College of the Desert Alumni Association, a nonprofit organization chartered in 1983, was established to enhance the success of College of the Desert 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 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. Giving programs of the Foundation include:
The Fund for Student Success
This Fund is a comprehensive way to support all of the priority Student Success initiatives of the College. Gifts are used for the Student Emergency Fund, meal cards for students who are food insecure, textbooks, support services for veterans returning from active duty, childcare for students with young children, graduation regalia, and scholarships for first-generation students. Gifts of any amount make a significant difference.
The President’s Circle
The President’s Circle is the Foundation’s leadership giving society. Members of the President’s Circle are philanthropic leaders from across the Coachella Valley who partner with the College Superintendent/President and leaders of the Foundation to support the priority needs of College of the Desert. Gifts between $1,000 and $25,000 are recognized as President’s Circle leadership gifts.
The Legacy Leaders
The Legacy Leaders recognizes donors who have made provisions for the College of the Desert Foundation through their estate plans. In addition, those who make donations through rollover IRAs, gifts of life insurance, and all forms of life income gifts such as charitable gift annuities and gift trusts, are recognized as Legacy Leaders members.
Scholarship and Program Endowments
Gifts of $25,000 or more can be used to create endowed scholarships and endowed funds to support programmatic activities throughout the college.
Space Naming Opportunities
Legacy space naming opportunities for classrooms, labs, buildings and outdoor spaces are available for new, renovated or existing areas on all five of the College’s campuses.
Academic Angels is a committee of the Foundation 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. For more information, call (760) 773-2561 or visit COD Foundation.
Friends of the COD Library
Friends of the COD Library is a non-profit organization whose mission is to support 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) 773-2561.
Donations to College of the Desert Foundation can be of any size and may be designated to a particular department or project. For more information on any of these gift opportunities, please call (760) 773-2561 or visit COD Foundation.