Ways to Give

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There are many ways to show your support for Yo San University. Choose the one that is best for you. 

Giving By Check or Cash

The most traditional and common way in which to support YSU is with a gift of cash. If you would like to make a gift of cash, please make your check payable to the Yo San University and mail to us at:

Yo San University
Office of Development & External Affairs
13315 Washington Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90066

Giving By Credit Card

The easiest and most convenient way to make a contribution is by credit card. The on-line giving form is fast, safe, and secure. The University accepts Visa, MasterCard,  Discover and American Express.

Matching Gifts

You can double or even triple the impact of your giving to YSU! Many employers will match the charitable contributions made by their employees. If your employer has a matching gift program, you may be able to double or even triple your donations to Yo San University. Your human resource department will provide you with the matching gift form required by your company. Simply complete the form and enclose it with your donation.

Gifts In Kind

One of the ways alumni and friends of YSU can support the University is through donations known as “Gifts In Kind.” Gift In Kind Donations are tangible goods and services donated for which the donor can receive a tax deduction for the fair market value of the item. Before accepting Gifts In Kind, the Office of University Advancement should be contacted by the donor to determine our ability to use the specific item.

Gifts of Securities

Appreciated securities (stocks, bonds, mutual fund shares, etc.) make excellent charitable gifts. When you donate appreciated securities or mutual fund shared that you have owned for more than one year, you are entitled to a charitable income tax deduction for the full fair market value (up to 30 percent of your adjusted gross income) at the time the gift is completed. You also avoid capital gains taxes that would be due if you sold the securities.

Gifts of stock and bonds are welcomed; however, these gifts require special planning and consultation with your financial advisor. The University recommends that donors who have decided to make a gift of stock contact Brandon Blair, Director of Development & External Affairs, at 310-577-3000 ext. 139.

Planned Giving

Trusts and Life Income Plans

Charitable Gift Annuities:

The Charitable Gift Annuity offers a way to make a significant gift to Yo San University while continuing to provide for your own future. In exchange for making an irrevocable gift of cash or securities, you or the person you designate will receive fixed annual payments for life.

Revocable Living Trusts:

A Living Trust allows you to manage property and income during your lifetime as well as to distribute your assets after your death. You may change or cancel this type of trust at any time. You can arrange to have current gifts to Yo San University made through the trust. Just as in a Will, a bequest to Yo San University through your Living Trust may reduce estate taxes. In the event of your death, all assets in the trust will be distributed according to the trust’s distribution provisions, which avoids lengthy and often expensive probate procedures.

Charitable Remainder Trusts:

Charitable Remainder Trusts provide substantial financial and tax benefits for donors, as well as meaningful gifts to Yo San University. You must irrevocably donate cash or property to fund the trust. A trustee is selected to manage the assets and earnings, and money from the investments is used to provide regular annual payments to you or to your designated beneficiaries. Payments can be either fixed or variable, and they may be for the life of the beneficiary or for a specific period of time up to 20 years. At the end of the term, or upon the beneficiary’s death, the trust assets pass to Yo San University.

Charitable Lead Trusts:

Through a Charitable Lead Trust, you donate cash or property to fund a trust from which annual payments are made to Yo San University for a set number of years. When the trust terminates, the assets revert back to you or are given to your heirs. If the assets of the trust appreciate in value over the years, this increase is passed on to your heirs free from gift or estate tax. The minimum gift is $100,000 to establish a Charitable Lead Trust.


A Will specifies how and to whom your property will be distributed after your lifetime. A bequest in your Will enables you to leave a lasting legacy of your support of Yo San University. In many cases, it also helps to reduce taxes on your estate. A Will can be updated or changed at any time, and it should be reviewed regularly to keep up with changing tax laws and family needs. You should always consult with your attorney when planning or revising your Will to ensure your intentions will be carried out properly.