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College of the Desert Foundation

College of the Desert Foundation is a nonprofit organization whose primary purpose is to provide financial support from the private and public sectors to help underwrite programs and facilities at the College that cannot be funded through other means. The Foundation Board and committees are composed of community leaders who volunteer to work with college staff to support the college's specific needs, present and future.

COD Foundation has raised more than $35 million to support student services and manages endowments and other assets of over $20 million.

Endowment funds raised by the Foundation will provide educational income for decades to come to support scholarships, textbooks, classroom technology upgrades, faculty positions, equipment, and other programs.

Our Mission:
The Mission of the College of the Desert Foundation is to enhance the quality of education by advancing the College of the Desert through building relationships, securing philanthropic support and stewarding assets. 

Vision: 
To positively impact the lives of students who are striving to achieve a purposeful education and to enhance the communities of the Coachella Valley and the region.

Core Values:

  • Accountability
  • Integrity
  • Service Excellence
  • Trust 

California's community colleges constitute the largest educational system in the United States. COD is one of 109 Community Colleges in California- serving more than 2.6 million students. Fewer than 500,000 students attend California State Universities and 215,000 at University of California campuses. California's community colleges are largely responsible for educating the state's citizens beyond high school.