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. 


RPF has numerous volunteer opportunities, which you can find on our Volunteer Program page

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Guns transformed into art (ABC7 Video)

Art of Peace at the YBCA on view ~8/25. free open to the public. 10 artists transformed SF gun buyback program unwanted guns into art. Art of Peace is a collaborative exhibition that brings together three organizations—Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, the Robby Poblete Foundation, and United Playaz—and features art and artists raising awareness…

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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.