Support the Center

Support the Center

Your donation can help fund student scholarships, fieldwork in Latin America, and our high-quality community programming and outreach efforts.

Why Donate?

The Center for Latin American Studies (CLAS) is proud to foster important, innovative research on the social, environmental, and political issues affecting Latin America and the United States. We educate our students to be critical, conscientious, and globally aware. We also try to support our students and faculty so that financial constraints do not hinder their education or projects. A donation to our center will be used to support community engagement, fieldwork in Latin America, and student tuition.

Contribute to Scholarships and Funds

CLAS Greatest Need Fund to support our core mission of community engagement through high-quality public programming of lectures, films, workshops and more.

Raul H. Castro Endowed Scholarship, in honor of Arizona's first and only Hispanic Governor.  This merit/needs-based scholarship supports outstanding CLAS undergraduates interested in politics or community development issues with a generous yearly stipend.  

Peter H. Johnson Endowed Scholarship to support summer field study and research experiences in Latin America, open to both undergraduate and graduate CLAS majors and covers travel and field expenses.

Edward Williams Endowed Scholarship to support graduate summer field research experiences in Latin America.

Other Ways to Give

The UA Foundation is a "qualified charitable organization" and meets the standards and requirements of Internal Revenue Code Section 501(c)(3). Under this provision, all contributions are deductible for federal income tax purposes (subject to statutory limitations) and for federal estate and gift tax purposes.

All gifts should be directed to the Center for Latin American Studies office. 

Gifts of Cash

Gifts of cash are quite common and much appreciated. Checks should be made payable to "The University of Arizona Foundation," with a note in the memo section specifying your intent to support SBS Center for Latin American Studies (CLAS). You may also designate that your gift supports a specific program, endowment or activity within the department.

Gifts of Securities

Gifts of appreciated securities, such as stocks, bonds, or mutual funds, can provide special tax advantages. These include a charitable deduction for the full fair market value of the gift and avoidance of capital gains taxes.

Gifts of Real Estate

Gifts of homes, ranches, and other real property can provide the same tax advantages as gifts of appreciated securities. A debt-free property that has significantly increased in value may be transferred to the UA Foundation with the donor receiving a charitable deduction for the appraised value while avoiding capital gain taxes on the property's appreciation.

Memorial or Tribute Gifts

Any gift may be designated in memory or honor of a friend or loved one. The family of the deceased, or person honored, will be notified of such gifts.

Gifts In-Kind

Another way to support CLAS is through gifts of tangible personal property. When a gift relates to the "charitable purpose" of the department the donor may be eligible for a deduction equal to the full fair market value.

Planned or Deferred Gifts

Although outright gifts provide immediate resources for current programs, deferred gifts build the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences for the future. Giving through estate plans or life income gifts is particularly desirable for those who would like to support the Center for Latin American Studies with a significant gift that may not be possible during their lifetime.

Bequests by Will or Living Trust

The most common form of deferred or planned gift is a charitable bequest, made as a gift in your will. A will or living trust should be prepared with an attorney.

For More Information

Please contact our office at or 520-626-7242.