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Support the Important Work of CEC with a Legacy Gift

Welcome!

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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Leading for the Future

Leading for the Future
Luke and Cynthia spent many years volunteering and supporting their favorite charity. They wanted to give back in a way that would help fulfill its mission. At the same time, they were looking for a way to care for their family in the future.

Luke: We heard that now is the best time in years to set up a charitable lead trust. We could fund the trust with cash or stock and the trust would pay income to the charity for a number of years, with the rest of the trust value going to our children in the future.

Cynthia: We liked the fact that our children would be well cared for and that we could see the result now of our gifts to our favorite charity.

Luke and Cynthia were also pleased to learn that taxes on the gift to their children would be significantly reduced by the added benefit of a gift tax charitable deduction. After the income was paid to our organization, the remaining trust value would go to their family with very little tax owed.

Luke: Cynthia and I found that by using a charitable lead trust, we could accomplish our goals of helping both family and our favorite charity during our lifetimes.

Is a charitable lead trust right for you?


A charitable lead trust can be an excellent part of many tax-planning strategies. If you have questions about lead trusts, please contact us.

*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.


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