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The Whole Child Action Blog Switches to Archive Mode as of January 1, 2016

  With the sunset of The Orfalea Fund and dissolution of the Orfalea Family Foundation, this blog will no longer feature new posts, but will remain in place to give other philanthropists and prospective change-makers Read more

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Data Show Dramatic Improvements at Local Preschools – And Beyond

The Orfalea Foundation and Child Educational Center this week released the final report on progress achieved through the five-year Preschool Food and Healthy Habits Initiative. The executive summary concludes: “The extended period of work initiated a Read more

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Orfalea Fund Releases Third-Party Evaluation of its Eight-Year School Food Initiative

As part of its strategy to share what it has learned with the public and other philanthropists before sunsetting at the end of this year, the Orfalea Fund commissioned a comprehensive summative evaluation of its School Read more

“These Gifts Change Lives”

by Lois Mitchell and Catherine Brozowski On December 4, 2015, Orfalea Foundation President Lois Mitchell and Vice President Catherine Brozowski addressed the Scholarship Foundation of Santa Barbara’s Community Leaders Luncheon.  Following are excerpts from their Read more

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Video: School Wellness Summit Attendees Share Their Enthusiasm

At the conclusion of the 2015 School Wellness Summit, we interviewed attendees to learn what they thought about the day: 2015 School Wellness Summit from Orfalea Foundation on Vimeo.

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2015 School Wellness Summit Shares Best Practices in Campus Nutrition and Physical Activity

Over 150 administrators, teachers, parents, food service managers, students, vendors, and service providers gathered at the Alisal Guest Ranch on October 8 for the second School Wellness Summit, hosted by the Orfalea Foundation and the Read more

A little dirt, a little water, and a whole lot of joyous learning.

Press Release: Sunsetting Orfalea Fund Releases Third-Party Evaluation of Early Childhood Education Work

The Santa Barbara based Orfalea Fund, which will sunset at the end of 2015 and has invested over $30 million in early childhood education (ECE), has released a third-party summative evaluation investigating the organization’s impact Read more

Sunsetting Orfalea Fund Shares Lessons from Entrepreneurial Approach to Philanthropy

Consistent with the entrepreneurial energy that has driven Paul and Natalie Orfalea’s philanthropy since the formation of the Orfalea Family Foundation in 2000, the frenetic pace has not slackened during the final months of The Read more

Local dignitaries attend a ribbon cutting at the New Lompoc Central Kitchen.

School Food Partners In The News

Two longtime partners of the School Food Initiative were recognized in the press this month. Lompoc Unified School District celebrated the opening of its remodeled central kitchen, as covered by the Lompoc Record HERE. “Much Read more

Outdoor classroom spaces come in many shapes and sizes.

Learning the World: The Outdoor Classroom Project brings Outdoor Education to Early Childhood Centers

Click HERE for a Santa Maria Sun feature story on the Outdoor Classroom Project and Allan Hancock College. Thanks to Joe Payne for covering this innovative approach to early childhood education.