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Support CEC’s Critical Climate Work with a Legacy Gift

Thank you for your interest in 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 a community-based and community-focused organization that provides regional and state-wide leadership on 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. Today our work centers on advancing rapid and equitable solutions to the climate crisis – including ambitious zero carbon goals, drawdown of excess carbon, and protection against the impacts of climate change. By leaving a gift in your estate plan, you can join the visionary founders of CEC in establishing a long term legacy for the benefit of future generations.

Below, we offer information and personal stories to help you see the many options for making an estate gift, including how some provide tangible tax benefits to donors during their lifetime.

If you have questions or want guidance on how you can best benefit from a planned gift, please call CEC’s Legacy Giving Consultant, Karl Hutterer, at (805) 453-8162 or email He will happily 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 continue its critical work of finding solutions to environmental challenges.

About Bequests

Are you looking to make a significant gift to help further our mission? A bequest is a gift made through your will or trust. It is one of the most popular and flexible ways that you can support CEC’s cause.

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Gift Options

Find out What to Give and learn about the best assets to make a planned gift. Learn about gifts of cash, securities and property. Learn How to Give and discover gift options that provide tax and income benefits. Discover the best planned gift to meet your goals.

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Donor Stories

Learn how others have made an impact through their acts of giving to our organization and others. Explore the many benefits of charitable gift planning.

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