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David Lynch Foundation for Consciousness-Based Education and World Peace

  • Fairfield, IA
  • www.davidlynchfoundation.org

Mission Statement

To reduce toxic stress and the effects of trauma, alleviate suffering, and improve the performance, health, and cognitive capacity of at-risk populations through promoting understanding and implementation of the evidence-based Transcendental Meditation program.

Main Programs

  1. Quiet Time in the Classroom
  2. Women's Initiative
  3. Operation Warrior Wellness Veterans Program
Service Areas

Self-reported

International

Predominantly in the United States. Also, elsewhere in North America, South America, Europe and Asia.

ruling year

2015

President

Self-reported

Bob Roth

Executive Director

Self-reported

Bob Roth

Keywords

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Meditation, education, health, wellness, youth, mental health, TM, veterans, women

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EIN

83-0436453

 Number

4769133693

Physical Address

1000 North Fourth St

Fairfield, 52557

Also Known As

David Lynch Foundation

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Public Foundations (T30)

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 David Lynch Foundation (DLF) was created in 2005 to bring the stress-reducing Transcendental Meditation (TM) technique to at-risk populations such as inner-city students, veterans suffering from PTSD, and women and children who are survivors of domestic violence and human trafficking. DLF currently operates more than 50 active programs on five continents and has supported the teaching of the TM technique to tens of thousands of people worldwide.

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

Quiet Time in the Classroom

Quiet Time is DLF’s flagship program that brings TM to inner-city middle and high school students in 20 schools across the country. Quiet Time introduces two restful 15-minute periods into the school day in which students have the opportunity to experience a peaceful break in their lives, providing a counterbalance to the hyper-stimulating tension of urban culture. TM increases students’ ability to focus in the classroom by reducing stress, promoting greater brain integration, and fostering resilience to future stress. TM is an evidence-based approach to relieve stress and improve mental and emotional wellbeing enabling students to experience greater inner calm, clarity of thought, creative problem solving and resilience. Stress is a significant barrier to student learning, because it shuts down the brain and distracts focus so that it is harder for students to be present-centered and focus on learning. Individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds often have more stress due to the myriad of complex issues associated with growing up in poverty and in suboptimal environments. The elimination of stress is critical to creating and promoting equal learning opportunities for high needs students, and increasing their ability to be fully present in the classroom.

Category

Educational Programs

Population(s) Served

Youth/Adolescents only (14 - 19 years)

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

Budget

Program 2

Women's Initiative

The Women’s Initiative was created in 2012 to bring TM to women and children survivors of abuse and trauma. DLF partners with organizations that have a proven track record in providing critical quality services to victims of trauma. The women and children we serve are in challenging complex situations, often riddled with issues that extend beyond the trauma and abuse they have experienced. TM does not change their situation, but addresses the root cause of stress by providing clients with the means to develop the resilience, calm and inner strength they need, so they can use available services to the fullest, navigate challenging times of change and create safe, stable lives for themselves and their families.

Category

Women's Rights

Population(s) Served

Female Adults

None

None

Budget

Program 3

Operation Warrior Wellness Veterans Program

Operation Warrior Wellness is DLF’s armed services and veterans program that teaches veterans, active service members, first responders and their families TM as a tool to assist them as they overcome and heal from the invisible wounds of war. PTSD contributes significantly to the challenges veterans’ experience acquiring and maintaining steady employment, schooling and healthy social connections. When veterans struggle to transition to civilian life, stress increases, often creating a negative cycle rifled with depression, anxiety and strained personal relationships. The TM technique addresses underlying stress to assist the whole family during this challenging time of transition and healing. Numerous studies have been conducted supporting the efficacy of TM in reducing military and traumatic stress in veterans who have served in Vietnam, Iraq and Afghanistan. Furthermore, TM compliments other forms of treatments veterans receive, often increasing their effectiveness.

Category

Military & Veterans

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?
    DLF brings Transcendental Meditation (TM) to at risk communities. DLF teaches TM to heal and empower vulnerable populations by providing them with a tool to reduce stress, heal from trauma, and improve physical and psychological health. We operate three core program areas: inner-city schools, veterans and women survivors of domestic violence and human trafficking.

    A long-term goal of DLF is to achieve systemic change, wherein TM is adopted as an accepted and valued educational program and TM is included as a standard therapeutic program for treating individuals with PTSD and high levels of toxic stress. Toward this end, in addition to supporting programs for at-risk populations, DLF funds research on TM in educational and therapeutic settings and introduces TM to societal leaders who are able to promote systemic implementation.
  2. What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?
    DLF has chosen to utilize Transcendental Meditation (TM) in its programs because it is easy to practice, has immediate results, and has been scientifically proven to heal and empower vulnerable populations by providing them with a tool to reduce stress, heal from trauma, and improve physical and psychological health.

    DLF's Quiet Time school programs introduce two 15-minute restful periods into the school day for students to meditate. Our veterans program and women's initiative often parter with existing organizations and/or service providers wherein TM is offered as one of many services.
  3. What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?
    DLF has chosen to utilize Transcendental Meditation (TM) in its programs because it is easy to practice, has immediate results, and has been scientifically proven to heal and empower vulnerable populations by providing them with a tool to reduce stress, heal from trauma, and improve physical and psychological health. DLF currently operates more than 50 active programs on five continents and has supported the teaching of the TM technique to tens of thousands of people worldwide.

