• Local Resident wins Outstanding Volunteer Award by  California Association of Recreation and Park Districts
  • BIGHORN Cares Now Accepting Grant Applications
  • The 2015 GuideStar Nonprofit Compensation Report
  • Southern California’s Largest Contemporary Furniture Showroom Offering Contemporary Living For Every Lifestyle
  • Event Artist Extraordinaire Shari Kelley
  • Nancy Harris – President COETA and Donald Barker Foundation
  • The Community Foundation Celebrating 75 Years of Philanthropy!

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 […]

BIGHORN Cares Now Accepting Grant Applications

BIGHORN Golf Club Charities is now accepting grant applications from Coachella Valley non-profits looking to fund specific new projects that will benefit the most underserved citizens. BIGHORN Cares Grant applications are due July 15, 2016, and can be requested by contacting Danielle Ortega, Charities Manager at 760-610-8222. Developed in 2014, BIGHORN Cares grants serve a […]

The 2015 GuideStar Nonprofit Compensation Report

2015 GuideStar Nonprofit Compensation Report The just-released 2015 GuideStar Nonprofit Compensation Report is the most comprehensive analysis available on nonprofit executive compensation practices. The 2015 GuideStar Nonprofit Compensation Report is the only large-scale examination based entirely on IRS data. Based on 154,765 observations from 105,406 Forms 990 filed by 501(c) organizations with the IRS for […]

Southern California’s Largest Contemporary Furniture Showroom Offering Contemporary Living For Every Lifestyle

By Madeline Zuckerman   Rapport International Furniture   Namesake Jerry Rapport opened his business in a 15´ store with minimal inventory on Sunset Boulevard in Los Angeles in 1946.  Rapport has been an industry leader, with Jerry Rapport lovingly referred to as “The Godfather” of contemporary furniture.  Peter Skaaning, a veteran cabinetmaker from Denmark, met […]

Event Artist Extraordinaire Shari Kelley

By Janet Newcomb and Vernell Hackett   If you live in the Coachella Valley, you’re probably aware of the hundreds of events that take place here every year, but you may not have heard the name Shari Kelley being bandied about. Shari was lured from her Las Vegas home, where she sold show tickets and made reservations, to the […]

Nancy Harris – President COETA and Donald Barker Foundation

By Vernell Hackett Nancy Harris, a native California gal, moved to Palm Desert from West Los Angeles to retire, and found that helping other people was to be her next career.   “I bought a home here in 1986 and moved, but I just thought I was too young to be retired,” Harris says. I […]

The Community Foundation Celebrating 75 Years of Philanthropy!

This year marks the 75th anniversary of The Community Foundation which was started by visionary philanthropists Charles and Clara Brouse as a scholarship distribution committee in Riverside in 1941, and has since grown to be the oldest and largest community foundation serving Riverside and San Bernardino Counties. We’re celebrating with an exciting gala on October […]


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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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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 »


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 »


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 »


Who is really in charge? Board President vs. CEO/Executive Director

By Eve Fromberg Edelstein     When it comes to the final say, who is the supreme leader at a non-profit, the Board Chair or the Chief Executive Officer (also commonly known as the Executive Director)?  While on paper the answer is clear, in practice, the lines get blurred. In the worst situations, the two can battle for power, and subsequently... 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 »