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Support the Important Work of CEC with a Legacy Gift


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 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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Deferred Gift Annuity

Deferred Gift Annuity
Several years ago, Larry and Allison invested $30,000 in what they believed to be an attractive stock. It turned out to be a very wise decision, as the stock increased in value to $100,000 within three years. Though they were not in need of additional income at the time, the couple decided to cash in on this growth.

Allison: We had a good year last year and we were looking for ways to maximize our deductions and reduce what we owed in taxes. At the same time, we were considering the best way to make a gift to our favorite charity.

Larry: We are both in good health. We are still working, so we don't need extra income right now, and retirement is still probably more than 10 to 15 years away. We were looking at smart ways to save for retirement. Our retirement goal is to live comfortably and travel the country in our motorhome to visit friends and family.

Allison: We met with a gift planner from our favorite charity. He explained the benefits of setting up a deferred gift annuity. He told us that we could give our stock to charity instead of selling it and receive an immediate charitable tax deduction. Plus, when we turn 65, the deferred gift annuity would make annual retirement payments to us for the rest of our lives.

Larry: We set up the deferred gift annuity and experienced the benefits Allison mentioned. We received a generous charitable tax deduction that produced immediate tax savings. When we retire, we can look forward to the annuity payment each year that will make our retirement travel possible. On top of all of this, the deferred gift annuity makes a portion of the income payments we receive tax-free.

Is a deferred gift annuity right for you?

If you are interested in a charitable gift annuity but don't have a present need for the annuity payout, a deferred charitable gift annuity could be the right gift for you. When you fund the annuity, you can decide when you want to begin receiving the payments.

Contact us if you would like to learn more about deferred annuities and how this gift could help you.

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

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