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Name: Heifer International, Inc.
Phone: (501) 907-2952
Fax: (501) 907-2802
Address: 1 World Avenue
Little Rock, AR 72202
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Report Creation Date: July 11, 2014
Report Expiration Date: January 1, 2016
Original Business Start Date: January 1944
Principal: Ms. Allison Stephens, Public Relations Manager
Customer Contact: Ms. Allison Stephens, Public Relations Manager - (501) 907-2952
Entity: Corporation
Incorporated: January 1997, AR
Employees: 242
Type of Business: Charity - National
Community Membership: Heifer International, Inc. is a BBB Community Member.

Stated Purpose

The organization's purpose to alleviate hunger, poverty, and environmental degradation by providing animals, training, and community development assistance.

Community Membership

This organization is a community member of BBB, which means it supports BBB's services to the public.

Notes and Comments

Heifer International is a BBB Accredited Charity that meets the BBB Standards for Charity Accountability. The BBB Wise Giving Alliance reports on national charities and determines if they meet 20 voluntary standards on matters such charity finances, appeals, and governance. A full written report is available, free, on request or by visiting the Alliance's web site at

Additional Contact Information

Additional Phone Numbers
Tel: (501) 907-2600
Tel: (855) 948-6437

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1. Watch out for similar names. As there are many charities raising funds for similar causes, some charity names sound the same. Be sure to look at the names carefully, because the charity soliciting you may not be the one you have in mind.

2. Do not be pressured to make an immediate gift. Be wary of solicitors that demand an "on the spot" donation. Charities should welcome your gift whenever you want to send it.

3. Question vague appeals. Appeals should clearly identify the charity's programs. Watch out for appeals that are strong on identifying a problem, but weak in describing what the charity specifically intends to do about it.

4. Do not give out personal information to phone solicitors. Don't give out credit card numbers, checking account numbers, or any other personal information to unknown telephone solicitors.

5. Do not give cash. Write out a check to the charity's full official name, not to an individual or third party that may be collecting the donation.

6. Keep records of your donations (receipts, canceled checks, and bank statements) so you can document your charitable giving at tax time.

7. If you want a deduction, make sure the organization is a charity. There are many different types of soliciting non-profit organizations. Most appeals will indicate if the organization is eligible to receive gifts deductible as charitable donations.

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Report as of December 17, 2014 08:34
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