Make an Outright Gift

Caltech is a Section 501(c)3 nonprofit and your gift may qualify as a charitable deduction for federal income tax purposes. Please consult with your tax advisor or the IRS for more information.

Make an online gift on or before December 31 to receive 2021 tax credit.

Caltech’s Tax ID Number is 95-1643307.

There are many ways to make an outright gift of cash or another personal asset. Here are some options:

Credit Card

Making a gift using our secured website is the fastest and most convenient way you can support Caltech, allowing your gift to be put to use right away. Give now using your Visa, MasterCard, or American Express.


Please make checks payable to Caltech, include your gift designation in the memo line or include an accompanying note, and mail to:

California Institute of Technology
MC 5-32
1200 E. California Blvd.
Pasadena, CA 91125


To make a one-time or recurring gift through eChecks, you may provide your bank account and routing number directly to one of our gift specialists. Please call (626) 395-6323 to schedule a time to provide your information. Do not send this information via email.



Caltech is pleased to accept gifts of more than 50 kinds of cryptocurrencies, and giving is easy using our donation widget. Give cryptocurrency now.

Matching Gift Programs

Double—or even triple—your gift by donating through your employer’s matching gift program.

Many employers sponsor matching gift programs for charitable contributions made by employees, retirees, and spouses. To find out if your employer offers a matching program, use the search function on the Caltech giving form.

Please contact your employer for instructions and send your completed matching gift form to or:

California Institute of Technology
MC 5-32
1200 E. California Blvd.
Pasadena, CA 91125

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Stocks and Securities

With gifts of appreciated securities—stocks, bonds, or mutual funds that have increased in value—you can support Caltech while earning an income-tax deduction equal to the fair market value. You will not be assessed capital gains taxes on the transfer.

Please email or fax the DTC instruction form prior to transferring stocks or securities. For step-by-step instructions on transferring your stocks and securities to Caltech, please see the Gifts of Stock page.

Wire and Electronic Funds Transfers (EFTs)

To make an outright gift through a wire or electronic funds transfer, please follow these instructions.

Payroll Deduction

Caltech faculty and staff can support Caltech via payroll deduction. Complete the payroll deduction form and email to or mail to:

Advancement and Alumni Relations

Gifts and Records, MC 5-32
1200 E. California Blvd.
Pasadena, CA 91125

IRA Charitable Rollover

The IRA charitable rollover is a terrific way to make a tax-free gift to Caltech. See how your gift can satisfy your required minimum distribution without increasing your income taxes.

To make an IRA charitable rollover gift, please contact your bank or broker who holds the IRA. Ask them to issue a check payable to Caltech at the address below, and reference “Qualified Charitable Distribution” in the memo portion of the check. They can then send your gift to:

California Institute of Technology
Gifts and Records/IRA Charitable Rollover
1200 E California Blvd, MC 5-32
Pasadena, CA 91125

Personal Property

Caltech accepts gifts of personal property—such as antiques, fine art, library books, or musical instruments—with a qualified appraisal. For more information, please visit Caltech’s Office of Gift Planning website or call (626) 395-2927.

Real Estate

Your residence or other real estate property can be given to Caltech now or as a planned gift. As an added benefit, you may give your home to Caltech and still retain the right to live in it, an option known as a retained life estate.

For more information, visit Caltech’s Office of Gift Planning website or call (626) 395-2927.