Educational Institutions

Magic House Inc

  • Montpelier, VT
  • http://www.callandresponsefoundation.org/

Mission Statement

Our mission is to share the experience of chanting with 1 million people by 2020.

We accomplish our mission by supporting the community of chant artists, by spreading the word about the healing power of chant, and by organizing events to reach all those who can benefit from mantra music, including incarcerated individuals and children with special needs.

Main Programs

  1. Call and Response Behind Bars

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Service Areas

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International

Live Events - working with artists for tours, workshops, trainings, festivals, event production

Community Service Projects include: Call and Response Behind Bars Program, bringing conscious music to prison inmates; matching musicians with programs for at-risk youth such as Street Yoga

Support for Artists - helping artists to co-create, plan, book and manage communications for live events and community service projects

ruling year

2003

Director

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Jennifer Canfield

Keywords

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Kirtan, mantra music, chanting, healing power of chant, meditation

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Also Known As

Call and Response Foundation

EIN

01-0758063

 Number

3655294811

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Education N.E.C. (B99)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Overview

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The Call and Response Foundation addresses the current issue of depression, lack of self care strategies and poor health that plagues our modern culture. This is significant because there are large numbers of people without coping strategies for stress which can cause both physical and mental disease. The Foundation has participated and/or organized over 100 events over the last few years. Through these events they have created an awareness of the benefits of chanting and bringing people together. Several individuals have written testimonials (see below) that indicate the impact the foundation has had on them.

Testimonial from an individual that was a scholarship recipient:
Call and response foundation provided me with a scholarship to attend a weekend Kirtan retreat with Devadas in New Hampshire. I was new to Kirtan but felt extremely drawn to it and wanted to learn more. The weekend was an absolutely amazing experience. Chanting made me feel so alive and connected to the divine, it was like nothing I had ever felt before. I bought a harmonium and within a couple of months started playing in yoga classes. I love sharing this with people in the yoga community, some who have never seen a harmonium or experienced call and response chanting. The Foundation has continued to be great supports for me on this journey. They have made this all possible for me and are doing amazing work!

Programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Program 1

Call and Response Behind Bars

The Call and Response Behind Bars Program currently works in collaboration with Mindful Yoga at Oregon State Correctional Institution (OSCI) and Oregon State Penitentiary (OSP).

The program complements the current yoga program started to counter the extremely stressful and notoriously violent prison system.

The program has grown into a community of like-minded people both in and out of the institution.

Category

Education, General/Other

Population(s) Served

General Public/Unspecified

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Budget

Charting Impact

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Five powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

  1. What is the organization aiming to accomplish?
    The Call and Response Foundation is devoted to serving the community at large through chanting. It is a form of Yoga and has the power to open the heart. The singing or chanting is accompanied by musical instruments and rhythmic beats and the audience is encouraged to participate by chanting, clapping, and dancing. The Foundation educates people on the benefits of chanting and helps those in need of healing. The Foundation advocates the benefits of chanting through organizing and promoting chanting and outreach events in prisons, hospitals, yoga studios, community festivals, and numerous other venues.

    Numerous studies advocate the power or chanting. According to research done by Alfred Tomatis of the French Academy of Science and Medicine, chanting has a therapeutic effect on the individual by activating the body’s natural healing process. He recommends chanting as an aid for overcoming addictions such as smoking, drugs and alcohol.

    An 8-week study was carried out at the Samarya Center for Integrated Movement Therapy and Ashtanga Yoga in Seattle, WA, to see the effects of chanting on general well-being and particularly respiratory functions in people suffering from mild-to-severe depression. The results showed that chanting helped participants increase control over their breath and expiratory output level. The participants claimed that chanting reduced their anxiety and improved their mood. Researchers concluded that if done at least once a week, chanting is an effective means of enhancing people’s moods in the immediate present, as well as over an extended period of time.
  2. What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?
    The Foundation demonstrates the benefits of chanting by organizing and promoting chanting and outreach events in prisons, hospitals, yoga studios, community festivals and numerous other events.
  3. What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?
    The Foundation works in collaboration with many artists and organizations to promote and organize events. The Foundation also has a team of individuals that perform numerous tasks (ie marketing, web page updates, bookkeeping) to ensure the events are successful. The organization is run on 100% donations.
  4. How will they know if they are making progress?
    For the Call and Response Behind Bars program we rely on feedback from inmates and chaplins, to measure our progress. The collaborating partners in Oregon have reported that inmates do ask and have made written requests to make our programs more frequent. Testimonials regarding the Behind Bars program:

    The Hanumen Go Behind Bars

    The Foundation’s partnership with Mindful Yoga in Salem Oregon has connected our Behind Bars program with 4 correctional institutes in the Pacific Northwest. In 2012, the 4 man ensemble of Gaura Vani, John de Kadt, Benjy Wertheimer and Purusartha Dasa offered a live chant event after successfully cleaing the extensive background check and entry restrictions. Comments after the event included: “This is the first time I’ve felt free behind bars after 25 years in prison” and “this was the best day I’ve had on prison”.

