FAQ

What is the difference between Heifer Foundation and Heifer International?

Heifer Foundation and Heifer International are separate non-profit organizations with distinct purposes. They both exist to serve the mission of ending hunger and poverty and caring for the earth. Heifer Foundation and Heifer International are global partners that work closely together to support a common mission while meeting the unique individual needs of donors.

Heifer Foundation educates donors on how planned charitable giving options, including endowments, annuities, trusts and bequests, can help support Heifer’s overall mission of ending hunger and poverty and caring for the earth. Heifer Foundation has built an endowment to generate sustainable, long-term financial support for the work of Heifer International in perpetuity.

Heifer International was founded on a simple belief: ending hunger begins with giving people the means to feed themselves. Since 1944, Heifer has helped more than 10.5 million hungry families in the United States and 125 other countries move toward self-reliance through the gift of food- and income-producing animals.

How do I purchase an animal for a project?

Visit Heifer International’s Web site, www.heifer.org, for information on how to purchase an animal.

I want to make a donation. How do I make out the check? Where can I send it?

Heifer Foundation gratefully accepts donations via regular mail. Checks should be made payable to “Heifer Foundation.” Please mail your donation to:

Heifer Foundation
P.O. Box 727
Little Rock, AR 72203

Can I make a donation of stock?

Yes, Heifer Foundation accepts donations of publicly traded securities and mutual funds. A donor can make a gift of publicly traded securities directly to Heifer Foundation and may receive several tax benefits such as bypassing capital gains tax and receiving a charitable income tax deduction. Gifts of publicly traded securities and mutual funds may be used to establish charitable gift annuities and charitable remainder trusts. You may instruct your broker to make an electronic transfer to Heifer Foundation’s account using the following form:

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Securities Transfer Form

Please notify us by phone at 1.888.422.1161 or e-mail to ensure your donation is processed quickly and your tax receipt issued promptly. Please send us your full name, address, phone number, the name of the company and the number of shares you are donating.

Can I make a donation of real property?

Yes, Heifer Foundation accepts donations of unencumbered real property. Gifts of unencumbered real property may be used to fund charitable remainder trusts and provide donors with significant tax advantages. For more information on donations of real property, please contact us at 1.888.422.1161 or by e-mail.

Are my gifts tax-deductible in the United States?

Yes, each gift to an endowment is tax-deductible. So are portions of a trust and annuity gifts.

Heifer Foundation is exempt from federal income taxes under Section 501 (C)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, therefore your gift is tax deductible to the full extent of the law. Heifer Foundation is a nonprofit charity operating since 1991. Our federal tax identification number is 71-0699939. You should consult your financial planner or tax advisor to determine the exact tax advantages of any gift you are considering. We provide a receipt for all gifts that can be used to claim a tax deduction. If you need a copy of the receipt or need a receipt for your gift please call 1.888.422.1161

Who manages the endowment funds? Are the funds managed internally or through an investment or banking firm?

The Heifer Foundation President and CEO is responsible for investment of all funds under the governance and guidelines of the Board of Trustees. A professional investment consultant advises the President and CEO.

Can I designate my gift to a specific country or project?

Due to the ever-changing world in which we live, Heifer Foundation cannot predict where funds will be needed in 20, 30, 40 or 50 years. Since gifts to Heifer Foundation are invested in endowments which are designed for long term support of Heifer International, gifts to Heifer Foundation's endowment may only be designated for either general use or programmatic (i.e. for use in the field, but not for overhead) use.

How can I create a “named” endowment for my business, family or loved one?

Named endowments can be created with a gift of $25,000 or more. Please contact us through info@heiferfoundation.org or call toll-free 1.888.422.1161 for more information on how to set up a named endowment.