Donor Stories

Laura and Jim PutnamFrom Disaster to Action
Jim and Laura Putnam are committed to helping the environment. With a gift from their retirement plans, the couple is making an impact at UC Santa Barbara's North Campus Open Space. Read More

Gil SanchezPreservation of a Legacy
Thanks to a generous gift from donor Gil Sanchez, a remarkable collection of his life’s work as a renowned architect is now housed in the Special Collections of the UCSB Library. Read More

Alan GrosenheiderA Library Legacy
Alan Grosenheider knows the difference a gift can make for a student. By including UCSB in his future plans, he’s not only changing lives, but supporting his passions as well. Read More

Muriel and John CarltonLove for Environment Inspires New Legacy
Muriel Carlton knows her late husband, John, would be honored to play a part in the North Campus Open Space Project at UC Santa Barbara thanks to his lifelong commitment to environmental causes. Read More

Steve and Barbara MendellAn International Perspective
"Those that can help create opportunities for others should do so," says Steve Mendell '63. The power of education inspired Steve and his wife, Barbara, to create the Mendell Award in Political Science, an annual scholarship that will be endowed through a bequest. Read More

Jenny and John LofthusA Place of Joy: What USCB Means to One Family
Jenny and John Lofthus are intricately connected to USCB. Learn what ties them together, and why they chose to leave a gift to the University in their estate plan. Read More

Rafael CostasGifts to UCSB Benefit Future Gauchos
Rafael Costas wanted to find a way to give back to UCSB. He's providing support for the University with gifts in his estate plan. Read More

Leonard and Gretchan Broom Far Exceeding Expectations Indeed
Leonard and Gretchan Broom established a significant legacy at UCSB. The couple's support will be evident on campus for years to come. Read More

Paul BoyleFar Exceeding Expectations Indeed
Paul Boyle ’84 credits UCSB with much of his career success. He’s saying thanks with a gift that supports future students and their own success. Read More

Gail and Stephen HumphreysFar Exceeding Expectations Indeed
For nearly 30 years, UCSB has “far exceeded” the expectations of one couple. We can say the same of their generosity. Read More

Dave Ohst and Cathy TonneAthletics and Academics: Cathy Tonne's UCSB Legacy
Sand, water, and volleyball. These three passions drew Cathy Tonne (1981) to UC Santa Barbara. Her experiences as a student and alumna—as well as the shared and soulful spirit she found in her Cal Poly husband Dave Ohst—made it easy to give back. Read More

Dawn WrightAlum Leaves Future Gift to Inspire Students at UCSB
Dawn Wright (Ph.D.’94) is currently the Chief Scientist of the Environmental Systems Research Institute. Her work involves the geological mapping of the ocean floor, advising organizations on oceanography and fisheries, and interfacing with government, industry and the public to understand and find environmental solutions. Read More

Lorraine McDonnell and Stephen WeatherfordInvesting in Changing Lives
UC Santa Barbara Political Science professors (and spouses) Lorraine McDonnell and Stephen Weatherford believe passionately in “experiential education.” Read More

Ken KarmioleGiving Today...and Tomorrow
Books are important to Ken Karmiole. Today a well-regarded dealer in rare manuscripts, Ken first became interested as an undergraduate at UCSB in the late 60s. Read More

Ken KarmiolePerpetuating a Legacy of Music
Not many individuals have a better sense of the value of the arts than Carl Zytowski. Carl came to UC Santa Barbara in 1951 as an instructor of music and enjoyed an illustrious 44-year teaching career. Read More

Tim FisherAn Investment for the Future
One of UCSB's great arts experiences is our Arts & Lectures (A&L) program. When Tim Fisher and his wife, Audrey, moved to Santa Barbara, they attended a few programs and were hooked. Read More

Ernie and Leslie ZomaltAlumni Support Future Gauchos Through Their Estate
Ernie (B.A. '66, M.A. '72) and Leslie (B.A. '64, Ph.D. '79) Zomalt are passionate about global education. Read More

Donn BernsteinLove of Teammates Inspires Gift
Many of our supporters have worked hard and been responsible about setting aside funds in various plans to ensure their retirement years. Read More

Ken KarmioleCouple Meets Retirement Goals While Giving Back
When it came to supporting their alma mater, Kent Vining, B.A. '70 and Julie Ann Mock, M.A. '75 had three goals. Read More

Erika DavisUsing Your Home to Fulfill Philanthropic Goals...And Finance Your Retirement
Historically, real estate has proven to be a solid investment. It can also be a powerful philanthropic tool when planning your estate and financial goals. Read More

Bill and Pat BulloughAchieving Double Bottom Line Returns
Bill and Pat Bullough are passionate about learning. Bill received his B.A. from UC Santa Barbara in 1955. Read More

Adrian M. WennerFaculty Emeritus Boosts Retirement Income While Benefiting UCSB
When Adrian M. Wenner, faculty emeritus (Natural History) and former provost of the College of Creative Studies (CCS), read the prior issue of the UC Santa Barbara Investor, he realized he could increase his retirement income and tax benefits... Read More

TennisLife-Income Gift Brings New Life to UCSB Donor
Your gift can make a profound difference not only to the University but also to you. One recent University donor set a perfect example when he leveraged his gift to the campus into a new and satisfying life for himself. Read More

AlpertWhat Impact Would You Like to Make?
Many donors would like to make a significant philanthropic impact but don't always have the financial wherewithal to make an outright gift. Read More

Judy StapelmannAlumna Fulfills Financial Goals Through Philanthropic Planning
Judy Stapelmann earned her bachelor's and master's degrees in biology at UC Santa Barbara. She went on to teach biology and ecology at Ventura College, Glendale College and Santa Barbara City College. Read More

Juliane HeymanGift Annuity Provides Dual Benefit to UCSB Donor
Gifts that allow our donors to further their philanthropic visions while supplementing their income in retirement are in high demand. Case in point: the gift annuity. Read More

Bernard and Lori SandlerSaving the Planet: How a Couple Is Helping Create the Next Generation of Environmental Leaders
Bernard and Lori Sandler, two generous, community-minded activists, truly illustrate the concept of "gifts in action." Read More

>Harvey and Hope SchechterA Gift of Gratitude
Harvey Schechter '47 and his wife, Hope, have been strong advocates of UC Santa Barbara for many years. Read More