On September 21, 2014, Robby Poblete was killed by gun violence in broad daylight at a busy intersection in Vallejo, Ca. He was 23 years old. At the time he was killed, Robby was working at a biotech company where he was also learning how to weld…Read More »


Our mission is to get unwanted guns out of circulation through annual gun buyback programs, preventing them from falling into the wrong hands, and transforming them into instruments of hope and opportunity through our arts and vocational programs...Read More »


The Foundation will partner with law enforcement agencies, local artists and organizations to repurpose the metal from the melted guns as material for art. The artists’ creations will be displayed in an annual exhibit called “The Art of Peace,” and then…Read More »


The Robby Poblete Foundation is working with local unions, workforce development agencies and county offices of education to help raise awareness about opportunities in skilled trades among high school and adult school students. RPF is…Read More »

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The Robby Poblete Foundation is a 501(c)3 non-profit corporation, Federal Tax ID 82-0740692. Your donation to the  foundation is tax-deductible. You can help us implement our programs by donating via PayPal here. You can also donate to “TheRPFoundation” using Venmo. 


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Call for Entry:​ Art of Peace San Francisco

We are now accepting concept proposals for artists living or working in the San Francisco Bay Area. Using materials from the June 30 San Francisco Gun Buyback, artists will create art for the Art of Peace San Francisco exhibit, which will be used to raise awareness about the impacts of gun violence in our communities.…

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Bay Area Nonprofit’s ‘Art of Peace’ Program to be Launched in San Francisco

Media Contact Rudy Corpuz, United Playaz, Pati Navalta Poblete, Robby Poblete Foundation SAN FRANCISCO – JULY 17, 2018 – Two Bay Area nonprofits, United Playaz and The Robby Poblete Foundation, in partnership with the San Francisco Police Department, are uniting to bring a groundbreaking new project called “The Art of Peace” to San…

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Bay Area commissions turn dismantled guns into art

Coming days after yet another mass shooting in the US—this time at a high school in Santa Fe, Texas, where ten people were killed—an exhibition featuring art formed from dismantled firearms opened in Oakland, California on Tuesday (22 May). The Alameda County District Attorney’s Office, together with the Robby Poblete Foundation, organised the show and commissioned local artists to transform hundreds…

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RPF is awarded California Nonprofit of the Year

The Robby Poblete Foundation was selected as a 2018 California Nonprofit of the Year by Assemblymember Tim Grayson. Pati Navalta Poblete, Executive Director of The Robby Poblete Foundation, accepted the award in Sacramento on June 5, 2018, along with other nonprofit leaders honored by their state senators and assemblymembers during a celebration luncheon as part of California Nonprofits Day.