Support USC Marshall
Many Ways to Give
Thank you for your support! When you make a gift to the USC Marshall School of Business and USC Leventhal School of Accounting, you have many options for giving and tremendous flexibility in determining how the funds may be used.
You also have the option of designating your gift for current use or for endowment. Current-use gifts provide funds and flexibility over the short term, whereas endowment gifts provide security over the long term by expanding the university’s permanent financial base and creating a predictable source of future income for such things as endowed faculty positions, student scholarships or fellowships, broad-based interdisciplinary research projects, or even entire academic programs.
Types of Gifts
When you make an outright gift to USC Marshall and USC Leventhal, your contribution can be put to work immediately — either by providing funding for current programs or creating a reliable source of future income by expanding the university’s endowment. An outright gift may be composed of almost any asset of value:
- Cash gifts — the simplest and easiest gifts you can make — can be made through credit/debit card transactions, outright cash, or personal checks, cashier’s checks, or money orders made payable to the USC Marshall and USC Leventhal. The university also has a wire account; please contact USC Marshall and USC Leventhal, Office of External Relations at 213-740-0038 for details about making a wire transfer.
- Gifts of appreciated securities, stocks, and bonds also provide considerable tax advantages when transferred to the School 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.If you wish to transfer stocks from a broker’s account:
- USC has accounts with major brokerage firms. Have your broker call the USC Investment Office for further details and information.
- If stocks are to be delivered by DTC to the university’s bank, contact the USC Investment Office to have delivery instructions faxed or e-mailed to your broker or financial advisor.
If you wish to make a gift of physical securities on hand:
- Physical stock certificates may be sent by certified mail or overnight express, with endorsement on the back of the certificate(s) exactly as stated on the face of the certificate(s). Do not fill in any other blanks. No stock power is necessary as long as you do not fill in the university’s name on the back.
You also may make a gift of mutual funds, non-marketable stock, or closely held stock. Contact the USC Investment Office for information about giving these types of securities.
USC’s address in connection with gifts of securities is:
University of Southern California
Investment Office, HSH 101
851 Downey Way
Los Angeles, CA 90089-1055
(213) 740-5413 or 740-5414
(213) 740-6827 (fax)
- 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 (an undivided percentage interest) while retaining the rest for other purposes.
- Gifts of personal property — including rare books, works of art, valuable collectibles, and tangible items of demonstrable value — in some cases may enable you to make a significant gift to support USC with outstanding tax benefits to you. Likewise, gifts of intangible personal property, such as copyrights, patents, and mineral rights, can generate income for the program of your choice on a continuing basis.