Educational Institutions

A Network for Grateful Living Inc.

  • Ithaca, NY
  • www.gratefulness.org

Mission Statement

A Network for Grateful Living is a global organization offering online and community-based educational programs and practices which inspire and guide a commitment to grateful living, and catalyze the transformative power of personal and societal responsibility.

We hold grateful living as an engaged mindfulness practice, grounded in both wisdom and science, which supports our ability to see the wonder and opportunity in every moment, and motivates us to act boldly with love, generosity, and respect towards one another, ourselves, and the Earth.

We believe that the fully realized expression of our core values and mission will bring forth our Vision, which is:

A peaceful, thriving, and sustainable world – held as sacred by all.

Our Core Organizational Values guide every aspect of our work, and are expressed and advanced through the practice of Grateful Living, which:

Reveals that everyone belongs and everyone is valued
Generates an experience of oneness and interconnectedness
Deepens love, compassion, and respect for all life
Cultivates a sense of sufficiency and abundance
Awakens kindness and generosity
Inspires the impulse to serve with humility
Contributes to the healing of body, mind, and spirit
Unleashes joy
Anchors hope and trust in life, especially in challenging times
Opens us to growth and opportunity
Offers pathways from conflict to peace
Is an engaged YES to a wholehearted life.

Main Programs

  1. International Interactive Website
  2. Workshops and Events
  3. E-Courses and Webinars
Service Areas

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International

Our services are worldwide in scope, serving people in 242 countries and territories.

ruling year

1969

Executive Director

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Ms. Kristi Nelson

Keywords

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gratefulness, grateful living, Brother David Steindl-Rast, gratitude, mindfulness, spirit, meditation, interfaith, international, global, website, light a candle, simple living, ecology, peace

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Also Known As

A Network for Grateful Living (ANGL)

EIN

23-7022057

 Number

5252952160

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Education N.E.C. (B99)

Promotion of International Understanding (Q20)

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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Top 2011-12 Accomplishments:-Our Pathways to Gratefulness summit reach 6,000+ by live-streaming and 772 in person. - Seventeen representatives from 5 countries met in Austria in June to create a succession plan and discuss next steps in the spread of Netzwerk Dankbares Leben, our European branch.- Our subscription process for Wort fur den Tag went live with 500 quotes in rotation.-We ran 3 e-coursed:  "Awakening to Gratefulness," "Trusting in Life," and "Engaging Hope." -We offered a weekend “Art of Gratefulness” workshop at Mt. Ascutney Hospital in Hartland, VT, a benefit for the complementary therapies branch of the hospital. -We passed the milestone of 14 million candles lit in our online chapel. -We produced in English and German an iPhone app that serves as a gratitude journal based on a “seeds of gratefulness” concept. -We initiated a Planned Giving program with the help of the Community Foundation of Tompkins County where ANG*L’s endowment is lodged. Top -We offered a weekend “Art of Gratefulness” workshop at Mt. Ascutney Hospital in Hartland, VT, a benefit for the complementary therapies branch of the hospital. -We passed the milestone of 14 million candles lit in our online chapel. -We produced in English and German an iPhone app that serves as a gratitude journal based on a “seeds of gratefulness” concept. -We initiated a Planned Giving program with the help of the Community Foundation of Tompkins County where ANG*L’s endowment is lodged. Top Goals of 2013: -To hold teleconferences around intersections of gratefulness with philanthropy, poetry, and youth. -To produce "Conversations with Br. David at 86" a film series about the power life focused on gratitude. -To offer four e-courses based on the teachings of Br. David and colleagues. To provide access to Br. David’s audio lecture files from the 1973-1996 period to our audience via mp3s. -To publish Br. David’s forthcoming books, 99 Blessings and A Gift of Gratitude. To hold two events with our European branch, Netzwerk Dankbares Leben, and expand Dankbarkeit.org. -To create a study guide for Gratefulness, the Heart of Prayer. To host an evening discussion, open to the public, between Br. David and an esteemed colleague. -To maintain and enhance the distinctive, relevant, serene, and elegant design of our website.

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

International Interactive Website

Our primary tool for communication is www.gratefulness.org, an interactive website. Through attracting, encouraging, and challenging people who visit the site, we are able to build a network for grateful living that provides online support for offline action. In the seven years of our existence, A Network for Grateful Living (ANGeL) has attracted more than 20,000 subscribers to our email list, with members in all 50 states of the United States and in more than 240 countries worldwide. An average of 10,000 people a day visit our website.

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Adults

Budget

$80,500.00

Program 2

Workshops and Events

We develop and lead workshops and events around the world on topics like "Sustainability and Gratefulness," "The Art of Gratefulness," "The Poetry of Gratefulness," "Restoring Gratitude in a Fast-paced World," and "Grief and Gratefulness," ranging in size from 8 to 800 participants.

