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Parent & Family Giving

Welcome to the Gaucho Parent Family

UC Santa Barbara's Parent & Family Giving creates a community of parents actively engaged in their students' college experience as well as provides the primary vehicle to philanthropically support the University. Ensuring UC Santa Barbara's academic excellence requires more than state funds and student fees. It requires the involvement and generous support of all UC Santa Barbara parents, affording valuable enrichment to every student. The Parents Fund & Outreach program seeks to strengthen parent engagement with UC Santa Barbara by hosting campus and regional activities focused on many different and amazing aspects of the campus experience. With your help, we are committed to keeping UC Santa Barbara a great public research university built on the foundation of a strong undergraduate education.

Impact of Parent Giving

Kious family.

“As proud parents of a Gaucho, we can remember the moment when our daughter Kate first set foot on this beautiful, ocean-front, campus. Two years later, we continue to be amazed that UC Santa Barbara still feels more like a small college than a large public university because of the close relationships she – and we - have forged with faculty and staff alike.

We have been committed to Kate’s education every step of the way - Gauchos by association - by attending events, supporting the Library, and in our newest role as Los Angeles Regional Parent Chairs. This partnership enables us to be involved with the University that is helping to guide her path.

As current parents, we must do our part! We all stand on the shoulders of parents who came before us and enabled UCSB to grow into the top school it is today. For us, giving to UCSB has become an exciting second phase of our lives, a chance to help others, stay involved, and meet lots of wonderful people.”

Lynn and Gary Kious, Parents '16
Los Angeles Regional Parents' Chairs

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.