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year-end gifts

As the end of the calendar year approaches, it’s time to round out your charitable contributions for the tax year, and Heifer International urges you to include the struggle against hunger and poverty in your philanthropic efforts.

You may already know the joy of including Heifer International animal gifts in your holiday giving. Heifer International uses tools like livestock to bring self-reliance to struggling families, but these projects consist of more than just an animal. Training in animal care, Earth-friendly agriculture, and gender equity all provide the foundation for lasting change.

That’s why a year-end donation to Heifer International represents a sound investment in the improvement of our world. Your gift will multiply, because every family receiving a Heifer International animal promises to Pass on the Gift of their animal’s first offspring to another family nearby.

Passing on the Gift in Bangladesh

Heifer International’s model of creating enduring transformation in its project communities is known to be an effective solution to poverty, not just a one-time Band-Aid. Donating to Heifer International as part of your tax planning makes you a part of that solution. And Heifer is a reputable charity where your funds will be used responsibly; Charity Navigator, for example rates Heifer with three out of four stars.

Charitable donations to Heifer International are tax-deductible when you itemize deductions on your tax return, but hurry to make your contribution by December 31, 2012.

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Linda Meyers

Linda Meyers, an Arkansas transplant originally from St. Louis, Mo., started working at Heifer International in 2011. She enjoys dragging her three children on nature hikes and snapping photos of them and everything around her. She has a bachelor’s degree in English has been “in the process” of writing the great American novel for 24 years.