Jane Lykken Hoff is one example of a true legacy. This Palm Springs pioneer, who passed away in December 2023 just two months shy of her 104th birthday, is considered a bit of a legend. Known as a gifted horsewoman and an advocate of Western art, she was the first female president of the Los Comprades Club, a riding club of local horseback riders in the mid-1960s. In the 1970s, Jane headed up two riding clubs, including the prestigious “Desert Riders.” Many business leaders, Hollywood celebrities, and socialites from all over sought to ride on the horse trails with her.

After many years of riding, Jane turned her attention to various community causes and was a long-time supporter of the Palm Springs Art Museum and the Palm Springs Historical Society.

In 2018 Jane decided that she wanted to create a method of lasting support for her community. IECF was honored to be chosen to create a Charitable Gift Annuity (CGA) to benefit the College of the Desert.

Before her passing, Jane instructed that 100% of the remainder in the CGA be used to establish the Jane Hoff College of the Desert Fund to support their Desert Veterans Scholarship and Nursing Program in perpetuity. Further, Jane also made provisions to include a gift to IECF in her estate plan that would establish an endowed fund benefiting various charities in Coachella Valley.

As a member of the Brouse Legacy Society, Jane is leaving a lasting legacy that will support the ever-growing needs of Coachella Valley and future generations. IECF is proud to play a role in assisting Jane in creating these lasting gifts to the community that she cares so much about.

Photo courtesy of Palm Springs Historical Society.

The original version of this story appeared in our 2019 Annual Report. In celebration of Women’s History Month, we’re proud to share the stories of several Women in Philanthropy. These are generous supporters whose donations undergird our efforts to create a vibrant, prosperous and shared future for all. (Updated January 2024)

Learn how you can create a legacy that lasts. Contact our Charitable Giving Team or visit our Planned Giving website.

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