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Donor Stories

Planned gifts are designed to unite your philanthropic and financial goals. Many UC Santa Cruz alumni, faculty and staff, and community supporters have chosen to include the university in their estate plan.

An alumna who has included UC Santa Cruz in her estate plans shared that she "chose to make a planned gift out of gratitude for my education at UC Santa Cruz. I pursued an academic career and have referred to the distinctive experimental nature of UC Santa Cruz's curriculum, which I cherish. I believe in the importance of education and want others to have the opportunity for an enriched UC Santa Cruz education in the future."

The generosity of individuals such as this alumna ensures that UC Santa Cruz can continue its mission to educate, to enlighten, and to serve. I hope you will be inspired by these gifts and begin to think about creating your own planned gift. Please contact us to discuss your options.

Donor Stories

  • Catherine (Kate) Higgins MacLellanCatherine (Kate) Higgins MacLellan
    Kate can make a claim that not many graduates can – she has made a gift to UC Santa Cruz every year since 1982...
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  • Aleck and Nancy DarrAleck and Nancy Darr
    Aleck and Nancy Darr are members of the UC Santa Cruz community who have included UCSC in their will.
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  • Nancy MorganNancy Morgan
    When Nancy Morgan was getting ready to graduate in 1983 with a degree in psychology, she discovered she was a Humanities course shy of meeting graduation requirements.
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  • Bill DickinsonBill Dickinson
    When Bill Dickinson (Cowell '68) came to UC Santa Cruz in search of an innovative education, he also found a home.
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  • James DuncanJames Duncan
    When James Duncan discovered dance and UC Santa Cruz, he was already a broadcast engineer with a geography degree from UC Berkeley.
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  • John O. JordanJohn O. Jordan
    "After 34 years, the Dickens Project is still going strong and it has a glorious future too".
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  • Dan Wood and Janet Lever-WoodDan Wood and Janet Lever-Wood
    "We've had the pleasure of getting to know some brilliant young people at UC Santa Cruz. They've been like family to us," Janet says.
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  • Kathy and Richard BealKathy and Richard Beal
    "We want to set a good example for our children," says Kathy Beal.
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  • David KirkDavid Kirk
    David Kirk developed video and media libraries at UCSC. Now he's arranged for a planned gift that...
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  • Lee and Dan GilbertLee and Dan Gilbert
    "It was very easy for me to go to college," said Lee Gilbert, a graduate of Douglass College in New Jersey. "My parents paid for it, and I lived in a dorm.
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  • Virginia and George JansenVirginia and George Jansen
    In fall 1975, Virginia Jansen arrived at UC Santa Cruz as an assistant professor to teach medieval art and architecture for the Art Department (or Art Board, as it was then known).
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  • Allan J. DysonAllan J. Dyson
    "You can have a good public university based on what the state budget is, but you can't have a great public university without having the active involvement of donors..." said Allan J. Dyson
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  • Anne IrwinAnne Irwin
    Anne Irwin will never forget her 70th birthday celebration among the swell sharks and octopuses at the Seymour Marine Discovery Center. It was a kind of homecoming for her.
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  • Bruce ThompsonBruce Thompson
    "I have had a wonderful career at UC Santa Cruz, and I can't imagine that I would have been happier anywhere else."
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  • David ThomasDavid Thomas
    "I was a founding faculty member and I taught at UCSC for 33 years. I know the quality of its education..."
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  • Michael MorganMichael Morgan
    Michael Morgan is busy right now. On top of teaching high school chemistry, he's coaching, and it's "right in the middle of the academic season."
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  • Finding a way through a willFinding a way through a will
    For nearly 40 years Emma Jean and Barry Bowman built our understanding of a part the cell called the vacuole. Now the retired researcher and emeritus professor...
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