    DLF's Executive Director, Bob Roth is is one of the most experienced and sought-after meditation teachers in America. Over the past 40 years, Bob has taught Transcendental Meditation to many thousands of people and authored an authoritative book on the subject, fittingly entitled, Transcendental Meditation, which has been translated into 20 languages.
  4. How will they know if they are making progress?
    DLF is deeply committed to research and evaluation. All DLF programs administer surveys prior to TM instruction and following TM instruction to evaluate overall experience with the TM practice, quality of life and for some specific programs, depression, sleep and PTSD symptoms. To date, there have been 6 published studies (4 more are in review) on the Quiet Time School Program and a white paper produced by the San Francisco Unified School District endorsing the program and summarizing the outcomes of 16 different research studies conducted on the program in San Francisco.

    Over the past decade, our Quiet Time school program has produce the following positive results:
    • Increased attendance
    • Increased grade point average
    • Increased ability to focus
    • Increased student psychological and physical health
    • Decreased suspensions
    • Decreased anger and depression
    • Decreased teacher turnover/burnout
    • Decreased substance abuse
    • Improved overall school atmosphere

    For me, TM acted like a an ice pack placed directly on the heated up and hyper-vigilant part of my brain that couldn't calm down, that couldn't think straight, that couldn't hold a rational or coherent thought. And through the twice-daily practice of TM, I was able to conceive of and synthesize an idea to support and serve active duty and returning Warriors struggling with the devastating effects of PTSD. TM gave me that gift. Where everything else had failed, where other attempts and interventions had fallen short, where I had previously been baffled, TM literally cracked opened my heart and gave me access to the ability to solve a social problem of epic proportions. The experience of TM almost defies description. It represents an experience over which I will never get. I am compelled to pay it forward. To not share this experience with fellow Warriors is tantamount to larceny. --Meditating veteran

    TM has proven to be a fabulous tool for survivors of severe trauma. Our clients at CVTC range from people who have a one time violent sexual or physical assault to those who suffered the on-going abuse of physical or sexual abuse in childhood, torture in DV relationships, murder of a family member, or, sometimes, all of the above. One of the tasks of trauma survivors is to find a way to have a calm(er), safe(r) place inside their keyed up bodies and minds to find their center, to find peace. TM provides this calming, centering tool for healing - and we are extremely grateful to the David Lynch Foundation for your work with our clients. All of the clients we have referred have been helped by TM - for some, their meditation practice has been life altering and truly amazing. Thank you, thank you, thank you! —St. Luke's Senior Social Worker


  5. What have and haven't they accomplished so far?
    Since DLF was founded 10 years ago, the organization has grown tremendously. We have offices in New York, Chicago, Los Angeles and Fairfield, Iowa. There continues to be a strong need and interest for our programs. We have garnered the support of large institutions and systems such as the Los Angeles Unified School District, Chicago Public Schools and US Department of Defense. We receive support from a diverse group of individuals, high profile events and large foundations such as the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, Dalio Foundation, Peter G. Dodge Foundation, Wounded Warrior Project and Pritzker Pucker Family Foundation.
Service Areas

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International

Predominantly in the United States. Also, elsewhere in North America, South America, Europe and Asia.

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Financials

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David Lynch Foundation for Consciousness-Based Education and World Peace
Fiscal year: Jul 01-Jun 30
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David Lynch Foundation for Consciousness-Based Education and World Peace

Leadership

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President

Bob Roth

Executive Director

Bob Roth

BIO

Dr. Hagelin is a leading scientist and public policy expert, chief advisor to the Congressional Prevention Coalition and director of the Institute of Science, Technology and Public Policy—a public policy think tank at Maharishi University of Management in Fairfield, Iowa. He directs the implementation of the Transcendental Meditation program in government, schools and hospitals nationwide. Dr. Hagelin is president of the David Lynch Foundation for Consciousness-Based Education and World Peace.

STATEMENT FROM THE President

"At-risk populations suffer from epidemic levels of chronic stress and stress related disorders which fuel violence, crime and soaring health costs and compromises the effectiveness of education, health, rehabilitation and vocational programs.
The alarming rise of classroom stress fuels widespread problems in
education, including poor academic achievement, anxiety, depression,
school violence, and teacher burnout. To help neutralize this stress,
many schools are establishing a “Quiet Time” period at the start and
end of each school day—two 10- to 15-minute sessions when students sit
quietly to rest and/or read silently. Increasingly, schools are
offering their students and teachers the opportunity to learn and
practice during these Quiet-Time periods the Transcendental Meditation
program , a simple, scientifically proven, mental technique for reducing stress, improving health, and
developing an individual’s full creative potential.

Extensive published research in education has shown that this
program strengthens physiological and cognitive foundations of
learning, while"

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

David Lynch

Founder, Chairman of the Board

Term: July 2005 -

BOARD LEADERSHIP PRACTICES

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Yes

BOARD ORIENTATION & EDUCATION

Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations?

Yes

CEO OVERSIGHT

Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year?

Yes

ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY

Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year?

Yes

BOARD COMPOSITION

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


RESPONSE NOT PROVIDED

BOARD PERFORMANCE

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