PARALYZED VETERANS OF AMERICA INC, NORTH CENTRAL CHAPTER

Sioux Falls, SD   |  www.ncpva.org

Mission

Paralyzed Veterans of America, a congressionally chartered veterans service organization, has developed a unique expertise on a wide variety of issues involving the special needs of our members – veterans of the armed forces who have experienced spinal cord injury or dysfunction. PVA will use that expertise to be the leading advocate for: •Quality health care •Research and education addressing spinal cord injury/disease •Benefits available members' military service, •Civil rights and opportunities that maximize the independence of our members. To enable PVA to continue to honor this commitment, we must recruit members who have the dedication and passion necessary to manage the organization and ensure adequate resources to sustain the programs essential for PVA to achieve its mission.

Notes from the nonprofit

The Paralyzed Veterans North Central Chapter is a 501c3 organization and was established July 26, 1964 in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. PVA North Central Chapter serves the states of South Dakota, North Dakota, Southwest Minnesota, and portions of Montana and Wyoming. We receive no government funding and solely rely on donations to support our programs and services.

Ruling year info

2013

President

Perry Grimme

Vice President

Casey Davidson

Main address

209 N Garfield Ave

Sioux Falls, SD 57104 USA

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EIN

46-0359947

NTEE code info

Human Service Organizations (P20)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (E01)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Currently our main focus is addressing Membership. Many of our older Veterans are passing away which means our membership totals are declining and the younger Veterans are hard to reach. Our goal is to continue to outreach and our local VA's and nursing homes in our catchment area in hopes of finding new members.

Our programs

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

Chapter Administration Program

The Chapter Administration Program maintains the overall management of the Chapter’s operations. The Chapter employs a full-time Executive Director. The regular Chapter office hours will be 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday

Population(s) Served
Veterans
People with physical disabilities

The Membership Program Directors duties are to maintain correct membership records and have uniformity in reporting procedures. North Central Chapter will submit a monthly chapter report form on or before the 30th of each month in addition to report additional membership changes (transfers, addresses, new members, deceased members, etc.). Chapter staff will update the national chapter database on a regular basis. The Membership Program Director will give an updated report at the monthly membership meeting. See attached forms.

Population(s) Served
Veterans

The Volunteer Program Director will manage the Chapter Volunteer Program. The volunteer coordinator duties include:
• Identifying, activating, and motivating volunteers
• Ensuring the volunteer’s time and services are documented and reviewed for accuracy and adherence to national policy
• Achieving program deadlines
• Terminating volunteers

Population(s) Served
Veterans

Chapter staff will assist members whenever possible, in applying for and obtaining benefits. The Chapter works closely with the local National Service Officer to assist with the program. Some of the specific elements of the benefit services program include:
• Assisting in identifying and securing veterans benefits and other benefits for spinal cord injured and diseased veterans and others as appropriate.
• PVA NSO’s will provide priority services to PVA members and any other veteran who has a spinal cord dysfunction and the dependents and survivors of these veterans.
• Refer member-identified VA or private sector medical care or benefits issues to local national service officer.
• North Central Chapter will help carry on this mission and work in cooperation with the NSO’s, who have the requisite training and skills and are authorized to prepare, present, and prosecute claims before the Department of Veterans Affairs.
• Individuals who are appointed as chapter service director should be dedicated to maintaining the integrity of the service program and committed to coordinating their efforts with appropriate representatives of PVA’s Veterans Benefits Department. Chapter Service Directors should possess high degree of professionalism and accountability. PVA members, their dependents and survivors, and others who entrust PVA with their VA claims expect and are entitled to accurate information and advice.
Chapter Service Director’s must maintain confidentiality of claimants records and be familiar with the provisions of the Privacy Act of 1974.

Population(s) Served
Veterans

The Chapter Hospital/Liaison Program director will monitor the local VA and other institutes where members receive health care. Responsibilities are as follows:
• Chapter Hospital/Liaison Director will advocate for and monitor the high quality and appropriate health-care benefits and services.
• Advise national staff, primarily through the local NSO, of member concerns regarding the local VISN and VA Medical Center or delivery of medical care and ancillary benefits and status and maintenance of the physical plant(s) and the structural or procedural changes.

