (IRA) Gifts
Although the CARES Act waived the required minimum distribution (RMD) in 2020 for qualified retirement accounts, donors 70 ½ and older may still make a philanthropic gift, or qualified charitable distribution (QCD), from their IRA.

If you are interested in learning more about how the CARES Act impacts giving, please contact skalish@mednet.ucla.edu or 310-983-3063.