There’s nothing quite like the bond between animal and human. Pets provide comfort, security and strength, especially during tough times. This bond is uniquely universal; shelters and volunteer groups of all shapes and sizes all over the globe work tirelessly to save local animals through programs and adoptions, thus creating more bonds between animal and owner. The problem is oftentimes these organizations lack funds, supplies and manpower. This is especially true in impoverished, war-ridden countries, where animals are left to fend for themselves in harsh climates with scarce food sources.
One organization exists to partner with groups who are already making a large impact and need more support to increase the amount of animals they help in their communities. Since 2006, SPCA International (SPCAI), with the help of generous donors across the globe, have been providing these groups with funds for supplies, shelter buildings, animal transport, programming and more.
Programming like Operation Baghdad Pups: Worldwide, which helps soldiers bring home animals they befriend during their deployment - these dogs and cats oftentimes act as therapy animals to help soldiers transition back into normal life. And Operation Military Pets, which helps military families –many with children who don’t know a life without their pets– coordinate and pay for transport of their household pets due to base relocations.
As a non-profit, SPCAI exists because of funds from their donors. One can imagine how important it is to have a system that makes it easy or even effortless for individuals to give monetarily.
SPCAI had started out using a basic proprietary software to create donation forms, send emails, and process donations. But the team often ran into problems and glitches with the software.
“We had forms that would suddenly stop working in the middle of fundraising efforts,” said Stephanie Scott, Director of Marketing and Communications. “And on top of that, we found out that the software provider was closing its doors.”
After learning this, Stephanie immediately started looking for a new solution.
After coming across Blackthorn Payments through the Salesforce AppExchange, Stephanie reached out to see if it could be the solution for their non-profit. Both parties agreed the Payments app would work great for their payment processing needs, but SPCAI needed a more customized solution catered to their business; one that worked with Salesforce’s Non-Profit Success Pack (NPSP). After a deep dive of SPCAI’s processes and interactions, Blackthorn went to work to build the very first version of what is now Blackthorn Donations, a 100% Salesforce-native app that integrates seamlessly with the NPSP.
In 2017 SPCAI went live with Blackthorn Donations, becoming the first non-profit to use the app, and they’ve been a client ever since.
“It’s a consistently stable app. We spend more time focusing on reaching more people through creative and thoughtful marketing efforts,” said Stephanie. “But in the case that we do need help, Ashley [and Blackthorn’s support team] is fantastic to work with and super responsive.”
Along with strong support, SPCAI discussed a few other things they love the most about Blackthorn Donations:
Since the launch of Donations, Blackthorn has worked with several other non-profits, gathering feedback along the way that help them continue to improve the app experience for both non-profit teams and donors.
Blackthorn is proud to help Stephanie and the SPCAI team reach their goals: More partnerships, more programs, more reach, more capacity to help animals in need, connecting more people to the future pets and family members and in turn, continuing to grow that special bond all over the world.
Find out more about SPCA International and donate to their efforts (Oh, and check out the Blackthorn forms while you’re there).
FORMS and EMAILS/NOTIFICATIONS
BLACKTHORN PAYMENTS - Comes with donations app package
Questions? Reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org. to watch a demo, get going on a free trial, or talk to one of our team members.