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Parent & Family Giving

UC Santa Barbara Parent & Family Giving creates a community of parent advocates who reinforce the importance of public education, the student experience, and the university as a whole. Funding from the state and tuition comprise only a part of your student's story. Over 10% of the student experience is funded by donors who are interested in not only maintaining, but also enriching student life at UC Santa Barbara.

Gifts to UC Santa Barbara support:

  • Student scholarships and experience
  • Exceptional education
  • Significant research

How would you like to make a difference? We invite you to connect with one of our development officers to engage in a conversation about how to make a meaningful gift in honor of your student's time at UC Santa Barbara.

Impact of Parent Giving

Collective Culture

Keller family.
Robert and Nicole Keller and family

Robert and Nicole Keller have always prioritized education as a fundamental tool for nurturing children, communities, and the country as a whole. At UC Santa Barbara, the Kellers’ flexible philanthropy supports the top priorities of the Division of Student Affairs, with special consideration given to initiatives that focus on student health and wellness, the Disabled Student Program, and programs that build a sense of community and campus pride. Read More "Collective Culture"

Breaking Convention

Jennifer Lechter with her father.
Jennifer Lechter and her father, Jerry Friedman

Thanks to generous support from parents Jennifer and Ariel Lechter, the newly established Artists’ Futures Fund will train College of Creative Studies (CCS) and College of Letters and Sciences student artists for the practical, competitive world beyond graduation. Read More "Breaking Convention"

A Home on Campus

Cooper family.
Will and Jennifer Cooper and family

Will and Jennifer Cooper are committed to making sure Gauchos have a healthy place to live, work and thrive through their support of affordable campus housing, sustainability efforts and scholarships for low-income, underrepresented students. Read More "Home on Campus"

Where Everyone is Special

Crandal Jue and family at commencement.
Crandal Jue and family

“The biggest thing that our kids learned — and the reason why we like UC Santa Barbara — is the diversity. Everyone at UC Santa Barbara is special. Caitlyn had five other roommates last year, all of different nationalities. They all experience different food and cultures and that everyone’s families are different, but they have the same goals. They talk and learn. All the kids stay at our home when they come to visit, and we learn a lot together.” —⁠Crandal Jue

A University of California Family

Steve Crowe and family
Steve Crowe and family

When Steve and Linda Crowe dropped off their son at UC Santa Barbara, they worried as he disappeared into a sea of students. They were relieved and gratified to learn that their son, Christopher “Chris” Crowe ’10, found mentorship and opportunities. Chris excelled. In honor of his time on campus, Steve and Linda established the Crowe Family Scholarship. Read More "UC Family"

Parent Giving Opportunities

Whether you support general campus priorities or a particular academic area or program your gift of any amount will make a difference. Your gift will support student success through undergraduate exploration, expanded student opportunities, attracting and retaining top scholars and teachers, and enhancing a strong learning community.

  • Parent Leadership Circle - $10,000
    The Parent Leadership Circle encompasses the premier group of parent donors to UC Santa Barbara. The Circle increases the profile of parents as investors in the campus and ambassadors for the University of California. Through special recognition and unique programming, the Circle provides this community of parent donors an active role in the University while their children are students and beyond.
  • Parents Fund Champions - $5,000
    Parents Fund Champions provides leadership funding for any area on campus. Champions receive tailored benefits and special invitations to campus and regional events. We look to our Champions to be advocates for UC Santa Barbara with their friends and in their community. Champions participate in specialized campus visits and events.
  • Parents Fund Partners - $2,500
    Parents Fund Partners provide both unrestricted and restricted gifts to UC Santa Barbara for funding of top priorities. Partners receive invites to campus events providing them with critical information on student academic success and enrichment opportunities. Partners are also encouraged to be community parent ambassadors, strengthening ties between UCSB families, their students and the University.
  • Parents Chancellor’s Council - $1,000
    Membership in the Chancellor’s Council helps parents build a closer relationship with UC Santa Barbara as well as with other parents.