Supporting Orgnizations

Alumni Association

College of the Desert Alumni Association, a nonprofit organization chartered in 1983, was established to enhance the success of COD students and enrich the campus environment. The Association provides financial assistance in the form of scholarships, increased transportation access, and program support, in addition to connecting with over 120,000 existing College of the Desert Alumni to increase participation and engagement. 

The popular Street Fair held on the College of the Desert – Palm Desert Campus is operated by the Alumni Association. Funds generated from the Street Fair are dedicated to supporting the College.

Membership is open to all students, staff, alumni, and the community. For more information, please contact the Alumni Association at (760) 636-7957.

College of the Desert Foundation 

College of the Desert Foundation is a nonprofit organization whose primary purpose, for the last 30 years, is to provide financial support from the private and public sectors to help underwrite those programs and facilities at the College which cannot be funded through other means. The Foundation Board and committees are composed of community leaders who volunteer to work with college staff to support the College’s specific needs, present and future.

Donations to the COD Foundation can be of any size and may be designated to a particular department or project. Estate planning information is available for wills, bequests, and charitable trusts. For more information, call (760) 773-2561 or go the Foundation website.

Academic Angels

This organization is made up of over 100 members whose purpose is to serve as Goodwill Ambassadors for College of the Desert and to assist the Foundation in pursuing its goals. The organization hosts luncheons, events, and guest speakers throughout the year to raise funds for scholarships and other College programs and services. Membership dues are $250 per year. For more information, call (760) 773-2561 or go to the Foundation website.

President's Circle 

The President’s Circle was created by the Foundation in 1983. It is comprised of an exceptional group of individuals and business leaders who are committed to the Mission of COD and its Foundation. The President’s Circle is the largest and most important resource of unrestricted gifts to the College, helping provide critical resources to meet educational needs, as well as help the Foundation to support mission-critical programs and services for the College. Members enjoy a variety of benefits and annual dues range from $1,000 to $5,000. For more information on any of the Annual Giving opportunities at the Foundation, contact the Foundation at (760) 773-2561 or email Peter Sturgeon, Interim Executive Director.

Friends of the COD Library

Friends of the COD Library is a non-profit organization whose mission is to support the College of the Desert Libraries through book sales and other fundraising activities. Friends of the COD Library welcomes anyone who would like to join the organization. For more information on becoming a member or to make a donation, please call (760) 568-3138.