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The Robby Poblete Foundation

Transforming unwanted guns into instruments of hope and opportunity.

aka Robby Poblete Foundation   |   Vallejo, CA   |  www.robbypobletefoundation.org

Mission

Our mission is to get unwanted firearms out of circulation through annual gun buyback programs, and transform them into instruments of hope and opportunity through arts and vocational programs.

Ruling year info

2017

Executive Director

Pati Navalta

Main address

420 Virginia Street 1C

Vallejo, CA 94590 USA

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EIN

82-0740692

NTEE code info

Public, Society Benefit - Multipurpose and Other N.E.C. (W99)

Youth Development Programs (O50)

Visual Arts Organizations (A40)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

The Robby Poblete Foundation is focused on reducing gun violence and creating opportunities for at-risk and high-risk individuals in the trades. Because many crimes are committed using stolen firearms, our gun buyback program seeks to get unwanted guns out of circulation, preventing them from falling into the wrong hands. RPF's Art of Peace program works with local artists to transform the gun metal into pieces of art that will be used to raise awareness about gun violence. Crime is often the result of lack of opportunity. The No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 eliminated most vocational classes in high schools including auto shop, woodworking, metalwork, and cooking. Lack of training in these trades resulted in generations of students, many of whom were at-risk, with little knowledge of, and access to, available paid apprenticeships and opportunities in vocational jobs.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Gun Buyback program

Gun violence has had a tragic impact throughout our communities. By providing a straightforward, efficient and easy way for gun owners to safely dispose of unwanted weapons, we can help eliminate accidental shootings and the chances of them falling in the wrong hands.

Population(s) Served
Adults

The Foundation partners with local artists to use materials from the melted-down guns and transform them into art. The art is displayed in public exhibits called "Art of Peace” that are used to raise awareness about the impacts of gun violence in those communities.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Crime is most often the result of lack of opportunity. The Foundation works with school districts, reentry and parole offices, service organizations, employers and labor unions to promote and implement vocational skills training programs and raise awareness opportunities in the trades. The Foundation distributes apprenticeship scholarships to be used for boots, books, tools, apprenticeship fees and other resources needed for training, including transportation, and assists with job placement.

Population(s) Served
At-risk youth
Incarcerated people

Where we work

Awards

California Nonprofit of the Year, 14th State Assembly District 2018

Assemblyman Tim Grayson

Affiliations & memberships

California Nonprofit of the Year 2018

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

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Work In Progress

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Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Annual career fairs open to students and adults.

Number of people within the organization's service area accessing work fare programs

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Work In Progress

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Increasing

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Participants of career fairs, workshops, presentations.

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Work In Progress

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Increasing

Number of clients who have access to transportation to job site

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Work In Progress

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Increasing

Total number of works in collection

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Art of Peace

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Increasing

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Art of Peace

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

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Increasing

Total number of works exhibited

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Art of Peace

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Increasing

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Increasing

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

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Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Founded in February 2017, The Robby Poblete Foundation was created in honor of Robby Poblete, who was shot and killed in broad daylight in Vallejo, Ca., in 2014 with an illegally acquired weapon that was used in multiple crimes. Our mission is to get these guns—and other unwanted firearms—out of circulation through annual gun buybacks and other programs that not only remove weapons from the street, but also offer hope and opportunity to individuals and communities impacted by gun violence. These programs work to minimize the frequency of accidental shootings and guns falling into the wrong hands, and contribute to the transformation of communities. In addition to the gun buybacks, The Robby Poblete Foundation offers the following programs: The Art of Peace- The Foundation has partnered with local artists to repurpose the metal from the guns secured in the buybacks for art that will be displayed in a traveling art exhibit called “The Art of Peace." Art of Peace is a catalyst for raising awareness about the causes and impacts of gun violence on communities.
Work in Progress- Crime is most often the result of lack of opportunity. RPF has partnered with local unions and other city and county agencies to raise awareness about, and provide training in, vocational skills to equip young adults who don't have plans to go to college and ex offenders in need of a second chance with skills that are in high demand in the workforce.

