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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.

  • Kaj EnderleinLegacy gift makes signature experience possible for next generation of geologists
    UC Santa Cruz Earth Sciences alum Damon Brown knew the value of preservation. As a geologist, he used knowledge of the past to build a better future, studying the causes of climate change and identifying new, sustainable energy sources. With that kind of long-term thinking in mind, he and his wife Sarah, a fellow geologist, were certain they wanted to make an enduring impression on the field...
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  • In memory: Yolanda DybdahlIn memory: Yolanda Dybdahl
    Chris and Yolanda created a charitable remainder unitrust in 1997. Their planned gift will benefit both the UC Santa Cruz Foundation and the University of Colorado Medical School, where Chris earned his M.D. The portion of the gift that will go to UCSC will create the Dr. Chris and Yolanda Dybdahl Leadership Opportunity Award.
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  • Do everything with loveDo everything with love
    Tiffany Harmon's recent bequest to UC Santa Cruz's KZSC radio station illustrates a passion for contributing to causes that are important to her.
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  • Co-CEOsCo-CEOs
    Alumni Vince and Christina Bennett, who met as students at UC Santa Cruz, have built a complementary marriage and meaningful careers—and now they're giving back to the campus program that helped set them on their paths to success.
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  • To whom much is given, much is requiredTo whom much is given, much is required
    Cassi Janakos has taken John F. Kennedy's quote, "To whom much is given, much is required," to heart—using the opportunities gained during her time at UC Santa Cruz to empower other women as leaders and innovators.
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  • Supporting those who come to learnSupporting those who come to learn
    With his planned gift, Ted Rainer (Stevenson '75, computer and information science, mathematics) will help students who share the motivation that brought him to UCSC.
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  • Jean Langenheim Jean Langenheim, Remembering how she broke new ground for women in science
    Longtime member of the Legacy Society, UC Santa Cruz Professor Emerita of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Jean Langenheim conducted field research on five continents, crossed the disciplinary boundaries of botany, geology, and chemistry, served as president of four different scientific societies, and broke new ground for women in science.
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  • Creating lasting good Creating lasting good
    Alumnus Jim Myers and husband Joe Levesque are using their life's work to offer opportunities to worthy students, establishing five endowed funds for scholarships at UC Santa Cruz through their trust.
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  • A garden cultivates the mind and feeds the soulA garden cultivates the mind and feeds the soul
    Major donor Elspeth Bobbs's planned gift to the UC Santa Cruz Arboretum and Botanic Garden is sustaining the center as an outdoor classroom, helping to nourish her vision of teaching through gardening
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  • Building opportunityBuilding opportunity
    Campus benefactor Jack Baskin not only established the Baskin School of Engineering Fund, but also a charitable remainder trust benefitting the fund—helping more than 5,000 students (and counting) gain engineering degrees and compete effectively in the job market.
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  • An 'unhistoric' actAn 'unhistoric' act
    'The growing good of the world,' a life faithfully lived, and a generous gift gratefully received — Katherine McHale reaffirms her connection to UC Santa Cruz with a planned gift
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  • Harriet and John Deck Harriet and John Deck
    Through a planned gift, a former trustee, dedicated volunteer, and donor continues her support of the Seymour Center and Jewish Studies at UC Santa Cruz
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  • Susan Bok Susan Bok
    "It is my hope that recipients of this scholarship fund will continue this tradition of public service, balancing privilege and opportunity with a sense of responsibility about the world in which we live."
    —Susan L. Bok, Rachel Carson College '77
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  • Frederick Andrews C. Frederick Andrews
    A bequest from C. Frederick Andrews, a longtime volunteer and regular visitor to the UC Santa Cruz Arboretum and Botanic Garden, supports needed capital improvements and bolsters the endowment.
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  • Mary Wells Mary Wells
    Retiree Mary Wells has added the Silver Slug Award and UCSC Fund to her estate plan, a future gift that will support staff and their dependents who seek UC Santa Cruz degrees
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  • Planetary navigatorPlanetary navigator
    To many members of the UC Santa Cruz astronomy faculty and staff of UC Observatories, Arnold Klemola was a quiet astronomer who worked...
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  • Denise Gallant and Kevin Monahan Lisa Kermish
    As a student, Lisa Kermish (Stevenson '76, literature and creative writing) taught creative writing workshops, created her own major, and was arrested demonstrating for divestment from South Africa.
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  • Denise Gallant and Kevin Monahan Kay Metz
    In UC Santa Cruz's Printmaking Department, which she established in 1971, she supported and encouraged her students, said her friend Betsy Andersen, who is acting as Metz's cultural executor, coordinating exhibitions of Metz's work.
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  • Denise Gallant and Kevin Monahan Caitlin Croughan
    Every summer I look forward to a week with hundreds of other Dickens fanatics, sorting out a single, assigned novel.
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  • Denise Gallant and Kevin Monahan Denise Gallant and Kevin Monahan
    Innovations by UC Santa Cruz students became facets of 1980s pop culture.
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  • Michael and Debbie Linick Michael and Debbie Linick
    Col. Michael Linick, U.S. Army, Ret. established a planned gift to the university that prepared him for a career of service.
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  • Lisa Schaechter Lisa Schaechter
    When Lisa Schaechter decided to make a plan for her assets in the case of her death, she thought about the causes she already gives to.
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  • Kaj EnderleinKaj Enderlein
    Kaj Enderlein reached a turning point one afternoon in 1996 while making dinner at the Center for Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems...
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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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  • George HoffordGeorge Hofford
    "Education is viewed as the pathway to create a better world for citizens of the future."
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  • John CraryJohn Crary
    Nearly 15 years ago, John Crary was introduced to the Lick Observatory and the UC Santa Cruz Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics by...
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  • Professor Emeritus Joseph F. BunnettProfessor Emeritus Joseph F. Bunnett
    "It's a win-win situation," said professor of chemistry emeritus Joseph Bunnett of his planned gift to UC Santa Cruz. "To my way of thinking, it's hard to say whether it's a...
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  • Dean and Henry McHenryDean and Henry McHenry
    UC Santa Cruz's founding chancellor Dean McHenry set the tone for the campus's remarkable combination of large research university sophistication and intimate residential colleges...
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  • 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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