This is the last of three posts highlighting the charities that we will vote on next week as part of Cupcake Project 4.0. For all of the details of the project, see the original project post.
Heifer International‘s goal is to “empower [families] to turn lives of hunger and poverty into self-reliance and hope.”
With gifts of livestock and training, we help families improve their nutrition and generate income in sustainable ways. We refer to the animals as “living loans” because in exchange for their livestock and training, families agree to give one of its animal’s offspring to another family in need. It’s called Passing on the Gift – a cornerstone of our mission that creates an ever-expanding network of hope and peace.
I wrote to each of the three selected charities and asked them what they would do with $4000. I did not hear back from Heifer International, but I was able to reach someone there via phone. I was told that while we could use the money toward purchasing specific animals, it is best to give to the General Fund so that the money can go where it is most needed. Should we choose Heifer, we would follow her advice and give to the General Fund.
I know that a lot of you are Alton Brown fans. Check out what he has to say about Heifer International: