As a developer of business success tools, one of the questions we encourage our customers to consider is, “How much is enough?” or “When will you know you have achieved success?” It’s important to establish a vision for yourself so you’ll know when your work has paid off. Sure, some people live to work and love to keep making money for its own sake, but for many, who want to make a difference in the world, there may be more than money that satisfies.

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To answer the question for myself, I envision a ranch with a field full of cows. When I have that, I’ll know I’ve made it and I am indeed successful. Silly me, but that’s my vision.

Then I discovered Heifer.org. What if I bought my first cow and gave it to a family in Africa — who will be taught to care for it and enjoy its milk for a lifetime? As much as my ego wants a bunch of cows in my own backyard, it makes more sense to me for families in need around the world to have a cow of their own, to care for and to milk so they will enjoy nourishment and some income.

So I bought my first cow through Heifer.org — she’s probably having more fun with this family than she will with me. Let’s buy some cows for families in need…

We can buy a herd of cows for African families for $500 each!
Click Donate and offer what you want. We’ll save it and buy as many cows as possible as we go.

“The idea behind Heifer … is similar to the notion that it’s better to teach a man to fish so he can feed himself than to give him a fish that will feed him just once. One animal could eventually benefit an entire community.”
– Associated Press


When a family has a cow, every morning there’s a glass of rich milk for the children to drink before heading off to school. Classes are paid with the income from the sale of milk, and there’s even enough to share with the neighbors.

A good dairy cow can produce four gallons of milk a day – enough for a family to drink and share with neighbors. Milk protein transforms sick, malnourished children into healthy boys and girls. The sale of surplus milk earns money for school fees, medicine, clothing and home improvements.

Better still, every gift multiplies, as the animal’s first offspring is passed on to another family-then they also agree to pass on an animal, and so on.

And because a healthy cow can produce a calf every year, every gift will be passed on and eventually help an entire community move from poverty to self reliance. Now that’s a gift worth giving!