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Every gift to Caltech has a ripple effect. Annual gifts of every amount have a significant impact on Caltech research, discovery, and our student experience.

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. Caltech's Tax ID Number is 95-1643307.

You may make a gift in a number of ways:

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. Make an online gift using your credit card on or before December 31 to qualify for a federal income tax charitable deduction for that year.

We often shorten our website URL on mailings and emails using or tinyurl links. If you use one of these links, it will take you directly to our giving page which begins with


Make a PayPal gift using your PayPal account on or before December 31 to qualify for a federal income tax charitable deduction for that year. Be sure to include your gift designation(s) in the comments section to ensure that your gift will be allocated accordingly.


Please make your check payable to Caltech, either specify your gift designation in the memo line or include an accompanying note, and mail the check to our JPMorgan Chase lockbox at the following address:

Advancement and Alumni Relations
P.O. Box 102963
Pasadena, CA 91189-2963

*Gifts must be postmarked by December 31 to qualify for a federal income tax charitable deduction for that year.


Make your gift to Caltech via Venmo @CaltechGiving, or use the QR code below. Please be sure to include your full name, email address, and gift designation in the "What's it for?" box that accompanies your Venmo transaction so we can provide your tax receipt and direct your contribution appropriately.

Ways to Give


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 arrange for a time to provide your information. Please do not send this information via email.

Gifts of Stock

Donors making gifts of appreciated securities (stocks, bonds, or mutual funds that have grown in value) earn an income tax deduction equal to the fair market value of their securities and avoid capital gain taxes on the transfer. Please email or fax the DTC instruction form prior to transferring securities. To receive credit for the current calendar/tax year, the electronic transfer from an account or the postmark on the transmittal of the stock certificates must occur on or before December 31. Learn more about making a stock gift.

Wire and Electronic Funds Transfers (EFT)

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

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:

Advancement and Alumni Relations 
P.O. Box 102963
Pasadena, CA 91189-2963


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

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.

Matching Gifts

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 bottom of the Caltech giving form (select any designation for the search to appear).

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 Boulevard
Pasadena, CA 91125

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*Gifts must be postmarked by December 31 to qualify for a federal income tax charitable deduction for that year.