Support Us

Many Different Ways to Help

We appreciate your support on any level, whether it’s from a small plant purchase or joining as a member. Our main mission is to provide jobs for persons with disabilities, and our community has generously supported and facilitated this unique program to continue for over four decades. 

Thank you!

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Your gift makes a difference. Donate any amount you would like on a monthly basis or even just one time and join us in supporting our vision of a world where all people with disabilities are cared for, treated with dignity, respect, and given a chance to be a productive part of our community.


Unfunded Job Seeker Scholarships

Occasionally Desert Survivors meets a job seeker with a disability who will not qualify for the programs used to fund supported employment. We average about four unfunded applicants per year. These folks are excited to join our crews but do not have a way to pay for the staff presence they require to be successful. Your organization can sponsor a scholarship for a job seeker who is ready to work.

We have developed a scholarship program that will fund one year (250 workdays) of services for a current or future unfunded participant. The total amount is based on the State rate. This includes all necessary staff assistance and program supplies for one year of supported employment. They will earn at least minimum wage while working in a small crew, on-site, with staff support…just like any person receiving State-funded services. For more information, ask about sponsoring an unfunded job seeker.

Cats of Desert Survivors

Help our hard-working kitties by donating to their maintenance fund. Desert Survivors practices trap and release, so all our feline friends are spayed and neutered. We take our commitment to our fluffy buddies seriously and currently any vet visits, medication, and food comes out of our operating budget. If you love having our animal protectors around as much as we do, consider donating for their care.

Project Consultant/Contributor

Are you a local community member with valuable experience to share? Desert Survivors is always planning projects to benefit our job seekers and retail customers. Occasionally we need the help of a consultant or a specialized tradesperson to make sure we are on the right track. If you would like to donate your time and have experience and credentials in one of the following fields, please contact the Executive Director.

  • Water Catchment
  • Electrical Installation
  • Fusion Blocks
  • Adobe or Cob Building

In-Kind Wish List

We know that our desert community wants to support the important work we do with both plants and people. But we also know that this is a financially challenging time for many of our friends. Desert Survivors has compiled a wish list of in-kind donations as an alternative to donating cash. If you are considering donating an item that is not on the list, please call first.

  • Any size of pots or plant containers (clay, plastic, etc)
  • Plant stakes
  • Craft paint, small paint brushes or art supplies
  • Construction-grade wood 
  • Hand and power tools (gently used)
  • Work gloves (new, all sizes)
  • Tie tape for trees
  • Cinder blocks
  • Shade cloth
  • Tarps
  • Woodchipper
  • Table saw
  • Outdoor water-resistant paint (any color)
  • Letter stencils for signs
  • Large paint brushes
  • Dishes/pottery to break or small tiles for mosaics
  • 6 Full-size Microsoft tablets

End of Year Tax Donation

Another great way to support Desert Survivors is to make an end of the year tax credit donation. This enables a $400 individual or an $800 married couple donation to the qualifying non-profit of their choice. All donations are tax-deductible due to our 501(c)(3) charitable organization status, EIN# 860420538.

This donation is eligible for the Arizona Credit for Contributions to Qualifying Charitable Organizations. State tax credits are a dollar-for-dollar reduction in taxes already owned. This tax credit donation must be received by April 15th. To receive your state reimbursement, use Arizona Form 321 and add our QCO code 20414 (

Thank you for considering this!


Gift Certificate

Gift certificates are available in any size, can be used for up to a year from the date of purchase, and may be redeemed anytime (including during plant sales). 

Please send an email to after purchase to let us know what address we can mail the gift certificate to, or if you want to pick it up at the nursery in person.

Support Desert Survivors when you make online purchases

Whenever you make purchases through Amazon, you can take advantage of the AmazonSmile program where half a percent of your order goes to the non-profit organization of your choice. Simply login into AmazonSmile, select Desert Survivors, and bookmark it! When you have to order things online, keep us in mind when using Amazon.