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Support the Important Work of CEC with a Legacy Gift

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Thank you for your interest in learning about the many benefits of building a long term legacy by designating a charitable gift to CEC in your estate plan.

Born from the traumatic experience of the 1969 Santa Barbara oil spill, CEC is dedicated to maintaining a healthy environment and preserving a livable world for future generations. For five decades, CEC has created, promoted, and implemented effective solutions to environmental challenges, particularly the existential threat of climate change. CEC is a community-based and community-focused organization that provides regional and state-wide leadership.

Through a gift in your estate plan, you can join the visionary founders of CEC in supporting this extraordinary organization by establishing a long term legacy for the benefit of future generations. Some types of estate gifts also provide tangible tax benefits to donors during their lifetime.

We hope you will enjoy exploring the information provided in this web site. If you have any questions about how to make an estate gift or the best way for you to benefit though a planned gift, please call CEC's Legacy Giving Consultant, Karl Hutterer, at (805) 453-8162 or email khutterer@cecmail.org. He will be happy to provide additional information with no obligation.

  • Help us preserve a livable world for our grandchildren and create a lasting legacy.
  • Find peace of mind through a wide variety of tax benefits
  • Help the Community Environmental Council to continue its critical work of finding solutions to environmental challenges.
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Property Turns Into Income

Property Turns Into Income
Miranda lived in the family home where she and her spouse had raised their three children. After her spouse passed away, Miranda found it increasingly difficult to care for her property.

Miranda's grandson came often to visit and help with chores around the house. On one such visit, he helped Miranda "surf" the internet. She enjoyed reading the weekly finance updates and donor stories on her favorite charity's planned giving website. On one such visit, Miranda learned that she could make a gift of her home to the charity and receive income for life.

Miranda: I called the gift planner and asked her how a charitable remainder unitrust works. She said that when the time came for me to move out of my home, I could give it to my favorite charity and set up a special kind of trust. The trust would provide me with income for the rest of my life, and I would receive a tax deduction for my gift.

Miranda thought that she might want to move to a condominium with less upkeep. Her financial advisor reviewed the plan and said that the income she received from the charitable remainder trust would be enough to cover her living expenses.

Miranda: After visiting real estate websites with my grandson, I found a condominium nearby that was perfect for me. I called the gift planner and said that I was ready to move out of my home and set up the charitable trust.

Miranda was thrilled that she could turn her property into income to meet her future needs and receive a charitable deduction for her gift.

Is a gift of your home to fund a charitable trust right for you?


Your home has been one of your best assets, but after the kids move out and the house gets harder to care for, you may have other needs. Better than a reverse mortgage, a unitrust is one strategy to "downsize" your home, avoid capital gains tax and provide you with income.

If you have questions about how a unitrust could help you downsize, please give us a call. We would be happy to answer questions that you might have.

*Please note: The name and image above are representative of a typical donor and may or may not be an actual donor to our organization. Since your unitrust benefits may be different, you may want to click here to view a color example of your benefits.


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