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Frequently Asked Questions about Donations

Are Heifer gifts tax deductible?

Yes, contributions to Heifer International are tax deductible donations for U.S. citizens. Heifer International is exempt from federal income taxes under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.

What methods of payment do you accept for donations on your website?

You can donate to Heifer International through our website using the following payment methods. 

  • Visa
  • Mastercard
  • American Express
  • Discover
  • Paypal
  • Bitcoin

To use any of the above payment methods, just browse the Heifer Gift Catalog and add an item to your online shopping basket, or you can give where needed most. Once in the basket, look for instructions for completing the checkout process using a credit card, Paypal or Bitcoin. 

You can also donate Ethereum (aka Ether) to Heifer International by transferring money directly from your Ether wallet to Heifer's Ether address:

0xD3F81260a44A1df7A7269CF66Abd9c7e4f8CdcD1

Donations by Ether will be used where needed most, and cannot be designated to any particular animal or project.

What do you mean by "share of an animal" or "donate shares of an animal"?

We offer different ways to donate a Heifer International animal so that you can end hunger and poverty regardless of your budget. Through the option to purchase a "share" of an animal, you are able to donate smaller amounts that may be better for your budget while still donating toward the animal about which you are most interested. For example, if you really like the benefits goats provide to families, but cannot afford the full amount of a goat, you can donate a share of a goat. Your "share" donation will be combined with "share" donations from other donors to provide families with the gift of a goat and training.

What's included in the price I pay to order a gift animal through Heifer?

The prices listed for Heifer animals include the cost of purchasing and transporting quality animals and the training and support services Heifer provides project partners.

I was asked by a Heifer representative on the street, or a Heifer representative came to my door and asked me, to donate through a special iPhone. Is this a secure way to make a donation and become a monthly donor?

We are always seeking new monthly donors to become a sustainer and join our global movement for change. One way to support us is through our committed and passionate representatives on the streets and doorsteps of many American cities.

Thanks to Public Outreach, one of our face-to-face fundraising partners, our street and door-to-door representatives in Boston and Los Angeles can now accept donations on the spot using specially modified iPhone or Samsung tablets. This is a convenient and secure mobile giving method that helps us receive your urgently needed contribution as soon as possible. The new method can accept credit card donations and helps reduce administrative costs. If you meet one of our representatives, please take the opportunity to learn more about our important programs and consider becoming a monthly donor.

Is there a form I can use to order items from your catalog?

Yes. There is a Catalog Order Form available for download in PDF format. You can print it off, fill it out and mail it along with your donation to Heifer International, P.O. Box 6021, Albert Lea, MN 56007-6621.

Can I order a hard copy of your Gift Catalog?

Yes. If you're in the United States or Canada, and would like to receive free copies of our Gift Catalog, please call 855 9HUNGER (855 948-6437). There is also our Catalog Order Form available for download in PDF format.

Can I find out where the animal I purchased went?

Sorry, no. While many people want to know where their gift animals were sent, the tracking of individual animals for donors requires more staff and increased operating expenses. In order to keep operating expenses low while we help the greatest number of needy people and respect the dignity of our project participants, records on each donor's specific animal and to which family it was given remain confidential.

However, you can learn about the transformation taking place across the globe with your donation.

Does the Heifer Catalog use "cookies"?

Yes. The Heifer Catalog uses only "order cookies", a piece of text that is downloaded and stored on your computer solely for the purpose of displaying your gift items throughout the order process. Similar to a shopping cart on other sites, order cookies are used to track items you choose during the ordering process. The cookies also serve to streamline the purchase process.

Allowing the Heifer Catalog to create a "cookie" does not give Heifer access to the rest of your computer, and only Heifer can read the "cookies" created within the Heifer Catalog and site.

You can modify your browser settings to accept or reject cookies. Consult your browser's Help menu for directions.

I've ordered an animal, but keep getting a pop-up window that says "Your shopping cart is empty." What's happening?

If you select an animal to order and encounter a pop-up screen with a message asking you to "enable cookies," and/or a message that "your shopping cart is empty," cookies may not be enabled in your browser.

You can modify your browser settings to accept or reject cookies. Consult your browser's Help menu for directions. You may need to go back to the catalog homepage to begin your order again after you have done so.

Can I have a picture of the particular animal I'm purchasing as a gift?

Sorry, no. We understand your desire to find out more about your specific donation, but because of resource limitations, we are simply unable to keep photographic records on each donor's animal and of the specific family or field program to which it was given.

In order to be good stewards of our donors' gifts, and to be able to assist a greater number of project partners, Heifer has opted not to spend your valuable contributions on additional staff for tracking individual animals for the purpose of reporting back to donors.

Can I have a picture of the family that receives my gift?

Sorry, no. We understand your desire to find out more about your specific donation, but because of resource limitations, we are simply unable to keep photographic records on each donor's animal and of the specific family or field program to which it was given.

In order to be good stewards of our donors' gifts, and to be able to assist a greater number of project partners, Heifer has opted not to spend your valuable contributions on additional staff for tracking individual animals for the purpose of reporting back to donors.

Will I have an opportunity to communicate with the family that benefit from my gift? Can I send a letter or care package?

Sorry, no. Our work in our field programs is done in partnership with groups of farm families. They, in turn, elect leadership councils who work with our field staff in deciding how the assistance their program receives is distributed equitably among all the families in the group. In this respect, we are not able to facilitate aid to or communications with particular individuals or families within our programs.

Can I make a donation via Ethereum?

You can support Heifer’s work by donating directly from your preferred digital wallet using the Ethereum platform. At this time, Heifer does not directly accept ether as a payment option on our website. However, you are able to donate by using your ether wallet with a pre-existing balance.

Heifer’s Ether Wallet Address: 0xD3F81260a44A1df7A7269CF66Abd9c7e4f8CdcD1

It is IMPORTANT that this is correct and there are no typos. Failure to enter the correct address and send amount will result in lost funds. Transactions are irreversible. If you have questions about the process, we recommend you learn more about how the currency works.

This information does not imply an endorsement by Heifer International of using cryptocurrencies, such as ether. These instructions are provided for informational purposes only.

Donations made on the Ethereum platform are used where needed most and are not designated to any specific Heifer program or project.

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