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Ways to Give

There are many ways to contribute to American River College and contributions are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law.

Gifts of Cash

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The simplest and easiest gifts you can make -- can be made through credit/debit card transactions, outright cash, or personal checks, cashier's checks, or money orders made payable to the Los Rios Colleges Foundation. Cash contributions are immediately available and can be designated to the area of need of your choice to the college for vital programs and projects.

Gifts by Credit Card

Call the Office of Philanthropy at 916.484.8174 to provide your credit card information over the phone. We accept Visa, MasterCard and debit cards.

Gifts by Check

Make your check payable to the  Office of Philanthropy and mail with a note designating the area you wish to support:

American River College Office of Philanthropy
Gift Processing
4700 College Oak Drive
Sacramento, CA 95841


Gifts by Payroll Deductions for Los Rios Employees

Permanent ARC employees are eligible to give through payroll deduction. Print and complete an Employee Pledge form and intercampus mail or deliver to the ARC Office of Philanthropy in the administration building.


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Corporate Matching Gifts

Corporations will often match gifts made by employees. More than 1,000 companies in the U.S. have adopted corporate matching gift programs. Request a matching gift form from your company's personnel or community relations department for guidelines. If your company is elegible, the impact of your gift to ARC may be doubled or possible tripled! Send the completed and signed form with your gift to:

American River College Office of Philanthropy
4700 College Oak Drive
Sacramento, CA 95841


Stocks, and Real Property
Gifts of Securities

Your appreciated stocks and bonds will help you avoid paying capital gains taxes. When giving a gift of stock to ARC, there are three different scenarios:

  1. Long-term appreciated securities are those which have been owned for more than one year and have increased in value. If you itemize deductions, this would entitle you to a federal income tax deduction for the full fair market value of the securities on the date of the gift, up to a maximum deduction of 30% of adjusted gross income for the year.
  2. Short-term securities are those held for less than one year. If you itemize, you will be entitled to a federal income tax deduction for only the purchase price of the securities.
  3. Depreciated securities are those which have declined in value since purchased. The Foundation suggests that the donors sell them, take the tax loss, and the cash proceeds. This will provide the maximum tax benefits from the gift.

Wire transfers will be facilitated by Graystone Consulting, our investment firm. Please contact the Office of Philanthropy or Justin Crocker at Graystone at 925-746-0278.


Gifts of Real Estate

Real Property includes all gifts of real estate. In considering whether to accept the gift, the Office of Philanthropy weighs its potential value to the College and determines whether a management plan can be implemented to maximize potential. In most instances, such a property will be sold. Many of the tax advantages which apply to gifts of appreciated securities also apply to gifts of appreciated real property.


In-Kind (Non-Cash) Gifts

Gifts of property for use by the college are called in-kind donations. Click here for more information.

  1. American River College may accept non-cash or "in kind" donations of equipment or materials if they can be used to the benefit of college programs and services.
  2. Please contact the  Office of Philanthropy at (916) 484-8174 to verify that the donated equipment or materials can and will be used in support of educational programs or services. Please complete the Non-Cash Donation Form. The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) requires the donor to provide the reasonable market value for any in-kind donation.
  3. After completing the donor portion of the Non-Cash Donation Form, the donor sends the form to the Office of Philanthropy. This office will coordinate delivery of the donation with the donor and the dean of the area receiving the gift.
  4. As soon as the donation has been delivered to the appropriate department and the Non-Cash Donation Form is signed by the receiving department, the Office of Philanthropy will then send a letter of acknowledgment to the donor, along with a copy of IRS Form 8283, if needed.

Other Ways to Give

ARC Fund

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Annual giving represents the backbone of public and private colleges. At ARC, annual gifts provide ongoing support for departments and programs through the Foundation minigrants program. Since 2002, the college has awarded more than $250,000 in minigrant support to ARC faculty, staff and students for needs that can't be met with public funds.


President's Circle

Individuals and businesses that make gifts of at least $1,000 annually will be invited to join the President's Circle. Click here for more information.

Memorial Gifts

Often, donations to ARC are made in the memory of a recently-deceased student, faculty, staff, or community member. In most cases, the family of the deceased person requests that contributions be used for a specific use, as in a memorial scholarship.

Current Memorial Appeals