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UCLA’s Rothman Family Institute for Food Studies envisions a global food community for all.


how you can help

With your support through funding and engagement with the Institute, you will help us make an impact in Los Angeles — and globally — for us and future generations.

Your gift, no matter the size, will make an incredible difference to the continued success of the Institute. You can help us advance our mission with your support of these priority initiatives.

Annual distribution: $42,500. The Board of Directors of the UCLA Foundation approves the annual distribution rate, currently at 4.25%, based on a rolling 12-quarter average market value (with one quarter lag).

opportunities for impact

Library Resource Support

Support curated research collections, dedicated research and instructional services that advance the Institute’s mission — and underpin interdisciplinary food studies at UCLA.

Scholarships and Student Support

Provide vital support for students in the Food Studies minor, graduate student research and the overall expansion of Food Studies with the Chef-in-Residence Initiative.

Partnerships and Public Events

Connect food studies leaders to UCLA, strengthen community relationships and provide knowledge-building opportunities for students with symposia, seminars and conferences.

Course Innovation

Incentivize innovative new course offerings that meet high student demand. Course areas include Food Justice and Race, Foodborne Illness and Global Health, among others.

Institute Advancement

Support the outreach, programming and operations of the Institute with funding that expands research and communications, empowering next-phase launches on campus and beyond.

UCLA Teaching Kitchen Equipment & Course Support

With your support of $100,000, we will develop resources that enhance access to affordable food and teach students how to cook healthy meals with affordable ingredients.

Lecture Series

Name an endowed annual lecture series that allows us to host food studies leaders who inspire our communities and start crucial conversations for future generations.

Named Endowed Term Chair

With your support of $1 million, we will create an endowed chair for food studies scholars to lead research and mentor students in science, nutrition, humanities and economics.

we’d love to hear from you!

Contact us at foodstudiesinstitute@college.ucla.edu to learn more about how you can support the Institute.

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ways to give

Direct gifts – whether cash, check or via credit card – are critically important to the University, because they can be put to work immediately, increasing their impact and extending their reach. Please make your check payable to The UCLA Foundation.

via usps

The UCLA Foundation
PO Box 7145
Pasadena, CA 91109-9903

via fedex

The UCLA Foundation [ATTN: Patrick Bruno]
Lockbox 7145, 14005 Live Oak Avenue
Pasadena, CA 91109-9903
(626) 939-2164

Securities and Wires

Gifts of appreciated securities are tax deductible at their full market value. In most cases, appreciation in the value of the security benefits the University and is not taxable to the donor. Please contact the securities coordinator at (310) 794-3333 for more information. Wiring instructions for cash gifts can be found here. For gifts of stocks or bonds, wiring instructions can be found here.

Matching Gifts

The easiest way to double – or even triple – your contribution to UCLA is to request a match 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… and then watch it grow.


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. Pledges are typically made in concert with a preliminary “first installment” gift and provide a source of consistent and dependable funding for the University.

Real Estate

Real property, either in its entirety or in part, can be deeded to The UCLA Foundation to benefit the University. 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.


In writing a will or living trust, donors can specify that they would like their estate to benefit UCLA. Donors who wish to have their gifts managed by The UCLA Foundation must specifically state in their wills or living trusts that their gifts be made to The UCLA Foundation. Click here for sample bequest language. For information on how to include UCLA in your estate plans, please contact gift planning at (800) 737-8252.

Qualified Retirement Plans

Naming The UCLA Foundation as a beneficiary of your qualified retirement plan (IRA, KEOGH, 401(k) or 403(b)) may be particularly advantageous; doing so may result in more assets being passed on to your heirs than if you make a bequest from other funds in your estate. For information on how to incorporate UCLA into your estate and retirement planning, please contact gift planning at (800) 737-8252.

Your Gift in Action

Every contribution, regardless of size, fuels a supportive network, making a meaningful impact in sustaining excellence and advancing opportunities.

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