PALM DESERT – BIGHORN Cares has selected 61 qualified Coachella Valley non-profits to receive $503,172 in grant funding. The non-profits are selected based on the need for funding specific projects that benefit the most underserved citizens in the area.

“These organizations make a huge difference in the lives of so many Coachella Valley residents of all ages,” Joe Kirby, BIGHORN Cares chairman, said in a prepared statement. “It’s a privilege to be able to help so many nonprofits and I’m proud of our residents and donors.”

BIGHORN Cares Awards $500,000 to Local Nonprofits


BIGHORN Cares is supported by member contributions and OneWest Bank, of which 100 percent of funds are passed through to qualified local nonprofit agencies. More than 140 applications were received with requests for more than $1.8 million in funds.

“It’s always difficult to select one organization over another, however, as in previous years, we feel those receiving the grants represent a wide-range of deserving people and programs in the area,” said Kirby.

Those receiving the grants including the following local non-profit organizations:

  • All Things Are Possible, Inc.
  • Alzheimer’s Coachella Valley
  • Angel View
  • Animal Samaritans
  • Armed Services YMCA of the USA, Twenty-Nine Palms Branch
  • Assistance League
  • Baseball Buddies
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Desert Inc.
  • Big Hearts for Little Hearts, Desert Guild
  • Bob Hope USO
  • Boys & Girls Club of the Coachella Valley, Coachella Unit
  • Boys & Girls Club of the Coachella Valley, Indio Unit
  • Boys & Girls Club of the Coachella Valley, La Quinta Unit
  • Boys & Girls Club of the Coachella Valley, Mecca Unit
  • Braille Institute of Rancho Mirage
  • California Partnership/Community Partners
  • Cancer Partners
  • Catholic Charities San Bernardino & Riverside Counties
  • Children’s Discovery Museum of the Desert
  • Children’s Services of the Desert
  • Coachella Valley Horse Rescue
  • Coachella Valley Youth Aviation Education Program
  • Cove Communities Seniors Association, The Joslyn Center
  • CREATE Center for the Arts
  • Desert Ability Center
  • Desert Arc
  • Family Services Association/Food Now
  • Family YMCA of the Desert
  • Father’s Heart Ranch
  • FIND Food Bank
  • Galilee Center
  • GirlFriend Factor
  • Grieving Teens of the Desert
  • Guide Dogs of the Desert
  • Habitat for Humanity of the Coachella Valley
  • Hanson House Foundation
  • Las Palmitas Elementary School
  • LGBT Community Center of the Desert
  • LifeStream Blood Bank
  • Los Medicos Voladores, The Flying Doctors
  • Martha’s Village & Kitchen
  • McCallum Theatre
  • Mecca Elementary School
  • Mizell Senior Center of Palm Springs
  • Old Town Artisan
  • One Future Coachella Valley
  • Palm Desert Charter Middle School Foundation
  • Paws & Hearts, Animal Assisted Therapy
  • Pegasus Therapeutic Riding
  • Read With Me Volunteer Program
  • Red Hot Ballroom
  • S.C.R.A.P. Gallery
  • The First Tee
  • The Literacy Project
  • The Peacemaker Corps Association
  • The Salvation Army, Cathedral City Corps
  • Tools for Tomorrow
  • United Cerebral Palsy of the Inland Empire
  • United Way of the Desert
  • Voices for Children
  • Xavier College Preparatory High School

Funds will be awarded at recognition event to be held in January at BIGHORN. Applications for the next round of funding will be available in June 2019.

Since its inception in 2013, BIGHORN Cares has donated nearly $2.24 million to support specific projects for local non-profits that demonstrate a need and make a real difference in the quality of life for people in the Coachella Valley.

BIGHORN Cares board members include R.D. Hubbard, Edward Burger, Carl Cardinalli, James Gagan, James Hummer, and chairman Joe Kirby. For more information or to contribute to BIGHORN Cares, contact Kelly Levy at (760) 610-8218 or via email