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A Network for Grateful Living Inc.

  • Ithaca, NY
  • www.gratefulness.org

Mission Statement

To provide education and support for the practice of grateful living as a global ethic, based on the teachings of Br. David Steindl-Rast and others. We offer free resources through our online hub, Gratefulness.org, as well as workshops, retreats, and local groups that teach people to cultivate gratefulness. We aim to set up a spiral of learning, practice, and sharing that opens out into real-life action and service to society. Our mission is to build up and expand our interactive website as the focus for a global community of people whose spiritual practice is grateful living; to provide a unifying ethic that demonstrates we are not separate one from another, in an age of globalization that undermines our ethics and sense of worldwide community; to offer workshops and retreats that increase people's awareness of gratefulness as a tool for personal healing and compassion towards others, a lifelong practice; to partner with other organizations and institutions who want to explore how gratefulness can transform and energize their own work and mission; to support local groups studying the practice of grateful living; to demonstrate the interconnectedness between gratefulness and the healthy flow of resources in a spirit of sufficiency; and to promote public awareness of gratefulness as a power for change in areas such as ecology, religious tolerance, and intergenerational respect.

Main Programs

  1. International Interactive Website
  2. Workshops and Events
Service Areas

Self-reported

International

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

ruling year

1969

Principal Officer

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Ms. Patricia Carlson

Keywords

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gratefulness, grateful living, Br. David Steindl-Rast, Brother David, spirit, meditation, interfaith, international, prayer, world, website, light a candle, east/west angel, sustainability, simple living, ecology, peace

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EIN

23-7022057

 Number

5252952160

Also Known As

A Network for Grateful Living (ANG*L)

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

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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International

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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A Network for Grateful Living Inc.

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Principal Officer

Ms. Patricia Carlson

STATEMENT FROM THE Principal Officer

"It takes a community to change the world. Think of the Underground Railroad that brought slaves to freedom in the certainty that helping people a few at time eventually builds a groundswell. Think of Satyagraha, a movement that not only changed India’s history in Gandhi’s day but also influenced nonviolent campaigns in many other countries. Think of the inspiring news that Muhammad Yunus of Bangladesh and the Grameen Bank were jointly awarded the 2006 Nobel Peace Prize, reminding us of micro-credit lending schemes around the world that enable the poor to start and sustain businesses. And these examples only skim the surface of recent history!When we look at individual lives changed by our work at A Network for Grateful Living (ANG*L) – people facing grief with fresh equanimity, appreciating anew the Earth’s gifts, wanting to “pay it forward” and pave the way to a clear ethic of compassion – we see that these changes do not take place in isolation. Thousands of people come to Gratefulness.org each day to understand personally what it means to live in great fullness. But by supporting each other on this journey and sharing ideas, our strength goes far beyond what individuals alone can achieve.Our staff meets this surge of interest with a steady stream of new developments, many of which you will find on this year’s “accomplishments” insert. But the achievement of which we feel most proud does not lend itself to a list. It is an orientation within the human heart towards a more grateful world. When enough of us come together and face the same direction, giving our lives in response to all that has been freely given to us, we quite naturally reorient those around us. As the gospel song proclaims: “We have another world in view.” That world is already breaking into the here and now through the ANG*L community’s uncommonly common efforts.Blessings,Patricia Carlson, Executive DirectorA Network for Grateful Living"

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Chuck Roppel

Coaches Training Institute

Term: Oct 2011 - Sept 2012

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