What We Do2022-05-15T10:26:26-07:00

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.

Our Impact

College of the Desert Foundation has gifted $100 million to COD over the past 38 years to support EDGE and plEDGE programs, Funds for Student Success and classroom and faculty upgrades.


$1.3 Million in the hands
of deserving students



Careful investments ensure both current
and future students are served

1,931 GIFTS

in 2020-2021, Gifted from 677 donors,
an increase of 276% YOY



for graduating seniors
in 2020 and 2021

Over 38 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

Stepping Out 2022

Ronstadt’s Moving Songbook Takes Center Stage in Stepping Out 2022 Tribute by Ann Hampton Callaway. By popular demand COD features one of America’s leading pop and jazz singers of our time. Ann Hampton Callaway has been a longtime fan girl of the “queen of rock and roll,” Linda Ronstadt. [...]

Crucial to Our Economy

Board of Directors President Christine Anderson sees funding COD as a success for students and the thriving Coachella Valley. Christine Anderson has an impressive background. She was an elementary school principal, served for 15 years in the Santa Ana school district and was the Superintendent of Palm Springs Unified [...]

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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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