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Support the Important Work of CEC with a Legacy Gift

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Thank you for your interest in learning about the many benefits of building a long term legacy by designating a charitable gift to CEC in your estate plan.

Born from the traumatic experience of the 1969 Santa Barbara oil spill, CEC is dedicated to maintaining a healthy environment and preserving a livable world for future generations. For five decades, CEC has created, promoted, and implemented effective solutions to environmental challenges, particularly the existential threat of climate change. CEC is a community-based and community-focused organization that provides regional and state-wide leadership.

Through a gift in your estate plan, you can join the visionary founders of CEC in supporting this extraordinary organization by establishing a long term legacy for the benefit of future generations. Some types of estate gifts also provide tangible tax benefits to donors during their lifetime.

We hope you will enjoy exploring the information provided in this web site. If you have any questions about how to make an estate gift or the best way for you to benefit though a planned gift, please call CEC's Legacy Giving Consultant, Karl Hutterer, at (805) 453-8162 or email khutterer@cecmail.org. He will be happy to provide additional information with no obligation.

  • Help us preserve a livable world for our grandchildren and create a lasting legacy.
  • Find peace of mind through a wide variety of tax benefits
  • Help the Community Environmental Council to continue its critical work of finding solutions to environmental challenges.
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How to Give

How to Give

Giving to our cause can be done either directly or through a gift model that can provide tax benefits and even income. Click on a gift model below to learn more.

  • Bequest
    You designate the Community Environmental Council as the beneficiary of your asset by will, trust or beneficiary designation form.
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  • IRA Rollover
    Congress has enacted a permanent IRA charitable rollover. As a result you can make an IRA rollover gift this year and in future years.
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  • Beneficiary Designation Gifts
    You can designate the Community Environmental Council as a beneficiary of a retirement, investment or bank account or your life insurance policy.
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  • Charitable Gift Annuity
    You transfer your cash or appreciated property to our organization in exchange for our promise to pay you fixed payments (with rates based on your age) for the rest of your life.
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  • Charitable Remainder Unitrust
    You transfer your cash or appreciated property to fund a charitable remainder unitrust. The trust sells your property tax free and provides you with income for life or a term of years.
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  • Charitable Remainder Annuity Trust
    You transfer your cash or appreciated property to fund a charitable remainder annuity trust. The trust sells your property tax free and provides you with fixed income for life or a term of years.
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  • Charitable Lead Trust
    You fund a trust that makes gifts to the Community Environmental Council for a number of years. Your family receives the trust remainder at substantial tax savings.
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  • Sale and Unitrust
    You give a portion of your property to the Community Environmental Council to fund a charitable remainder trust, when the property sells you receive cash and income for life.
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  • Bargain Sale
    We purchase your property for less than fair market value. You receive cash and a charitable deduction for the difference between the market value and purchase price.
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  • Give It Twice Trust
    You provide your children with a stream of income while making a gift to charity.
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  • Life Estate Reserved
    You give your property to the Community Environmental Council but retain the right to use the property during your life.
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