David Lynch Foundation for Consciousness-Based Education and World Peace

Change Begins Within

aka David Lynch Foundation   |   NEW YORK, NY   |  www.davidlynchfoundation.org

Mission

The David Lynch Foundation helps to prevent and eradicate the all-pervasive epidemic of trauma and toxic stress among at-risk populations through promoting widespread implementation of the evidence-based Transcendental Meditation (TM) program in order to improve their health, cognitive capabilities and performance in life.

Ruling year info

2015

CEO

Bob Roth

Main address

228 E 45TH ST 15th Floor

NEW YORK, NY 10017 USA

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EIN

83-0436453

NTEE code info

Public Foundations (T30)

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Our programs

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

Education

The Foundation’s educational outreach, the Quiet Time program, is focused primarily on students in low income urban schools. Quiet Time (QT) is a practical evidence-based approach that reduces stress while improving focus, academic performance, student wellness, and the general school environment. QT provides students with two 15-minute periods of TM each day to help balance their lives and improve their readiness to learn. This schoolwide program complements existing educational strategies by improving the physiological underpinnings of learning and behavior. QT has proven to have significant impact by reducing student absenteeism, infractions, and suspension rates. Research also suggests that teachers and administrators who practice TM experience reduced stress and burnout. DLF-funded programs include public and public charter schools in New York, Los Angeles, and Washington, D.C.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

The Women's Health Initiative provides TM training for survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault. TM is an evidence-based, alternative therapy shown to contribute to healing and empowerment. Program partners include the Manhattan Family Justice Center (an initiative of the New York City Mayor's office to end domestic and gender-based violence), Crime Victim Treatment Center (the largest hospital-based victim assistance program in New York), and other domestic violence and sexual assault service providers. d their families.

Population(s) Served
Women

This program provides TM training to veterans, active-duty personnel, and military families. This simple, easy-to-learn, evidence-based technique has been shown to relieve symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and major depression. The Resilient Warrior Program works with major veteran service organizations including Veterans Administration (VA) medical centers, Fort Gordon Traumatic Brain Injury Clinic, and the Boulder Crest Retreat. The Foundation is working closely with top administrative and research leadership at the VA to design the largest study ever on meditation and PTSD. The study will take place at 9 VA medical centers and research universities across the U.S. with approximately 450-500 subjects. In addition to PTSD clinical outcomes, the study will examine depression, suicidal ideation, substance craving/usage and sleep - and include a neuroimaging and biological component.

Population(s) Served
Veterans

"Heal the Healers Now,” a new initiative to bring the stress-reducing Transcendental Meditation® technique to medical providers who are battling the coronavirus pandemic, was launched nationally April 2020, by the two nonprofit groups: the Center for Health and Wellness of the David Lynch Foundation and the US TM® organization.

The program will be offered to healthcare providers as a stand-alone approach or as an adjuvant therapy to make existing programs for managing stress more effective. TM instructions will be carried out in partnership with affiliated institutions. The Wellness Program has already been offered in hospitals and clinics nationally, including most recently at Weill Cornell Medical Center-New York Presbyterian Hospital in New York City with significant reductions in physician burnout, insomnia, and symptoms of post-traumatic stress over a three-month period in those practicing the TM technique.

Population(s) Served
Emergency responders

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Our results

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How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Average number of dollars per person served

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Veterans, Families, Women, Children and youth, Emergency responders

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

We began tracking cost per student more effectively in FY 2015.

Number of clients served

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Multiracial people, At-risk youth, Veterans, Women and girls, Emergency responders

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

This includes all new meditators in the US only.

Our Sustainable Development Goals

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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David Lynch Foundation for Consciousness-Based Education and World Peace

Board of directors
as of 5/24/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

David Lynch


Board co-chair

Mark Axelowitz

Bud Liebler

Jill Black

Joanna Plafsky

Mark Axelowitz

Bob Jones

Nigol Koulajian

Jane Ottenberg

Bruce Wilpon

Orin Snyder

Steve Abrams

Steven Chanin

Nancy Chemtob

John Gardner

David Goodman

Steve Israel

Chris Joseph

Shruti Joshi

Susan Molinari

Jack Rovner

Illian Thompson

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and 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 ? Not applicable
  • Ethics and 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? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Not applicable

Organizational demographics

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender (cisgender)

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