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Membership Transition FAQs

  1. Azeem Ward '15, Flautist What is changing? Why?
    We are expanding UC Santa Barbara Alumni to include all alumni and discontinuing our dues-based model. This means that 2017 will be our last year of offering memberships. With more than 210,000 alumni but fewer than 23,000 members, it has become obvious that we need a more inclusive organization to better engage and support the entire UC Santa Barbara alumni community. A more inclusive structure opens doors of opportunity and better meets the needs of UC Santa Barbara alumni, both socially and professionally.
  2. Does this mean there is no longer an alumni organization at UC Santa Barbara?
    Absolutely not! UCSB Alumni is now focused on building mutually beneficial lifelong relationships with all alumni, not just our members. Our Board and staff will continue to engage all of our alumni in order to sustain a powerful network of Gauchos for life.
  3. Who decided on this change?
    The Alumni Board of Directors spent much time and consideration before making this change, and believe it will enable us to better serve our entire alumni population. In fact, the Board of Directors has been reviewing this transition since 2008.
  4. What will I gain from this change?
    You will gain a broader network of people for new connections and opportunities. Life Members will not lose any of their premium benefits. The first step to being more involved is making sure we have your correct contact information so we can invite you to upcoming events. Update your email address by emailing feedback@ucsbalum.com or calling 805-893-4206.
  5. Are the previous UCSB Alumni benefits still available to Life Members?
    Yes! Life Members will continue to receive premium benefits, including discounts to Arts & Lectures, access to the UCSB Library, subscription to Coastlines magazine, and much more. As we roll out new programming, we hope that you will take advantage of those opportunities as well.
  6. How can I support UCSB Alumni going forward?
    Get Involved. Attend events. Volunteer your time. Become a mentor for a student or recent graduate. Give to the Gaucho for Life Fund or any other fund that is near and dear to your heart. Tell us what we are doing right and what we can do better. Be an ambassador. Keep us posted on you and your successes. Stay up to date on what's happening on campus by visiting alumni.ucsb.edu.
  7. How will you fund UC Santa Barbara Alumni without membership fees?
    Funding will be provided from several sources: fundraising, UC Santa Barbara Alumni reserves, and sponsorships/affinity programs. In addition, we hope that alumni will continue to support UCSB Alumni through donations.
  8. What other universities have taken this new approach to alumni relations?
    UCLA, UC Santa Cruz, UC San Diego, among many other universities across the country have all switched from member-based organizations to all-inclusive organizations.
  9. Aren't the Alumni Association and the Annual fund the same thing? How do monies paid to the Alumni Association differ from monies paid through the Annual Fund?
    No. Your contributions or donations to UCSB through the Annual Fund provide unrestricted support to UC Santa Barbara. Contributions and donations to UCSB Alumni (through the Gaucho for Life Fund) support essential programming for Alumni Affairs, student scholarships, networking events, and much more.
  10. Will Life Members still be referred to as “Life Members”?
    Yes, we will continue to refer to all of our Life Members as “Life Members.” Life Members will retain their distinction as an exclusive group within UCSB Alumni.

Questions?

Please email feedback@ucsbalum.com or call 805-893-4206.

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