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Stephen Raburn… is a social entrepreneur, activist, lobbyist, blogger, children's book author, lecturer, impassioned child advocate and champion of humanitarian causes who has spent the past two decades in the nonprofit sector, primarily in a leadership role. His training and background is in the field of child psychology. He has founded and directed a number of child-serving and community based organizations, including the Center for Child Advocacy and Research, based in Napa, CA. Stephen is the father of two amazing little girls.
Food for Orphans to launch ambitious food packing project; Looks to partner with local Corporations

Food for Orphans to launch ambitious food packing project; Looks to partner with local Corporations

In keeping with its mission to make sure every orphan receives at least one nutritious meal per day, Food for Orphans is launching an ambitious new food-packing project this summer.  According to information released by the organization: “Our goal is to provide 500,000 nutritious meals to hungry orphan children through the program this year. We … learn more→

PTSD likely to affect many survivors of recent tornadoes, but help is available

PTSD likely to affect many survivors of recent tornadoes, but help is available

Clean-up is underway in the towns that tornadoes ravaged last month, but PTSD likely looms for many survivors still to confront. … learn more→

Cuts in global food aid threaten US national security

Cuts in global food aid threaten US national security

There is a hunger crisis afflicting nearly one billion people worldwide. This crisis is hardest on children who, trapped in war or disaster zones or living in poverty, depend on access to proper foods from the international community for their survival and growth. The US House of Representatives recently passed a budget plan which would … learn more→

Food for Orphans provides a safety net for thousands of hungry children

Food for Orphans provides a safety net for thousands of hungry children

The mission of Food for Orphans is simple: make sure every orphan receives at least one nutritious meal per day. Many times, that’s the difference between life and death. … learn more→

Misunderstanding of common childhood mental health disorder is major problem in US foster care system

Misunderstanding of common childhood mental health disorder is major problem in US foster care system

A few years ago, I spent a good bit of my time crisscrossing the country lecturing on the topic of Reactive Attachment Disorder (RAD) — a mental health disorder common among children who were subject to severe abuse and neglect during critical stages of brain development in infancy. I argued then that the misdiagnosing and … learn more→

Eating disorders on the rise among US children

Eating disorders on the rise among US children

Eating disorders among children are on the rise in the US, according to research cited in the December issue of Pediatrics. Between 1999 and 2006, hospitalizations for eating disorders jumped by 119 percent, according to the report, with some of the steepest increases occurring in boys and minorities. Severe cases of anorexia and bulimia have … learn more→

National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week: November 14-20

National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week: November 14-20

Each year, during the week before Thanksgiving, various advocacy groups come together in an attempt to raise awareness of the enormous problem of hunger and homelessness in this country. A number of coordinated events and activities, such as the “One Night Without a Home” campaign, are presently being planned in communities throughout the US during … learn more→

As childhood hunger rates climb, school nutrition legislation remains for lame duck Congress

As childhood hunger rates climb, school nutrition legislation remains for lame duck Congress

The data is alarming. Last month, the US Census Bureau reported that the nation’s poverty rate jumped to 14.3% in 2009, its highest level since 1994. The 43.6 million Americans living under the poverty threshold is the highest number in 51 years of record-keeping. The jump, reported as part of a regular Census Bureau report … learn more→

Key points for nonprofit fundraisers

Key points for nonprofit fundraisers

When developing a fundraising plan, don’t forget about individuals. … learn more→

How to successfully start and run a nonprofit organization: a primer for the start-up director

How to successfully start and run a nonprofit organization: a primer for the start-up director

Running a nonprofit organization is similar to running any business. There are some differences, however, which should be kept in mind. … learn more→