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SPCA International (SPCAI)

CharityWatch report issued
July 2021

CharityWatch Grade
Our independent grade based
on a number of factors.
Program Percentage
Amount spent on programs
relative to overhead.
Cost to Raise $100
Amount spent to raise
$100 of contributions.

Contact Information

SPCA International (SPCAI)
PO Box 8682
New York, NY 10001

Other Names

Operation Baghdad Pups (OBP)
Operation Military Pets (OMP)

Tax Status




Stated Mission

Advancing the safety and well-being of animals.

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Data based on Fiscal Year Ended 12/31/2019

Program Percentage: 17%

The percentage of SPCA International (SPCAI)'s cash budget it spends on programs relative to overhead (fundraising, management, and general expenses).


Calculated Total Expenses



Cost to Raise $100: $81

How many dollars SPCA International (SPCAI) spends on fundraising to raise each $100 of contributions.


Calculated Total Contributions


Joint Costs

SPCA International (SPCAI)'s rating was adjusted for Joint Costs. If you are a donor who considers direct mail, telemarketing, and other Joint Cost solicitations to be true charitable programs, the below efficiency ratios, which were not adjusted for joint costs, may better reflect your goals.

Program % Cost to Raise $100
47% $50
Accounting rules allow charities to report some telemarketing, direct mail, and other solicitation costs as Program expenses. CharityWatch believes that most donors do not consider a charity's solicitation activities to be the Programs they are intending to support with their donations. We therefore adjust such expenses out of a charity's reported Program expense and add it to Fundraising expense prior to calculating its rating.

Government Funding

0% to 24%

Percentage of cash revenue
coming from government sources


Financial Documents

Entity Document Type Tax ID
SPCA International IRS Form 990 87-0773320
SPCA International Audited Financial Statements 87-0773320
Entity: SPCA International
Document Type: IRS Form 990
Tax ID: 87-0773320
Entity: SPCA International
Document Type: Audited Financial Statements
Tax ID: 87-0773320

Governance & Transparency

CharityWatch evaluates certain criteria related to a charity's Governance and Transparency. Donors may want to consider a charity's willingness to be open and transparent with CharityWatch to be a good litmus test for determining its commitment to public accountability.
SPCA International (SPCAI)
meets governance benchmarks.
SPCA International (SPCAI)
meets transparency benchmarks.
Provides Financial Information
Audit Accessibility
Governance: Policies
Reports regularly & consistently monitoring & enforcing compliance with a written Conflict of Interest Policy
Reports required, annual disclosure by officers, directors, and key staff of interests that could give rise to conflicts
Reports having a written Whistleblower Policy
Reports having a written Document Retention and Destruction Policy
Governance: Financials
Reports providing copy of tax form to all board members prior to filing it with IRS
Reports that financial statements were audited by an independent accountant
Governance: Board of Directors
Reports at least 5 voting board members
51% or more of voting board members reported as independent
Reports documenting minutes of board and board committee meetings
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  Name Title Compensation
1 Meredith Ayan Executive Director $145,853
2 Stephanie Scott Director of Marketing & Communications $129,664
Name: Meredith Ayan
Title: Executive Director
Compensation: $145,853
Name: Stephanie Scott
Title: Director of Marketing & Communications
Compensation: $129,664

CharityWatch Analysts perform an in-depth analysis of charities' audited financial statements and IRS tax filings, and often review other documents such as state filings, annual reports, and fundraising contracts during their evaluations. Below are select notes that CharityWatch believes may be of interest to donors.

According to the SPCA International (SPCAI) audit of December 31, 2019 (Note 1, Management's Plans and Intentions and Consideration of Ability to Continue as a Going Concern):

"At December 31, 2019, the SPCAI had a net working capital deficit of approximately $669,000. The SPCAI is currently implementing various initiatives, including revenue enhancement and evaluating plans to reduce operating costs, as well as attempting to renegotiate with its professional fundraiser for reduction in direct mailing costs, new program initiatives and the negotiation of the repayment of the obligation to the professional fundraiser. This is anticipated to result in increased revenues and a reduction in costs. It is believed that these plans will allow the SPCAI to achieve and maintain profitability and improve financial stability.

"Management has a feasible and attainable three-year plan that projects revenue will exceed expenses within that timeframe if not sooner."

According to the SPCA International (SPCAI) audit of December 31, 2019 (Note 5, In-Kind Contributions), SPCAI reports receiving in-kind contributed goods and services in 2019 on which it placed a total value of $8,131,143, including $7,659,852 in donated "Shelter program support - medical supplies."

[Note: CharityWatch generally excludes the value of in-kind (non-cash) donations of goods and services from its calculations of Program % and Cost to Raise $100. More information on how grades are calculated and the treatment of in-kind donations can be found on the Our Process page.]

According to the SPCA International (SPCAI) audit of December 31, 2019 (Note 7, Commitments, Fundraising):

"In October 2006, the SPCAI entered into a 10-year agreement with a direct mail service provider ('DM') to administer its fundraising and marketing activities. Services covered under this agreement include the production of direct mail awareness and educational materials, organization development, and processing of cash receipts. In addition, the DM incurred startup costs on behalf of the SPCAI. The SPCAI is obligated to reimburse the DM for all costs incurred on behalf of the SPCAI. As of May 31, 2018, the contract is self-renewing for one year terms barring cancellation of the contract by either party."

According to the SPCA International (SPCAI) audit of December 31, 2019 (Note 10, Subsequent Events):

"The SPCAI has evaluated all events or transactions that occurred after December 31, 2019 through July 29, 2020, the date that the [audited] financial statements were available to be issued...

"As a result of the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus, economic uncertainties have arisen which are likely to negatively impact contribution income and collections of receivables. Other financial impact could occur, though such potential impact is unknown at this time."

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