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.
Our concept of the “whole child” includes support for development of the non-cognitive skills described by Paul Tough in his book How Children Succeed: Grit, Curiosity, and the Hidden Power of Character. Likewise, we take inspiration from the work of Sir Ken Robinson, and his ideas on multiple types of intelligence and the importance of creativity and imagination.
A whole child becomes a whole adult, and then perhaps a parent to another whole child. Whole adults love to learn, and that’s why we are proud to support NPR, PBS, UCSB Arts & Lectures, and other programs that improve public access to innovative thinkers and great ideas. This is one of the ways we work to strengthen communities by empowering individuals.