The Decision Education Foundation's mission is to improve the lives of young people by empowering them with effective Decision Skills.

With your help, we can teach more youth how to make better decisions. Thank you.

We are a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, EIN 77-0575573. All contributions are tax deductible and 100% of your donation reaches DEF. We will send you an acknowledgment letter for your tax purposes. ​

Four Ways to Contribute

Our Endowment

Formed in 2021, you can contribute directly to our endowment.
Ronald A. Howard Endowment for Decision Education


The secure online form on this page accepts credit cards, PayPal, and ACH bank transfers. There will be a small fee to use the Donorbox service.

Zelle app

There is no overhead fee for using Zelle.
Use on your mobile device.

Mail a Check

There is no overhead fee for a check. Mail checks to:

Decision Education Foundation
PO Box 449
Palo Alto, CA 94302


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Decisions drive life and societal direction. And yet, our schools struggle to teach students the critical decision-making skills they need for success.
DEF's mission is to equip adolescents with Decision Skills and Tools that help them create great futures for themselves and society.
Our programs provide materials, curriculum, and training for educators, parents, and organizations to teach high school students the Decision Skills for making better decisions.

We value the individual’s right to make his or her own decisions. We aim to teach how to decide, not what to decide. We respect the challenge for all learners in developing the wide range of competencies necessary to be a skilled decision maker, including:

  • awareness of self and others
  • managing uncertainty
  • thinking critically and creatively
  • awareness and resistance to decision traps
  • and the exercise of appropriate self-control

We believe significant decisions require conscious, actionable thought utilizing both “head and heart”. All decisions can benefit from the skills and habits which result from decision education.