1) Provide an annual gun buyback in communities most impacted by gun violence in California (and beyond on an as-needed basis). Our three-year plan has already been realized: To date we have held 8 buybacks in Solano, Contra Costa and SF counties; and in Augusta, Ga. Strategies include: Replicate and expand our pilot gun buybacks in Solano County and Richmond by strengthening partnerships with local law enforcement agencies, including: the police departments; the county sheriff's offices; D.A. offices; and law enforcement agencies from surrounding cities in the county. Continue our role as the lead organization in planning, promoting, soliciting potential sponsors, and facilitating community stakeholders, with the goal of increasing the number of firearms surrendered each year and mobilizing the community in efforts to reduce gun violence. Host monthly meetings with stakeholders in advance of the buybacks to coordinate logistics, permits, purchasing of gift cards (for exchange for firearms) and promotion of event. Issue press releases before and after the event in partnership with the police departments to raise awareness about efforts to curb gun violence in the city and county. Create anti-gun violence campaigns in the county using social media, traditional media, events and speaking engagements at schools, service clubs and other organizations. Conduct research on other California counties in the state most impacted by gun violence and reach out to local police departments about the possibility of partnering and having gun buybacks in their counties. 2) Complete 4 Art of Peace exhibits and 1 major public memorial made of transformed firearms to be placed in public location. Strategies include: Build on the success of our pilot Art of Peace project and expand the number of artists who can participate and the number of galleries, schools and public spaces where we can exhibit to raise awareness about gun violence. This will involve more outreach to artists' communities and schools, such as the Academy of Art in San Francisco and local community colleges. The foundation will be responsible for issuing a Call for Entry to artists; reviewing and selecting proposals with the local Art of Peace Committee; receiving and distributing dismantled firearms to artists; working with city officials to secure exhibit and/or public spaces for placement of art. 3) Raise awareness about opportunities in vocational apprenticeships and jobs to young adults and ex offenders through apprenticeship tours, career fairs, and workshops, and develop a 13-week pre-apprenticeship program for young adults by end of grant period. Strategies and Activities: Identify existing pre-apprenticeship curricula in the state; identify best practices and customize the curriculum for Solano County's specific needs. Host events., such as career fairs, workshops, and apprenticeship tours. We are now focused on scaling our programs to other communities impacted by gun violence.

The Robby Poblete Foundation has relied on the rich and diverse experience of its Board of Directors, as well as its network of 40-plus volunteers in the community. In addition, RPF has several professionals providing in-kind services whom the foundation will continue to rely on for a significant portion of the activities described. Currently, RPF has one paid contractor who serves as the Marketing and Volunteer Program Coordinator, and a full-time, volunteer Executive Director who founded the organization. RPF will continue to rely on the same key staff, Board members and volunteers for the next three years, with the goal of providing partial salary for the Executive Director, continued compensation for RPF's Marketing and Volunteer Coordinator, and compensation for additional support staff.

In just three years since our founding, we have held and/or partnered on gun buybacks in Solano, Contra Costa and San Francisco counties, as well as in Augusta, Georgia. To date, we have gotten approximately 1,000 firearms out of circulation, many of which are assault weapons. With the metal scraps from the guns, we were able to launch our pilot Art of Peace project and expand the program throughout the Bay Area and beyond. After a public request for, and review of, proposals from artists, we received 20 proposals from around the world, and chose eight artists to develop works for the pilot Art of Peace project. The most surprising part of our outreach was finding that most of the artists were compelled to share their personal stories of the impact of gun violence in their lives. To date, Art of Peace exhibits have been held in Solano County, Alameda County, and San Francisco in California; and in Augusta, Georgia. Finally, we launched our Work in Progress program in partnership with local unions, county courts, school districts and other stakeholders. We have distributed more than $30,000 in apprenticeship scholarships to at-risk and high-risk individuals, enabling them to obtain lifelong job skills and make living wages. This program has helped numerous people transition fro homelessness and successfully reenter society after incarceration. RPF also co-sponsors an “apprenticeship bus tour" for high school students from various districts, facilitating a guided tour of five apprenticeship centers in the region that provide skills in carpentry, sheet metal fabrication, ironwork, welding, and solar installation.

Financials

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The Robby Poblete Foundation

Board of directors
as of 05/31/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Pati Navalta

Robby Poblete Foundation

Leila Garcia Devine

Levi Sumagaysay

Mike Jory

Sandy Fong Navalta

Cicero Estrella

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Not applicable

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 5/31/2022

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

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Asian/Asian American
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Female

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 03/24/2020

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Data
  • We analyze disaggregated data and root causes of race disparities that impact the organization's programs, portfolios, and the populations served.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We use a vetting process to identify vendors and partners that share our commitment to race equity.
  • We have a promotion process that anticipates and mitigates implicit and explicit biases about people of color serving in leadership positions.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.