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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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Gift of a Bank Account When No Longer Needed (POD)

Gift of a Bank Account When No Longer Needed (POD)
Keith has been a faithful supporter of Community Environmental Council and makes regular gifts to support our work. Recently, Keith talked to our staff and expressed his interest in naming Community Environmental Council as a beneficiary of his estate, but he wanted to keep the process as simple and inexpensive as possible.

Keith: I love volunteering at Community Environmental Council. It really gives me a sense of joy and fulfillment. I not only support the organization with my time, I try to make annual gifts as well. As a donor, I want to leave a meaningful gift to Community Environmental Council in my estate plan.

One day, Keith talked to Sharon, another one of our volunteers. Sharon told Keith that she recently made a "payable on death" or "POD" gift to Community Environmental Council. Keith asked Sharon to explain how the gift works. Sharon told Keith that with a POD gift, he could contact his bank or credit union and request a POD beneficiary designation form. By filling out the form and sending it back to his credit union, Keith could direct the credit union to pay the balance of any account he designates to charity when he passes away.

Keith: Sharon shared a lot of great information about POD gifts. I decided to name Community Environmental Council as the payable on death beneficiary of two accounts at my bank. Not only was the process simple — it didn't cost a thing. I also liked that a POD gift gives me flexibility-I still own the accounts and can use the money in those accounts if my needs ever change.

Is a payable on death (POD) gift right for you?


If you would like to leave a gift to our organization that is simple, inexpensive and flexible if your needs change, please consider a payable on death bequest. If you have questions or would like to learn more about POD beneficiary gifts, please contact us. We would be happy to assist you and answer any questions that you have.

*Please note: The name and image above is representative of a typical donor and may or may not be an actual donor to our organization. Since the benefits of a POD gift may differ depending on your personal circumstances, please consult with your legal, tax or financial advisor.


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