Heifer Project International, Inc.
June 1, 2011
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.
I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...
Personal motivation and creative problem solving of conservation issues.
Ways to make it better...
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.
Donor & I have been donating animals for several years.