The global generosity movement #GivingTuesday kicks off the charitable season at a time when many people focus on their holiday and end-of-year giving. In our effort to move past the insurmountable obstacles of the pandemic and empower COD students to Spread Their Wings, we have positioned this year’s Giving Tuesday as a way to support our students’ essential basic needs to ensure their future success as skilled workers, entrepreneurs, nurses, teachers, engineers, peace officers, EMTs and firefighters.
Over 80% of COD’s students are either the first in their family or the first generation in their family to go to college. We believe that no student should miss out on a class or find they are unable to complete an assignment due to a lack of supplies, books or equipment.
While tuition remains low at community colleges, non-tuition costs make up the majority of student expenses . Combined with California’s higher cost of living, students are experiencing significant financial barriers to college completion. Your donation to the Fund for Student Success will enable thousands of low-income students complete their studies because they have their basic needs met and begin their climb up the economic ladder.
A gift of any size will make the critical difference in a student’s ability to stay in school or forge ahead in a career that they love. A gift to the Fund for Student Success may be used to purchase one of more of these basic needs, and every gift will have a direct impact on our students’ current and future success.
$300 | Textbooks one or two textbooks
$350 | Dell Chromebook Pro Laptop
$750 | Meal Card one meal per day for a semester
$1,500 | Supports Housing Insecurity
$2,500 | EDGE/plEDGE Tuition, EDGE/plEDGE Program includes Summer Bridge Program and two years free tuition for one student
$3,000 | Childcare one child for one semester
You can call Matt Durkan at 760.773.2561 or complete this Giving Tuesday Form (PDF) and mail it in with your payment information to the COD Foundation at 43500 Monterey Avenue, Palm Desert, CA 92260.