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Heifer Project International

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Heifer Project International (Heifer) began in 1944 as a global development organization to end hunger and poverty.  Heifer works with communities in more than 20 countries around the world to strengthen local economies and build secure livelihoods that help close the gap to living income for small-scale farmers.  Heifer supports local farmer organizations, helping to set them up where they do not already exist, and providing livestock and seeds, which serve as important sources of food and income.  Heifer builds networks of relationships among people by increasing income and assets within farming families, improving their food security and nutrition, and protecting the environment, including women’s empowerment.  As farmers continue to grow their businesses, they pass on an animal, seeds or other assets to their neighbors, creating stronger, interdependent communities. As their farms expand, Heifer connects farmers to markets and helps them develop the production experience and expertise to make their businesses thrive and grow. Through partnering with governments, companies and nonprofit coalitions, they develop local solutions to global problems and build strong, resilient communities. Heifer’s revenues and other support are derived principally from contributions from individuals and groups in the United States.  Heifer includes more than 27 legally separate organizations located in Africa, Asia, Americas and Europe.  Heifer also collaborates with organizations that include its name in China, Hong Kong, Netherlands, Romania and Ukraine.  The Heifer Project International aims to support entrepreneurs around the world, in order to end hunger and poverty.

MinistryWatch Financial Efficiency Rating: 1 Star (out of a possible 5 Stars)

MinistryWatch Transparency Grade: C

ECFA Member? No

Revenue in Most Recent Year Available (2020): $131,411,859

Five-Year Revenue Trend: Increasing   (by about 15 percent change)

Percent of Revenue Heifer Project International Spends on Fundraising: 20 percent

Percent Peer Group Spends on Fundraising: 6 percent

President: Pierre Ferrari

President’s Salary and Other Compensation: $490,330

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Rod Pitzer

Rodney Pitzer, Certified Fraud Examiner since 2005, has worked for audit and investigative organizations, including Oregon Department of Justice's Charitable Activities, and being Director of the Oregon Board of Tax Professionals in 1999. In 2011 founded AVOWED.org, ministering to widows, elderly and the disabled, and now scheduled to plant a church in Corpus Christi, Texas.