QUILTS OF VALOR FOUNDATION

Winterset, IA   |  www.qovf.org

Mission

Our Mission: to cover Service Members and Veterans touched by war with comforting and healing Quilts of Valor.

Ruling year info

2005

Executive Director

Lori Thompson

Main address

PO Box 191 112 N 1st Ave, Ste 3

Winterset, IA 50273 USA

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EIN

20-2474691

NTEE code info

Human Services - Multipurpose and Other N.E.C. (P99)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Our aim is to provide tangible expressions of gratitude to veterans and service members touched by war. A quilt of valor is presented with ceremony and and is a meaningful civilian award that signifies comfort and healing

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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

Award Quilts of Valor

To cover Service Members and Veterans touched by war with comforting and healing Quilts of Valor.

Population(s) Served
Military personnel
Veterans

Where we work

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

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

The mission of Quilts of Valor Foundation is to cover service members and veterans touched by war with comforting and healing Quilts of Valor.

Individuals nominate recipients to be awarded a quilt of valor. The nomination is assigned to one of our more than 600 quilting groups around the country. Finished quilts are awarded to the recipients in a formal award ceremony.

With more than 10,000 volunteers, we are in a good position to accomplish this goal. We could use support for more robust technical infrastructure, especially IT, to manage the volume of requests and assignments.

Quilts awarded 2020: 22,234
Quilts awarded since inception: over 280,000

There are many more requests and we are working on fulfilling all of them. We hope to award 25,000 Quilts of Valor in 2020 and expand key volunteers to 11,000 by the end of the year

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • Who are the people you serve with your mission?

    We serve veterans and service members touched by war.

  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person), Community meetings/Town halls, Constituent (client or resident, etc.) advisory committees, Suggestion box/email,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    Historically, we have held an annual conference/convention and invited paid and volunteer speakers to teach and inspire our volunteers. organizing such a large meeting is expensive, and our volunteer base who are not financially able to bear the cost of travel were unable to participate. In 2021, we have moved to virtual meetings and conferences to bring in more training and participation opportunities among our volunteers. This will better meet the needs of our organization in the fulfillment of the mission and save approximately $25,000 in expenses annually.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    The people we serve, Our staff, Our board, Our funders, Our community partners,

  • How has asking for feedback from the people you serve changed your relationship?

    Sharing feedback with our members allows our members to know that we hear them. Our volunteers are the backbone of our Foundation.

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don’t have the right technology to collect and aggregate feedback efficiently, It is difficult to find the ongoing funding to support feedback collection, Staff find it hard to prioritize feedback collection and review due to lack of time,

Financials

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Operations

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

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QUILTS OF VALOR FOUNDATION

Board of directors
as of 9/24/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Sue Reich

Quilts of Valor Foundation

Term: 2016 - 2021

Mary Kerry

Maggie Klenke

Michelle Nelson

Jennifer Lee

John Oxley

Rebecca Glasby

Kimberly Einmo

Cheri Stuller

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 ? Yes
  • 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? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 09/24/2021

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female
Sexual orientation
Decline to state
Disability status
Decline to state

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 09/24/2021

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Data
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.