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AMERICAN VOLKSSPORT ASSOCIATION INC

Fun, Fitness and Friendships

aka America's Walking Club   |   San Antonio, TX   |  http://www.ava.org/

Mission

VISION Engage Americans in lifelong walking and other noncompetitive physical fitness activities. MISSION Promote and organize noncompetitive fitness activities that encourage lifelong fun, fitness and friendship for all ages and abilities. VALUES 1) Health and Safety 2) Volunteering and Public Service 3) Non-competitive and Inclusive 4) Adventure and Camaraderie 5) Environmental Stewardship 6) Transparency and Accountability

Notes from the nonprofit

We walk for Fun, Fitness, and Friendships. Come walk with us!

Ruling year info

1987

Board Chair

Mrs. Nancy Wittenberg

Board Vice Chair

Mrs. Susan Medlin

Main address

1008 South Alamo Street

San Antonio, TX 78210 USA

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EIN

74-2164037

NTEE code info

Other Recreation, Sports, or Leisure Activities N.E.C. (N99)

Public Health Program (E70)

Senior Centers/Services (P81)

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Programs and results

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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?

Overview of Programs and Services

Programs
1. National Programs - Our nationwide network of clubs host over 1,966 sanctioned self-guided and group walks in 51 States. Our walk routes and trails are carefully mapped to highlight historical landmarks, tourist attractions, and unique local and national parks in the community. All walks are non-competitive and available for everyone. You do not have to be a member to participate in our walks and you can walk at your own pace. We also host other non-competitive events like biking, swimming, canoeing, cross country skiing, and snowshoeing.
2. International Programs - In partnership with the International Marching League (IML) we host two international walk festivals in Arlington, VA and San Antonio, TX. These events attract walkers from Europe, Asia, Canada and Oceania. The purpose is to foster International friendships.

Membership Services
1. Awards and Recognition
2. Communications & Marketing
3. Conventions
4. Training and Education
5. Social Events

Population(s) Served
Older adults
Seniors
Young adults
Families
Single parents

Those joining the program benefit from the personal satisfaction of safety and comradery gained by walking in a group or individually and qualifying incentives for a series of awards based on the number of events and/or walk kilometers completed.

Population(s) Served
Families

America's Walking Club hosts National and International Walk Programs every year. We are part of two international walking Federations, the International Marching League (IML) and the Internationaler VolkssportVerband (IVV). Every year we host two international walk festivals with the IML. One in Virginia and the other in Texas. We also host other major walking events in the communities we serve in addition to a national convention every two years. In February of 2023 we hosted an international walk festival in San Antonio, Texas. This event drew participants from 23 countries and 41 States.

Population(s) Served
Ethnic and racial groups
Families

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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

Compliance with nonprofit financial standards

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

We use the 9 standard nonprofit ratios to measure our financial capacity and efficiency and have been doing so for 7 years. We are currently 100% compliant with all standards

Total number of new organization members

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

In the past 3 years we have established 4 new walking clubs to promote health and wellness!

Number of clients served

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Non-competitive Sports Programs and Events

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

This is the number of duplicated clients we served per year. The number of individuals who walk with us!

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.

According statistics compiled by the office of the U.S Surgeon General, almost 50% of U.S. adults are living with a chronic diseases. These are the leading causes of death in the U.S. and major contributors to disability.

The American Volkssport Association agrees with the Surgeon General that being active is one of the most important steps that people of all ages and abilities can take to improve their health. Increasing people's physical activity level will significantly reduce their risk of chronic disease and premature death and support positive mental health and healthy aging.

In a effort to rectify this situation, they recently published a Call to Action for Americans to be more physically active through walking. We want to play and active role in answering the Call.

Our goal is to continue to be the leading advocate for the promotion and organization of walking and other noncompetitive sporting events that provide fun, physical fitness and friendship and encourage health and wellness for people of all ages and abilities.

Our strategies are outlined by our strategic plan which extended from 2020 to 2023 due to COVID 19 disruption. Our strategic goals balance four vital functions of our organization. They are:
Goal 1: Mission Impact: Continue to promote and organize noncompetitive fitness activities by growing the membership and developing new programs that meet the needs of special populations.
Goal 2: Financial Sustainability: Obtain the resources to develop clubs and launch innovative national initiatives by increasing revenues from individual donors, grants, sponsors, and more board involvement.
Goal 3: Operational Efficiency: Build organizational capacity and efficiency to support growth by enhancing internal operations, building a new data management system and conducting a national campaign.
Goal 4: Governance and Leadership: Attract and retain people with the right knowledge and talents to lead the organization to success by restructuring the board and updating governing documents to align with the new growth.

Our organization is comprised of an affiliation of clubs across the country. All clubs are organized and managed by full and part-time volunteers. Volunteers manage and host community events throughout the year. Some of these events are free but most events charge a nominal fee of $3.00. These fees are used to offset costs associated with hosting the events.
As long as we continue to draw volunteers will be able to meet our goals of the strategic plan. Furthermore, volunteer committee chairs comprised of board and community members have been appointed to support the implementation of our growth plan.

To date we have accomplished:
- Creation and implementation of a strategic plan
- Increased revenues from individual donors
- An integrated, online, data management system
- Development of four new revenue streams through strategic partners.

To date we have not accomplished:
- Completion on integration of our technology platform
- Development of a walking application that measures health related outcomes
- Appointment of At-Large Board Members

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.
  • 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, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals, Ideas for new programs

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

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, 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 share the feedback we received with the people we serve, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, We don’t have the right technology to collect and aggregate feedback efficiently, The people we serve tell us they find data collection burdensome, It is difficult to find the ongoing funding to support feedback collection

Financials

AMERICAN VOLKSSPORT ASSOCIATION INC
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AMERICAN VOLKSSPORT ASSOCIATION INC

Board of directors
as of 05/23/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mrs. Nancy Wittenberg

Retired

Term: 2023 - 2025

Nancy Wittenberg

American Volkssport Association

Carl Cordes

American Volkssport Association

Ed McCabe

Amercian Volkssport Association

Leslie Murphey Stone

American Volkssport Association

Sharon Moats

American Volkssport Association

Jeff Giddings

American Volkssport Association

Craig Gauger

American Volkssport Association

Susan Pinneke

American Volkssport Association

Carol Giesecke

American Volkssport Association

Becky Forsythe

American Volkssport Association

Steve Sandridge

American Volkssport Association

Teresa Arnold

American Volkssport Association

Kathryn King

American Volkssport Association

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? No
  • 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 5/21/2024

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

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Sexual orientation

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Disability

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 05/21/2024

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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.
Policies and processes
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.