The Campaign for UC Riverside: Living the Promise

Why Give?

UC Riverside is guided by its land-grant tradition of providing access to an excellent education to generations of diverse college students, giving back to our community, and positively influencing the world. Whether assuring a dependable food supply, stimulating the human soul through the arts, or finding solutions to the profound challenges in education, engineering, business, healthcare, and the environment, UC Riverside is Living the Promise.

The University of California, Riverside serves the needs and enhances the quality of life of the diverse people of California, the nation, and the world through knowledge — its communication, discovery, translation, application, and preservation. The undergraduate, graduate, and professional degree programs; research programs; and outreach activities develop leaders who inspire, create, and enrich California’s economic, social, cultural, and environmental future.

The first comprehensive fundraising effort in UCR’s history, The Campaign for UC Riverside will raise money for students, faculty, research, programs, and facilities, and will be driven by campus academic priorities.

Philanthropic support catalyzes excellence allowing UCR to transcend good in favor of great. Gifts to UC Riverside enrich our ability to shape the lives of future generations of leaders and provide a robust teaching and learning experience. There has never been a time in UCR’s history when an investment had such profound potential to impact the future of California.

Your Passion, Our Impact

We’ve set our aim to propel UCR forward into a brighter future, supporting the people who fill this place with powerful knowledge, and have the potential to positively impact our world. Expanding our campus with new buildings and enhancing current facilities will allow UCR to better serve students and support campus growth. Creating scholarships and financial aid opportunities will maintain UCR’s assurance of access and affordability for the deserving, ambitious students who have gained admission to our institution. Naming new centers, programs, and initiatives will advance the progress of UCR student and faculty research, ideas, and inventions.

Our Schools and Colleges

Key Departments and Units



The Highlanders compete in 17 sports at the NCAA Division I level, the highest level of collegiate competition in the country. Proud members of the Big West Conference, a group of nine schools all based within the state of California, the Athletics program at UCR enhances the reputation of the university and provides student-athletes with the opportunity for growth outside the classroom.



Comprising California Museum of Photography, Sweeney Art Gallery, and The Barbara and Art Culver Center of the Arts on a single city block of downtown Riverside’s bustling Main Street pedestrian plaza, ARTSblock is an internationally-recognized visual and performing arts center that serves as a cultural anchor for the University and the region.

Botanic Gardens

botanic gardens

Nestled in the foothills of the Box Springs Mountains on the east side of campus, the UCR Botanic Gardens cover 40 hilly acres, connecting people with nature. As a living classroom without walls, the gardens provide a wide assortment of materials for courses at UCR as well as other local schools in courses ranging from botany and anthropology to entomology and photography. Visitors to campus come to explore the four miles of scenic trails, view our more than 3,500 plant species from around the world — or just relax on a bench and enjoy the beauty.

UCR Library

Rivera library

With three million volumes, 28,000 print and electronic serial subscriptions, 1.7 million microforms, 300,000 government information sources, and access to 500,000 e-books, music, and media collections, the UCR Library serves the research and teaching needs of the campus and also serves the community as the regional research library for the Inland Empire.

Ways to Give

How to Support UCR Right Now

Your gifts benefit the university immediately and provide you, the donor, with immediate tax savings.

  1. Make your check payable to "UCR Foundation."
  2. If not supporting the general fund, please indicate a fund you would like to support, such as a specific scholarship fund.
  3. Send to: UCR Foundation, PO Box 112, Riverside, CA 92502-0112

If you would like to hand-deliver your gift, please bring it to our office at:

University of California, Riverside
Hinderaker Hall, Suite 1136
900 University Avenue
Riverside, CA

Contact: Lisa M. Wilson, Assistant Director, Gift Administration
Telephone: (951) 827-3486
Gift Administration Office Hours: Monday–Friday, 7:30 a.m.–5 p.m.

Our online giving page allows you to easily make a credit card gift or pledge payment.

  1. Go to our online giving page.
  2. Complete secured online credit card form.
  3. Verify and submit credit card gift.
  4. Print credit card confirmation.

To make you gift by phone, please call (951) 827-5611.

If you are a UCR employee, you may authorize UCR’s Payroll Department to take a monthly deduction from your paycheck and designate a campus program, school or department to receive your gift.

  1. Download the payroll deduction form.
  2. Print the form, fill it out, sign and send the form to:

UCR Foundation
Hinderaker Hall 1136
900 University Ave.
Riverside, CA 92521

Support UCR with Other Gifts

Whether you are looking to make a gift now or planning for future giving through bequests in your will, IRA or retirement accounts, charitable annuities or trusts, the Office of Planned Giving can help. Please contact us at (951) 827-3793 or e-mail

  • Real Estate
  • Personal Property
  • Intellectual Property
  • Stocks or Bonds
  • Wills or Living Trusts
  • Life Income
  • Charitable Lead Trusts
  • Matching Gifts
  • Other Types of Gifts Not Listed

Why an Annual Gift?

Your annual gift to UCR stays true to the tradition that links all Highlanders: providing support for the student experience and for the research and programs most meaningful to you and to our campus.

Every Gift Matters:
The number of individuals contributing to the university is just as significant as the dollars we raise. Plus, the more people who make a gift, the more good UCR can do in the world.

Every Year Matters:
Supporting extraordinary students and faculty takes extraordinary resources. The funds provided by annual gifts are spent each year but the important work of preparing leaders, improving lives, and creating art continues year in and year out.

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Chancellor’s Associates

Donors who contribute $2,000 or more annually to any school, college, program, or department are invited to become members of The Chancellor’s Associates. Discover the benefits of membership: