• DCN Nonprofit Directory Now Available – New Calendar Section Highlights Events
  • Becky Kurtz, Executive Director Desert Forum, Inc. – Behind the Curtain Desert Town Hall
  • Philanthropy on the Fairway
  • Greater Coachella Valley  Chamber of Commerce  Debuts in The Desert  “A Blueprint for Success”
  • Desert Charities Adds Valley-Wide Nonprofit Directory to New Website
  • Calling All Coachella Valley Leaders
  • Trilogy® at The Polo Club, Shea Homes® Newest Resort Community, Donates More Than 2200 Cans of Food to Indio’s The Narrow Door

DCN Nonprofit Directory Now Available – New Calendar Section Highlights Events

Desert Charities News Nonprofit Directory is now available to preview: http://bit.ly/dcndirectory The staging URL that has been used while the site has been in development.  It will be transferred in the near future to: www.desertcharities.com The calendar events section of DCN website is one of the unique highlights of the new website offering more information […]

Becky Kurtz, Executive Director Desert Forum, Inc. – Behind the Curtain Desert Town Hall

By Janet Newcomb   She has had a backstage view of the many of the world’s most powerful and provocative personalities for 25 years. Becky Kurtz is the executive director of Desert Forum, Inc., the nonprofit that produces Desert Town Hall, the desert’s premier lecture series. She’s the lady behind the curtain. This is the […]

Philanthropy on the Fairway

The Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians supports charities with its annual charity golf tournament. Every year, the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians invites the community to join the Tribe at its annual Charity Golf Tournament, which raises money for five charities. The 7th annual tournament will be Friday Dec. 2, 2016 at the […]

Greater Coachella Valley Chamber of Commerce Debuts in The Desert “A Blueprint for Success”

By Alison Elsner Aristotle said, “The whole is greater than the sum of its parts.” The new Greater Coachella Valley Chamber of Commerce (GCVCC) is a perfect example of the synergy to which Aristotle referred, in essence more than tripling the networking and events while allowing members to pay dues to only one Chamber. The […]

Desert Charities Adds Valley-Wide Nonprofit Directory to New Website

Desert Charities News has created a new website that will feature the Nonprofit Directory. The website is in development and will debut at the end of the year. Nonprofits and suppliers can fill out forms online: www.desertcharities.com The Nonprofit Profile listing: $300.00 per year [See samples on page 48] • Mission Statement • Description • […]

Calling All Coachella Valley Leaders

Applications are currently being accepted for the 2016-17 class of Leadership Coachella Valley. Up to 40 applicants will be selected to participate in the ten month program designed to identify, motivate and develop future community leaders. The program, known for “Creating Tomorrow’s Leaders Today”, encourages involvement by providing knowledge and perspective on valley-wide needs and […]

Trilogy® at The Polo Club, Shea Homes® Newest Resort Community, Donates More Than 2200 Cans of Food to Indio’s The Narrow Door

During the month of June, Trilogy at The Polo Club, Shea Homes newest resort community in the Greater Palm Springs area, donated more than 2200 cans of non-perishable food items to the Indio non-profit, The Narrow Door. Trilogy at The Polo Club participated in Shea Homes’ Global Food Drive Campaign that helped restock local food […]


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Read With Me 501(c)3 Volunteer Programs

BY DeAnn Lubel-Ames Bringing a love of reading and the joys of learning to our most disadvantaged young children There is an old saying that sometimes it only takes one or two people to make a difference in our unsteady world – Roberta and Clay Klein are two such people. In 2003, the Kleins moved from Northern California to the Coachella... read more »


2016 Broken Glass Awards To Honor Remarkable Women in Film and Television

On Tuesday November 15, the Palm Springs Women in Film and Television will hold their 8th Annual Broken Glass Awards. The gala luncheon was created to honor women who have “broken through the glass ceiling” in film, television, the arts and philanthropy to pave the way for others to follow.  The event will be held at the Agua Caliente... read more »


San Bernadino County Medical Society and California Medical Association Fighting to Save Lives

By Alison Elsner Today’s health care system looks dramatically different than it did even two decades ago, and, as a result, efforts are ongoing to create a quality experience for both doctor and patient. The San Bernardino County Medical Society (SBCMS) is a professional membership organization comprised of 3000 medical doctors, doctors... read more »


FIND Food Bank, a True “Find” in the Coachella Valley

By Frank V. Furino   When I first saw the statistics, I thought it had to be an error.  How is it possible that in our Coachella Valley – the recreational destination of people from around the world – how is it possible that an average of 90,000+ people seek food assistance here…each month?  But in triple checking the figures,... read more »


Saks Fifth Avenue Palm Desert Selects Bighorn BAM for Their 2015 Key To The Cure Partner

