• $300,000 in Grants Available to Coachella Valley Nonprofits
  • 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
  • STAND UP TO CANCER Returns for Fifth Live RoadBlock Telecast with Bradley Cooper to Executive-Produce with Award-Winning Done + Dusted
  • “Change the World with a Giving Heart” Theme for Tenth Annual National Philanthropy Day in the Desert Awards Luncheon – November 9, 2016
  • 7 key ways you can increase visits, volunteers, and giving on your nonprofit’s website today.
  • Local Resident wins Outstanding Volunteer Award by  California Association of Recreation and Park Districts

$300,000 in Grants Available to Coachella Valley Nonprofits

Application period now open for the Coachella Valley Spotlight presented by the H.N. and Frances C. Berger Foundation and CBS Local 2   Twelve Coachella Valley nonprofit organizations will be selected to receive $25,000 each from the H.N. and Frances C. Berger Foundation. Applications are available through September 30, 2016 for the 2017 Coachella Valley […]

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 […]

STAND UP TO CANCER Returns for Fifth Live RoadBlock Telecast with Bradley Cooper to Executive-Produce with Award-Winning Done + Dusted

LIVE, ONE-HOUR FUNDRAISING EVENT TO AIR SIMULTANEOUSLY ON ABC, CBS, FOX, NBC AND OVER 45 BROADCAST AND CABLE NETWORKS IN THE U.S. AND CANADA 8:00 PM ET AND PT / 7:00 PM CT   The Hollywood community is once again uniting to support Stand Up To Cancer (SU2C), a program of the Entertainment Industry Foundation […]

“Change the World with a Giving Heart” Theme for Tenth Annual National Philanthropy Day in the Desert Awards Luncheon – November 9, 2016

The Association of Fundraising Professionals CA, Desert Communities Chapter, is pleased to announce the six honorees for their upcoming tenth annual National Philanthropy Day in the Desert awards luncheon, scheduled for Wednesday, November 9, 2016. This highly-anticipated and sold out event will take place in the Grand Ballroom at Agua Caliente Casino Resort & Spa, […]

7 key ways you can increase visits, volunteers, and giving on your nonprofit’s website today.

If you’re like many nonprofit organizations that don’t have an easy-to-find, mobile-responsive website that features a one-click donation experience, you are already losing thousands of dollars in donations! Download our latest infographic to learn the 7 key ways you can increase visits, volunteers, and giving on your nonprofit’s website today. Think of this infographic as […]

Local Resident wins Outstanding Volunteer Award by California Association of Recreation and Park Districts

The Desert Recreation District (DRD) is pleased to announce that the California Association of Recreation and Park Districts (CARPD) has awarded its Outstanding Volunteer of the Year 2016 recognition to Andrea Owad. Andrea has been volunteering for The First Tee of the Coachella Valley since January 2010 and has been a shining star for our […]


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WINE LOVER’S AUCTION A Benefit for Coachella Valley Volunteers in Medicine Thunderbird Country Club, Rancho Mirage February 5, 2016

The nonprofit Coachella Valley Volunteers in Medicine (CVVIM) in Indio opened its doors in 2010 to provide no-cost primary health care service to medically underserved adults in the Coachella Valley. So far, funding has come from philanthropic partners, local businesses, and local hospitals, but more is needed and an inaugural fundraiser was... 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 »


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 »


Coachella Valley History Museum–New Exhibit Captures the Past, and Celebrates Our Progress

After 31 years of establishing a solid reputation as one of the area’s most reliable historical repositories and visual collections, the Coachella Valley History Museum (CVHM) has emerged onto the region’s cultural scene with newfound confidence and heightened buzz. And, people are starting to take note. Recent developments, displays and... read more »


Barbara Keller

Jerry Keller

Jim Casey

David Brinkman

Gary Hall

Annette Bloch

Kay Hazen

Helene Galen

Mitch Gershenfeld

Tim Esser

Betty Wolf

Susan Winer

President Clinton

Claire Diaz-Ortiz

Tony Robbins

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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 »


Local Nonprofits Profit From RAP’s “Fast Pitch” Event

Two local nonprofits walked off with a total of more than $45,000 in grant funding as a result of their performances in the Regional Access Project (RAP) Foundation’s annual “Desert Fast Pitch” competition. The event, which is modeled after the highly successful “Fast Pitch” venture capital competition staged by Los Angeles’ Social... 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 »


5th Annual Mayor’s Race & Wellness Festival – January 24

REGISTER NOW!! Runners who pre-register will receive a discount for both the 5K & 10K divisions. The event is produced in cooperation with the Sustainability Commission and is part of Palm Springs Healthy Planet, Healthy You initiatives. Returning to the beautifully landscaped Wellness Park at 777 Tachevah, adjacent to Ruth Hardy Park... read more »


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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 »


ALA’s Leadership Training Institute Honors Community Leaders for Exemplary Leadership and Service on January 30

7th Annual Above & Beyond Awards Presented By Indian Wells Golf Resort   ALA’s Leadership Training Institute is honoring local community members who have proven excellence in community leadership and service at the 7th Annual Above & Beyond Awards Gala.  The January 30th event returns to the Pavilion at the Indian Wells Golf... read more »


Walter Clark Legal Group & American Cab Offer ‘Home Safe’ Program on Fourth of July

Free Rides Home within Coachella Valley Aims to Keep Roadways Safe This Independence Day Rancho Mirage, CA – Walter Clark Legal Group and American Cab are teaming up to offer the “Home Safe” Program on Monday, July 4, 2016. The companies are partnering to ensure everyone has access to a free designated driver on the upcoming Independence... 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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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 »


Indio Performing Arts Center Offers Diverse Entertainment To Local Audiences

The 2015-2016 Show Season at Indio Performing Arts Center (IPAC) is in full swing. Under the direction of IPAC’s new Executive Director, Peter Aaronson, IPAC has already hosted a variety of performances and benefits featuring visiting star artists and local talent, with plenty more to come. In October, a benefit for Shelter from the Storm... 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 »


2nd Annual Ironwood Country Club ROUND FOR IMPACT Golf Tournament Benefiting the United Way of the Desert Monday, December 14th

Ironwood Country Club will be hosting its 2nd Annual Round for Impact Golf Tournament on December 14th. Proceeds from the tournament will directly benefit United Way’s Community Impact Fund. Ironwood Country Club will open its doors to the private South Course for the second consecutive year, and has officially announced a three- year commitment... read more »