Golden Thread Initiative

Transcend. Transform. Change the World.

Fairfield, IA   |
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Golden Thread Initiative

EIN: 84-3311761


Golden Thread Initiative connects visionary philanthropists with women's programs for world peace.

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President, Board of Directors

Nicole Windenberger

Vice President, Board of Directors

Ondine Constable

Main address

PO Box 1506

Fairfield, IA 52556 USA

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Subject area info

Equal opportunity in education

Elementary education

Middle school education

Secondary education

Multicultural education

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Population served info


Young girls

Adolescent girls



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Public Foundations (T30)

IRS subsection

501(c)(3) Public Charity

IRS filing requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990-N.

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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?

Academic scholarships for students attending Rajapark Institute, Thailand

GTI is raising funds for women from Thailand, Mongolia, Nepal, Eurasia and Africa to attend a 4-year undergraduate program at Rajapark Institute in Thailand, earning a bachelor degree and teaching credentials. Applicants include women from disadvantaged backgrounds who will become school teachers for at-risk girls. While enrolled in the BA program, the students will also participate in the Mother Divine Program℠ which provides a safe, blissful and nourishing environment where they are free to explore the full capacity of their potential. The focus of this program is the research and development of advanced levels of human consciousness—self actualization—and creating coherence and total brain functioning, the foundation for world peace.

Population(s) Served
Ethnic and racial groups
Young adults

The Mother Divine Program℠ (MDP), established in 1981, is one of the most long-standing peace-creating groups in the world. With small campuses in USA, Asia, Europe and New Zealand, MDP is comprised of communities of women who practice the Transcendental Meditation (TM)™ technique and its advanced programs. More than 50 demonstrations and 23 scientific studies confirms that the group practice of these programs reduces and prevents social violence, terrorism and war. This research has been scrutinized and published in top scholarly journals. See
MDP is administered by independent non-profit, nonsectarian organizations which offer educational opportunities for women and girls—ranging from weekend retreats to year-long enrichment courses and academic degrees. The name Mother Divine reflects the universal qualities inherent in women of all walks of life that touch the lives of their families, communities and society as a whole.

Population(s) Served
Ethnic and racial groups
Women and girls

Where we work


Golden Thread Initiative
Fiscal year: Jul 01 - Jun 30

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Financial data

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Golden Thread Initiative

Revenue & expenses

Fiscal Year: Jul 01 - Jun 30

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Balance sheet

Fiscal Year: Jul 01 - Jun 30

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

The balance sheet gives a snapshot of the financial health of an organization at a particular point in time. An organization's total assets should generally exceed its total liabilities, or it cannot survive long, but the types of assets and liabilities must also be considered. For instance, an organization's current assets (cash, receivables, securities, etc.) should be sufficient to cover its current liabilities (payables, deferred revenue, current year loan, and note payments). Otherwise, the organization may face solvency problems. On the other hand, an organization whose cash and equivalents greatly exceed its current liabilities might not be putting its money to best use.

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The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

President, Board of Directors

Nicole Windenberger

Nicole has BA and MA degrees in Maharishi Vedic Science, the science of consciousness, with special studies in Vedic Arts and Sustainable Living. For the past 15 years she's been engaged in research and development through the Mother Divine Program℠ and related women’s organizations globally. Nicole has also been involved in organizing international conferences such as the Alliance of Women Scientists and Scholars for a Better World in Holland, Switzerland, and India. Nicole is an accomplished Vedic Dancer and she has traveled internationally to give lectures and demonstrations, as well as online webinars to global audiences. Currently she is designing arts residencies combining meditation, yoga, ayurveda, natural architecture, community and nature.

Vice President, Board of Directors

Ondine Constable

Ondine has a BFA in Art and Graphic Design and professional experience in branding, marketing, communication and outreach. She is also a certified teacher of the Transcendental Meditation technique. Her previous experience in the non-profit industry includes positions as assistant to VP of Marketing at the North Carolina Arboretum, and assistant to the Director of Communications and Public Affairs at the Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce. From 1986-1992 she was a full-time member of the Mother Divine Program℠, an international community of women researching the development of human potential through the advanced programs of the Transcendental Meditation technique. Ondine enjoys drawing, sculpting, gardening, cooking and stand-up paddleboarding.

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Board of directors
as of 12/05/2023
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Board chair

Nicole Windenberger

Eco Nico

Term: 2008 -

Nicole Windenberger

Founder, Eco Nico; President Golden Thread Initiative Board of Directors

Ondine Constable

Vice president, Golden Thread Initiative Board o Directors

Judy B Raymond

Founder and secretary, Golden Thread Initiative, Board of Directors

Starr Stixrud

Stixrud Educational Consulting; Treasurer, Golden Thread Initiative Board of Directors