Ainsworth Community Together

Ainsworth, IA

Mission

The MISSION of the Ainsworth Community Together (ACT) organization is to provide facilities and services through volunteer efforts to enable activities that promote and support families and community with a reverence for the past.

Ruling year info

1991

Chairperson

James (Jim) Hansen

Vice Chairperson

Raquel (Rocky) Roberts

Main address

PO Box 35

Ainsworth, IA 52201 USA

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EIN

42-1351746

NTEE code info

Community Coalitions (S21)

IRS filing requirement

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

Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Locating Different forms of Funding is a need for ACT. Covid 19 Virus has stopped all income other than some individual donations coming into the organization.

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?

Community Outreach

This program is designed to enhance relationships within the local and surrounding communities through entertainment, historical and relationship building activities as well as provide volunteer opportunities for all ages.

Population(s) Served
Age groups
Family relationships
Multiracial people
Religious groups
Social and economic status

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.

Number of community events or trainings held and attendance

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Age groups, Ethnic and racial groups, Family relationships, Social and economic status, Work status and occupations

Related Program

Community Outreach

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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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.

1 ACT is working to maintain the building that has been restored as a historical Opera House. The organization needs to continue to plan and implement special programs that will keep the history of the area alive.
2 Act wants to build relationships among the local community and surrounding area to keep our small rural town vibrant and attractive to new residents and the residents that have resided in the area for many years.
3 The attempt to keep the community and history alive so the younger generation will be proud of where their parents, grandparents, and great grandparents and other family members resided and made their living.
4 The goal of keeping healthy relationships alive is included in the goals of ACT. Providing a location that the community can come together and express kindness to others is another goal .
5 Finding ways to keep the organization in tact financially is a goal.
6. Explore ways of promoting the organization through social media, electronic signs and other advertising avenues.

1 ACT is working to maintain the building that has been restored as a historical Opera House. The organization needs to continue to plan and implement special programs that will keep the history of the area alive.
STRATEGY - Collect historical photos and items of the past from community members....invite people to the historical programs and events...
2 Act wants to build relationships among the local community and surrounding area to keep our small rural town vibrant and attractive to new residents and the residents that have resided in the area for many years.
STRATEGY- Provide programs and events that help all ages interact with each other and create learning experiences for all ages.
3 The attempt to keep the community and history alive so the younger generation will be proud of where their parents, grandparents, and great grandparents and other family members resided and made their living.
STRATEGY-Provide a museum that houses the relics of the past for all generations to learn from and enjoy.
4 The goal of keeping healthy relationships alive is included in the goals of ACT. Providing a location that the community can come together and express kindness to others is another goal .
STRATEGY-Provide events that create interaction and learning experinces of all ages together. Provide programs on safety on the farm, on the street, and in home safety.
5 Finding ways to keep the organization in tact financially is a goal.
STRATEGY- Apply for grants and look for ways to involve volunteers in cleaning and upkeep of the property. Initiate fund raisers and request donations from alumni of the local community and surrounding areas.
6. Explore ways of promoting the organization through social media, electronic signs and other advertising avenues.
STRATEGY - Consult with sign companies and obtain quotes and suggestions for efficient advertising for ACT.

ACT is capable of reaching out to the school districts and clubs for volunteer help. An Alumni Banquet is held annually to encourage donations and attendance in the community.
A museum is in place at this time and many people have donated items to keep our history alive.
Fund raisers have been held to involve the community and to bring in cash to help with cash flow.
The organization has provided programs that focus on safety and well being of individuals such as grain bin safety and fire safety.
The organization normally has served approximately 3000 people by providing a location for family gatherings of all kinds, community gatherings, the American Legion meeting places, dance recitals, school functions, and programs that provide learning experiences.
Appointments have been made to receive advertising consultations and quotes.

ACT has reached out by way of social media for donations during this past year of COVID shut down and been successful in receiving individual donations to help maintain monthly expenses such as insurance and repairs and regular upkeep of the building.
ACT has helped to make the Brinton Films which were originally shown in the Ainsworth Opera House a world wide experience during the past 2-3 years.
ACT has gradually opened the building for gatherings in 2021.
ACT plans to work on more fundraisers for income to help provide ways to make the organization and building availability better known by more people in the future.
A little free library will be placed on the property in 2021 to encourage reading and exchange of reading materials among citizens of all ages in the city , country and surrounding community.
Skylight repairs are planned to be completed in the next 2 years to maintain the historical effects of the historical building and provide safety from water leaking inside the building.
Applying to get the Ainsworth Opera House on the National Historic Register is planned in the next 2 years.

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.
  • Who are the people you serve with your mission?

    ACT serves people from the local community and surrounding communities of all ages.

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

    SMS text surveys, Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Paper surveys, Community meetings/Town halls, 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, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    We have discontinued programs this past year due to CDC guidelines and people having a reluctance to gather in groups due to COVID 19

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

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

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

    We have attempted to change our programs in the past to adjust to the interests of the people we serve. For example we had a chili cookoff and the attendees suggested ways to improve our process. We will implement these suggestions at the next cookoff.... If people respond by email or facebook that they are not interested in a program we do not pursue it. We attempt to pursue suggestions made by the people we serve.

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

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, 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 demographics (e.g., race, age, gender, etc.), 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, We ask the people who gave us feedback how well they think we responded,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, It is difficult to find the ongoing funding to support feedback collection, It is difficult to identify actionable feedback,

Financials

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Operations

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

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Ainsworth Community Together

Board of directors
as of 3/7/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

James (Jim) Hansen

Ainsworth Community Together (ACT)

Term: 2010 -


Board co-chair

Raquel (Rocky ) Roberts

Ainsworth Community Together (ACT)

Term: 2006 -

Michael Zahs

ACT

Neal Megchelsen

ACT

Sherrie Hazen

ACT

Linda McNeil

ACT

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? Not applicable
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Not applicable
  • 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? Not applicable
  • 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? Not applicable

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 03/07/2021

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

Disability

Equity strategies

Last updated: 03/07/2021

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Data
  • We analyze disaggregated data and root causes of race disparities that impact the organization's programs, portfolios, and the populations served.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • 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 disaggregate data by demographics, including race, in every policy and program measured.
  • 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 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.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.