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Brooke USA Inc

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Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animal Training, Animals, Environment

Mission: Brooke USA's mission is to significantly improve the welfare of working horses, donkeys and mules and the people they serve throughout Asia, Africa, the Middle East, the Americas and the Caribbean by raising funds and responsibly directing them to the areas of greatest need. We do this through a holistic approach to funding which includes capacity building, sustainability programming, female empowerment and international advocacy. Brooke USA connects private philanthropists with their passion for helping relieve the suffering of working equines and their owners. Brooke USA raises funds to support a wide variety of programs for working horses, donkeys and mules to help them become (and remain) healthy and happy now and in the long-term, which also benefits the very poor families who depend on those animals to help them earn a living.

Results: Our financial performance ratios are a measure of our organizational performance: Current Ratio = 2.38 A basic measure of financial fortitude, the current ratio simply divides current assets by current liabilities. This resulting number represents the ability of Brooke USA to meet short-term obligations. Generally, a current ratio exceeding 1 indicates the ability to meet existing obligations. Program Efficiency Ratio = 80% A measure of how efficient Brooke USA is at using funds for its core purpose and is determined by dividing total program expenses by total expenses. An acceptable measure of performance of 75% or more toward programs.

Target demographics: working horses, donkeys and mules and the people who depend on them

Direct beneficiaries per year: 46,053 working equines and 79,700 people in eight countries.

Geographic areas served: countries in Asia, Africa, the Middle East, the Americas and the Caribbean

Programs: relieving the suffering of working equines through treatment and education; working with owners to address the most common and severe problems to ensure a healthier future for working equines; working with local vets and other providers to improve the availability and quality of services for working animals, and advocating for local, national and international institutions to include the welfare of working equines in policy and implementation.

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11 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Brooke USA is a very competently run nonprofit which serves working horses donkeys and mules worldwide.

Donor

Rating: 5

Brooke USA is a responsible organization that sets mindful goals. I believe in their mission to help horses and donkeys around the world through education and teaching best practices to the families that depend upon them daily. I applaud their efforts!

Donor

Rating: 5

I love Brooke USA because the work they do benefits not only animal welfare but also the owners of the animals. By teaching owners of mules, donkeys, and horses the benefits of treating their animals humanely, Brooke Helps people who live at a subsistence level understand how to make best use of their beasts of burden. Brooke teaches people that by treating their animals with kindness and care, they can get more out of their animals. A healthy horse is a useful horse. I have witnessed firsthand the work they do in both Egypt and India and it was very heartening.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I love this charity because it touches on two passions: the long-ear population and the populations of the global community who are most vulnerable. Brooke goes into the hardest hit areas of the world and addresses the issue that most deeply impacts the economies of individuals, villages, and nations: the care of the beasts on whom they rely to make a living. Hundreds and millions of donkeys, mules, and horses endure undue hardships so a family can earn its living. The families who own them are so poor they can not provide what their most important business asset (their equine) needs. They don't mean to be cruel or indifferent; they just don't have the means to provide the proper care and protection for their equine. This is where Brooke comes in. Imagine, if you HAD to have your truck to carry out your business to provide the most basic needs to your family, but you had no way to fix the truck if it broke, or had no means to provide proper maintenance to keep it running. Eventually it would break down and you would have no truck to earn a living. It's the same thing for these destitute families and their "trucks" (their equine). Brook sends its vets, its equine-educated folks in to help the animals, provide proper harnessing and care goods, while educating the equine-owners about proper care of their equine. The animals are strengthened, the families are given hope, and the local economies are enhanced. What could be more important as a charity than to do the work of helping the economies of the most economically challenged regions of the world, and to help the millions of four-leggeds on whom they depend?

Donor

Rating: 5

Before the present pandemic we traveled a great deal. In some countries the treatment of horses and donkeys is heartbreaking. Desperately thin and overloaded they work long days to provide for families who many times are hungry themselves. Brooke USA helps to improve the conditions for these animals, and so also help the owners.

Donor

Rating: 5

I first learned about Brooke USA in 2016 when my daughter gave truffles for a cause at her wedding. As a life-long equestrian, I did not know that there was an organization in the US that was focused on the well-being or working horses, donkeys and mules and the people who depend on them. Immediately I was in love! I began volunteering at every event in Wellington, Florida and even brought a lot of friends to help with Brooke USA's largest fundraising event of the year, Brooke USA's Sunset Polo & White Party. I also volunteered with the organization during the 2018 World Equestrian Games in Tryon, NC. Every time I volunteer it has been a wonderful experience--the staff is small but mighty and always so appreciative and professional. I also love the transparency of the organization, and I know that my donations as a member of the Dots (Brooke USA's Women's Group) always benefit a wonderful cause, from helping women and donkeys in Kenya to assisting with disaster relief, and most recently the COVID-19 Response & Recovery Fund. I am proud to be a part of Brooke USA as a friend, volunteer and donor. This organization is definitely a shining example of turning passion into dedication and making an impact for those who truly need it worldwide. Thank you Brooke USA!

