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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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Transferable on Death (TOD) Gifts

Transferable on Death (TOD) Gifts
Harold and Jeanne married after meeting at an event Community Environmental Council held for our donors. They wanted to leave a legacy gift that would support our mission and ensure that we remain financially strong well into the future.

Harold: Jeanne and I have always felt a strong connection to Community Environmental Council and their work. Over the years we have seen the organization grow and help so many people. We wanted to make sure that they have the means to continue to grow for years to come.

Jeanne: We talked to our investment advisor about planning goals and explained that we wanted to support Community Environmental Council. Our advisor suggested a simple solution — naming Community Environmental Council as a beneficiary of one of our mutual funds.

Marcus, who was Harold and Jeanne's investment advisor, suggested that Harold and Jeanne use a "transferable on death" or "TOD" form. Marcus explained that because Harold and Jeanne jointly owned the account, the TOD beneficiary designation form would ensure that they can benefit from the mutual fund during their joint lives, that the survivor of the two of them would continue to own the mutual fund for the rest of the survivor's life, and that after both pass away, the mutual fund would be transferred to Community Environmental Council. Marcus provided the proper TOD beneficiary designation form, and Harold and Jeanne were easily able to complete the paperwork before they left Marcus's office.

Jeanne: We really liked Marcus's idea. Making a TOD gift was simple to set up and will let us continue to use the mutual fund to meet our needs in retirement.

Harold: I like knowing that if I pass away, Jeanne will have enough to meet her needs. We both like knowing that Community Environmental Council will receive the mutual fund after both of us pass away. We couldn't be happier with our giving strategy.

Is a transferable on death (TOD) gift right for you?


If you own stocks, bonds or mutual funds and would like to make a gift to leave a legacy and support Community Environmental Council, consider a transfer on death gifting strategy. If you have questions about transfer on death giving strategies, 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 TOD gift may differ depending on your personal circumstances, please consult with your legal, tax or financial advisor.


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