Philanthropy in Action2022-01-31T18:56:41-07:00

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 [...]

COD’s Academic Angels

COD Foundation’s Academic Angels Partners with Leadership Coachella Valley to Foster the Next Generation of Leaders For the first time in history, the College of the Desert Foundation’s Academic Angels are partnering with Leadership Coachella Valley to mentor a select group of COD students and develop their personal and [...]

Let’s Learn & Play

While Students Gain Hands-on Experience, Parents Enrolled at COD Find On-site Subsidized Childcare offering community gardens, farm-to-table meals, an outdoor musical garden and a highly awarded enrichment program making COD's Child Development learners the luckiest toddlers in the Valley.How COD’s Early Childhood Education Program Serves FamiliesWhile Students Gain Hands-on Experience, [...]

Join the President’s Circle

Becoming a member has profound impact on our talented students and our award-winning programs. We celebrate the well-educated workforce which is crucial to our thriving economy in attracting new business opportunities to the Coachella Valley. The President's Circle: Active, Inspires & Engaged Of all the avenues that exist to [...]

Bon Appétit

COD’s Culinary Arts Program Provides Expert Training for Coachella Valley’s Largest Industry. Students from across California come to study at College of the Desert, eager to train under a team of dynamic chefs who lead the highly accredited Culinary Arts program. Designed to prepare current and future working line [...]

Meet Barbara Foster Monachino

Co-chair, Stepping Out for COD 2022 COD Foundation Board of Director Member “I’ve always believed that an education creates a level playing field for all, giving people of all backgrounds, economic and social, the ability to succeed in today’s world. Often there are barriers, financial and societal, to accessing [...]

Meet Chef Elana Hernandez

Driving to COD 90 minutes a day, Elana is inspired to become a pastry chef and own her own business after her Fall 2022 graduation. Inspired by her fondest memories of times spent baking with her Grandma Cookie, COD Culinary student Elana Hernandez left her secure job as a [...]

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