of the Desert Foundation adds two fundraising executives
fundraisers with many years of experience in the Coachella Valley have joined
the College of the Desert Foundation staff as Directors of Development.
Peter Sturgeon has worked as a fund development consultant since 2011 for the
Foundation, and Jan Hawkins was most recently Director of Development for the
Boys & Girls Club of the Coachella Valley.
“We couldn’t be
more pleased to welcome on board these two proven fundraising professionals who
are familiar with the Coachella Valley,” said Jim Hummer, COD Foundation Executive
Director. “The two new staff members join a vibrant organization that raises
awareness and public and private support for COD students and programs.”
The Foundation is
celebrating its 30th year. It has raised more than $65 million in
that time and now has $24 million in assets and $18 million in endowments.
responsible for the annual fund drive, events and soliciting major gifts from
individuals, corporations and foundations. “He will work with organizational
partners to strengthen workforce and industry connections via the Foundation’s
growing Business Circle program, among other efforts to involve new
supporters,” Hummer said.
Hawkins will direct
the Foundation’s planned giving and donor relations programs, and the
popular President’s Circle and Academic Angels volunteer and support
Sturgeon, a local
business owner, was formerly president of Somera Land Corp. and president and
CEO of The Lube Shop, Inc.
He earned a
Bachelor’s degree in economics at the University of Western Ontario - Huron
University College and a Bachelor’s degree in commerce, marketing and finance
and a Master of Business Administration in marketing and finance from the
University of Windsor.
Hawkins was named
Woman of the Year, 37th State Senate District and received the
Indian Wells Athena Award for volunteer service. She earned a Bachelor of
Science degree in anthropology from the University of California, Riverside.
She has participated in the National Charity League, the Palm Desert High
School Education Foundation and the Women Leaders Forum.
COD Foundation was established in 1983 by a group of visionary business and
community leaders as a non-profit organization dedicated to enhancing the
quality of higher education in the Coachella Valley by encouraging private and
public support for the college.
more information, call (760) 773-2561 or go to codfoundation.org.