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Adults

Budget

$19,000.00

Program 3

E-Courses and Webinars

Not available

Category

None

Population(s) Served

None

None

None

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?
    I. To provide people with the support they need to connect their personal issues to a larger whole for the greater good.
    II. To tap into the virtual potential available to ANG*L, web-wise and beyond.
    III. To expand development efforts with the intent of enhancing ANG*L’s short- and long-term sustainability.
    IV. To insure that ANG*L’s leadership and staffing is functioning at its maximum potential.
    V. To support and spread Br. David’s work. This fosters the practice of grateful living by placing it under a broad umbrella of human concerns.
    VI. To expand the reach and scope of Netzwork Dankbares Leben, the German-speaking branch of ANG*L.
    VII. To grow our international presence, beyond North America and Europe.
    VIII. Aware of the importance of cultivating gratefulness in young people in order to carry the worldwide practice of grateful living into the future, to establish a Youth Gratefulness Program
  2. What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?
    * Produce "Conversations with Br. David at 85" a video/audio series of conversations with well-known personalities and Br. David about the power of living a life focused on gratitude.
    * Film editing the final section of Br. David’s Alaska talks into 3-10 minute segments, put them online, write 12 segments each of accompanying text and study questions, and run our concluding four-week webinar
    * Enhance the distinctive, relevant, serene, and elegant design of our website by soliciting, composing, and posting new materials for regular features -- Poetry, Gratefulnews, Question and Answer Box, Gift-people essays -- as well as researching and posting guest essays on the practice of grateful living.
    * Develop Br. David Steindl-Rast's online audio library for more than 500 hours of.archival lectures.
    * Support the publication of Br. David's books, including 99 Blessings and a volume on gratitude co-authored by photographer Louie Schwartzberg.
    * Contribute to expansion of our network in Europe by offering workshops at “Connecting in Gratefulness,” May 3-5, 2013 at Seminarhaus Obermaier near Salzburg.
    * Coordinate efforts on an expanded Spanish translation of Gratefulness.org and secure an Argentinian publisher for a Spanish translation of Gratefulness, the Heart of Prayer.
    * Create a Chinese website with article translations, Light a Candle, a subtitled version of the "Good Day" video, and e-cards.
    * Add more youth videos, stories, and gratefulness reminders, and network with experts interested in contributing to a youth curriculum.
  3. What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?
    * A team of volunteers in Austria, Switzerland, and Germany -- most of them leaders in the fields of health, human services, and development -- support our website, small-group, and event coordinating efforts in Europe.
    * Two coordinators in Argentina with a cadre of helpers are eagerly involved in advancing efforts to expand publicity, website content, events, and small groups in Spanish-speaking countries.
    * We have a translator and adviser in Hong Kong for the Chinese website, which grows at a rate of about one article per month.
    * For all other projects mentioned above, our staff of five is supported by a 14-member board and 35 volunteers who contribute to everything from fund-raising efforts to forum monitoring to seeking permission for publication of materials.
  4. How will they know if they are making progress?
    Our indicators include:
    * Extent of participation in e-courses and feedback on courses.
    * Google Analytics dashboard statistics on website traffic -- in German, Spanish, and Chinese as well as English.
    * Support for and attendance at events like "Connecting in Gratefulness."
    * Steady progress towards publication of Br. David's new books.
    * Having in hand film footage of Br. David's conversations with other luminaries which we can then re-purpose into e-courses, DVDs, and other materials to share.
  5. What have and haven't they accomplished so far?
    * In the past year we have added two new films to the "Conversations at 85" series: Br. David's reflections with Vietnamese Buddhist leader Thich Nhat Hanh at Plum Village in October 2012 and his talk with author and teacher Jack Kornfield in Mill Valley, California in June 2013.
    * In the past year, 1,547 participants from five e-courses (each 3-6 weeks in length) we produced: Awakening to Gratefulness, Trusting in Life, Engaging Hope, Gratefulness and Generosity, and Choosing to Love.
    * We have secured a translator and publisher for a Spanish edition of Gratefulness, the Heart of Prayer.
    * Monthly we publish the equivalent of a magazine's worth of essays, news, poetry, quotes, and e-cards, presented in an easily digested form through our monthly newsletter.
    * On a monthly basis we have added new translations of articles to the German, Spanish, and Chinese websites.
    * The May 2013 gathering at Seminarhaus Obermaier near Salzburg filled to capacity (80 people) within a couple of days of being announced and helped us work on a German film on grateful-living, garner further enthusiasm and support for the German website, and nurture the effort of local groups in Freiburg, Salzburg, Vienna, Graz, and Jona.
    * Our website's resources served 1,483,304 people from 242 countries and territories who accessed more than 40 million pages during the course of 2012.
Service Areas

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Our services are worldwide in scope, serving people in 242 countries and territories.

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A NETWORK FOR GRATEFUL LIVING INC
Fiscal year: Oct 01-Sep 30

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Executive Director

Ms. Kristi Nelson

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Chuck Roppel

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Term: Oct 2011 - Sept 2012

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