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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Touro hands out Lamplighter awards

Not that Buck Kamphausen would ever mock an award he was graciously handed. But even the Vallejo businessman and automobile collector couldn’t help but be playful accepting the Touro “Bull Award” at Thursday night’s Lamplighter Gala & Awards at the Farragut Inn on Mare Island. “I thought they forgot the other four-letter word that goes…

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Franti finds foundation founder for music video

Another day, another chance for Pati Navalta Poblete to turn her son Robby’s tragic death into something meaningful. Not that the former Vallejoan-turned-Fairfield resident ever thought she would be in a music video. However, half-joking that she was worried she would have to dance, Navalta Poblete is thrilled that singer/songwriter Michael Franti tabbed her as…

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Vallejo Police Department, foundations host gun buyback event

One hundred and fifteen. That’s how many firearms were surrendered Saturday during the Solano County Gun Buyback 2018 event held at the Solano County Fairgrounds in Vallejo. The buyback event was presented by the Vallejo Police Department in partnership with the Robby Poblete and Eric Reyes foundations. Pati Navalta-Poblete underscored what Saturday’s event truly meant.…

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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.