Brooke USA is proud to announce that its strong financial health and ongoing accountability and transparency have earned a 100/100 rating from Charity Navigator’s Encompass Rating System. This score designates Brooke USA as an official “Give with Confidence” charity, indicating that the organization is using its donations effectively based on Charity Navigator’s criteria. Charity Navigator is America’s largest and most-utilized independent charity evaluator. Since 2001, Charity Navigator has been an unbiased and trusted source of information for more than 8.5 million users a year.
The Encompass Rating System is a comprehensive evaluation tool that analyzes nonprofit performance based on four key indicators. In July 2020, Charity Navigator released the first indicator, Finance & Accountability, to highlight nonprofit organizations demonstrating fiscal responsibility. This is determined by five metrics: Program Expense Ratio, Independent Audit or Financial Review, Board Composition, Liabilities to Assets, and Website Listing. In October of 2020, this was quickly followed by the second indicator, Impact & Results, assessing how well a nonprofit delivers on its mission. The additional indicators, to be rolled out in the next 18-24 months, are Leadership & Adaptability and Culture & Community.
“We are delighted to provide Brooke USA with third-party accreditation that validates their operational excellence,” said Michael Thatcher, President and CEO of Charity Navigator. “We are eager to see the good work that the organization is able to accomplish in the years ahead.”
“Our Charity Navigator rating of 100 out of 100 through their Encompass Rating System is further validation that our supporters can trust our commitment to good governance and making the world a better place,” said Brooke USA CEO Emily Dulin. “We hope that the recognition from Charity Navigator will introduce our work to new supporters who can help us advance our mission to significantly improve the health, welfare and productivity of working horses, donkeys and mules and the people who depend on them for survival worldwide,” added Brooke USA Chair of the Board Katherine Kaneb.
During 2021, Brooke USA has focused its efforts on helping people and equines in need who have fallen victims, directly or indirectly, to COVID-19, both in the United States and abroad. The reality is that the people Brooke USA serves, the most disadvantaged of the population, are being disproportionately affected. Working equines, donkeys and mules are likely to pay the price for owners’ inability to care for them. More recently, India has taken centerstage as people and equines continue to suffer as the number of COVID-19 cases in India continues to rise.
According to the World Organization for Animal Health, the economic downturn in India is affecting and will continue to affect owners as they attempt to provide feed, fodder and veterinary first aid. For this reason, Brooke USA has launched an emergency campaign to help India’s working horses, donkeys and mules as the situation continues and recovery is slow. To donate, visit www.BrookeUSA.org/India.
Brooke USA’s Encompass rating and other information about charitable giving are available free of charge on charitynavigator.org.
About Brooke USA: The mission of Brooke USA is to significantly improve the health, welfare, and productivity of working horses, donkeys and mules and the people who depend on them for survival worldwide. We are committed to sustainable economic development by reducing poverty, increasing food security, providing access to water, and raising basic standards of living through improved equine health and welfare. We accomplish this by raising funds and responsibly directing them to the areas of greatest need.
Brooke USA does 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.
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