Creating Tomorrows for College of the Desert Students

Congratulations to the COD Foundation on celebrating 40 years of distinguished service to College of the Desert and to the entire Coachella Valley. COD’s leadership, their alumni and the current student body are thankful for the integral funding the COD Foundation, their Board of Directors and their donors have given to support and enhance educational opportunities for all students. For 40 years, our generous patrons have helped COD students Spread their Wings raising more than $100 million to support student services and now manages endowments and other assets of more than $55 million.

“I am deeply inspired by the progress the COD Foundation has made,” shares Christine Anderson, Chairperson, COD Foundation Board of Directors. “In the past five years, I have witnessed the college assume a 24/7 commitment to meet students’ financial, academic and emotional needs, enabling them to truly enjoy the educational experience. For many, this is the first time in their lives a school has understood and supported them. These high-achieving graduates are critical for excellence in our workforce. Businesses need quality workers, and COD supplies them. Some graduates launch careers locally; others earn a four-year degree before coming back to serve the community in essential fields. The impact of their contribution returns to its roots, with nearly 80% of students returning to the Valley and rendering the college as a crucial link to our thriving economic success.”

For more than 60 years, COD has made it possible for local students to pursue their academic dreams and for 40 of those years the COD Foundation has financed a myriad of successful programs like the EDGE/plEDGE tuition program (since 2010), Fund for Student Success, Scholarships, and Internships making it possible for hundreds of thousands of students to pursue their education and chosen careers. In turn, these students have become the skilled nurses caring for you and your loved ones, the firefighters and EMTs who respond to your 911 calls, the chefs who prepare your meals in your favorite restaurants, and the entrepreneurs and business leaders who consistently give back to our community and generate over $300 million annually into our local economy.

“Through donor generosity, the COD Foundation has the opportunity to support the College in increasing enrollment enabling more students to attend,” adds Executive Director Catherine Abbott. “With a myriad of ways to give, people are responding to the value the school brings to the Valley. I am so grateful to be involved in this worth-while endeavor.”

Thank you for your tremendous support and we look forward to seeing you at one of our many events this year.

STATE OF THE COLLEGE
Thursday, October 26th from 11:00am – 1:00pm
Renaissance Esmerelda Resort & Spa
SOLD OUT

ACADEMIC ANGELS TEA
Thursday, November 3rd from 3:00pm – 5:00pm
Private Member’s Home
RSVP at 760.333.0733 or by email.

PRESIDENT’S CIRCLE FALL RECEPTION
Thursday, November 10th at 4:30pm
Cocktail Party at a Private Member’s Home
RSVP at 760.773.2561 or by email.

LET’S PLAY HOOKY FOR COD FOUNDATION
Friday, November 18th from 10:00am – 5:00pm
El Paseo Shopping District
See invite here. No need to RSVP, Just Show Up and Shop!

LEGACY LEADERS RECEPTION
Sunday, November 20th from 3:00pm – 4:30pm
RSVP at 760.773.2561.

GIVING TUESDAY
Tuesday, November 29th
Support COD Student’s Basic Needs
RSVP at 760.773.2561.

STEPPING OUT PRE-PARTY
Thursday, March 23rd at 5:30pm (tentative)
Sponsor RSVP at 760.773.2561.

STEPPING OUT FOR COD
Thursday, March 30th at 7:00pm
McCallum Theatre An Evening with Matthew & Gunnar Nelson
RSVP at 760.773.2561.

PRESIDENT’S CIRCLE SPRING RECEPTION
Tuesday, April 4th at 4:30pm
Member RSVP at 760.773.2561 or by email.

ACADEMIC ANGELS LUNCHEON
April 2023 (more information to follow)
Member RSVP at 760.773.2561.