Heifer International: a meaningful gift
December 18, 2006
The corporate holiday gift is a mainstay of the business world, but gift-givers often have difficulty finding something that’s unique, let alone socially responsible as well. From sole proprietors to multi-national corporations, more business people are turning to organizations like Heifer International as a way to give a meaningful corporate gift. Founded in 1944, Heifer International is a non-profit organization that provides livestock and training to help poor communities in more than 50 countries, including the United States. The livestock and training help recipients achieve self-reliance.
A gift through Heifer International continues giving long after the holiday cards have been taken off the office bulletin board. Recipients of Heifer International animals pass on the gift by giving the animals’ offspring to another family in need. The livestock and Heifer International’s training in earth-friendly agriculture methods help ensure the families will be able to sustain a living and protect their environment as well. Heifer also helps communities flourish through micro-credit loans, enterprise planning, marketing, product development and financial management. For many project partners, this helps reveal their talents and creativity in various ways and begin to move toward gaining a viable income.
Corporate gift-givers can choose from dairy cows and goats to llamas, pigs and flocks of fowl. Tree saplings can be given, as well as hives of honey bees to produce honey and improve crop pollination. Whatever you choose, Heifer makes it easy to give this unique gift by visiting http://www.heifer.org and opening Heifer’s “Most Important Gift Catalog in the World,” where you’ll find gifts ranging between $20 for a flock of chicks to a $5,000 ark of animals for a whole village. Gift cards can be customized and printed or emailed to your recipients. Or, call (800) 696-1918 to get a free catalog and place your order.