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Mark Bittman on Tobacco, Firearms, and Food

In a neutral (“free”) market, there’d be more room for producers and processors of fruits and vegetables to make money by responding to increased demand for wholesome fruits and vegetables without competing with subsidized junk Read more

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California’s Children’s Report Card Is In

by Catherine Brozowski Every so often we come across a report that moves us with its staggering data on the well-being of California’s children.  At the start of 2014, we have been getting releases of Read more

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Press Release: Orfalea Foundation Launches Two-Year Project to Document Philanthropic Progress

Santa Barbara, CA -For more than a decade, the Orfalea Foundation has provided private funds for public good, concentrated mainly in Santa Barbara County.  The foundation has amassed significant quantitative and qualitative data about its Read more

Cheri Rae and Barbara Keyani discuss promotion of the Parent Resource Center.

Parent Resource Center Is Also a Student, Teacher, and Community Resource

By Dean Zatkowsky Before I visited the new Parent Resource Center at the Santa Barbara Unified School District offices, Orfalea Foundation Vice President Catherine Brozowski handed me a documentary called The Big Picture: Rethinking Dyslexia. Read more

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Workplace Wellness: Good for Employees, Employers, and Children

By Melissa Fontaine Parents who eat vegetables have children who eat vegetables. Any questions? Many adults spend more than forty hours per week at work. There, we develop lifestyle habits that we  model for our Read more

Professor Mark Jurgensmeyer and Paul Orfalea discuss developments in North Africa.

UCSB’s Global Studies Program Thrives with Orfalea Foundation Support

UCSB recently published this overview of its Global Studies programs, with a shout-out to the Orfalea Family and Orfalea Foundation.

Liliana Encinas, Latino Initiatives & Outreach Coordinator for the Aware & Prepare Initiative, oversees fire extinguisher training in the Orfalea Foundation parking lot.

Listos Prepares for Expansion with Train the Trainer Event

Liliana Encinas, Latino Initiatives & Outreach Coordinator for the Aware & Prepare Initiative, oversees fire extinguisher training in the Orfalea Foundation parking lot. By Barbara Andersen and Hilary Hensley. The Orfalea Foundation offices served as Read more

UCSB Arts & Lectures brought Richard Louv to Santa Barbara in May of 2012. Here, he addresses a packed house at the Granada Theater.

Nature Deficit Disorder Affects Children and Adults

UCSB Arts & Lectures brought Richard Louv to Santa Barbara in May of 2012. Here, he addresses a packed house at the Granada Theater. By Carly Kray Richard Louv coined the term “Nature Deficit Disorder” Read more

Common Sense Media Shares Essential Books for Kids & Teens

Our friends at Common Sense Media have just published a guide with “more than 150 great book suggestions for your kids and teens, from bedtime stories to chapter books to true literature, and more.” Find Read more

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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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