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Stories of Philanthropy

Decades of Generosity

We at UC Santa Barbara are continually awed by the generosity exhibited by our alumni, parents and friends. Over the years, generations of supporters have demonstrated their altruism in a variety of ways—by offering financial resources, and by devoting time and attention to this cherished institution.

Now with decades of development, UC Santa Barbara’s community of supporters has grown. We are witnessing the cumulative impact made by our donors: a collective, powerful force that sustains UC Santa Barbara’s notoriety and propels us into higher levels of achievement.

Indeed, we believe that every contribution counts—from a young alumna’s first $25 gift to an investor’s $65M commitment. These resources help to support an array of experiences at our university, maintaining the level of excellence for which UC Santa Barbara is known. Perhaps it means that your gift supplies a much-needed textbook for an undergraduate student; perhaps your investment allows faculty to collaborate in a cutting-edge research facility; or perhaps your volunteered time enables administrators to make informed decisions. Whatever your gift may be, it is most certainly making a difference.

Supporting UC Santa Barbara means that you feel passionately about our institution and believe in its bright future. It means that your impact isn’t just financial; it’s the action that inspires all of us to do our part.

Discover what inspires our community of supporters.


How Team Huddles Make the Difference

A consensus of friendship and partnership: that’s what these football hall-of-famers were after; and after 50 years, former football alumnus John Keever ’67 continues to stay engaged with UCSB. Together with his wife Debbie ’67, the Keevers’ generosity knows no limits. They exemplify altruism through their advocacy, and through their philanthropic support of Baseball and athletic scholarships[read more]

Trustee Thomas Harriman

Trustee Thomas Harriman Majorly Invests in UCSB’s Brain Initiative

Thomas Harriman knows that high rewards demand high risks. The philanthropist and UCSB Foundation trustee is backing UCSB’s Brain Initiative, which aims to catalyze discovery and innovation in neuroscience by fostering collaborative brain research. [read more]

Good for the Soul

Alumna and Trustee Judith Stapelmann '63, '65 remains a steadfast protector of open spaces and seeks to maintain rangeland and ranch land. She is the benefactor of the Sedgwick Reserve, and her support has funded the Stapelmann Operating Endowment for the Reserve as well as support for the ranch in myriad ways. [read more]

I am a strong believer in giving back. To improve the future, you have to start with the now.
UCSB First Co-Chair Megan Jones '17

Give Day 2016

On April 8, 2016, thousands of Gauchos engaged on social media to celebrate UCSB’s first-ever Give Day. This was a milestone event for UCSB, marking the university’s campuswide debut into the digital space and an unprecedented outreach to its alumni community. [read more]

Donors Dr. Jennifer Thorsch ’76, ’81 and Charles Kaska ’73
Any potential donor can lead by example at some level of contribution.
Dr. Jennifer Thorsch ’76, ’81 and Charles Kaska ’73

A Visionary Gift: The Breaux Family Fellowship

Trustee Richard “Dick” Breaux '67 and his wife Kathryn “Kathy” '68, discuss their inspiration and personal motivation for establishing the Breaux Family Fellowship in support of stem cell research in the Clegg Lab in the Center for Stem Cell Biology and Engineering. Their fellowship recipient, Britney Pennington, shares an inside look at her research behind studying eye development using stem cells in hopes of applying findings to cellular therapies for Age-related Macular Degeneration. Also featured is Dr. Dennis Clegg, Wilcox Professor of BioMedicine, Co-Director, Center for Stem Cell Biology and Engineering, Department of Molecular, Cellular & Developmental Biology. Dr. Clegg’s lab is researching how stem cells can be applied in novel therapies to treat diseases, especially Age-related Macular Degeneration, neural development and neural disease. 

Gift of Responsibility: For the Duvals, Giving is All in the Family

Trustee Glenn Duval '80 and his family annually support undergraduates with academic promise in research or honors programs through the Duval Scholarships at UC Santa Barbara. He and his wife, Bettina, endowed the awards fund and named it in honor of their son, Bennett, a 2011 UC Santa Barbara graduate. Bennett manages the scholarship and fund on behalf of the family, a gift received from his parents in honor of his graduation.