SHOP SAKS PALM DESERT October 15-18, 2015 TO SUPPORT BAM’S FIGHT AGAINST BREAST CANCER   Saks Fifth Avenue and the Entertainment Industry Foundation announced today that Oscar®-winning actress Julianne Moore has been named the 2015 Ambassador for Saks Fifth Avenue’s Key To The Cure campaign against cancer. To help raise money and... read more »


Upcoming January 2017 Concert At Venue to Kick off Commemorative Seat-Naming

Today’s ribbon-cutting and dedication event by the Palm Springs Unified School District unveiled the just-named “Richards Center for the Arts,” the newly established arts-education and entertainment venue at Palm Springs High School. Formerly the school’s historic auditorium, the storied E. Stewart Williams-designed structure has undergone... read more »


Communities For Cause, Inc. Reaches Significant Milestone by Driving Over $2.0 Million in Sales

Communities For Cause, Inc. (CFC) is excited to announce it has surpassed $2M in sales driven to its restaurants and merchants on its CFC ENGAGE MOBILE platform. The platform features businesses willing to donate a percentage of sales to their customers’ nonprofit of choice via a mobile app.  In return, nonprofits market the platform to... read more »


The Real Benefits of Donating Real Estate

by Greg Mattox When most people think of gifts that are typically made to charity, they think of donations of cash or appreciated stock. Others may think of large estate gifts ultimately given through a last will and testament or living trust. A less well-known gift option is a gift of real estate, but as you will see, a gift of real estate... read more »


Strengthening Community & Deepening Engagement in Jewish Life

Jewish Federation of the Desert, a philanthropic and humanitarian organization serving the desert communities within the Coachella Valley, touches the lives of thousands of people in the local community, in Israel, and Overseas. Jewish Federation works with its partner agencies to serve community members in need at every stage of life. Its... read more »


Cancer Support Non-Profits Agree: They’re “Better Together for Community”

Five highly respected local cancer support nonprofits —Gilda’s Club Desert Cities, Desert Cancer Foundation, Susan G. Komen Inland Empire, Pendleton Foundation, and American Cancer Society—are dedicated to serving all those in the Coachella Valley whose lives have been impacted by cancer. They understand that patients as well as their... read more »


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President Clinton

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DeAnn Lubell–Ames as The Theatre’s New Publicist

The McCallum Theatre is pleased to announce that DeAnn Lubell-Ames has accepted the position as the Theatre’s new publicist. Lubell-Ames’ duties will include securing media coverage for the Theatre’s more than one hundred performances each season, as well as promoting special fundraising and educational events. “We are excited about... read more »


FIND Food Bank Asks the Coachella Valley to Take Action to End Hunger

This September FIND Food Bank, together with the Feeding America nationwide network of food banks, will mobilize across all 50 states in an effort to bring an end to hunger. Hunger Action Month is designed to inspire people to take action and raise awareness of the fact that 48 million Americans, including 15 million children, are food insecure,... read more »


Desert AIDS Project Kicks Off Friend-Raising Season

While its 30th Desert AIDS Walk is on-track to break all previous records for number of Walkers and donations on October 22, that’s just the start to how Desert AIDS Project supporters will show the love to this valued community health care provider during the 2016-2017 season of events in the Coachella Valley. “Our goal is to provide... read more »


Scripsense is Where Innovation Meets Philanthropy

We provide the easiest, most effective technology available for organizations to raise money by empowering members to give through their everyday spending. Founded in 2013 by entrepreneurs Lori Jackson and Melinda Masson, scripsense revolutionizes the standard modes of fundraising with a powerful and professional fundraising platform for desktops... read more »


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Greater Coachella Valley Chamber of Commerce Debuts in The Desert “A Blueprint for Success”

By Alison Elsner Aristotle said, “The whole is greater than the sum of its parts.” The new Greater Coachella Valley Chamber of Commerce (GCVCC) is a perfect example of the synergy to which Aristotle referred, in essence more than tripling the networking and events while allowing members to pay dues to only one Chamber. The GCVCC–or... read more »


Auen Foundation Closes the Gap on Summer Challenge Grant to Coachella Valley Rescue Mission assists people during scorching months

The Coachella Valley Rescue Mission met its first summer fundraising goal, thanks, in part, to a grant from the Auen Foundation. At the beginning of the summer, the CVRM began an e-blast campaign titled “Open Your Heart 97 Day Challenge.” The intent was to raise awareness of the scorching summer months that threaten most of the Valley’s... read more »


The Westin Mission Hills Golf Resort & Spa to Celebrate Resort’s Dog Adoption Milestone and Partnership with Animal Samaritans on National Dog Day

The Westin Mission Hills Golf Resort & Spa has been working for just over a year in partnership with Animal Samaritans, a local no-kill animal shelter, animal rescue, and veterinary care organization to introduce adoptable dogs to resort guests. Since May of 2015, 43 dogs have found forever homes through the resort’s “Dog Samaritans... read more »


