How you can make a donation to the Department of Psychology

Donations to the department are vital to ensure a strong future for our graduate and undergraduate education programs. You may direct your gift to a specific area or program, or make a gift that will be used by the area of greatest need. Please Donate Now to make a donation to one of these programs.

Chair's Discretionary Fund:

Gifts to this fund will allow the department Chair to allocate resources as needed to the department's various programs, helping both graduates and undergraduates to achieve their goals. These resources also guarantee that unanticipated needs can be met without jeopardizing faculty, student or program activities. Because gifts to a discretionary fund afford financial flexibility and leveraging power for the department, they are highly prized.

In recognition of the importance of annual gifts to the Psychology Chair's Discretionary Fund, you will be part of the UCLA leadership giving program, the Chancellor's Society. As a leadership donor at UCLA, you will receive special courtesies based on your leadership level annual gift:

  • Chancellor's Student Circle ($100+)
  • Chancellor's Young Alumni Circle (0-4 years post grad. $250+; 5-9 years post grad. $500+)
  • Chancellor's Circle ($1,000 - $2,499)
  • Chancellor's Associates ($2,500 - $4,999)
  • Chancellor's Gold Associates ($5,000 - $9,999)
  • Chancellor's Cabinet ($10,000 - $24,999)
  • Chancellor's Executive Cabinet ($25,000 - $49,999)
  • Chancellor's Senior Executive Cabinet ($50,000+)

Please visit for more information on the special courtesies associated with each giving level.

You may also receive communications from the UCLA Fund, UCLA's annual fund. If you direct your annual leadership gift to Psychology through UCLA Fund appeals, you will still qualify as a Chancellor's Society donor and receive these special courtesies.

Dena Chertoff Fund:

This new fund, initiated upon Dena Chertoff's retirement, was begun in December 2009 with a $10,000 grant from the Psychology Department. Dena, as you likely know, was our Graduate Advisor for 38 years, and was endeared to the countless graduate students who she helped in so many ways. This fund will provide support to graduate students for travel expenses related to conference presentations.

Graduate Student Research Fund:

As one of the top research universities in the world, UCLA is a premiere choice for many graduate student candidates. Philanthropic investment in doctoral fellowships contributes to excellence in research by enabling the department to attract and support the finest scholars in the world. While most students have paid positions throughout graduate school (e.g. teaching assistants), this fund provides support for research project expenses from the first year's Master's Thesis through the Doctoral Dissertation.

Undergraduate Research Support Fund:

Undergraduates on a campus like UCLA are exposed to a wide range of perspectives, spurring debate, collaboration and innovation. They challenge faculty and fuel scholarly endeavor with unprecedented participation in top-tier research. Providing financial support to undergraduate research allows interested students to have access to the various programs offered by the department. This fund provides small grants toward research expenses in honors theses or other undergraduate research.

Infant Development Program Fund:

The Megan E. Daly Infant Development Program (IDP) is a teaching and research facility involving infants, toddlers, their parents and/or caregivers. In addition, the IDP provides an opportunity for undergraduate students in our Applied Developmental Psychology Program to acquire first-hand experience with young children. IDP serves 25 children and their parents and trains an average of 35 students annually. Gifts to the IDP Fund provide support for educational supplies, playground equipment, scholarships for student parents, stipends for ADP work-study students, and professional development.

Clinical Psychology Training Program Fund:

UCLA has a full service clinic that provides assessment and psychological treatments on a sliding fee scale to adults, children and families in the Los Angeles community. The Psychology Clinic is staffed by students in the Clinical Psychology program, rated first in the nation, under faculty supervision. Gifts to the Psychology Clinic Fund help to provide, for example: psychotherapy "scholarships" to low income families, purchase of supplies and toys for children's groups, assistance for children being adopted from foster care and neuropsychological assessment materials.

Capital Improvements Fund:

Psychology is still in the same three Franz Hall buildings alumni will remember, the most recent (tower) built in 1967. Advances in technology and enriched training of the next generation of society's leaders require us to continuously renovate and refine Franz Hall space. Support to this fund provides resources for vital capital improvement efforts in the Psychology Department. For example, we have just developed a central lab for the Health Psychology program and we are presently developing a master plan for renovation of the animal laboratory space with state-of-the-art equipment.

Donor Recognition

Your generosity is greatly appreciated by the faculty, staff, and students in the department as well as by the University. Donors at all levels should feel proud of supporting higher education and all donations help us with our mission. Cash donations or gifts of securities are tax deductible and will have an immediate impact. Pledges for future gifts are also welcomed. Named endowments or named faculty chairs are especially welcomed and can help secure our future. For more information, please contact Siana-Lea Gildard, Associate Director of Development at (310) 206-0666 or