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Your Legacy: Our Future

UCSB Arts & Lectures has an unwavering commitment both to bringing big ideas and stellar performances to our community, and to fostering connection through the arts and conversation. A&L’s mission to Educate, Entertain and Inspire produces K-12, UCSB and lifelong learning opportunities that enrich our lives.

Help secure dynamic programming in Santa Barbara by including Arts & Lectures in your estate plans.


Questions to Consider

Watermark photo of UCSB campus with the numeral 1What is my philanthropic vision?

What long-term impact would you like to make at A&L? Are you interested in supporting performance, lectures, education or areas of greatest need? We can work with you to help define your philanthropic vision and shape your intent to benefit you, your family and A&L.

Next… consider how you will fund this vision.

Watermark photo of UCSB campus with the numeral 2What can I give?

Planned gifts are funded by a donor’s assets, including cash, stock, real property,  retirement plan assets, life insurance policies, business interests and more. Utilizing any (or a combination) of these assets to establish a UCSB Arts & Lectures legacy may provide you with highly beneficial tax savings, and certain gift opportunities can provide additional lifetime income.

That leads to the next question…

Watermark photo of UCSB campus with the numeral 3What are my priorities?

What is most important to you as you prepare your estate plans?

Do you plan to leave your estate to your heirs? We can help you determine the best assets to gift that may avoid inheritance taxes.

Is it your wish to avoid capital gains with the sale of real property? We can create a charitable remainder trust or charitable gift annuity to help offset that gain.

Need additional income? We can explore which assets may work for a life income gift.

How to Establish Your Legacy

Kristin Chenoweth performing at the Granada Theatre with studentsWills and Living Trusts

Name the UC Santa Barbara Foundation as a beneficiary in your will or living trust and direct funds to support Arts & Lectures. 

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Sample Language

Yo-Yo Ma teaching a master class for UCSB studentsBeneficiary Designations

Beneficiary designations of retirement plans, life insurance or annuities are easy and flexible.

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Income Gifts

Charitable Gift Annuities 
These gifts, created with cash, stock or occasionally real property, are initiated through a contract with the UC Regents that guarantees a lifetime income stream and tax savings.

Charitable Remainder Trusts (CRT) 
Established with cash or appreciated assets such as stock or real property, this gift can help you avoid capital gains and provide an income stream for life or a term of years.

A&L Legacy Circle 

The A&L Legacy Circle honors donors who have generously included Arts & Lectures in their estate plans through some form of planned or deferred gift. 

Once you complete your estate plans, we encourage you to fill out our Declaration of Intent, which allows us to recognize you for your generosity and welcome you as a new member of both the UC Santa Barbara and the A&L Legacy Circles. 

Membership Benefits

In recognition of A&L Legacy Circle support, we offer donors the following special benefits:

  • Invitation to the exclusive A&L Legacy Circle recognition luncheon, which will take place in Spring 2024 and feature a special guest performance
  • Recognition in select Arts & Lectures publications and digital media
  • Endowed naming opportunities 
  • Invitation to an annual member appreciation event
  • All the benefits of UC Santa Barbara Legacy Circle membership, including an invitation to an annual tea hosted by the Chancellor, as well as invitations to special events and seminars.

Carla Morrison
Carla Morrison

Ballet Preljocaj in Swan Lake
Ballet Preljocaj in Swan Lake

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Buddy Guy

Donor Stories

Learn how others have made an impact on the future of Arts & Lectures.

Tim and Audrey Fisher with Pink Martini
Tim & Audrey Fisher with Pink Martini

Timothy O. Fisher

Investing for the Future

Tim and Audrey Fisher have been involved with Arts & Lectures since they bought a home in Santa Barbara in 2000, and together they have sponsored many programs and performances. Tim was part of the creation of the Arts & Lectures Advisory Council and is a leader in the establishment of A&L’s Legacy Program. 

Several years ago, Tim generously made an irrevocable, outright commitment to A&L in his estate plan. As he puts it, “Bequests and other planned gifts are elegantly simple – in most cases it requires only a paragraph in your will or trust.”

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Tom and Heather Sturgess
Tom & Heather Sturgess

Heather and Tom Sturgess

Naming an Endowment

Heather and Tom Sturgess support Arts & Lectures in many ways. With Tom serving on the A&L Advisory Council and Heather serving as an A&L Ambassador, they are active promoters of Arts & Lectures in the community. Heather and Tom chose to create a named endowment with their generous estate gift. This legacy will provide a stable capital base and financial security from which A&L can draw support for years to come, offering continued exceptional events for the community to enjoy.


Mel Kennedy and Susan Matsumoto
Mel Kennedy & Susan Matsumoto

Susan Matsumoto and Mel Kennedy

A Legacy of Invention

Susan Matsumoto and Mel Kennedy devote much of their time to attending the  various programs produced by Arts & Lectures. As Susan says, “we not only appreciate the programming, but love the fact that Arts & Lectures introduces the arts to schools in the local community.” The couple feels so passionately that they have named A&L as a beneficiary of a percentage of their retirement plan. With their legacy gift, Susan and Mel will leave their mark on the future of cultural and educational programming in Santa Barbara.

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We’ll help find the legacy gift that is right for you.

Learn more with the tools on the UC Santa Barbara Planned Giving website or read our Donor Stories to discover how others have decided to leave a legacy to Arts & Lectures. Once you share your intent to contribute a future gift, or make an outright endowment gift, you will be recognized as a member of the A&L Legacy Circle

To begin the conversation, contact Senior Director of Development Stacy Cullison at (805) 893-3755 or

Do you already have Arts & Lectures in your estate plans? Tell us about your gift