ODFL - About Us
Who We Are

What We Believe

  • People are made bigger when they help others
  • Connection to others increases empathy, which increases compassion
  • Most people would like to be bigger, empathetic, and compassionate
  • Many small acts of altruism by many people results in a better culture
  • Bigger, more compassionate, more empathetic people make a better world

What We Do

  • We build small-scale infrastructure projects in developing-world countries
  • These dramatically improve life chances for the poorest people in the world
  • We do this from donations as small as one dollar, though more helps
  • Every dollar donated goes to the donor’s designated project
  • What we’re really building is bigger people, a better culture, and a better world

Our Vision

  • Millions of people practicing small acts of altruism
  • Millions of people connected to others
  • Millions growing their own compassion, empathy, and capacity for action
  • Millions empowered by tangible experience to bring goodness into the world
  • Mass reduction of human suffering from millions of small acts of altruism

Our Mission

  • Create dramatic, demonstrable, positive change in the world
  • Do this by offering easy, inexpensive ways for people to help others
  • Provide direct feedback to people and groups on the impact of their altruism
  • Improve the capacity of millions to contribute to their own self-development
  • Do this by helping improve small scale infrastructure in the developing world

ODFL Staff Profiles

Robert FRobert Freeman (robertf@odfl.org) is Founder and Executive Director. Mr. Freeman taught economics and history at Los Altos High School where he also coached the Speech and Debate team, including producing a national champion in 2006. He has traveled extensively in both the developed and developing world. He holds a B.S. in economics from Santa Clara University and an MBA from Stanford University. He is the author of the The Best One Hour History book series. He is an avid swimmer, gardener, and canner. Last year he swam 152 miles, canned 181 jars of tomato sauce, and made 113 jars of different kinds of jam.
Cathy DCathy Dwulet (cathyd@odfl.org) is Director of Global Field Operations. Ms. Dwulet worked in Silicon Valley for various consulting, computer and research firms for over 15 years. Part of her work included living in France and managing multi-national and multi-language market research projects. Ms. Dwulet has a B.A. in Economics from UCSB and an MBA from the University of Washington. Her favorite thing in the world is to spend time with her two grown children but she also loves to ski, hike, travel, cook and garden.
Brenda BBrenda Birrell (brendab@odfl.org) is Program Director. Ms. Birrell is a graduate of Homerton College at the University of Cambridge, England, where she majored in Physics and Education. After earning her teaching credential from the University of Cambridge Institute of Education she taught Physics at Littleport Village College in Littleport, Cambridgeshire. In 1978 she moved to the United States and began a career in the fledgling computer industry, establishing a career as a corporate communications director. She joined ODFL after working for 15 years in the counseling department at Los Altos High School in Los Altos, California. She enjoys traveling, hiking, singing, baking and listening to classical music. Most of all she loves to spend time with family and friends.
Leo FLeo Florendo (leof@odfl.org) is Director of Operations and Webmaster. Mr. Florendo teaches Digital Media at Freestyle Academy of Communication Arts and Technology. Prior to joining Freestyle Academy as one of its founders, Mr. Florendo taught Physics, Mathematics, and Pre-Engineering at Los Altos High School where he also coached the nationally ranked Robotics team and was the Marching Band Drill Writer and Visual Instructor. He spent four years in the Peace Corps in the South Pacific Kingdom of Tonga. He is a Banana Slug alumnus of the University of California at Santa Cruz with BA degrees in Physics and Math. He also holds a Masters in Instructional Technology from San Jose State University. He proudly marched in the French Horn line with the Santa Clara Vanguard Drum & Bugle Corps in 1984 (v2) and 1985 and again with the SCV Alumni Corps in 2002, 2004, 2007, and 2017. He has one daughter.
Shandell RShandell Randall (shandellr@odfl.org) is Project Manager. Mrs. Randall graduated from Cabrillo College with an AA in Liberal Arts and is a Certified Medical Assistant. She enjoys volunteering in her children’s classrooms and currently works as an Instructional Aid in an elementary school. Mrs. Randall has chaperoned ODFL summer service trips to South Africa in 2015 and 2016. She is involved in the day-to-day operations of ODFL as project manager and oversees ODFL's fundraising projects at high schools and organizes summer service trips.
Danielle SDanielle Seran (danielles@odfl.org) is an Intern. Danielle is currently pursuing a major in Business Marketing and a minor in Digital and Social Media Studies at San Diego State University. While in high school, she was active with the ODFL club on campus. She travelled with ODFL to South Africa in the summer of 2016 to help refurbish preschools, install water catchment systems, jungle gyms and participate in food distribution. She is excited to join ODFL and assist with their social media outreach.

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