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RIVERGANGA FOUNDATION Organization Name provided in the GuideStar Exchange* as of 10/13/2014: RIVERGANGA FOUNDATION

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Ojai, CA
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RIVERGANGA FOUNDATION Organization Name provided in the GuideStar Exchange* as of 10/13/2014: RIVERGANGA FOUNDATION

Organization Name as listed in the IRS Business Master File as of 09/08/2014: RIVER GANGA FOUNDATION

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Physical Address: Ojai, CA 93024 
EIN: 77-0561647
Web URL: www.justonelook.org 
Blog URL: www.johnsherman.org 
Video URL(s): Just One Look Reports
Look at Yourself
Regeneration of the Mind
NTEE Category: W Public, Society Benefit
W99 Public, Society Benefit - Multipurpose and Other N.E.C.
Year Founded: 2000 
Ruling Year: 2002 


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Mission Statement

Our work, our purpose, and the goal of all our efforts is to make one simple insight into the root cause of all human misery and one simple act of inward looking universally available and accessible within the entire human community. We strive to find new ways to communicate directly and clearly to anyone who will listen exactly what has to be done to be finished once and for all with the fear and self-hatred that spoils human life.  Based on our own personal experience and the reports we have received from people all over the world who have tried it, we believe that this simple act of inward looking, if done by enough of us, will most likely not only reverse the slide toward extinction, but will usher in a new age of sanity and common sense in which all human beings will be allowed to thrive and flourish in ways we cannot imagine.

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Fiscal Year Starting: January 1, 2012
Fiscal Year Ending: December 31, 2012

Total Revenue $80,238
Total Expenses $70,709

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John William Sherman

Leadership Statement:

Our mission in support of our exempt purpose is to bring news of a simple act of looking inward at yourself to the ears of at least 700 million people around the world within a relatively short period of time (3-5 years). We believe that this will trigger a tipping point in the human outlook as to the fundamental nature of human life. We believe that in time, this shift in outlook will drive us all sane and reverse our headlong rush to self-destruction. For this purpose, in September of 2011, we launched the Just One Look project, whose goal is to bring the invitation to experience the power of human consciousness to free itself of the fear of life to all humanity. This is now the main focus of our work to make peace available to all. The first worldwide event of the Just One Look project will be on January 13, 2013 and we plan to broadcast it worldwide via the Internet. We expect to gather many thousands of people around the world who will stop whatever they are doing in that moment and simultaneously take a few seconds to look inward at themselves. We intend that this event will bring the news of the Just One Look experiment into the broad global consciousness

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Program Description:

We conduct meetings, intensives and retreats with John Sherman in person and online. All are welcome. Our events are always free of charge. We offer: 1)Meetings with John Sherman in person: Public Meetings; Five-Day Retreats; Private conversations. 2)Meetings with John Sherman online: Monthly Worldwide Online Meetings; Weekly Open House; Five-Day Online Intensives; Video meetings through Skype; Private conversations.

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Program Description:

All our books, ebooks, video and audio titles are produced and published by our own SilentHeart Press and are available free of charge on our website www.justonelook.org. We offer the following material always free of charge:   - ebooks; - blog; - audio podcast; - two video podcasts; - complete transcriptions of recent meetings; - articles written by John Sherman and about John Sherman; - translations of meetings with and writings by John Sherman made by our volunteer translators into their native languages, which include: Portuguese, Swedish, Estonian, Spanish, German, French, Italian, Danish, Dutch, Hebrew and Romanian;

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Program Description:

The Just One Look Community Center is a safe gathering place for people who are actively engaged in the looking, and who use this space to support one another in the recovery from the effects of the fear of life.   Our forums are the main feature in our Community Center. The purpose of our forums is to provide a safe place where people who are engaged in the looking, in whatever stage of the recovery process they may find themselves, can provide support for one another, compare experiences related to the act of looking itself, the onset of sanity, and to the doubt, fear and anxiety that may arise during the period of recovery. These forums are a place where we can consider together the meaning and significance of this work - in our own lives, as well as for the entire community of humans everywhere.In the forums we seek to perfect our collective and practical understanding of the act of looking at oneself, so that we can all understand it and learn to speak of it more directly and clearly in the everyday language of all people.We also seek to perfect our collective and practical understanding of the confusion and anguish that can sometimes afflict the mind recovering from the effects of the fear of life, and to provide a safe haven for the expression of their pain. All are welcome. Always free of charge.   http://www.riverganga.org/Community/Board/

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Impact Summary from the Nonprofit

Our website received over 3,000,000 hits: 12 times the traffic in 2011. Our bandwidth usage is now at 965 gigabytes, up from only 80 megabytes last year: an increase of more than 1,500 times. We keep people informed of the state of our work through our monthly email newsletter and special emails with news of current activities. We sent out 31 emails to more than 3,000 active subscribers. Our monthly Worldwide Online Meetings had 342 registered participants, and our Online Open House Meetings had 213 registered participants. We had two Five-Day Online Intensives, with a total of 47 people. John had Private Conversations by phone or via the Internet with 42 people. Our Community Center Forums have 498 active members and 180 new members joined us just this year. Registered forum members have created 932 threads with 2,038 posts. Our two YouTube channels combined have 81 videos, 660 subscribers, and have had 79,000 views and 800,000 minutes of viewing time. The John Sherman Podcast, with 135 recordings of recent meetings with John (from February 9, 2011 through October 24, 2012) has 96 subscribers, with 499 average plays per day, and 4 to 5 new audio files are added every month. The blog Transcriptions of Meetings with John Sherman has 94 subscribers. For more details: http://www.riverganga.org/go/2012
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