Desert Charities News Adds Valley-Wide Nonprofit Directory Free listings will ensure visibility for all nonprofits

Desert Charities News is the Coachella Valley’s only publication focused on the thriving nonprofit sector in the area, supplying views and news for and about the more than 800 nonprofit organizations in the community.  Editor-Publisher Steve Tolin, who has been instrumental in producing more than 45 trade publications nationally, launched... read more »


Palm Canyon Theatre’s 20th Anniversary Season

Cara Van Dijk This year will mark the Palm Canyon Theatre’s 20th anniversary season. The nonprofit, regional repertory theatre is Palm Springs’ oldest source of live entertainment and the longest running community theatre in the valley. The Palm Canyon Theatre was founded by the Layne family, which moved to the desert from Kentucky in... read more »


Braille Institute Rancho Mirage Offers Free Classes and Seminars for People Experiencing Vision Loss

Classes teach life and adaptation skills, technology use and art and entertainment   Braille Institute Rancho Mirage announced they are currently accepting enrollment for a range of free classes at the Rancho Mirage location for Coachella Valley residents living with low vision or vision loss. The classes, offered in English and Spanish,... read more »


Five Hearts Healing Arts’ Equine Therapy

Located at a Morongo Valley ranch that shares its name, the nonprofit Five Hearts Healing Arts Foundation generates and disburses funding for the provision of equine facilitated psychotherapy and equine facilitated learning for people who might not otherwise be able to participate. According to founder and executive director Gail Hromadko,... read more »


Coachella Valley – Volunteers in Medicine

By Janet Newcomb Not long ago, our healthcare community was concerned about low-income, uninsured residents in our community and agreed to create a safety net for them. It took three years, but they established the only no-cost free clinic in the Valley for workers who can’t get medical care elsewhere. Thanks to a dedicated group of healthcare,... read more »


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Palm Springs High School Auditorium Renovation & Addition

By Sharon Apfelbaum This historic stage has hosted music superstars like Arthur Rubenstein and Van Cliburn, Shakespearean actor Dame May Anderson, and political luminaries Eleanor Roosevelt and President Gerald Ford.  The Los Angeles Philharmonic has played annual symphony series here.  Frank Sinatra and Barry Manilow brought their medley... read more »


Mizell Senior Center Falls Prevention Classes Exceed Goals

Attendance of Award-Winning ‘A Matter of Balance’ Program was Nearly Double   The Coachella Valley Regional Office for the National Alzheimer’s Association announces the reopening of its offices at 69730 Highway 111, Suite 100 in Rancho Mirage. “We are very pleased to be reopened in our former location where so many of our clients,... read more »


The Living Desert Names Dawn Petrick Director of Park Services/Guest Relations

The Living Desert Zoo and Gardens has named Dawn Petrick as their new Director of Park Services/Guest Relations, announced Allen Monroe, President/CEO. Petrick will lead and manage all aspects of guest services at The Living Desert including admissions, membership, public relations, marketing, special events and park attractions. She joins... read more »


Association of Fundraising Professionals Desert Communities Chapter Honored as a Friends of Diversity Designation Chapter

The Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) Association of Fundraising Professionals Desert Communities Chapter has been named a 2015 Friends of Diversity Designation Chapter.   Every year, AFP, the largest association of professional fundraisers in the world, honors chapters for achieving goals that align with key objectives in... read more »


The Girlfriend Factor: Celebrating 10 Years of Celebrating & Supporting Local Women

by Andrea Carter When Coachella Valley CPA, Joan Busick, found herself headed for a divorce with little financial means and two kids, she knew she needed some kind of plan for her future, but wasn’t sure how to take those next steps. “I read a book that taught me I need to be responsible for myself, and it was clear real quickly that the... read more »


A Year of Charitable Giving as it Celebrates Its First Anniversary

EIGHT4NINE Restaurant & Lounge celebrated its first year in business with a festive reception for the community on Monday, September 12th. Co-owners Willie Rhine and John Paschal used the occasion to gather food items for The Community Food Bank @ The Center. “We are excited to share this milestone with the community and we felt the... read more »


Our Lady of Perpetual Help School and Preschool Celebrates 65 Years And New Additions to Their Campus

By Sarah Romero 2016 marks the 65th anniversary of the longest-running Catholic private school in the Coachella Valley, Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic School and Preschool (OLPH). In 2016, the school is also undergoing major construction to expand its Preschool and add a Multi-Purpose Hall to their campus. From 6 rooms in downtown Indio... read more »


D.A.P. recognized as “Top 20 HIV Charity” for third consecutive year

As World AIDS Day approaches, the agency continues to focus on helping meet “90/90/90 targets”   Desert AIDS Project has been on this list of distinction for each of the three years that About.com, a Top 40 U.S. website attracting more than 86 million users each month, has compiled its “Top 20 HIV Charities” ranking. About.com’s... read more »