Our Story

The Desert Foundation Auxiliary was organized in 1966 in order to celebrate and honor young ladies in our community. We have used this opportunity to bring family and friends joyfully together at an annual Ball, while supporting important community causes. This 55-year-old tradition has made DFA shine in the past and will sustain our future.

2019 Desert Ball

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Mission Statement

The Desert Foundation Auxiliary (DFA) selects and honors accomplished young ladies and their families at a formal Ball to be held each year in December so as to provide funds for 501(c)(3) organizations that focus on charitable, scientific, literary, and educational purposes. These families reside within the Scottsdale School District, City of Scottsdale, Towns of Paradise Valley and Carefree or other such areas in Maricopa County, Arizona, as designated and approved by the Board of Directors.

2022 Desert Ball Grant Recipients

Scottsdale Community Partners


Through monetary and in-kind donations from their compassionate supporters, Scottsdale Community Partners is able to provide emergency assistance to Scottsdale youth, families, and seniors who find themselves in crisis situations. Their partnership with the City of Scottsdale allows them to provide food, transportation vouchers, prescription co-pay assistance, and rent and utility assistance to hundreds of families and thousands of individuals each year. In addition to helping Scottsdale residents in need, they also co-facilitate several programs with the City of Scottsdale Human Services Division such as the Covering the Bases: Back to School Event, the Holiday Adopt A Family Program, and the Holiday Adopt A Senior Program, which provides additional support to our fellow neighbors.

Hope & A Future

Founded in 2004, Hope & A Future is celebrating its 18th year supporting Arizona foster children from 7 years of age into adulthood. We initially create meaningful relationships with foster children through our summer camps, and transformative relationships through our post-camp programs. Because of community support, we are able to form and maintain relationship-based connections with the children through all of our programs:  summer camps, life-skills training, mentoring, tutoring and educational scholarships.  Once a part of our program, a child is always welcome to continue participating in our programs.  So, we strive to maintain long-term connections with the children whether they remain in foster care, return to their biological families or become adopted.  We know that current and former foster children face life-long struggles due to childhood trauma and we’ll always be available to support and encourage them.  Through our programs, we improve foster children’s long-term outcomes by offering them hope and a brighter future.

Visit us at www.azhope.com

Past Charity Recipients

The Desert Foundation Auxiliary Board distributes funds from the Ball proceeds each year to charitable organizations which benefit primarily the people in Maricopa County, Arizona.  The Desert Foundation Auxiliary has granted the proceeds of the Desert Ball to more than 100 nonprofit organizations that serve the needs of our community. These organizations typically represent grass roots programming that require recognition and initial funding in order to establish a footprint in our community.