My enthusiastic support of Heifer International began through the work of Worldbuilders, bestselling author Patrick Rothfuss's charity. I'd heard of Heifer, but not until Pat and his team started fundraising and talking about the organization's efforts did I really take a second look.
The more I researched the organization and its model for sustainable development, the more I realized just how special Heifer International really is. I'm a financial analyst by trade, but I studied economics and development in school. I was really impressed by how Heifer answers a lot of the big questions of development. The stories I read and the coverage I saw gave me the sense that this was an organization that was really helping people all over the world.
In May, through the annual Worldbuilders fundraising auction, I was given the incredible opportunity to visit Heifer International and the Heifer Ranch in Arkansas. I met volunteers and staff and saw firsthand how Heifer operates and the kind of people with whom it works. I got to milk a goat and feed pigs and see what the lives of Heifer's clients are like.
I learned how a cow isn't just a cow—it's a small business and a family's security and the opportunity for children to attend school. I learned that just a modest gift to the organization can have real and lasting impact for people across the globe and right here in the United States. I learned that we really can make a difference if we work together and if we work with the people we want to help.
Heifer International is an amazing organization, and I'm proud to support it. I'm proud to Pass On the Gift.
The end of hunger isn’t a fairy tale
Welcome to the Heifer family. Donors, volunteers, recipients and our teams around the world share a common goal: To end hunger and poverty in a sustainable way. It’s a lofty goal, but we know it's achievable. Together we are the family that can create this change.
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Cindy Wakeland, Director of Religious Education with the Unitarian Universalist Church of Urbana Champaign in Illinois, recently notified Heifer International of an incredible day camp they hosted. Click the title of this story to read more!
If you want to make yourself happy, serve others. If you want to make others happy, serve others.Pierre Ferrari, CEO of Heifer International speaking at the 2015 YNPN National Conference & Leaders Institute
Heifer would like to thank Avery for participating in our first annual honor card contest!
I was one of the adults who visited Heifer Ranch in Arkansas from June 18-20 with the Ottawa Kansas First United Methodist Group. I wrote the following poem about our experience and I plan to read it on August 2nd when we give our presentation to the church. Someone suggested I send it to you! Click the title of this story to read more...
During their second year as Brownies (3rd grade), my Girl Scout troop worked on a journey called "World of Girls." Click the title of this story to read more...
Two teams of cyclists are traversing two different continents all for the same cause: ending hunger and poverty. Click the title of this story to read more...
It’s not every day you hear of 4th graders learning the value of economics. But when Heifer International received a $480 donation along with a letter referencing “mini-society business sessions” taking place during 4th graders’ economic studies, we were intrigued. Click the title of this story to read more...
I am a woman among women, and my family is well respected in the villageGagnessiri Ndiaye, http://tinyurl.com/qhbuvnn
My name is Rebecca and I am from Lincoln Middle School in Meriden, CT. I am writing on behalf of my 7th grade team who worked at collecting money for your organization. My Social Studies teacher received your letter in the mail about donating to farms in East Africa and then gave us background on your organization because she uses your foundation herself. She then encouraged donations, even if it was just a penny. To read more, please click on the title of this story...