Desert Community Foundation


Financial expert and community leader, the late Ronald E. Gother, founded The Desert Community Foundation in 1999 with a grant of $450,000 from the California Community Foundation. Along with Jack Shakely, President Emeritus of the California Community Foundation (CCF), Gother conducted a feasibility study, interviewing many local nonprofit executives, community and business leaders about the role and benefits of a local community foundation. With an enthusiastic response, Gother and Shakely recruited an Advisory Board, secured funding from the CCF and established the nonprofit Desert Community Foundation. At the time, Forbes Magazine rated CCF as one of the ten best managed nonprofit organizations in America. Now in its 21st year, through the Desert Community Foundation, individual donors can ensure that their money will continue to strengthen the desert communities. The Foundation is structured to receive and disperse a wide range of gifts and donors can personalize giving that meets their needs and desires. Over the years, many residents have established various endowments, donor advised and scholarship funds to support Coachella Valley nonprofit organizations and local students. Currently, the Desert Community Foundation manages funds with assets exceeding $100 million.

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Contact Name Mary Panesar, Executive Director - (760) 674-9080, x2 -


75-105 Merle Drive, Suite 300
Palm Desert, CA


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