Why Give to the American Indian Studies Center?

The American Indian Studies Center (AISC) is a product of social struggle—the sustained struggle to open a space of belonging for Native students within a university that was not created with them in mind. Our research agenda remains true to our social justice origins—we are a locally grounded, interdisciplinary, and international center conducting cutting-edge, community-engaged research and advocacy to better the lives of Indigenous peoples. To accomplish these aims, the AISC maintains a reference library; publishes leading scholarship in the field of American Indian Studies; and organizes symposia, conferences, film screenings, and other events. We also administer postdoctoral and predoctoral fellowships and research awards. Giving to the AISC means taking action to address Indigenous peoples’ distinct social, cultural, economic, political, and legal needs.

Our Funds

American Indian Studies Center Friends Fund
To support the American Indian Studies Center programs, activities and projects, including undergraduate and graduate scholarships.

American Indian Studies Center Library Fund
To provide unrestricted support to the American Indian Studies Center Library.

Books and Resources for American Indians in Detention (BRAID)
To support UCLA American Indian Studies Center's Books and Resources for American Indians in Detention (BRAID) program.  BRAID donates reading materials to American Indian men, women and juveniles in detention.

HateMap
To provide support for the American Indian Studies Center's "HateMap," which documents and maps the types and locations of hate crimes across the United States.

American Indian Graduation Blanket Fund
To support the purchase of Pendleton blankets for graduating UCLA American Indian students.

Arianna & Hannah Yellowthunder Scholarship II
To support basic needs of students, such as housing and transportation, while they work towards degrees in American Indian Studies.

Additional Ways to Give

There are many ways to support the AISC. Learn more about ways to make a donation that works best for you.

Bequests
In writing a will or living trust, you can specify that you would like your estate to benefit UCLA. Your bequest gift may enable you to make long-term support to the AISC, while at the same time allowing you to achieve your short-term financial, philanthropic, and other goals.

Real Estate
Giving land, farms, personal residences, and rental or commercial property, either in its entirety or in part, can benefit the AISC while providing you relief from capital gains taxes. For residential properties, it is possible to arrange a sizable tax deduction by deeding a home to UCLA, while continuing to occupy the property for life.

Personal Property
The AISC gratefully accepts donations of materials that support the academic, teaching and research mission of the University. The University receives a wide variety of such gifts, including rare books and manuscripts, works of art, equipment and other items of value.

Intellectual Property
We welcome gifts of copyrights, patents, royalties, licenses, and technical data. The tax and legal provisions that govern these gifts vary according to the type of property.

Stock and Bonds
Appreciated stocks and bonds are a popular asset donated to UCLA by alumni and friends. Securities can be transferred directly from your brokerage account to the university’s account. You can download the appreciated stock giving form here.

Matching Gifts
The easiest way to double—or even triple—your contribution to the AISC is to request a matching gift from your employer. Thousands of companies nationwide support their workforce by making such gifts to the organizations and institutions their employees care about. To see if yours is one, check our database of matching gift companies before making your donation.

Pledges
A pledge is a statement of intention to make a gift to UCLA. Donors who seek to defer the bulk of their giving until a future date, or who want to give via installments over time, may use this giving strategy. This allows donors to promise a gift in the future and make payments over time.

By Phone
Make a gift with a credit card, by calling: Christopher Soto, Assistant Director of Development, at (310) 794-2305.

By Mail
Send a check, made out to The UCLA Foundation, with the memo “AISC donation,” to:

UCLA Institute of American Cultures
Development Office
10889 Wilshire Blvd, 15th Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90024

Charitable Gift and Tax Information

All gifts to the American Indian Studies Center are fully tax-deductible for federal income tax purposes, and subject to any limitations placed on charitable gifts. Please visit the UCLA Foundation website for information on fund disclosures and donor privacy, here. For UCLA tax I.D. numbers, tax exemption letters, and other frequently requested documents, please visit the UCLA Donor Toolkit.

Any Questions?

Please contact us to speak about what you would like to accomplish with your philanthropy to the AISC. We would be glad to help!

Christi Corpus
Director of Development
ccorpus@support.ucla.edu
(310) 794-2396

Christopher Soto
Assistant Director of Development
csoto@support.ucla.edu
(310) 794-2305