Fact Book - Supporting Organizations


College of the Desert Alumni Association was chartered in 1983. The mission and goals of the Association are to enhance the success of COD students and to enrich the campus environment. The Association provides scholarships for students who plan to attend or who are now attending COD; provides recognition of alumni, students, community leaders, faculty and staff; creates awareness of the value of higher education and COD through collaborative efforts; and provides financial support for the enhancement of COD facilities, programs, faculty, and staff.
The Alumni Association annually budgets over $270,000 in scholarships and student financial aid which are awarded to college, high school and middle school students. The Alumni Scholarship Endowment Fund now totals in excess of $700,000. The Alumni Association Academic Enrichment Endowment Fund of $1,000,000 has been completed. The Alumni Association operates the popular year-round Street Fair. Membership is open to alumni, students, staff, and the community. For more information call (760) 636-7958.


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 those programs and facilities at the College which 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.
Donations to the COD Foundation can be of any size and may be designated to a particular department or project. Estate planning information is available for wills, bequests, and charitable trusts. For more information call (760) 773-2561, or go the foundation website at www.codfoundation.org.


Members serve as goodwill ambassadors and organize special events for the College. Membership dues have been set at $50 per year or $500 for a life membership. The Foundation Auxiliary annually provides financial support to a wide variety of College programs. For more information call (760) 346-3363, or go to their website at www.codfoundation.org.


The primary purpose of the President’s Circle is to support excellence in education and to encourage greater individual involvement with the College.
The Circle is composed of concerned citizens who make an annual contribution of $1,000 or more to the Foundation. A one-time gift of $10,000 or more entitles a donor to lifetime membership. The Gold Partners is the title given to generous donors who contribute $5,000 annually. For more information call (760) 773-2561.


The Friends of the Library is a dedicated group that supports the College’s Palm Desert Campus library. The Desert Collection Bibliography, focusing on the uniqueness of the region, is regularly updated by the Friends with new and rare books. For more information about Friends of the Library call (760) 776-7299.