Founded in 1991 by Heifer International’s Board of Directors, Heifer Foundation has developed, and continues to manage, an endowment to support the work of Heifer International.

Simply put, Heifer Foundation and Heifer International are separate non-profit charitable organizations with distinct purposes. They are global partners that work closely together to meet the unique needs of donors while working toward the common goal of ending hunger and poverty.

Heifer Foundation offers a variety of planned giving instruments, such as trusts, annuities and bequests, that provide donors the ability to help themselves, their loved ones and a world in great need.

For more than 20 years, Heifer Foundation’s mission has been to manage and grow an endowment to provide long-term support for Heifer International. The Foundation’s endowment is built through charitable gifts such as cash, property and stock, as well as funds from bequests, trusts and annuities. These gifts are invested, and the investment earnings provide annual support for Heifer for many years into the future.

By carefully investing each charitable gift, the initial donation has a greater impact over a longer period. Each year, a portion of the endowment is made available to Heifer International for use in ending hunger and poverty. This sustainable cycle of support provides lasting resources for Heifer’s sustainable solution to end hunger and poverty.

While donations to Heifer International are put to immediate use, gifts made to Heifer Foundation are invested for the future, so that our shared mission of helping people in the margins of the world can continue for generations.