Mission Statement

The Desert Sands Educational Foundation secures funding and awards money to provide supplemental resources that enrich and enhance student learning in Desert Sands Unified School District.

Vision Statement

In partnership with the public and private sectors, Desert Sands Educational Foundation financially supports creative and innovative programs that enrich and enhance the educational experience in academics, the arts, and extra-curricular activities that engage all students and staff in Desert Sands Unified School District.

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News & Announcements


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Join us for the Foundation Express

Sunday, November 6 at 2 pm


Thank you,

"I paid for a bus"


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Thank You to the Generous Royale Sands 007 Gala

 Sponsors and Auction Donors!

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Royale Sands 007 Gala:

Information: The James Bond themed event will be held at the beautiful Renaissance Esmeralda Resort, located at 44400 Indian Wells Lane, Indian Wells, CA 92210 on June 4, 2022.

The proceeds from this fundraiser will support STEAM education (science, technology, engineering, arts, and math) for the students of Desert Sands Unified School District. It is our hope to raise at least $68,000, $2,000 per school in Desert Sands Unified School District. 

Purchase early bird tickets here.

November 29, 2021 UPDATE:

Information: Carol Cox Memorial Scholarship Kick Off December 7 at Casuelas Cafe. Purchase tickets here.

November 16, 2021 UPDATE:

Information: At the November 15, 2021 DSEF board meeting action was taken to make $15,000 available for DSUSD PE teachers to apply for mini grants. Funds were raised during the 2021 DSEF Foundation Express. Application to apply to be posted in early 2022


September 20, 2021 UPDATE:

Information: At the September 20, 2021 DSEF board meeting action was taken to make $10,000 available for DSUSD teachers to apply for mini grants. Funds were raised during the 2021 DSEF Chili Dog Open. Applications must be submitted by the end of the day November 1, 2021.


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Desert Sands Foundation Express November 6th!!!  

Purchase tickets

Desert Sands Unified School District cordially invites you to our first donation event of this school year, Foundation Express, to benefit the Desert Sands Educational Foundation. The event will be held the evening of Saturday, November 6, 2021.  

We start our evening at 4:30 p.m. by boarding a luxury Cardiff coach at a predesignated location in La Quinta.  From there, we begin our evening at the family home of Dr. and Mrs. Mark Sofonio. After enjoying some live entertainment from Desert Sands live bands and delicious appetizers, we will board the coach and travel to the home of Jona and Vikki Montoya. On the way to Castillo de Montoya, you’ll be given an introduction to Desert Sands Educational Foundation and, once there, attendees will have the opportunity to participate in live auctions and enjoy heavy hor d'oeuvres provided by La Quinta High School culinary department. 

Your contribution will assist Desert Sands Educational Foundation’s efforts to provide our schools with programs and equipment not funded in the annual school district budget. Our tax ID number for donations is 33-0452541.

The cost to attend the event is $150 per person.  Each event attendee will receive a seat on a luxury Cardiff coach and access to spirits, heavy hor d'oeuvres, and a wonderful evening. 


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"I paid for the bus!"

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