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December 5, 2011
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December 5, 2011
17 people found this review helpful

I have been donating to Heifer for a number of years now; it is the main charity that I donate to each year. I believe in its mission and its approach. However, the one thing that always causes me pause every year is the ratio of money donated to money that actually gets spent on the program - it is "only" about 73%. The biggest problem I see is that they spend far too much money on fundraising, mostly in the form of about 5 or 6 glossy catalogs I receive each year. I would like NOT to receive this, and just get emails instead, to save the money for the actual program. Unfortunately, there is no way to opt out of not receiving all the mailings. I consider this a problem for the charity.

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Definitely

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Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

November 27, 2011
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November 27, 2011
29 people found this review helpful

I am an area volunteer for Heifer International and would like to clear up some misconceptions in a previous post. The original animals Heifer donates to needy families are neither sold nor eaten. They are an opportunity for a family to earn a living through the sale of the products the animals produce such as milk, eggs, honey etc. The first offspring of the animal is passed on to another needy family and so on. I have been to Heifer headquarters (green),in Little Rock, Arkansas to the Heifer Ranch in Perryville, Arkansas, and on a study tour to Armenia and I can assure you every cent that is contributed to Heifer International is well spent. Heifer does not give people an animal and leave them, they are there educating them on the care of the animals, supplying veterianary care and help in producing feed among other services. Heifer is one of the most transparent agencies you will find. I am proud to be a part of this organization that has been around since 1944 and has helped many people become self sufficient and communities come together that once were at odds and they have empowered women and educated girls where otherwise they may not have had that opportunity.

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I am an area volunteer for Heifer International.

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October 20, 2011
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October 20, 2011
7 people found this review helpful

Every year I send this group an email asking them to stop sending me their catalog, and every year i get their catalog in the mail! I am totally against what they do with live animals, treating them like they're nothing but commodities to be bought and sold, sending them to poor people who then often turn around and sell them to get some money because they can't afford to take care of them. Dealing in the animal trade does not seem to me a worthy or realistic charitable endeavor at all, and I'm sick and tired of their ignoring my repeated requests not to bother me with appeals.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

receiving mail from them asking for money to buy animals

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

get them to stop sending me catalogs.

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How did you learn about this organization?

through animal rights groups

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

July 29, 2011
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July 29, 2011
9 people found this review helpful

I give monthly to Heifers, and while they do have some "office" problems whenever there is a money issue, their work makes them worth my time and money.

In my opinion, it is more beneficial to work on long-term, sustainable means of subsistence so that impoverished people are give a way
to earn their living, as opposed to short-term solutions. While it is very important to treat the immediate 'symptoms' of poverty, and I am not impugning those charities in any way, I like that Heifer treats the 'disease' behind the problem.

I know the President makes over $250,000 but this is hardly obscene considering she is running a huge organization at a fraction of what other CEOs would make.

In short, I am a big fan of this charity and would happily recommend it to anyone.

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I really enjoy the reports they send about individuals they have helped who have then 'passed the gift on' to other families in need.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Get them a better accounting/computer system.

July 19, 2011
16 people found this review helpful

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July 19, 2011
16 people found this review helpful

I have long admired the work that Heifer does and was happy to contribute after the Haiti earthquake with funds designated for that effort. I began receiving requests for additional donations immediately. I currently receive solicitations via phone, email and US mail at least once per week. This is far too much time and resources spent on fundraising.

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Far too much time and resources are spent on fundraising.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Change the fund-raising company and limit the number of solicitations directed towards donors

June 1, 2011
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June 1, 2011
8 people found this review helpful

I am a agricultural conservationist by trade and am extremely impressed with the creativity that Heifer uses to tackle hunger, poverty, and the downtrodden plight of women in poverty-stricken regions. They prove that the old adage, "give a man a fish and he eats for a day, teach a man to fish and he eats for a lifetime" is still true. Solving complicated hunger issues through locally driven initiatives offers a hand up with dignity and causes permanent change to occur. If I could give this organization more than 5 stars, I would. I am confident that this organization is a good steward of donor monies. As for the comments about the CEO's salary, I believe that the laborer is worth his/her hire. This person is responsible for piloting a large, multinational organization dependent on donor funding which holds the fate of thousands in its hands. Compare the salary with CEO's of for-profit corporations of similar size for a more accurate reading.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Personal motivation and creative problem solving of conservation issues.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I would give Heifer a physical US presence in an additional location (besides Little Rock) close to a larger urban population. In order to reach our more densely populated areas more effectively, I would suggest locating a sister facility to Heifer Ranch somewhere outside Indianapolis, IN which is within easy reach of Chicago, Cincinnati, Detroit, Dayton, and several other large metro areas. This would open up the educational opportunities to a much larger population and increase Heifer's visibility.

