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Ways to Give

Institutional Advancement implements advancement goals and objectives in the context of the College-wide strategic plan. This includes fundraising (major donors, foundations, and corporations), alumni, communications, and special events.

Online Donation

Specify your gift using our online giving form.

Amazon Smile Program

Otis College participates in the AmazonSmile program, a program that allows a percentage of your qualified Amazon purchases to be donated directly to the General Fund! You can get started by following these easy steps:

  • Go to AmazonSmile
  • Select "Otis College of Art and Design" to support Otis while you shop
  • Bookmark AmazonSmile to make future shopping a piece of cake

Your support of the General Fund directly assists students in the form of campus improvements, program support, and scholarships. (Eligible purchases as marked)

Other Ways to Give

Cash Gifts

Cash Gifts — Cash gifts are the simplest and easiest gift you can make. Gifts can be made through our online giving form, outright cash, personal checks, cashier's checks or money orders or over the phone (310-665-6856).

General Fund— Gifts made to the General Fund by alumni, parents, and friends are unrestricted and are the foundation of all giving to Otis. Unrestricted money is used where it is needed the most. Currently, the needs are greatest in student scholarships, campus improvements, and upgraded technology in labs and classrooms.

Matching Gift Program — An easy way to double or triple your donation to Otis is to check with your employer. Many corporations match their employees charitable gifts. Matching gift programs provide Otis with "free money" from your employer. To find out if you or your spouse/partner work for a company that offers matching gifts to charities, please contact your Human Resource or Personnel Department for more information.

Securities, Stocks, Bonds

Securities, Stocks, and Bonds — These can provide considerable tax advantages when transferred to Otis before they are sold.

Gifts of Stock — Gifts of stock are a great way for an individual to avoid financial implications from capital gains tax. You can make a gift of stock Details (PDF)

New Charitable IRA Legislation — Make a tax-free gift from your IRA! Individuals aged 70 1/2 or older with individual retirement accounts can make outright gifts without tax complications. Details (PDF)

Planned Gifts

Legacy Society — The Otis Legacy Society honors the generosity of individuals who have included Otis in their estate plans. Making a planned gift creates a lasting legacy.

Real Estate — Personal residences, second homes, income property and vacant land. There are considerable tax advantages to these gifts.