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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. Gifts to the Parents Fund ensure that students receive support during evolving challenges like the COVID-19 pandemic. Flexible and current-use, the Parents Fund is among the resources Chancellor Yang may use to address urgent needs and enhance UC Santa Barbara’s dynamic teaching in a remote learning environment. Your support of the Parents Fund ensures student success at UC Santa Barbara now and always.

Impact of Parent Giving

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Jennifer and Will Cooper’s daughter, a senior at UC Santa Barbara, chose campus because of the diverse and inviting culture. Will saw how students supported each other and was inspired to do the same by giving students the safety to think beyond their daily needs.

“I looked back on my college experience and remembered how important it is to have a place that you can call home to be successful,” said Will. “I’d love for UC Santa Barbara to have the ability to take in any student, regardless of income, and guarantee that student a place to live”.

Jennifer and Will Cooper, Parents '20

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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.