The UCSB Koegel Autism Center's tranformational initiatives are made possible by generous donations from individuals, families, and corporations. Donations are used to expand program opportunities, purchase new research equipment and supplies, and upgrade our clinical facilities.

Gifts to the Koegel Autism Center are made through the UC Santa Barbara Foundation or Regents of the University of California. Both are considered public charities under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, thus qualifying for all charitable deductions to the limit allowed by law.


Individuals can easily give gifts up to $10,000 through our secure online giving form.


Please make your check out to the “UCSB Foundation.”
In memo section of check, write “Koegel Autism Center"

Mail check to:

    Attn: Waid Ibrahim
    University of California
    Santa Barbara, CA  93106-9490


Please call or email our Associate Director of Development, Waid Ibrahim, at 805-680-3492 or email him at to discuss gift options or pledge your support.




Help the center obtain engaging materials that can transform a child’s development.  Research demonstrates that use of highly motivating materials are the absolute best strategy to help individuals with autism learn to communicate, socialize, and build problem-solving skills.

Program Needs:

  • Toddler/Child Programs: Cause and Effect Toys, Sound and Light Toys, Gross Motor Play Equipment, Cooperation Games, Outdoor/Sports Equipment
  • Teen/Adult Programs: Empathy/Communication Activities, Board & Card Games, Icebreaker & Party Games, Team-Building Activities, Art Supplies, Video Equipment


Help ensure that all families are able to access our state-of-the-art autism intervention programs, regardless of their current financial status.  Your donation ensures that children can enroll in programs designed to jumpstart development and build crucial social connections


  • Pivotal Response Treatment Early Intervention Program: Our intensive parent education program to equip caregivers with state-of-the-art autism intervention skills that they can use for years to come.
  • Social Tools And Rules for Teens (START) Program: A program designed to help teens with autism how to socialize and make friends in a supportive, fun environment.
  • Social Tools And Rules for Transitions (START for Adults) Program: A program to ensure that individuals transitioning to adulthood have the skills and knowledge to navigate college life, on the job interactions, and romantic relationships.


Help us innovate! Our center loves to be responsive to the changing needs of the local and national autism community.  These crucial funds allow us the flexibility to develop and implement exciting cutting edge programs that may have a huge impact on the outcomes of children and adults with ASD.

Envisioned Programs:

  • REACCH Program: The Rewarding Engagement And Communication in CHildren (REACCH) Program will be designed for parents who have infants with developmental delays or concerns.
  • Social Tools And Rules for Toddlers (START for Toddlers) Program: This program will be designed to help toddlers develop essential skills needed to build a solid social skills foundation – one that sets them up for success before they enter school.
  • School Lunch-Time Social Clubs:  This elementary school-based program is intended to set up lunch-time activities based upon the mutual interests of students with and without autism, providing them with a safe, structured environment to connect, build relationships, and have fun together.
  • Project Connect: This project will address the unique socialization needs and challenges faced during the transition to middle school/junior high.  It will leverage the use of peer supports and structured activities to ensure that students feel included and accepted
  • College Transition Program: The transition to college, whether at a community college or a university setting) can be a daunting task.  This program is intended to set new college students up with comprehensive system of support to address socialization, academic, organizational, and daily living considerations during this important transition


These gifts will allow us to make transformational changes to the way that autism is identified and treated both locally and around the world.

Envisioned Programs:

  • Santa Barbara Autism Project: Because early identification and treatment of autism is crucial, this county wide initiative will ensure that every young child in Santa Barbara County has access to timely, high quality screening and assessment services for autism.
  • Autism Digital Therapist Initiative: The only way to ensure that all families across the United States and around the world have access to the most effective autism treatments is to remove the need for trained interventionists. This initiative would develop an app-based software program that can train parents in the use of effective autism intervention strategies, monitor their progress, and intelligently adapt lessons and feedback based on family needs.


These gifts allow the autism center to implement sustainable program initiatives in perpetuity that can significantly alter the lives of individuals with autism.