Frequently Asked Questions

A gift is a generic term that includes Outright Gifts, Deferred Gifts and Pledges, the assets of which are irrevocable and can include cash, securities, real property, tangible personal property or other non-monetary assets.

SCU derives support from formal, approved appeals (solicitations) to potential donors to provide for various University programs. Fundraising and its results have become crucial to the continued and future excellence of SCU. All aspects of fundraising, including Solicitation, Accepting Gifts and, as necessary, the return of Gifts, are conducted in an organized and professional manner.

All Gifts are solicited and accepted in support of SCU in the name of SCU Board of Regents and become the property of the respective entity upon acceptance. The dollar amount of the Gift shall be the amount of cash actually received; the fair market value of property received (less any benefit retained by the donor); or, if in the form of a Pledge, the full amount pledged.


Accepting Gifts:
*Legal acceptance of a Gift by an authorized campus official.
Outright Gift:
A voluntary and irrevocable donation of cash or property that may be used immediately.
Deferred Gift:
A broad description for charitable gifts that provide a deferred benefit to SCU. There are two major categories of Deferred Gifts: revocable and irrevocable. The most common type of revocable gift is a bequest intention made via will, living trust, IRA or insurance proceeds. Irrevocable Deferred Gifts generally provide immediate tax benefits and often a lifetime income for the donor. Examples of irrevocable Deferred Gifts are charitable trusts, gift annuities, and pooled income funds.
An irrevocable written agreement to pay a specified amount of money according to an agreed upon schedule.
Any communication to potential donors requesting gifts to the University.

Donors may claim tax deductions for gifts and donations made to the University. SCU’s federal taxpayer ID number for gifts is 95-0948050. Your gift may be tax deductible.

If you have questions, please consult Institutional Advancement. You may direct questions via email to or call (562) 475-5147.

We are deeply appreciative of our donors and their support of SCU’s endeavors. Private philanthropy provides the resources SCU requires to continue growing its stature as a leader in transforming and redefining health and healthcare education.

Every donation matters. Every donation counts. Your gift of any size helps ensure SCUs excellence now and in the future.

*Please note, recurring gifts require a $10 minimum monthly payment. There is a maximum $250,000 one time gift capacity for gifts submitted through this site.”

What benefits do I receive for making a gift to SCU? “You may qualify for benefits as a member of the 1911 Society through the SCU Fund. Various benefits are provided based on your level of giving. Visit the SCU Fund website for full details.

In addition to the 1911 Society campus wide recognition program, we offer other recognition programs.

Please contact Institutional Advancement by email at or by phone at (562) 475-5147 if you need assistance.

When making a gift to SCU you have the opportunity to select a fund from a drop-down menu. If you have other interests, please email or call (562) 475-5147 so that we can point your gift in the right direction.

You may make a ONE TIME GIFT on the Give Now page. Once you have chosen your giving option, you will be able to proceed through the payment process by entering in your personal and payment details.

You may set up a RECURRING GIFT on the Give Now page. Click on the “Make this a recurring gift” checkbox and choose the amount and frequency to set up your payment schedule. You will be given four scheduling options:

  1. Monthly
  2. Quarterly
  3. Semi-Annually
  4. Annually

You control the amount and frequency of your investment and where the money will go. Once you have chosen the amount and frequency, you will be able to proceed through the payment process by entering in your personal and payment details.

Please make checks payable to SCUHS. Gifts can be mailed to the address below:

Office of Institutional Advancement
Southern California University of Health Sciences
16200 Amber Valley Drive
Whittier, CA 90604

Questions? Institutional Advancement is available to provide customer service and address general questions you may have related to your giving.

You may direct questions via email to or call (562) 475-5147.

You will need to provide your personal information so that you can be credited and receipted for the gift. However, if you want your gift to be acknowledged as anonymous, please note this by checking the ANONYMOUS check box when you are entering your giving details.

You may make your gift a tribute to a special person through the Give to SCU website. You will be given this option once you click on a GIVE NOW button which will take you to the giving details page.

Please check the MAKE THIS GIFT IN HONOR OR IN MEMORY OF SOMEONE check box on the giving details page. You will be asked to enter in details about what type of gift you are making (in honor of, in memory of) and the name of the person you are recognizing. You also will be asked to enter in an email address (optional) if you would like your honoree to be notified of your donation. A gift made in memory of someone does not contain an email address request, as these gifts are intended to memorialize a deceased person.

Contact your HR or Corporate Social Responsibility Department to determine if your company matches a gift. If they do, please let us know, and we will reach out to them on your behalf.

Not at this time. We encourage you to use BillMeLater on our Donation form if you’re interested in an alternative way to make a gift.