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World Affairs Council of the Desert

Global Perspectives You Will Get Nowhere Else

Palm Desert, CA   |  www.worldaffairdesert.org

Mission

To engage and educate students and adults in world affairs through our speaker series and student programs

Ruling year info

1972

President

Kenneth Bouldin

Main address

41550 Eclectic St.

Palm Desert, CA 92260 USA

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EIN

23-7202057

NTEE code info

Promotion of International Understanding (Q20)

Citizen Participation (W24)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Educating students and adults on key international affairs issues

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Academic WorldQuest

Competition among 12 area high schools in an annual event in which teams of 4 students answer 50 questions on international affairs. The winning team travels to Washington, D.C, to compete nationally.

Population(s) Served
Students

WACD sponsors seven dinner events annually featuring a speaker on timely topics of international interest

Population(s) Served
Adults
Students

Where we work

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Present intelligent, nonpartisan dialogues about national and international topics

Support annual Academic WorldQuest competition among 15 local high schools and send winner to the national competition in Washington, D. C. in April

Recruit outstanding speakers on a wide variety of international topics

Promote Academic WorldQuest Competition among area high schools and provide scholarships to the top three teams in the annual competition

We receive sufficient support from sponsors and members to assure that we offer quality programs

We are ahead of our usual goals for the upcoming season thanks to an early spring 2023 membership drive. Our goal is to attract approximately 200 to 300 members as our dinner events comfortably seat approximately 170 individuals; we're now at 232 individuals. And we also invite 10 to 15 high school and college students to our speaker events.

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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World Affairs Council of the Desert

Board of directors
as of 07/24/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

James D McFarlin

Kenneth Bouldin

Mark Barnum

Christopher Hebb

Marly Bergerud

Jean Carrus

Suz Hunt

Thomas Riley

Former Ambassador to Morocco

Marla Ahlgrimm

Christin Hughes

Michael Karp

Professor, Cal State Univ San Bernardino, Palm Desert Campus

Becky Kurtz

Executive Director, Desert Town Hall

James McFarlin

Robert Moon

Former Mayor of Palm Springs

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Not applicable
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 7/24/2023

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

Disability

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 07/24/2023

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Policies and processes
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.