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Your legacy is important. Receive the recognition you deserve for the legacy you leave.
Legacy Giving Stars: Mark A. Cooper
"This Museum has been part of my life almost from day one," says Mark A. Cooper, who grew up in Santa Barbara and has vivid memories of his Museum experiences, including marveling at our dioramas, "pushing the rattlesnake button," and learning from our early curators Waldo Abbott and Phil Orr in the field. Mark shares his memories and explains the importance of planned gifts to a nonprofit's ability to plan for the future and invest in infrastructure to benefit future generations.
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About Bequests
You may be looking for a way to make a significant gift to help further our mission. A bequest is a gift made through your will or trust. It is one of the most popular and flexible ways that you can support our cause.
Leslie Thomas
Legacy Giving Stars: Leslie Thomas
Leslie Thomas loves the natural world and wants her legacy to benefit local organizations that connect people—especially children—to nature. Meet Leslie in her garden, where she explains how her love and knowledge of food and wine relates to her passion for gardening and the outdoors.
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Charitable Gift Annuity
A charitable gift annuity is a great way you can make a gift to our organization and benefit. You transfer your cash or property to our organization and we promise to make fixed payments to you for life at a rate based on your age.
Hebe (Lila Anne) Bartz
Leaving a Legacy of Neighborly Love
Hebe (Lila Anne) Bartz and her husband Jack decided to leave half of their charitable trust to the Museum. Hebe, a longtime donor, docent, and neighbor, said that she and her late husband had taken care of their children and had enough to leave a gift to the Museum that they loved so much. "I can't think of a better place for our money than to support an organization for which we have so much trust and admiration." Listen to her memories of visiting the Museum for the first time in the 1930's, and her involvement with our education programs as one of our first docents.
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