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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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Community Environmental Council's Bequest Language

An excellent way for you to support Community Environmental Council's mission is to leave us a bequest in your will, living trust or with a codicil. One significant benefit of making a gift by bequest is that it allows you to continue to use the property you will leave to charity during your life. Another benefit is that you are able to leave a lasting legacy.

Types of Bequests


There are a number of ways you can make a bequest to Community Environmental Council.

Specific Bequest. A specific bequest involves making a gift of a specific asset such as real estate, a car, other property or a gift for a specific dollar amount. For example, you may wish to leave your home or $10,000 to Community Environmental Council.

Percentage Bequest. Another kind of specific bequest involves leaving a specific percentage of your overall estate to charity. For example, you may wish to leave 10% of your estate to Community Environmental Council.

Residual Bequest. A residual bequest is made from the balance of an estate after the will or trust has given away each of the specific bequests. A common residual bequest involves leaving a percentage of the residue of the estate to charity. For example, you may wish to leave 30% of the residue of your estate to Community Environmental Council.

Contingent Bequest. A contingent bequest is made to charity only if the purpose of the primary bequest cannot be met. For example, you could leave specific property, such as a vacation home, to a relative, but the bequest language could provide that if the relative is not alive at the time of your death, the vacation home will go to Community Environmental Council.

Bequest Benefits


A bequest is generally a revocable gift, which means it can be changed or modified at any time. You can choose to designate that a bequest be used for a general or specific purpose so you have the peace of mind knowing that your gift will be used as intended. Bequests are exempt from federal estate taxes. If you have a taxable estate, the estate tax charitable deduction may offset or eliminate estate taxes, resulting in a larger inheritance for your heirs.

Bequest Language


In order to make a bequest, you should speak with your attorney. Your attorney can help you include a bequest to Community Environmental Council in your estate plan. We have provided some basic bequest language to assist you and your attorney.

1. Specific Bequest

If you are considering making an outright bequest to Community Environmental Council, we recommend the following language:

Bequest of a Specific Dollar Amount

I hereby give, devise and bequeath _________ and No/100 dollars ($DOLLARS) to Community Environmental Council, a nonprofit organization located at 26 West Anapamu St., Santa Barbara, CA, 93101, Federal Tax ID #94-1728064, for Community Environmental Council's general use and purpose.

Bequest of Specific Personal Property

I hereby give, devise and bequeath DESCRIPTION OF PROPERTY to Community Environmental Council, a nonprofit organization located at 26 West Anapamu St., Santa Barbara, CA, 93101, Federal Tax ID #94-1728064, for Community Environmental Council's general use and purpose.

Bequest of Specific Real Estate

I hereby give, devise and bequeath all of the right, title and interest in and to the real estate located at ADDRESS OR DESCRIPTION OF PROPERTY to Community Environmental Council, a nonprofit organization located at 26 West Anapamu St., Santa Barbara, CA, 93101, Federal Tax ID #94-1728064, for Community Environmental Council's general use and purpose.

2. Percentage Bequest

If you are considering making a bequest of a percentage of your estate to Community Environmental Council, we recommend the following language:

I hereby give, devise and bequeath ____ percent (___%) of my total estate, determined as of the date of my death, to Community Environmental Council, a nonprofit organization located at 26 West Anapamu St., Santa Barbara, CA, 93101, Federal Tax ID #94-1728064, for Community Environmental Council's general use and purpose.

3. Residual Bequest

I hereby give, devise and bequeath to Community Environmental Council, a nonprofit organization located at 26 West Anapamu St., Santa Barbara, CA, 93101, Federal Tax ID #94-1728064, ALL OR A PERCENTAGE of the rest, residue and remainder of my estate to be used for Community Environmental Council's general use and purpose.

4. Contingent Bequest

If (primary beneficiary) does not survive me, then I hereby give, devise and bequeath to Community Environmental Council, a nonprofit organization located at 26 West Anapamu St., Santa Barbara, CA, 93101, Federal Tax ID #94-1728064, DESCRIPTION OF PROPERTY to be used for Community Environmental Council's general use and purpose.

Restricted Bequests


If you are considering a bequest but would like to ensure that your bequest will be used for a specific purpose, please let us know. We would be happy to work with you and your attorney to help you identify ways to give and meet your charitable objectives. We will also work with you and your attorney to craft language to accomplish your goals.

If you are making a restricted bequest, we recommend that your attorney include the following provision to give Community Environmental Council flexibility should it no longer be possible for Community Environmental Council to use your gift as you originally intended:

If, in the judgment of the Board of Directors of Community Environmental Council, it shall become impossible for Community Environmental Council to use this bequest to accomplish the specific purposes of this bequest, Community Environmental Council may use the income and principal of this gift for such purpose or purposes as the Board determines is most closely related to the restricted purpose of my bequest.

Contact Us


Please contact us if you have any questions about how to make a bequest to Community Environmental Council or to request any additional information that might be helpful to you and your attorney as you consider making a bequest to us.

If you have included a bequest for Community Environmental Council in your estate plan, please contact us to let us know. We would like to thank you and recognize you for your gift.

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