Lynda Weinman and Bruce Heavin of
It’s about understanding people better and understanding cultures better. And I think that’s a very important thing to support.
Lynda Weinman with Bruce Heavin

Supporting Students: An Opportunity of a Lifetime

Trustees Lady Leslie Ridley-Tree H'12 and John Arnhold '75 discuss their support for students. The Lady Leslie Ridley-Tree Endowment Fund which benefits outstanding students facing a barrier to education, such as financial need or a learning disability, has supported over 240 students since 1998. Arnhold, with wife Jody, have been major supporters of the Department of English through the Arnhold Undergraduate Research Fellows Program, which offers students unique opportunities to conduct research beyond normal undergrad course levels.

It seemed to us to be something unprecedented and we were just taken with the passion they bring to the work. We see that this investment is going to have tremendous returns.
Neil Didriksen, COO Deutsch Foundation on UCSB’s AlloSphere

Commitment to the Arts

Trustee and donor Eva Haller makes a gift of Californian art by Fletcher Benton to represent fine arts as well as art history, symbolizing the merging of the intellectual and the visual. Her life of mentoring and philanthropy was inspired by the loss of her brother during WWII. PRESS RELEASE

Inspiring a Generation: The Larry Adams Scholarship Fund

Trustees R. Marilyn Lee '69 and Phillip Spector '72 discuss their formative years at UC Santa Barbara and the inspirational mentoring of former Political Science Professor Larry Adams. Lee established the Larry Adams Scholarship Fund in the Department of Political Science in 1999, an annual award which Spector has greatly contributed to. The Adams Award recognizes and honors Professor Adams, whose strong commitment to public service and political involvement inspired a generation of UC Santa Barbara students in the 1960's.

Trustee, parent and honorary alumna Marcy Carsey
Nobody has all the money in the world, so you try to figure out ways to most effectively use whatever money you can give.
Marcy Carsey H’04
Maxine Prisyon and Milton Warshaw On Sofa
Schools have lost so much funding for the arts. We try to help fill in that gap.
Maxine Prisyon and Milton Warshaw

Trustee Mark Schwartz '84 Talks About Giving Back

Trustee Mark Schwartz '84 and his wife, Lynda, discuss their commitment to the UC Santa Barbara soccer program. The Schwartz family has opened their home to Gaucho players from around the world, developing strong bonds which inspire the community and their children.

'Like Family'

Alumni Trustee Lynn '55 (1932-2016) and Winnie '54 Reitnouer married in 1953 in the midst of their college years at what was then called UC Santa Barbara State College. The pair shared their time and money with the campus they praise as “world-class” by funding the Reitnouer Auditorium and the Reitnouer Endowment Fund for Intercollegiate Athletics. PRESS RELEASE

Parents Bettina and Glenn Duval ’80 (trustee)
I thought I’d try to give back every year, if possible, so that some other student could have the same opportunity.
Glenn Duval ’80 with Bettina Duval
Lady Leslie Ridley-Tree H'12
I've never thought of it as giving back but, simply, as giving, or sharing. And if the need is there, hopefully you have the privilege of sharing.
Lady Leslie Ridley-Tree H’12

Trustee Bruce G. Wilcox '77 and His Commitment to Community and Culture

Trustee Bruce G. Wilcox '77 describes the influence of his Chinese studies at UC Santa Barbara and his year and a half stay in Taiwan and Southeast Asia. Wilcox's education and confidence were instilled in him by these defining experiences; he believes in the value of cultural heritage and education as a tool in its maintenance. Wilcox has focused his giving on the needs of the university by donating a Gamelan orchestra from Bali to the Department of Music and graduate fellowships to the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultural Studies.

In Memoriam

Early UC Santa Barbara Alumnus and Longtime Trustee Recalls 1940's Campus Life

Harvey Schechter '47 talks about his journey to Santa Barbara and how he used to ride his horse, Chica, to school when UC Santa Barbara was a small campus on the Riviera. Schechter and his wife of 57 years, Hope, included the campus in their estate plans. PRESS RELEASE