Our Mission

We provide a complete learning experience for the whole child.

We are fiercely devoted to the idea that childhood experience is the foundation of adult success, and that whole child development requires a balance of cognitive and non-cognitive skill development. We further believe that whole child development is a right of all children and that schools are the environments best suited to deliver the combination of education and experiences required.

About Us

About the Audacious Foundation

The Audacious Foundation is funded by Paul and Jane Wood Orfalea. We fund experiential, non-academic programs in low-income schools, supporting nature-based learning, healthy habits, and essential life skills.

The foundation’s work is focused on Santa Barbara County and the city of Los Angeles. We welcome other funders to invest alongside us. Please consider contributing to our vetted nonprofits or schools.

About Our Staff

Catherine Brozowski is Executive Director. She has 25 years of philanthropic experience at family foundations, corporate foundations, and a community foundation. Prior to the Audacious Foundation she served as Vice President of the Orfalea Foundation, Vice President of Programs at the Santa Barbara Foundation and Associate Vice President/ Corporate Giving Manager at Washington Mutual. catherine@audaciousfoundation.org  

Adrianna Foss is Early Childhood Education Retreat Director. Adrianna enjoyed a 20-year career as a Human Resources executive with Kinko’s, Inc. before transitioning to work involving early childhood education (ECE). For over 10 years, she was the ECE Director for the Orfalea Foundation, and then owned and led her own Reggio-inspired, outdoor classroom at Cathedral Oaks Preschool. adrianna@audaciousfoundation.org

Are you ready to make a difference in the lives of emerging adults?