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Giving Recognition

UC Santa Barbara's giving societies recognize the remarkable impact our generous donors make in transforming our university.

We invite you to become a partner in innovation at UC Santa Barbara. Our donors are an integral part of our achievement and your support will enable the university to chart a dynamic course with confidence and respond to the unparalleled growth of knowledge and changing needs of society with UCSB's characteristic energy and vision.

Benefits of membership in our giving recognition societies offer unique ways to engage with campus and include recognition in the Annual Report of Private Giving.

Paying it forward by giving back...

Each gift to UCSB can be tailored to coincide with the donor's interests in the university, to achieve both the donor's vision and the university's mission and needs.


Duncan H'09 and Suzanne '70 Mellichamp

“Be careful what you start: it may change your life, and the lives of others.”

Duncan H’09 and Suzanne ’70 Mellichamp

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Gold Circle logo

The Gold Circle Society is UC Santa Barbara's premier recognition society, honoring philanthropists who have cumulatively invested more than $1,000,000 in this institution. UC Santa Barbara gratefully acknowledges and celebrates the profound impact brought about by these visionary leaders.

Mike '87 and Catherine Byron

“We’ve always tried to have high quality education in classrooms but it’s also important to have other sources of education — and that relies on outside funding.”

Mike '87 and Catherine Byron

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Lancaster Society logo

Membership in the prestigious Lancaster Society is reserved for benefactors who have contributed $100,000 or more to the university over time, and have helped build UC Santa Barbara's world-class reputation for teaching, research and public service. The Society is named after Louis and Winifred Lancaster, civic-minded philanthropists who played a central role in establishing the UC Santa Barbara Foundation.

Scott Dinsmore

“There’s no major in university on passion and purpose and career. It’s on us to figure that out and we need a framework; we need a way to navigate through this.”

Scott Dinsmore '04

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Legacy Circle logo

The Legacy Circle honors donors who have included UC Santa Barbara in their estate plans through some form of planned gift. Membership in the society is conferred upon those who have communicated to the university their intention to make a gift through a bequest, charitable trust, charitable gift annuity, pooled income funds, life insurance, retirement fund, or a gift of property with a retained life estate.

Amber and Ben Sprague

“As soon as you learn something in science, you can turn around and teach someone else.”

Amber '06 and Ben Sprague

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Chancellor's Council logo

The Chancellor's Council, UC Santa Barbara's premier annual giving program, recognizes donors of $1,000 or more to the university. Young alumni are also recognized at this level when giving $500 or more. These gifts are essential to maintaining campus excellence and may be restricted to support a specific department or unrestricted for use where the need is greatest.