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EmpoweringHorses 08/05/2020

I just want to say that we are privileged to have you as part of our family as a donor, volunteer and friend. We can always count on you (and we know who you are) to do whatever it takes to advance our mission. You mean the world to us and your efforts to promote and build awareness for our cause are always greatly appreciated. Big hug!

Donor

Rating: 5

I first heard about The Brooke back in 2014 when I picked up a magazine at the infusion center I was receiving chemotherapy. I had always donated to my local horse rescue and I was a volunteer also. What struck me about the Brooke, was that it helped on a global scale. It not only provided health care for horses, mules, and donkeys, but also educated owners in the care of these precious animals. In helping care for these animals, the Brooke help families take care of themselves. I was going through a life changing experience . I was being cared for by my medical providers, but at the same time they were providing me the education to care for myself. How many organizations do you know send a thank you note when you donate? The Brooke personalized these notes and when I received my first one during chemotherapy, that meant a lot. People were helping to live. I wanted to help others to live a full life - human and animal.

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EmpoweringHorses 08/05/2020

I am so touched by your review. I actually did not know how you came to become a part of our family and I find the story so telling. You get what we do and understand that the lives of people and their equines are intertwined in the developing world. They depend on each other to survive. Thank you for being a part of Brooke USA.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have witnessed the untold suffering and misery of animals around the world. I have also been privileged to see where Brooke has made a difference in the lives of animals used as beasts of burden or for pulling heavy loads and for powering ploughs, grain threshing mills and water wheels in rural communities throughout the Middle East, Africa and Asia. Many animals now have access to water troughs, food, shade and other lifesaving commodities where none previously existed before Brooke provided them. This is a uniquely important charitable organization and I will not hesitate to recommend them for the support of others.

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EmpoweringHorses 08/05/2020

Thank you so much for your review and for being knowledgeable of our work. You are so right, providing access to water and shade have been essential parts of our work in many of the countries we serve. The impact these simple additions to daily life are extraordinary and make such a huge difference in the welfare of working equines ... and of course, other animals and even people. Thank you for being a part of our family.

Donor

Rating: 5

Animals are sensitive creatures and deserve our consideration in their well-being! This is continually the message that Brooke advocates. So often, unfortunately, horses, mules, donkeys are still considered "beasts of burden". Brooke's aim is to educate and teach hands on that animals are just like us...needing care: rest, proper food, water, proper shelter and love. I have supported Brooke's efforts for over 15 years and intend to continue. Brooke has ended so much suffering but there is still more to end. I am always proud to contribute.

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EmpoweringHorses 08/05/2020

Thank you for your vote of confidence and review. You're so right, part of the problem across the developing world is the fact that working equines are simply seen as beasts of burden and their basic needs go unnoticed. It is very sad but we are there training, sharing and making a difference. Thanks for being a part of our family.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Brooke USA is focused on helping the most needy animals and people in the world. We in the USA have a hard time understanding the poverty and desperate conditions that donkeys, horses, and mules live in in the countries where Brooke USA works. The animals are essential for their families to make even a subsistence living, yet their owners often do not understand how to care for the animals. Brooke USA uses proven, long-term approaches to make lasting change.

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EmpoweringHorses 08/05/2020

Thank you so much for your comment and I agree with you, the problem in the developing world is lack of knowledge and understanding of equine health and care needs. Our job is to make an impact through training and advocacy. We have come a long way but we have loads more to do. Thanks for being a part of our efforts.

Donor

Rating: 5

I got to see working donkeys and horses in Egypt. They all looked healthy. Now I know why -- that's where Brooke started their overseas work. Now they help support equines around the world. All you have to do is see pictures of working animals and their families and know they need our USA dollars !! Our dollar goes a long way in other countries. These beautiful animals need our help! Please donate whatever you can. I love Brooke.

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EmpoweringHorses 08/05/2020

As you know, Brooke was founded in 1934 by Dorothy Brooke who landed in Cairo with her husband and was devastated by the physical and emotional condition of the war horses left behind after WW1. We certainly have come a long way since those early days and improvements are noticeable in the countries where we work. Yet, there is so much more to do - 600 million people in the developing world depend on 100 million working equines.