Why I Give
Doug and Donna Martin
For Doug and Donna Martin, the decision to support Xavier College Prep and Jesuit education was an easy one.
“We see Xavier as the top of the line,” said Mr. Martin. “We believe that academics, education, athletics, and community service are the key. What we see here – it doesn’t get any better.”
Mrs. Martin echoed her husband’s passion for Xavier. “We feel strongly that choir, drama, athletics – or any activity where you work for others that involves working with others to achieve something special – is a great preparation for life,” she said. “Xavier also feels that it is important.”
The Martins know about good education. They met at Stanford, where both attended as undergraduates. After Stanford, Mr. Martin attended Loyola Law School, and since that time, has practiced in the areas of trust, probate, and commercial real estate, a career that he says he’s loved.
“You’re dealing with people’s wishes, what they want to accomplish, whom they want to benefit,” he said. “It really requires a lot of analysis, input and interaction with people.”
The Martins’ interest in Jesuit education goes back a long way. Mr. Martin is himself a product of Jesuit education, having attended Loyola High School in Los Angeles, where he was later followed by his son. Mr. Martin credits his time at Loyola for preparing him for the rigors of Stanford.
“Loyola frankly made Stanford, not necessarily easy, but it put me light years ahead because of the background and emphases,” said Mr. Martin.
For the Martins, an outstanding education is paramount.
“We strongly believe in education,” Mr. Martin said. “Our four children have 24 years of higher education, and we think a good education is one of the things that’s very important for parents to make available to their children.”
The Martins first heard about Xavier in 2004, when friends introduced them to Xavier’s founders. Mrs. Martin, thrilled about the possibility of a Catholic, Jesuit-sponsored high school, was nevertheless worried that the school might not have any funds.
“When Chris Alling was hired as principal in 2005 before Xavier opened, I thought, ‘Why don’t we show our support by giving $100 a month?’ she said. “It’s not so bad when you just give a little bit each month. Later we decided we love what this school is doing, so now at the beginning of each year, we increase the monthly donation that is charged to our credit card.”
Mr. and Mrs. Martin, full-time La Quinta residents since 1991, are regular golfers and tennis players, and they support a number of schools and charities, both in the valley and beyond.
Xavier is most grateful for their generous support.
P. Kelly Carmien
It started with a newspaper article.
Shortly before Xavier broke ground in 2006, Phyllis Kelly Carmien read about Xavier in the Desert Sun. The article motivated Mrs. Carmien, a resident of Palm Desert, to contact DoeDee Rover, one of Xavier’s founders, to discuss the ways that Mrs. Carmien might support the school.
“I thought they needed a Catholic school here,” she said. “I was really in favor of it.”
Since first learning about the school, Mrs. Carmien has been extraordinarily generous. In the Fall of 2013, she donated $60,000 to provide funding for a new campus chaplain, a new website (to go live in the Spring of 2014), and additional improvements around campus.
“It’s just remarkable what Xavier has done the few years that I’ve been involved,” Mrs. Carmien said. “When you see progress like that, you want to continue with it.”
Though Mrs. Carmien didn’t attend Catholic school herself, Catholicism and Catholic education have been a big part of her life. She has a cousin who was a priest, and for over 50 years her brother was a monk in the Order of St. Benedict.
Mrs. Carmien came to California when she was nineteen, eventually marrying and settling in Beverly Hills. Her husband, a USC graduate, was a manufacturer of hand tools.
She and her husband moved to the Coachella Valley in 1986.