2012 Heifer Foundation Golden Talent Award

Posted by Heifer Sacramento On Thursday, December 27, 2012
The Heifer Foundation recognizes annually an individual or family project recipient that has taken “a minimum of resources and converted it into a sustaining source of income and other resources, while also helping other families and the community at large” through it's Golden Talent Award.

What is the Heifer Foundation? The Heifer Foundation was founded in 1991 to develop and manage an endowment to support the work of Heifer International. It is a separate non-profit charitable organization assisting donors with various planned giving instruments that meet their needs.  
While the details of how the Golden Talent Award came to be are lost in history, it is purported to have begun as an award developed by Heifer International’s Asia/South Pacific team for their programs in the early 1990’s.  The award was so well received that that team recommended expanding it to encompass all of Heifer’s international programs, which the Heifer Foundation did.
As operated currently, staff from each country program nominates an individual or family to the Area Program Team at Heifer International Headquarters for consideration. A selection committee consisting of dedicated Heifer volunteers from around the U.S. lead by Steve Denne, COO/EVP of Programs, selects 15 winners to receive special recognition of their excellence in sustainability. One winner is selected per country each year.
The winner receives a cash award of US$1,000 provided by Heifer Foundation.  Out of the total award, US$800 goes to the project community and $200 is designated as a cash gift or in-kind gift to the family or individual.
One of our very own Heifer Sacramento volunteer participated on the 2012 selection committee. Laurie Heller has been volunteering with Heifer Sacramento for 2 years.  Laurie said enjoyed the experience working with the selection committee and remarked that ‘The nominees were all amazing people!’
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