Population(s) Served
Veterans

The Chapter employs a full-time Government Relations Director. This person is responsible for the Advocacy, Legislation, Architecture Program. Responsibilities include:
• Set priorities based on direction of the chapter and national policy, including resolutions established by PVA’s Board of Directors.
• Develop an implementation plan and an action plan.
• Network with local groups and make referrals where appropriate.
• Recruit, train, and monitor volunteers.
• Participate actively on state and local committees including State Veterans Commission, Building Code Committees, and Disability Committees.
• Build coalitions on specific issues.
• Involve membership in activities.
• Create general public awareness of the chapter goals as well as advocacy, legislation and architectural activities.
• Maintain an in-house resource library consisting of books, videos, and other relevant materials.
• Monitor state and local agencies and legislative bodies
• Keep up to date on regulations and pending legislation on federal and state levels.
• Develop position papers on appropriate issues.
• Comment on regulations and prepare testimony on appropriate issues.
• Commit resources to Advocacy, Legislation and Architectural Program.
• Provide training disability and veterans issues to interested parties.
• Attend seminars on a local, state, and National level.

Population(s) Served
Veterans
People with disabilities

The sports and recreation program is designed to improve the quality of life of paralyzed veterans and other persons with disabilities. The Sports Directors will promote:
• Full participation in all National and Chapter sports and recreation programs.
• Foster the organization of National and Chapter sports and recreation opportunities
• Project a positive image of PVA as a leader in sports and recreation.
• The Sports Director and Executive Director will coordinate all chapter sponsored sports and recreational activities.
• Maintain an in-house resource library consisting of books, videos, and other relevant materials.

Population(s) Served
Veterans
People with disabilities

The Chapter will maintain an in-house resource library consisting of books, videos, and other relevant materials that increase the knowledge of people with spinal cord dysfunction, their families, and health care providers.

Population(s) Served
Veterans

The North Central Chapter creates and distributes a monthly newsletter designed to keep chapter members informed of developments related to the chapter and its members. The newsletter provides information about recent and future activities as well as news releases and other pertinent information. In addition to the newsletter, the chapter provides direct mailings on time sensitive information to all our members.
• The Chapter produces information and various promotional items. The Chapter will get quotes from graphic design producers for chapter publications.
• The Chapter has established a good working relationship with various local medias and sends out press releases on chapter activities as appropriate. Contact information including phone numbers, fax numbers and mailing addresses are kept on file.

Population(s) Served
Veterans
People with disabilities

The Chapter has a fundraising program to raise money to support chapter programs. The Executive Director will oversee various fundraising activities including the telemarketing program. This program will be incompliance with national, state and municipal regulations where applicable.

The Chapter also solicits for funds from regional and local businesses and previous donors. An official fundraising request will be sent to National PVA for approval before solicitation. All donors will receive an official chapter donation receipt.
• North Central Chapter maintains a toll-free phone for donor and public inquiries and complaints.
• The Chapter identifies itself as the North Central Chapter for all solicitations.
• The Chapter Finance Committee shall consist of the Chapter President, Executive Director and one member of the Board of Directors

Population(s) Served
Adults

Where we work

Affiliations & memberships

Chamber of Commerce 2017

South Dakota Retailers 2019

Better Business Bureau 2019

Better Business Bureau 2020

Charity Navigator 2020

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Charting impact

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

The PVA North Central Chapter will continue to work to improve the lives where all veterans and people with disabilities, and their families, have everything they need to live full and productive lives.

We empower our members and other individuals with disabilities by encouraging them to be involved in adaptive sports and to be their supportive leaders.

We are able to be successful with collaboration with the Veterans Administration Health Care Systems and our hospitals in the States of South Dakota, North Dakota and Southwest Minnesota and by raising funds to support our programs.

We will continue to reach out to all of our veterans by expanding new programs and services so that everyone involved has something to participate in.

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 demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Paper surveys, Meetings,

  • 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?

    The Chapter is planning on have membership meeting and sports and rec programs in the rural areas. This will create more engagement on a Chapter level.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    Our board,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

Financials

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Operations

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

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PARALYZED VETERANS OF AMERICA INC, NORTH CENTRAL CHAPTER

Board of directors
as of 1/29/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Casey Davidson


Board co-chair

Charles Doom

Gene Murphy

Greg Brandner

Duane Biesboer

Rodney Melcher

Harlan Schmidt

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 01/22/2020

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Leadership

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White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender (cisgender)
Disability status
Person with a disability

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender (cisgender)
Disability status
Person with a disability

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Disability

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