How Kindful Helps the Pat Tillman Foundation Be More Effective
The Pat Tillman Foundation was founded in 2004 following Pat’s death while he was serving with the 75th Ranger Regiment in Afghanistan. A professional football player for the Arizona Cardinals, Pat decided to place his NFL career on hold and enlist in the U.S. Army following the attacks on September 11.
Following an outpouring of support after his death, Pat’s widow, Marie Tillman, created the foundation to mirror Pat’s life and honor his legacy. That legacy includes the Tillman Scholars Program, founded in 2008, which supports active-duty service members, veterans, and their spouses with academic scholarships, a national network, and professional development opportunities, so they are empowered to make an impact at home and around the world, just like Pat.
With such a worthy mission and impressive impact, it’s no wonder the Pat Tillman Foundation has many types of donors from all around the country. Now the foundation just had to figure out how to manage them.
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Ethan Armstrong, Development Manager at the foundation, describes switching to Kindful after using a “very archaic” program in the past:
“Kindful has been highly useful for us for the simple one-stop shop for donor relations, whether it’s donations actually logged and calculated in one place or the fact that we now have contact information and histories with all our donors at our fingertips. Being able to track donors where they are and how we’ve communicated with them has been the biggest help.”
It was crucial that the new donor management tool work seamlessly with the foundation’s donation platform, Crowdrise, now known as GoFundMe Charity. After making the switch, every donation received on any of the foundation’s Crowdrise pages now integrates with Kindful.
“All of those donations that flood through those sites are all then integrated into Kindful so the tracking is from Kindful. We’re not going back and forth between spreadsheets and downloading reports from Crowdrise— it’s all funneling into Kindful and we’re able to see everything there.”