The Center on Philanthropy and Public Policy appreciates your interest in supporting our work. The Center is widely recognized by philanthropic and nonprofit leaders, academics, and the media as the authoritative resource on the field. It is a respected voice on philanthropic trends and patterns, the premier convener of individuals concerned about the impact of their giving, and a valued catalyst for solving public problems.

We invite you to learn more about opportunities for giving to The Center on Philanthropy and Public Policy below.

How is the Center funded?

Generous funders provide financial support for the Center’s core operations and activities, research, and projects. This support includes annual gifts from our Philanthropic Partners and an initial $1 million operating grant from The James Irvine Foundation, which allowed us to make tremendous progress in building capacity in a short amount of time. In addition the California Community Foundation established a $1 million endowment for the Center in 2002 to fund high-quality, publishable research by USC faculty on topics related to philanthropy and the nonprofit sector.

These organizations and individual donors share the Center’s commitment to strengthen philanthropy and to help build effective partnerships between philanthropy, government, business and nonprofit organizations to advance public problem solving.

Why give to the Center now?

This is a critical moment for the philanthropic community in the United States. With the volatile changes in the economic climate in the past few years the need for research and analysis about giving, volunteering, and nonprofit organizations has never been greater. Our work informs and guides those who want to learn about the best ways to help their communities through strategic and meaningful philanthropy.

What type of gift can I make?

Several giving opportunities exist to help ensure the Center remains a key partner and resource for philanthropists, foundations, nonprofits and others in their efforts to solve society’s problems. We encourage all those interested in supporting the field of philanthropy to become a Philanthropic Partner of the Center. Gifts from members of this premier annual giving society allow the Center to engage in the kind of strategic program planning it must undertake in order to generate philanthropic research on an on-going basis, to respond quickly to emerging issues and opportunities in the field, and to continue to bring together leaders for high-level discussions of important topics on a regular basis in small in-depth roundtable discussions as well as larger national forums.

Learn about Philanthropic Partners Program, Endowed Funds, and Gift Planning.

View the Philanthropic Partners Program Brochure: CPPP-Philanthropic-Partners-Brochure.pdf

How can I make my gift to the Center?

There are many ways to make your gift to The Center on Philanthropy and Public Policy. These include gifts of cash, appreciated property, tangible property and closely held stock. Planned or deferred gifts provide additional options for supporting the Center; the most common of which is to establish a bequest in your will. Other options, such as life income plan gifts, provide income during your lifetime from the assets donated to the Center. We would be pleased to provide information about these options for your use in financial and estate planning.

Please contact Farrah Azizi, Assistant Director & Director of Development and External Relations, at 213-740-1776 or email for information about how your gift will make an impact.

Payment Options

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Mail Your Gift

To make a gift by check, money order, or credit card, print and complete the mail-in Gift Form.

Gifts of Stock or Real Estate

Please contact Farrah Azizi at 213-740-1776 or email for information about how to make a gift of stock or real estate.