Join Our Circle

– The President’s Circle –

YOU CAN ADVANCE STUDENT SUCCESS AT COLLEGE OF THE DESERT BY JOINING THE PRESIDENT’S CIRCLE.

This esteemed alliance of business and community leaders, alumni and other friends of College of the Desert is dedicated to funding priority needs to Create a Better Tomorrow for students and residents of the Coachella Valley.

President’s circle donations support the greatest needs of our students and programs. Funding from your generous gifts allows the Foundation to accomplish its mission: this support is critical to keeping students in school, on track to graduate and provides opportunities that enrich their educational experience.

Here are some of the ways the President’s Circle members have had a profound impact on College of the Desert Student Success:

  • SCHOLARSHIPS paid for from the Fund for Student Success to ensure the student has funding to continue their education.
  • CHILDCARE scholarships for students who are parents.
  • PROGRAM SUPPORT provides funding for opportunities that arise that can enrich the student’s educational experience such as:
    • Funding for students studying Media/Broadcasting to travel to New York and participate in the Intercollegiate Broadcasting Conference.
    • Funding for students studying Music to participate in a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to travel to New York City to perform at the prestigious Carnegie Hall.
    • Purchase of graduation regalia during the Covid Pandemic
  • INTERNSHIPS to provide students with the opportunity to obtain real-life work experience in the student’s field of study.
BENEFITS
Lifetime Members
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You have the power to change someone’s life.

The President’s Circle has a number of exciting ‘virtual’ events planned to accommodate social distancing requirements due to COVID-19. “Culinary Adventures” will feature alumni who learned their skills at College of the Desert and are now working in local restaurants and venues.

Join now to access these upcoming events!

Please consider joining this important group and ensure College of the Desert continues to grow and thrive.

“IN A TIME OF EXTREME NEED, WHEN BOTH MY SAVINGS AND MY PANTRY AT HOME RAN DRY, THE COLLEGE AND THE FOUNDATION STEPPED IN WHEN I ASKED FOR HELP. FOR THIS, I AM FOREVER THANKFUL. THE FUNDS THT HAVE BEEN GRANTED TO ME WILL GO A LONG WAY .”

– JP, a first-year nursing student who was laid off from his job because of COVID-19

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For more information, contact Matthew Durkan, Director of Development, College of the
Desert Foundation, 760-773-2561, of mdurkan@collegeofthedesert.edu.

Benefits

– of joining the President’s Circle –

Members of the President’s Circle enjoy numerous benefits that coincide with their level of giving. 

$25,000+

  • President’s Circle Lapel Pin
  • Up to 4 College of the Desert branded phone cases
  • 6 Unique access codes for virtual State of the College Address
  • Invitation to all virtual President’s Circle events. Zoom events include delivery of a “Goodie Package” customized for the event’s theme
  • Special Recognition in the College of the Desert Website

$10,000-$24,999

  • President’s Circle Lapel Pin
  • Up to 3 College of the Desert branded phone cases
  • 4 Unique access codes for virtual State of the College Address
  • Invitation to all virtual President’s Circle events. Zoom events include delivery of a “Goodie Package” customized for the event’s theme
  • Special Recognition in the College of the Desert Website

$5,000-$9,999

  • President’s Circle Lapel Pin
  • Up to 2 College of the Desert branded phone cases
  • 3 Unique access code for virtual State of the College Address
  • Invitation to all virtual President’s Circle events. Zoom events include delivery of a “Goodie Package” customized for the event’s theme
  • Special Recognition in the College of the Desert Website

$2,500-$4,999

  • President’s Circle Lapel Pin
  • College of the Desert branded phone case
  • 2 Unique access code for virtual State of the College Address
  • Invitation to all virtual President’s Circle events. Zoom events include delivery of a “Goodie Package” customized for the event’s theme
  • Special Recognition in the College of the Desert Website

$1,500-$2,499

  • President’s Circle Lapel Pin
  • Invitation to all virtual President’s Circle events
  • Special Recognition in the College of the Desert Website

$1,000-$1,499

  • Invitation to all virtual President’s Circle events
  • Special Recognition in the College of the Desert Website
Join Today!

*Due to Covid-19, in-person events will be replaced with virtual events until the Governor clears Riverside County for in-person gatherings.

President’s Circle Members

Lifetime Members

Ms. Judy Allen
Mr. and Mrs. Al Annexstad
Dr. Barbara Anne Bolanos-Moore
City of Palm Desert
Ms. Patricia Clinton
COD Alumni Association
Mrs. Peggy Cravens
Mrs. Diane Denkler
Desert Sun
Dr. Reynaldo J. Carreon Foundation
Mr. and Mrs. Robert Emett
Mr. and Mrs. David Foster
Mr. and Mrs. James H. Gray
H.N. & Frances C. Berger Foundation
Dr. and Mrs. Robert Hallse, PhD
Kay F. Hanson
Ms. Katrina Heinrich-Steinberg
Mrs. Ruth Henderson
Mrs. Mary Hendler
Mr. and Mrs. Justin Hilb
Inez & Bragdon Garrow Foundation Trust
Mrs. Norma Kleinschmidt
Dr. and Mrs. William R. Kroonen, PhD
Mr. George K. Lee
Ms. Donna MacMillan
Mr. John Marman
Ms. Penny M. Mason
Mrs. Edeltraud M. McCarthy
Ms. JoAnn McGrath
Mr. James Miller
Mr. and Mrs. Poul Moller
Mr. and Mrs. Matteo Monica, III
Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Musante
Mr. and Mrs. Mark Nickerson
Mrs. Rosemary Ortega
Mr. and Mrs. Michael Oster
Mr. and Mrs. Jerome C. Penkhus
Mr. and Mrs. John Peppler
RC Baker Foundation
Ms. Helen M. Reinsch
Ms. Diane S. Robertson
Ms. Sally Simonds
Mr. and Mrs. Al Siteman
Mr. Peter Solomon
Ms. Sharon Spiegel
Sunrise Company
Mr. and Mrs. David I. Svendsen
Thatcher Foundation
The J. H. Herz Family Foundation
Ms. Leslie Todd
Ms. Aurora Wilson
Mr. Wells Wohlwend