On The Mark: The AD Report

Mark W. Massari
Mark W. Massari

Dear Gaucho Fans:

We receive many gifts supporting student-athletes at UC Santa Barbara this time of year. It’s the university's busiest gift season. Athletics and our partners in university development stand ready to assist.

Almost 500 student-athletes represent our vibrant and highly ranked university every day by taking full advantage of their opportunity. Today they not only succeed on the fields of play but now, more than ever, in the classroom as well. We are proud to celebrate a remarkable 85% student-athlete graduation success rate, our highest ever, which ranks only second in the prestigious U.C. system.

Providing these life-changing opportunities takes time, energy and essential financial support. That is the mission of the Gaucho Fund.  Below are some notes on giving to the Gauchos this time of year and I encourage each of you to view our stories and the impact a donation can make on the life of a young person by visiting our new website gauchofund.com

*The Gaucho Fund and university development office will be open on December 26th through December 28th.  Office hours will be 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. 

*Andy Fee, Senior Associate Athletics Director for Development, and fund-raising staff, can be reached at 805-893-4960 or Andy.Fee@athletics.ucsb.edu.

*Timing of Gifts:  In order to qualify for a charitable income tax deduction for 2012, the gift must be received by UCSB no later than December 31, 2012.  For gifts made by U.S. Mail, see below.  Some assets, Including securities, personal or real property, require special action to assure timely receipt 

*Gifts Hand Delivered:  Gifts hand delivered can be dropped off to Gaucho Fund contacts Andy Fee, Christina Baglas or Andy Graham in Intercollegiate Athletics Building or campus Development Office (Cheadle Hall) no later than January 4th, 2013 at 5:00 p.m. for the donor to receive an official receipt for a 2012 gift. 

*Gifts by Mail:  For income tax purposes, a gift delivered by U.S. Mail are considered received the date of the postmark.  A U.S. Mail-postmarked envelope or U.S. Mail certified- or registered mail receipt is required as proof (a postage meter is not acceptable proof).

By mail or hand delivered please help us assign your gift to the proper area by 1) writing a gift letter with signature designating the program/sport you wish to assist (i.e. general Student Success or Sport specific) or 2) filling out the Gaucho Fund 2012-13 form. You can download and print out a form by clicking here. The Student Success Fund assists athletics in department-wide student support services. Sport specific gifts directly aid that program’s resources.

Checks are made out to either The UC Regents or the UC Santa Barbara Foundation.  

*Online Giving:  The fastest way to support the Gauchos is through our secure online giving site gauchofund.com before 5:00 p.m. on Friday, December 28 for 2012 tax purposes. 

*Matching Gifts: Many employers sponsor matching gift programs and will match charitable contributions made by their employees. Some companies also match gifts made by retirees and/or spouses. To find out if your company has a matching gift policy visit this site http://www.matchinggifts.com/ucsb/giftdb.cfm

*Gifts of All Types:  The Gaucho Fund and university development can assist with gifts of all kinds of assets, including cash, real property and personal property, as well as securities.  We can help arrange gifts of all types, current and deferred.  We will make every effort to achieve your charitable goals, while making sure the gift assists the area of need you desire. For ways to help the Gauchos visit gauchofund.com/give.  

*Gaucho Huddle Outreach: Our successful events prior to basketball games continues Thursday, Dec. 6 at San Diego State (5-6:30 p.m. KB Cellars, hosted by Hosted by alumni Jeff Lipscomb '75 and Paul Viviano '75. Game-time is 7 p.m.); Wednesday, Dec. 18 at Cal (Alumni House across from Haas Pavilion 6-7:30 p.m. Game-time is 8 p.m.) and March 14-16 Big West Basketball Tournament at Honda Center in Anaheim (hosted by university development and Gaucho Fund). Christina Baglas, Assistant Athletics Director, directs our events so contact her to RSVP or for more information – Christina.Baglas@athletics.ucsb.edu. A special thanks to Trustee Patrick Yam and his wife Christine for hosting last Saturday’s huddle before an exciting overtime victory at Santa Clara.

On behalf of those 500 amazing Gauchos and the entire athletics staff I hope you have a safe and wonderful holiday season and thank you for investing in the Gauchos.


Mark Massari
Director of Intercollegiate Athletics

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