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The golden glow of sunset reflects across the campus lagoon.

The Golden Hour

Every Santa Barbara sunrise dawns over a community hard at work. From morning hikes at the lagoon to late nights in the lab, each day is made of small but meaningful moments that accumulate to create change.

Philanthropy elevates UC Santa Barbara’s rich culture of research, innovation, and collaboration. Our generous donors bring students and faculty together to create new knowledge.

UC Santa Barbara supporters help us grapple with the colossal questions that challenge humanity — old and new. Each part of campus exists in service of the search for knowledge. When mixed with Gaucho talent, your generosity turns UC Santa Barbara research and creativity into gold.

We hope you enjoy these stories of achievement in UC Santa Barbara’s Annual Report of Private Giving for fiscal year 2021. To all those who help UC Santa Barbara students, faculty, research, and staff pursue excellence: thank you! This partnership is a testament to what is possible when bringing together the power of new ideas and the engine of philanthropy. The lasting impact of this alchemy is invaluable.