    John de Kadt, Participating Musician

    Thanks to all the hard work of Jennifer Canfield and The Call and Response Foundation, Brenda McMorrow and I where able to play two kirtans at two Oregon State Correctional Institutions which are full on prisons. The men who came …many of them in for 25 years to life…are all practicing yoga and mediation and are amazing beings doing incredibly deep work on themselves. I can’t express what an honor and heart opening experience it was to be with them in song and bhakti. This work is all made doable by The Call Response Foundations vision and hard work.

    Inmates writing to request more live mantra music events!

    “As you know, I am involved in promoting musical events here at Oregon State Penitentiary. I get especially enthused when I have an opportunity to promote one that is directly relevant to my spiritual orientation.

    Last summer when Shantala offered Kirtan here at OSP, the president of the inmate organization Asian Pacific Family was in attendance. He was so impressed! He indicated to me later that he would love to have APF host an evening with Shantala during one of the club’s regular monthly meeting nights, given that there is a very pronounced Asian influence in Shantala’s music. The event would be in the Activities area, which is much larger than the Chapel area. The group would be escorted in by Activities staff, with their equipment, at around 5:00p.m.

    The APF is a fairly large organization, and I can pretty much guarantee that there will be at least 60 guys, probably closer to 100, in attendance. They will be courteous and respectful and appreciative of what is offered to them by Shantala. For most it will be their first exposure to India—inspired Kirtan and music performance.

    As an active member of Asian Pacific Family (the membership is quite multicultural!), I have the honor of extending the invitation to Shantala through you. I will of course be on hand to assist in any way that I can.”

    “In 25 years of prison, this is the best day.”

    “This music penetrates the heart whether you want it to or not.”
  5. What have and haven't they accomplished so far?
    The Call and Response Foundation has made many accomplishments thus far. They have collaborated with numerous organizations and individuals to promote and participate in over 300 events in the last 2 years. In addition, some of their accomplishments include:

    Partnerships with Princeton University, Rutgers University, Penn State, and Virginia Commonwealth University
    Partnerships with 4 prison yoga programs with regular presentations for inmates
    Partnerships with over a dozen artists
    Partnerships with over 25 producing hosts and venues
    Partnerships with over a dozen service organizations working with marginalized populations
    Creation of specialized membership library online
    Providing scholarships and financial support for producers and attendees
    Clear mission and goals

    What we haven't accomplished:

    Physical base/location
    Grassroots financial supporters
    Concrete marketing and branding plan
Service Areas

Self-reported

International

Live Events - working with artists for tours, workshops, trainings, festivals, event production

Community Service Projects include: Call and Response Behind Bars Program, bringing conscious music to prison inmates; matching musicians with programs for at-risk youth such as Street Yoga

Support for Artists - helping artists to co-create, plan, book and manage communications for live events and community service projects

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Operations

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Magic House Inc

Leadership

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Director

Jennifer Canfield

BIO

Ms Canfield has directed non-profits for over 15 years, including running a group home for teenage orphans in rural Russia. She has a masters degree in Education and has taught in public schools for over 20 years. She managed a successful professional men’s Olympic cycling team in Italy for 5 years. Her past projects also include starting a successful summer camp for children in Vermont, initiating a sustainable cohousing project in Vermont, securing a 1 million dollar grant for surgery for an ill Russian orphan, starting a scholarship program for orphans to have college education in the US, homeschooling her children and managing a diverse group of devotional musicians through the Call and Response Foundation.

STATEMENT FROM THE Director

"In 2010 a small group of enthusiastic and inspired lovers of bhakti came together with the idea of supporting and creating mantra music for more audiences through community outreach, concerts and related projects. They were inspired to do this by creating new models of how to offer transcendent sound. This included connecting community members, musicians, yoga practitioners, universities, and other unique partners. The initial philosophy also included the desire to make the practice of presenting mantra music more easeful for the affiliated musicians and to provide them with communication and managerial support. To answer these needs and as part of their purpose in life they formed the Call and Response Foundation, a grassroots non-profit organization, now a registered 501(c)3 charity with tax deductible status"

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Mr. Edward Ritz

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CEO OVERSIGHT

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ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY

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BOARD COMPOSITION

Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership?

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BOARD PERFORMANCE

Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years?