The UCLA LAW CLASS of 2014 GIFT CAMPAIGN is coming to a close - join us in the Courtyard on Wednesday, April 23 from 11AM-2PM for the last Class Gift event of the year! Make your gift or pledge today. If you have already made a gift and have not picked up your UCLA Law keychain and/or pint glass, we will have them at the event.
What is the Class Gift Campaign?
Established in 2008, the UCLA Law Class Gift Campaign is a way for each graduating class to have an impact on the future of UCLA Law and begin their lifelong connection to the law school as contributing alumni. We hope that each graduating law student will consider making a gift or pledge, demonstrating support for your class, future UCLA Law students, and the law school as a whole. The gift total will be presented to Dean Moran at graduation.
Why should I give?
1. UCLA Law needs your financial support
Have you noticed that the cost of attending UCLA Law has gone up dramatically in the last several years? A small part of that increase is due to inflation and increases in education costs, but much of it is because of the dramatic decline of state funding. Consider this:
- In 1986, state funds provided nearly full funding of student fees and tuition.
- By 2001, state funds covered 70% of student fees, private gifts covered 12%, and student fees covered 18%.
- Today, state funds account for less than 27% of UCLA Law's budget! Tuition can't cover everything so private support is needed now more than ever.
Tuition covers only about part of the cost of maintaining and enhancing the UCLA Law student experience. The more philanthropy that UCLA Law can count on, the less financial burden will fall on students. Future UCLA Law students will benefit from your gift, the same way that you have benefited from the generosity of alumni and student donors who came before you.
Here’s a recent example of how alumni donations have made a difference: When the Regents approved the tuition hike over the summer of 2012 that would have taken effect only a few weeks before the fall semester began, Dean Moran, thanks to private support, was able to hold the line by offering scholarship support to offset that increase in tuition. Dean Moran realizes that it is crucial for UCLA Law to provide financial aid and scholarships to ensure that our school remains accessible to the very best students regardless of their economic background.
2. Student giving is standard practice across the board at our peer schools
At most top tier law schools, class giving campaigns are well-established traditions, and many law school graduating classes achieve high participation rates each year. Although the class gift campaign at UCLA Law is still quite new, we are working to establish our own tradition. Our focus is participation and increasing awareness of the need to support UCLA Law as students not just as alumni.
3. Higher participation rates benefit students and alumni alike.
One of the factors that influence a law school's reputation is "alumni participation." Participation is defined as the percentage of alumni who make a gift to their alma mater. Higher rates of participation demonstrate alumni satisfaction and enhance the reputation of a law school among law firms, judges and other employers.
Increased giving also means increased expenditures per student -- another major factor in law school rankings. And with greater resources, UCLA Law can continue to compete for the best and brightest law students in the country, which also plays a major role in national law school rankings. Here are some results from 2013:
- 30% of our nearly 15,000 UCLA Law alumni made a gift to the law school, ranking us among the top law schools nationwide.
- 21% of the Class of 2013 made a pledge or gift as part of the Class Gift Campaign.
- We have achieved even higher levels of alumni participation with our Law Firm Challenge, which remains the most successful in the country with 78% participation.
What is the difference between a gift and a pledge?
A gift is a one-time contribution, which we hope you continue to renew annually relative to your financial capacity.
A pledge is a multi-year commitment to supporting the school and allows you the convenience of paying installments over time.
Which UCLA Law funds can I support?
How much should I give?
- The Sadath Garcia Memorial Scholarship Fund
- Dean's Discretionary Fund (Law School's Greatest Needs)
- Student Scholarships and Support
- Student Organizations
- Critical Race Studies Program
- Public Interest
- Law Outreach (Law Fellows Program)
- The Williams Institute
The Class of 2014 Gift committee suggests making a gift of an amount that is meaningful to you. This can range from $25-$500 per year.
For those who are thinking about how they can stay involved with UCLA Law in the future, we offer membership in our Dean's Circle giving society. Benefits include special recognition in the UCLA Law magazine and Honor Roll of Donors and invitations to UCLA Law seminars, lectures, and events such as the annual Dean's Circle Dinner. With gifts to our Dean's Discretionary Fund (the law school's unrestricted fund), Dean's Circle donors receive joint membership in the UCLA Chancellor's Associates donor society along with its donor courtesies.
Dean's Circle membership is granted with cumulative giving of $2,500 or more to UCLA School of Law in one fiscal year (July 1 - June 30). Any gifts, including matching gifts from employers count towards membership.
How do I make my gift/pledge?
1) You can make your gift or pledge online here.
2) Fill out a pledge card during one of the events hosted by the Class Gift Committee this spring. Be on the lookout for emails from Meredith Moukawsher on when they will be.
3) Look for one of the committee members in your classes or in the halls.
4) Stop by A105 to pick up a pledge card at any time. You may also turn in your completed cards here as well.
5) Call the Office of External Affairs at (310) 206-4621 if you have questions about making your gift or pledge.
Once you make your gift, your name will be listed here, along with all of your generous classmates. It will also be included on the list of class gift supporters presented at Graduation and inserted into the Graduation program. Your name and gift will also be acknowledged in the Law School's 2013-2014 Honor Roll, an annual list of all donors to the law school, distributed to our entire alumni community.
Make Your Gift or Pledge Today!