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McGeorge provides a distinctive approach to legal education, rooted in a commitment to academic excellence, intellectual curiosity, and experiential learning. Here at McGeorge we provide a distinctive education to our students that will enable them to succeed with class sizes and "real world" experiences right for our market.

We continually offer a curriculum responsive to the rapid and structural changes to law practice; and are focused on providing an education that meets the needs of today's students and tomorrow's lawyers. Additionally, we emphasize the need for our students to attend to their career plans from the beginning of their studies, and encourage them to take advantage of our new curricular offerings emphasizing practical and real-world experiences that provide a capstone for their classroom legal education and prepare them for the actual practice of law.

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Giving to McGeorge
We appreciate your support

Thank you for considering a charitable gift to McGeorge. The campus has a number of current needs, and you may direct your gift to the area that matters most to you. No matter the size or designation of your gift, we appreciate your support.

Your gift can come in many forms. There are a variety of options available so that giving is convenient and fits within your annual and long term planning. 

As always we need your financial support to ensure that the McGeorge student experience is unparalleled with attention being focused on skills-based and practicum courses in addition to expanding the opportunities for live-client experiences.

We have a deep commitment to build on our strengths in order to develop an educational program for today's legal market. Your support is critical if we are to accomplish our ambitious goals. We invite you to partner with us in our effort to strengthen the law school so that it can continue to thrive and meet the needs of those passionate about the study and practice of law.

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Ways to Give

Your gift can come in many forms. There are a variety of options available so that giving is convenient and fits within your annual and long term planning. 

Powell Match FAQ

The Powell Match was established through the transformative $125 million Powell Fund, a gift from the estate of Robert and Jeannette Powell. An astute businessman, Bob Powell appreciated an opportunity to leverage his philanthropy to inspire others, and with this program, he continues to do so. The Powells did not graduate from college themselves, yet served as members of the Pacific Board of Regents for many years and believed deeply in the value of a Pacific education. The Powell Fund matches new endowment gifts to Pacific, up to 1:1. Nearly $70 million is allocated for endowed scholarship matches and more than $35 million for endowed academic program matches.

An endowment is a permanent fund at the University established with contributions from donors that will be invested in perpetuity. Each year, a portion of the value of the fund is distributed to support the donor's purpose such as student scholarships or program support. Any earnings in excess of this distribution build the fund's market value. The University's current endowment spending policy is 4.0% of market value.

Endowed funds that provide scholarships or academic support to our faculty and academic programs are eligible for the Powell Match Program. Examples of academic program endowments could include support for a specific department, a faculty position, or student learning opportunities such as academic competitions (e.g., forensics or trial advocacy), a lecture series or experiential learning programs. Examples of scholarship endowments could include gap grants, middle-income scholarships, merit scholarships or study abroad scholarships. From the Powell gift, nearly $70 million is allocated for endowed scholarship matches and more than $35 million for endowed academic program matches.

Gifts of $50,000 or more to establish or enhance an endowment may be eligible to receive a Powell Match. Previously unmatched gifts made after October 1, 2012 may be considered for the match if an additional gift or commitment to the endowment is made. Gifts of cash, stock or other assets, including pledges of up to 5 years in length, qualify for 1:1 matching so long as the assets can be liquidated within a 5-year period.

It is not necessary to make your gift all in one payment. However, neither the match nor the distribution will occur until the University has received the minimum $50,000. Payment schedules of various lengths may be established by the donor with a maximum duration of five years. 

Once a gift and or pledge agreement is signed, the donor has a maximum of five years to reach the minimum required $50,000 to guarantee the Powell Match.

Gifts from individual donors or couples, a group of individuals, family foundations or family owned businesses are all eligible to be matched by the Powell Fund.

One or more donors may commit to establish or enhance an endowment and once that endowment has been matched at the $50,000 minimum, each and every additional gift by any donor will be matched on a quarterly basis for as long as matching funds are available.

The Powell Fund will match both your gift and your company's matching contribution. Your company's match can also count toward the $50,000 minimum to qualify for the Powell Match. So in effect, between the Powell Fund Match and a 1:1 match from your employer, your gift will be quadrupled.

Example: $50,000 donor gift + $50,000 employer match + $100,000 Powell Match = $200,000 endowment

Planned (deferred) gifts are not eligible for matching.

The match is made available after a gift or payments received toward a pledge total $50,000 or more. Your endowment is established in the quarter that the minimum $50,000 is received. The Powell Match portion is added at the same time.

If the endowment is funded by June 30, it will have a full distribution (currently at 4%) annually starting the fall after one year of investment. If the endowment has met the minimum after June 30, but prior to December 31, the fund will have a half distribution (2%) starting the following fall and then a full (4%) annual distribution each subsequent year.


Gift Amount Powell Match Total Endowment Payment received by Distribution Estimated Amount
$50,000 $50,000 $100,000 June 30, 2019 Fall 2020 $4,000
$50,000 $50,000 $100,000 Dec. 31, 2019 Fall 2020 $2,000
        Fall 2021 $4,000

Contact any University of the Pacific gift officer or Tod Davis, Powell Match Manager, at 209.946.2502 or

Giving to McGeorge
Tax-deductible Charitable Gift Information

In order for your gift to McGeorge School of Law to be considered a charitable donation by the IRS, it must be made, received, and/or postmarked before midnight on Dec. 31.

Gift by Credit Card

The IRS has stated that a gift by credit card is deemed to be made on the day the card is charged against the donor's account. Thus, we recommend the following guidelines:

  • Via mail — We must receive your credit card gift by Dec. 31 for us to process it by the IRS deadline.
  • Online – Your online gift to McGeorge must be processed before midnight on Dec. 31.
Gift by Check

Checks, made payable to McGeorge, must be dated and postmarked on or before Dec. 31.

Gift of Securities/Stock

Please contact the Office of Advancement for a list of brokers that represent McGeorge for your stock transfer.

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Sacramento, CA 95817

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