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Heifer International Charity Rating

Heifer International is a global development organization with a mission to end hunger and poverty in a sustainable way.

Heifer International believes that eradicating world hunger and poverty starts with agriculture. Since 1944, it has invested in more than 39 million smallholder farmers and their families worldwide, providing livestock, training and access to a wide range of farmer-focused services.

Working with rural communities in 21 countries in Africa, Asia and the Americas, including the United States, Heifer International supports farmers and local food producers to strengthen local economies and build secure livelihoods.

Heifer International is a 501(c)(3) organization, with IRS ruling since 1999, donations are tax deductible.

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contact information

One world avenue

Little Rock AR 72202

Send donations to:

s. B 8058

Little Rock AR 72203


An important note about the timing of assessments

The IRS is significantly delaying the processing of annual tax returns for non-profit organizations (Forms 990). As a result, Heifer International's degree of financial, transparency and accountability is out of date and the overall rating may not be representative of its current performance. Please check directly with the charity with any questions you may have.

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This charity's score is 83.71, making it 3 stars. Donors can "give with confidence" to this charity.

This score is calculated from two sub-scores:

Finances: 77.16 View details

Responsibility and transparency: 97.00 See details

This result represents data from 2020 Form 990, the last year the IRS released.

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Financial matters

performance metrics

Program costs


Administrative costs


Fundraising costs


Fundraising efficiency


working capital ratio

1.72 years

Growth in program expenditures


Liabilities over assets


responsible and

Transparency metrics




Program cost ratio


Costs: three-year average

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ratio of elements

Administrative 5.30%

Fundraising 19.60%

Program 74.90%

The program expense ratio is determined by program expenses divided by total expenses (average of the three most recent 990s).

This metric reflects the percentage of its total expenditures that a charity spends on the programs and services it offers. Dividing the charity's average program costs by its average total operating costs results in this percentage. We calculate the charity's average costs over the last three fiscal years.

Source: IRS Form 990

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and the costs

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key people

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The IRS published data

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data sources

(990 forms for the IRS)

Epidemiological response

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Historical ratings

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Total income and expenditure

This chart shows the trend of income and expenses over the past several years for this organization, as reported on IRS Form 990.

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Fiscal year 2018

fiscal year 2019

fiscal year 2020


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Fiscal Year Revenue Expenditures

Fiscal Year 2018 $123,648,189.00 $118,860,529.00

Fiscal Year 2019 $119,802,498.00 $127,233,910.00

FY2020 $124,636,518.00 $124,092,367.00

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... Impact and results

This score assesses the real impact a nonprofit has on the lives of those it serves and determines whether it is making good use of donor resources to achieve that impact.

Impact and results

Currently not registered

Heifer International cannot currently be rated under our comprehensive impact and outcome rating methodology because either (a) is eligible, but all.