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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

“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

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

Food Action Plan -- Listening Sessions - Version 2

Help Create the Santa Barbara County Food Action Plan!

From our friend Melissa Gomez Fontaine at the Foodbank of Santa Barbara County: You are invited to a listening session for the Santa Barbara County Food Action Plan. These listening sessions are an opportunity for Read more

January 10, 2005.

Representative from Homeland Security to Speak at Santa Barbara Forum for Disaster Preparedness

Join faith-based and community-based leaders, including NGOs, emergency management and response professionals, for a one-day event to strengthen collaborative efforts for whole-community care in Santa Barbara County. 2014 Forum for Disaster Preparedness: Strengthening Faith-Based and Read more

Recent Scholarship Foundation of Santa Barbara Recipients. Photo by Brad Elliott.

Reaching the Unexpected Student (or The Student No One Saw Coming)

The announced departure of Scholarship Foundation of Santa Barbara (SFSB) Executive Director Colette Hadley, with whom we have worked closely since our foundation’s launch in 2000, caused us to reflect on the way we – Read more

David Whyte at the Orfalea Foundation Downtown Center, May 14, 2014.

David Whyte Leads Us to the Frontier

Poet and leadership consultant David Whyte visited Santa Barbara this week for a UCSB Arts & Lectures engagement. Before his evening appearance, Whyte addressed a group of local non-profit, foundation, and other social sector leaders Read more


Author Michael Moss to Speak at UCSB’s Campbell Hall on Saturday, February 22

  Join us this Saturday at 3:00 PM when Michael Moss, author of Salt, Sugar, Fat: How the Food Giants Hooked Us, takes the stage at UCSB’s Campbell Hall. Moss’s investigative reporting goes inside America’s Read more

Not Yet Equal: A Snapshot of Women in Santa Barbara County

    Inspired by Gloria Steinem‘s visit to Santa Barbara, the Orfalea Foundation collected some statistics that present a snapshot of Santa Barbara County’s progress on the road to equality for women. In some ways, Read more

How might reusable canteens affect climate change? Leaders in business, philanthropy and environmentalism will discuss such topics at Connecting The Dots.

Connecting The Dots Conference Coming February 13

On February 13, 1% for the Planet, the world’s largest environmental network, hosts the first Connecting the Dots Conference, a virtual conference to bring together business and nonprofit leaders across the globe for a discussion Read more

About Whole Community

Along with our work in early childhood education, school food reform, and youth development, the Orfalea Foundation’s investments in education and learning also include university partnerships, generous scholarship awards, collective impact initiatives, and public enrichment opportunities. READ MORE

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