Gratitude for Our Champions, From the People They Serve

1440 Foundation supports a lot of outstanding organizations with grants. These days, however, their good work can sometimes be overshadowed by all the negativity in the world. So we'd like to share some positive letters of gratitude that have come our way for the champions we support.

The Quiet Time Program with the Transcendental Meditation technique has already been incorporated into hundreds of public, charter, and private schools throughout the United States and around the world, supported by an extensive body of independent research verifying its benefits. Students participating in Quiet Time score higher on intelligence tests, close the achievement gap, improve test scores, and have higher graduation rates compared to students in control groups. Here are letters from students and teachers testifying to the power of meditation and the real cognitive benefits it can produce.

Gratitude for Our Champions, From the People They Serve


The Quiet Time Program with the Transcendental Meditation technique has already been incorporated into hundreds of public, charter, and private schools throughout the United States and around the world, supported by an extensive body of independent research verifying its benefits. Students participating in Quiet Time score higher on intelligence tests, close the achievement gap, improve test scores, and have higher graduation rates compared to students in control groups. Here are letters from students and teachers testifying to the power of meditation and the real cognitive benefits it can produce.

Gratitude for Inward Bound Mindfulness Education (iBme)

Inward Bound Mindfulness Education (iBme) retreats give teens a break from the stress of their busy lives. They are provided with the space and tools to explore who they really are using mindfulness, meditation and authentic communication. Here is some of the positive feedback they’ve received.

Hi Jessica, Gael, Marv and Matthew,

A HUGE heartfelt THANK YOU to you and your incredible staff for your dedication and love to these teens and to (my) Alannah! I trusted that this would be a shifting experience for her and our family. She is exhibiting several of the sensitivities that your email underlines yet our family feels so privileged that Alannah is readily sharing her experience at the retreat and what a transformative time this was for her. She feels such a deep connection to so many of the teens who attended the retreat and to the staff members who showed them so much love and respect. She said: “The staff were so fun! It was awesome to be around adults who can have fun with teenagers!” 🙂

My husband and I were choked up several times listening to Alannah. She has a new voice, well I believe she found “her” voice in The Silence. I am filled with gratitude for this incredible program and sanctuary that you all work hard at providing to these teens. I feel that Alannah’s life and ours will unfold in exciting new ways as a result of the experience she had. She’s already planned for her little brother (now 9 years old) to attend the retreat when he’s a teenager 🙂 and she doesn’t want to miss next year’s retreat.

I am keen to share what I am noticing about Alannah as the days go by but the most obvious change right now is that she is more quiet and feels more grounded. And when she talks about her new friends, she gets emotional. What a great way for these teens to bond and feel each others’ humanity!!

Thank you, thank you, thank you!

— Lorna, Mother of teen participant

I just wanted to say we had such a great time last Sunday. We really enjoyed it and you have inspired us to try and make a meditation/yoga club at our school. We were both so in awe and filled with joy by the end of the retreat. It was just a really great group and you two were really great teachers and discussion leaders.

I want to write to thank you for the great job and also encourage you to do another one of these, perhaps an over night one. I just think it’s a very good experience and I also think it helps people a lot to have discussions like we did and feel so close to others. I hope to see you again soon.

— Two teen participants

JMO. Where can I even begin thanking you? and everyone else who has made my IBme experience possible thus far… from the deepest depths of my soul THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!

Every atom of me is grateful.

I had the most incredible times. Especially thank you for making the wilderness retreat possible. I think you just started something that’s going to change our generation…. and it’s going to be awesome. I can’t think of anything that I needed more than being out there on a retreat. Genius.

New Mexico, amazing. The New Years retreat last December, incredible.

The world is thanking you for the work you do. It is such good work. So many people feel the same. I hope that I can give back like you guys have given to me. Let me know if there’s anything I can do. I hope to be on many more retreats with you…

 — Casey, teen participant

The iBme wilderness retreat helped me get reacquainted with silence and taught me that my own thoughts and emotions are nothing to fear. IBme created a nurturing environment in the beautiful mountains that allowed me to be a truly authentic version of myself. The retreat gave me new perspective on everyday things and a wonderful new community of mindful teenagers to connect with. If everyone got to experience the retreat the world would be an amazing place.

