• National Philanthropy Day-Nov. 9, 2016
  • Becky Kurtz, Executive Director Desert Forum, Inc. – Behind the Curtain Desert Town Hall
  • Philanthropy on the Fairway
  • Bob Hope USO provides USO services and programming to all of Southern California north of San Diego
  • Greater Coachella Valley  Chamber of Commerce  Debuts in The Desert  “A Blueprint for Success”
  • Palm Springs Garden Party
  • Desert Charities Adds Valley-Wide Nonprofit Directory to New Website

National Philanthropy Day-Nov. 9, 2016

NATIONAL PHILANTHROPY DAY NOV. 9, 2016 CELEBRATES AND HONORS SIX OF VALLEY’S TOP PHILANTHROPISTS WHO ARE MAKING A DIFFERENCE IN OUR COMMUNITY This year’s National Philanthropy Day® in the Desert on Wednesday, November 9, 2016 marks the tenth year for recognizing charitable giving within the Coachella Valley.   The respected Association of Fundraising Professionals CA, Desert […]

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 […]

Bob Hope USO provides USO services and programming to all of Southern California north of San Diego

Bob Hope USO an independent 501(c)(3) non-profit organization operates under a charter from USO, Inc., providing moral and recreational services to members of the U.S. military.  They operate airport centers at LAX, Ontario International Airport and Palm Springs International Airport.  As part of their mission, they also provide USO programming and outreach at military installations […]

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 […]

Palm Springs Garden Party

By Jeff Hocker Human Rights Campaign (HRC), one of the largest national lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender advocacy organizations with more than 1.5 million members throughout the country is proud to be hosting its 17th Annual HRC Palm Springs Garden Party presented by Call Management Resources.   This incredible afternoon of celebrating LGBTQ Equality takes […]

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 • […]


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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 »


O’Bayley Communications Announces Bob Bogard as New Director of Public Relations

Tim O’Bayley, principal of O’Bayley Communications, announced that Bob Bogard has been added to his team as the new Director of Public Relations. The team includes Advertising Manager Claudia Suarez and Graphic Designer Jeffrey Price. “I am delighted that we have been able to add someone to our team with such extensive background in... 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 »


The Gardens on El Paseo 18th Annual Concert Series

The Gardens on El Paseo is once again the place to raise a glass while raising funds for charity when it kicks off its 18th Annual Concert Series on January 9th. Taking place every Saturday through February 28th, the annual event is a favorite for residents and visitors alike. The series gets started with vocal reality star, Barry Black who... 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 »


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 »


Make Supporting The Red Cross a Resolution to Follow All Year Long

By Lois Beckman, Chapter Executive, American Red Cross Serving the Coachella Valley/Morongo Basin The New Year brings thoughts of resolutions and the hope of new beginnings. We plan on ways to better ourselves through a variety of things from eating better to implementing an exercise routine in our busy lives. One thing we tend not to think... read more »


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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 »


ACT for MS welcomes Lupe Ramos Watson as Executive Director

Lupe Ramos Watson, Indio City Council member and past Mayor, and District Manager for Assemblyman Brian Nestande, has been named the new Executive Director of ACT for MS by the organization’s Board of Directors.  Ms. Watson assumed this position on February 8, 2016. “The Board of Directors of ACT for MS unanimously selected Lupe Ramos... 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 »


The New Coachella Valley Symphony – The Best Is Yet To Come

In celebration of 23 years of providing affordable high-level diverse public concerts to audiences of all ages and backgrounds, as well as providing music sources and programs to promising musicians, the local Coachella Valley Symphony still holds true to those values but is now venturing into the future with a fresh, innovative outlook. “In... read more »


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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 »


Renova Solar Pledges Support for AIDS Assistance

AIDS Assistance Program – Food Samaritans (AAP) announced today that Renova Solar has pledged to donate $1,000 for every new Renova client that installs solar panels at their residence or commercial building from now until October 1, 2016. For any Coachella Valley Southern California Edison homeowner who mentions AIDS Assistance Program... read more »


Palm Springs Walk of Stars to Honor George Zander with 394th Star

The Palm Springs Walk of Stars will honor Humanitarian, Rights Advocate and former Palm Springs resident, George Zander with the 394th Star Dedication Ceremony. The ceremony will be held on Tuesday April 5, 2016 at 3:00pm at 205 South Palm Canyon Drive. The public and media are invited to attend the star dedication ceremony. George Zander... 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 »


Alternatives to Violence Project

By Jeff Perrotte The Alternatives to Violence Project (AVP), formed in 1975 as a result of the Attica Prison uprising which resulted in many inmates and staff being killed, is an international organization conducting workshops on conflict resolution in 41 Countries, 37 U.S. States and hundreds of prisons, jails, schools and communities. AVP... 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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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 »


Transforming the Lives of At-Risk Children Through the Healing Power of Family… One Life at a Time

It all began in 1973, when Founders Dr. Donald Verleur and his wife Lois took in four teenage girls, and opened what they believed to be the first group home for children in Southern California.  Olive Crest today still continues to be dedicated to PREVENTING child abuse, TREATING and EDUCATING at-risk children, and to PRESERVING the family.... 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 »


Jennifer Holliday to Emcee Mizell Senior Center

Supreme Reflections to Perform at “The Supremes Live at the Cocoanut Grove”   Mizell Senior Center’s 11th annual ‘Stars Among Us Gala’ will be held on Saturday, February 27, 2016 at the Palm Springs Air Museum. “The Supremes – Live at the Cocoanut Grove” will transport attendees to an era when The Cocoanut Grove nightclub... 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 »