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Howard Schiffer

Howard Schiffer

After a successful career in the natural foods industry developing quality products and turning them into best sellers through innovative marketing and promotions, Howard founded Vitamin Angels in 1994.

Today, Vitamin Angels is one of the largest distributors of micronutrients, specifically vitamin A, to at-risk populations in need globally. In 2014, Vitamin Angels is working to reach 40,000,000 children in approximately 45 countries, including the US, with lifesaving and life changing vitamins and minerals.

In 2003, Howard was honored with the Dietary Supplement Education Alliance’s, DSEA Hero Award for his work in “making a difference in the lives of so many children throughout our country and around the world.”

Howard has been honored numerous times for his commitment to Vitamin Angels’ mission, receiving awards including: a 2005 Lifetime Achievement Award from the Nutrition Business Journal; the Golden Temple and Peace Cereal’s Socially Responsible Business Award; the Outstanding Achievement Award from the NNFA; the Global Humanitarian Award from Vivekanand Ashram, India; the 2011 Humanitarian Award at Virgo Publishing’s Focus on the Future Conference; Global Champion for Children award by Point Loma Nazarene University, and others.

He was awarded the Key to the City of Lowell Massachusetts by Major Bud Caulfield, and, in 2010, Howard accepted a Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition from the office of Congresswoman Niki Tsongas of the Fifth Congressional District of Massachusetts on behalf of Vitamin Angels.

Howard and Vitamin Angels’ work have been featured in a number of major news and media outlets including United Hemispheres Magazine, Money Magazine, and Good Day LA amongst numerous industry specific publications.

Under Howard’s leadership, Vitamin Angels has twice been named a Top 10 “Highly Rated Charity Relying Solely on Private Contributions” by Charity Navigator in addition to earning seven consecutive 4-star ratings from America’s Premier Charity Evaluator.

Howard is the author of three books. He has three children and lives with his wife in Santa Barbara, California.


Blog Posts by Howard Schiffer

  • Happy family in Italy

    Fatherhood: A Gift to Ourselves and to the Future

    I feel like I’ve know my wife and children for centuries. Not necessarily in other lifetimes, maybe just as souls or particles of light that finally got a chance to become human. And even if our becoming a family was the most random of occurrences, the value we place on it and the intention with […]

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  • Vitamin Angels

    Vitamin Angels

    Vitamin Angels work is really simple; we are ‘reaching the unreachable’, getting essential nutrients to children under 5 who are chronically malnourished, and saving lives. 1/3 of all child and maternal deaths are due to chronic malnutrition.

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  • Slumdog Reality - Only Half the Story

    Slumdog Reality – Only Half the Story

    After picking up 8 Oscars at the Academy Awards, and quelling controversy that raged from Mumbai to Hollywood, it would seem the story surrounding Slumdog Millionaire is over, but in fact only 1/2 the story has been told. I’ve seen that first hand though my work with Vitamin Angels in and around Mumbai for the […]

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  • Angelina Jolie

    Angelina Jolie

    Eliana is doing something. Earlier this year she interviewed Angelina Jolie at the Santa Barbara Film Festival (go to Santa Barbara Teen Press,, and search for Angelina Jolie) and in response to Ellie’s question about what students today can do to make a difference in the world, Angelina said ‘Find something you really care […]

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  • You Can Make a Big Difference!

    You Can Make a Big Difference!

    The Lancet earlier this year said that 1/3 of the child and maternal deaths every year are due to chronic malnutrition. The Copenhagen Consensus (with 5 Nobel Laureates) issued a press release at the end of May saying that if you look at everything from AIDS to terrorism, the world’s best investment for undernourished children, […]

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  • ‘100 747’s Crash, All Children On Board, No Survivors’

    ‘100 747’s Crash, All Children On Board, No Survivors’

    As a Jew, on the most real level I understand, genocide is hard to comprehend. Walt who was at the meeting last night had done some research and informed us that as far as genocides go, in sheer numbers, Rwanda’s is below China, Russia, and Germany. But who’s counting?

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  • Eliana and Angelina

    Eliana and Angelina

    My 13-year-old daughter Eliana, is going to Rwanda on Monday. After years of hesitating to take her on Vitamin Angels’ trips, because of health and safety concerns she is going to a country that was witness to one of the largest genocides in recent history.

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