— Jalena, teen participant

Gratitude for Riley’s Place

Riley’s Place is a non-profit organization dedicated to enriching the lives of children on the San Francisco Peninsula experiencing chronic or life threatening health problems and/or challenging family situations such as homelessness, neglect, or domestic violence.

Thank you all so much for helping Armando this week. He had SUCH a wonderful time, and he had a very good week in school as result. As I mentioned to Wendy, being with the horses is “magic” for him.

— The mother of a 6-year-old boy, San Mateo County Office of Education

“Simply put, the animals of Riley’s Place bring a smile to the children’s faces. For children who are encountering daunting life experiences, such as having a heart transplant or losing their hair due to chemotherapy, having a bunny to pet or a goat to feed, is simply a joy and a wonderful treat! Animals have a healing power about them. They remind children about the simple joys of life and help them remember what’s important: to be happy. After all, children remind us adults about what’s important, and seeing a child’s joy taken away because of a disease they didn’t ask for is heart-breaking. A sheep, a dog or a turtle bring sunshine and the lightness of life back to a child. Having Riley’s Place at the House once a month is a day we all look forward to and I hope continues for a long time.”

— Sarah Reichanadter, Family Activities Coordinator, Ronald McDonald House at Stanford

“The amazing thing about Riley’s Place is how much of an impact the animals have on kids. They not only get to be kids and smile and have fun, but they get to have a childhood”.

— Yasmin Loza, First Step for Families

“Riley’s Place provided an oasis of peace and love during a very frightening time in our lives. It was a true gift.”

— Mother of 12-year old boy at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital

“I really wanted to thank you for all that you are doing with Ellie . You are making a Huge difference. Enormous. I think she may never want to leave Riley’s Place. It has really been the one thing she has to hang on to on some tough days.”

— Mother of a 13-year-old girl

“Animals make people’s sadness go away”

— An 8-year-old boy from Haven Family House

“Dear Riley’s Place, Thank you Soooo much for the horseback riding lesson at Webb Ranch. The horse’s name was Blue and he was a blue roan. We trotted and stepped in mudpuddles. I will look into horses and maybe purchase more lessons for myself because I want to feel the fun that your generosity brought me once more! I can’t wait to come back, and speak at the fundraiser in May. From the bottom of my new heart, Stephen. 

— A young heart transplant patient

Gratitude for Headspace

Headspace is a project designed to demystify meditation. Using the wonders of science and technology, we make it easy-to-learn, fun-to-do, and relevant to your everyday life.

I thought you would love to know that I’ve downloaded the Headspace app and after discussing it with my kids at dinner we just the redid day 1 (10 minutes!) meditation with my 7- and 11-year-old kids and they loved it. We agreed to stop everything when they get off the bus before the frenzy of after-school homework and activities begin and do it together. The 11-year-old who is a little anxious and can be very snippy just downloaded it to his iPod. He said he’s going to listen to it when he feels stressed and needs to get calm. His words! I think it is more proof that we are living in a world that is too fast and too over stimulating because they are reminding ME to do it — they seem to crave it. Even my 4 year old did five minutes this morning — he can’t stay still for 10 — but he then leaves quietly when he’s had enough.

— Tara Healey, M.Ed., Harvard Pilgrim Health Care

My running partner returned home last night from the Boston Marathon. This evening we were talking and it was clear he was really affected by the explosions — he was a block away at the time. Although physically safe, it’s a very upsetting experience. After talking awhile, I’d asked if he had ever practiced any meditation — he had not. I suggested Headspace, and we sat through one of the guided meditations. At the end, he was feeling a bit more calm. It’s still very upsetting — but your program helped someone feel a little better after tragedy. Thanks for all the good you put out into the world. It makes a difference.

— Amber