April 23, 2011
24 people found this review helpful

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April 23, 2011
24 people found this review helpful

In the past, during the Christmas Season, I have donated animals and agricultural products to my friends and family. Before I donate, I always check the Charity Navigator Website to verify Project Expenses vs. Administration and Fund Raising costs. Your organization meets expectaions in this regard, however the President's salary is too high.

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no way.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

lower the salary of the President for Heifer Project International. I have noticed on Charity Navigator's Website numerous charitible organizations' CEO's earn over $250,000. Mr Luck received $265,360 in compensation and this appears to me to be out of line with the mission of the charity. The Governor of California's salary is $173,987. This year, 2011, I have chosen to give my donations to charities whose CEO's receive a more reasonable salary.

January 5, 2011
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January 5, 2011
6 people found this review helpful

Of all the many organizations working to end extreme poverty that I have studied, Heifer seems to me to have the best combination of pragmatism and idealism. They recognize that the problems they wrestle with are complex and intertwined: how hunger is related to social injustice, war, environmental degradation, gender inequality, ignorance (both here and abroad), and apathy. They manage to fight all of these problems together.



Founded by an extraordinary man--Dan West--after his experience doing relief work in Europe during the Spanish Civil War, this group continues to refine its methods and spread its idea that impoverished people all over the world can solve their own problems--and then go on to help others-- with just a loan of livestock and training, which they then pass on to others.



My own experiences with Heifer have included participating in various fund-raising and public outreach projects, including a joint fundraiser with the African Children's Choir and a recent banquet in California's wine country, projects that are run primarily by grass-roots volunteers--interesting, fun, passionate, wonderful people!



I have also attended two educational weekend seminars, "Heifer University 101" and the more in-depth "Heifer University 201," which were both excellent--very informative and inspiring.



So whether you want to learn more about how to fight poverty and its attendant problems, put your own shoulder to the wheel with active participation, or just send your donation dollars to a group that will spend them well and multiply them, check out heifer.org. This is a great group.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I've met people from seriously impoverished countries who were helped by Heifer's projects, and I have seen and felt what volunteering can do for the volunteers, too--builds both humility and confidence and provides perspective, inspiration.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

It is already almost perfect, but I would recommend that Heifer make its gifts, books, and (especially) DVDs easier to buy from its main Web site. You have to already be an insider to know what is available, and even then it isn't easy to get the goods. Ordering the animals is easy, though. I don't understand why reviewer #2 had trouble with it.

December 22, 2010
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Review from Guidestar
December 22, 2010
16 people found this review helpful

My contact with Heifer Intl. has been brief, and possibly never again. I ordered a llama online, using my PayPal account. About an hour after placing the order I checked PayPal. There I discovered they had made two identical charges. I don't know if I hit the wrong button, or if they are doing something. Immediately I sent an email message that the second charge was a mistake and to please remove it. When no one replied, I phoned a number I found on their website. A man with whom I talked said he would take care of it. Meanwhile, both charges have been made to my credit card linked to the PayPal, and the PayPall account now shows that both items have been paid. I don't know if there is any way to get this corrected, but I do know that I will NEVER do this again. Also, I will tell my story to anyone in the world who will listen as a cautionary tale.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I'm out $150

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

have someone responsible for responding to questions and requests.

November 24, 2009
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November 24, 2009
9 people found this review helpful

For over 25 years Heifer International has been a major influence on my life. For over 60 years Heifer has been sharing resources and knowlege with limited resource farm families across the world and in the US. I have visited projects in Honduras, Maine, New York City, and Appalachia and met impoverished people whose health, dignity and hope have been restored through Heifer's unique work. I have been blessed with the opportunity to share these stories with schools and congregationa as a heifer volunteer, and to meet international "partners" in Heifer's work. Heifer "invests" donors funds with marginalized men and women who, records show, respond overwhelmingly and "pass on the gifts" they receive to others, thus leading to new levels of selp-sufficiency in small rural villages worldwide.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Honduras, where I met children who were colse to death, and whose health was restored because of a daily ration of Goat's milk

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Discovering that all people worldwide want the same things- health and education for their children, pride and dignity in their work, and a sense of belonging to a community.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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