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MINISTRY SPOTLIGHT: Heifer Project International

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Heifer Project International (Heifer) began in 1944 by investing in small farmers worldwide. Heifer provides farmers with technical assistance and opportunities to strengthen essential skills, including finance and business management that are economically and environmentally sustainable. 

The ministry operates with various branch offices in 21 countries across Africa, Asia and the Americas, but it has impacted many surrounding countries. Heifer works through local staff and organizations, with each small family farm expected to strengthen communities and local markets by passing on livestock, knowledge, and other assets to families locally.

About 70% of its program expenses go toward providing livestock to small farmers along with training and technical support.

Another 26% of Heifer’s program expenses go toward educating people about the root causes of hunger and poverty and how they can be part of the solution.

About 4% of Heifer’s program expenses go toward providing gifts of seeds, grains, and trees and teaching farmers and families geographically appropriate and resource-sound agricultural practices that enhance and increase crop productivity and are good for the environment.

Heifer works with local organizations to increase farmers’ access to markets to improve economic benefit and increase personal gain from what they grow.

Heifer Project International’s mission is to end hunger and poverty through relationships with small farmers worldwide by providing livestock, seeds, and training in sustainable crop production and animal management practices.

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MinistryWatch Donor Confidence Score:  57 (out of a possible 100) “Give With Caution”

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 (2021):  $208,834,869

Five-Year Revenue Trend:  Increasing  (by 42% change)

Percent of Heifer Project International Spends on Fundraising:  29%

Percent Peer Group Spends on Fundraising: 6%

CEO: Pierre Ferrari

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

Complete MinistryWatch profile for Heifer Project International  can be found here.

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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.