Study Finds Goats are the Top Charitable Gift

Posted on December 16, 2008

PBS reports on a recent study that was conducted to determine what kind of charitable gifts people like to give from catalogs provided by non-profit charity organizations like Heifer International, World Vision and Oxfam America. These catalogs list animals, sewing machines and other practical items that people can buy and donate to needy people living in third world countries. The study found that the most popular item by far is a goat, which costs $75 to donate.
The most popular item by far is a goat at $75. Even Heifer International says goats are its number one item - all that milk and kids, too.

Heifers, young cows, go for $500, and you can buy a share of one for $50.

World Vision says water wells are its number two most popular item after goats. You can buy a share of a deep well for $150.

A fish pond is $200, and a fishing kit, $40.

And the gifts are not all related to food. Sewing machines are big, and so are school supplies at $25 per classroom. For schools, corporate gifts more than match your own, so a $50 donation for supplies brings $700 worth of books and paper and caps and gowns.

Also, to help build good soil out of hard-packed dirt, Oxfam America and other groups offer a can of worms: one pound for 18 bucks.
The PBS article says what people select from the catalog doesn't always match exactly to what is donated. PBS says, "You could order a goat and get part of a water buffalo, and you would never know." However, PBS does say that the above mentioned charitable organizations have "good reputations for efficiency and results."