What We Do2022-09-18T12:48:35-07:00

About the COD Foundation

The mission of the College of the Desert Foundation is to act as an advocate for the college and to secure financial support, enhancing the educational opportunities for all students.

Your Impact

College of the Desert Foundation has gifted over $100 million to COD over the past 40 years to support Funds for Student Success classroom and faculty upgrades, and as of 2012, supported the EDGE program which helped institutionalize a free tuition component in 2017, plEDGE.

1,262 SCHOLARSHIPS
AWARDED

in the 2020/2021 Fiscal Year.

501 STUDENT EMERGENCY
GRANTS AWARDED

since 2020 Fund Inception.

$43M IN
ENDOWMENTS

held in perpetuity to support a variety of
scholarships and programs.

1,931 INDIVIDUAL GIFTS
AWARDED

in the 2020/2021 Fiscal Year,
Gifted from 677 donors.

73¢ SUPPORTS SCHOLARSHIPS
AND PROGRAMMING

of every dollar supports
Scholarships and Programming from 2020-2021.

$119K PURCHASED
GRADUATION REGALIA

for graduating seniors
from 2020-2022.

Over 40 years, the COD Foundation has raised more than $100 million to support student services and now manages endowments and other assets of more than $55 million. Endowment funds raised by the Foundation provide financial support for scholarships, textbooks, classroom technology upgrades, faculty positions, equipment and other programs. Yet even with the Foundation’s fundraising efforts, combined with the interest from the endowment providing this critical financial support, there still are unmet needs for thousands of students each year. A portion of all restricted donations will be used to further advance efforts on behalf of College of the Desert. For information about College of the Desert and to learn how you can support student success, contact the COD Foundation at 760.773.2561 or email Matthew Durkan at mdurkan@collegeofthedesert.edu.

Philanthropy in Action

Inspired Millions

MacKenzie Scott’s $18M Gift Inspires a New Generation of Donors. In June 2021, College of the Desert (COD) received its largest one-time grant in the College’s 60-year history, an unprecedented $18 million donation from billionaire philanthropist MacKenzie Scott. Scott identified COD as one of 286 high-impact organizations in communities [...]

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– Why Give –

Whether you are a parent, student, alumni, faculty member, business partner, philanthropist or investor, foundation or organization, part- or full-time resident, or just a fan of College of the Desert, when you step up for College of the Desert with a membership or donation you make a significant difference in higher education, career advancement and lifelong learning.

The Foundation allocated more than $1.5 million to College of the Desert last year. We depend on the private and public sectors to help underwrite underfunded programs, services and facilities that cannot be financed through other means.

In addition to assisting the College of the Desert fulfill its commitment to student success, the Foundation offers opportunities for donors fulfill their philanthropic goals.

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