Legacy FAQs

This mare works hard for her owner in a brick kiln, but fortunately for her, the Brooke has provided farrier training for her owner, so he knows how to take good care of her feet, not to overload her, and to give her water and rest breaks throughout her work day.  So while her life may be hard, it's not an unhappy life.  Her owner values her and is now equipped to care for her properly, thanks to Brooke donors!

This mare works hard for her owner in a brick kiln, but fortunately for her, the Brooke has provided farrier training for her owner, so he knows how to take good care of her feet, not to overload her, and to give her water and rest breaks throughout her work day.  So while her life may be hard, it's not an unhappy life.  Her owner values her and is now equipped to care for her properly, thanks to Brooke donors!

Frequently asked questions about legacy gifts

It is important that you have all the answers you need to the questions that are important to consider when leaving a gift to Brooke USA in your will. Some of the answers may be provided here but if there are any others, please do not hesitate to ask us and we will get back to you shortly.

When should I make a will?
The answer is different for each individual, but usually the best time to do it is when you're thinking about it.  Just don’t put it off--the time is always right to think about how you wish to be remembered and the legacy you want to leave for future generations of animals and the people who depend on them.

Why should I consider leaving a legacy?
Picture the world for working equines decades from now. What would you hope to see? Through your legacy, you can ensure that the alleviation of suffering will go forward in perpetuity through Brooke USA.


A very sick donkey in India is being examined by a Brooke veterinarian. While she recuperates, her owner will learn important animal husbandry skills to make her life better in the future.

A very sick donkey in India is being examined by a Brooke veterinarian. While she recuperates, her owner will learn important animal husbandry skills to make her life better in the future.

Can I make a will myself or do I need to use a professional?  
To ensure that your will is valid and that your instructions are carried out, it is recommended that you seek professional advice from a attorney. 

What's the best way to leave a legacy to Brooke USA in my will?
The best way to benefit a charity is often with a residuary legacy. Giving in this way means your gift won’t decrease in value due to inflation and can therefore help your legacy go further and benefit more animals and the people who depend on them. Your attorney or will writer will be able to advise you on the best option for your circumstances.

How can I be sure every penny will make a difference?
You can be sure that we will use your gift in the most efficient and effective way possible, funding projects where the need of working horses and donkeys is greatest. As well as benefitting the animals, your gift will help people in some of the world’s poorest countries to become more self-sufficient.


These little girls are visiting a Brooke veterinary clinic, where they are learning about animal welfare. Their future animals will benefit from what they have learned, and the Brooke will still be there  to help, thanks to our donors!

These little girls are visiting a Brooke veterinary clinic, where they are learning about animal welfare. Their future animals will benefit from what they have learned, and the Brooke will still be there  to help, thanks to our donors!

Can I be sure Brooke USA and the Brooke will still be here?
The Brooke has been running – and growing – since 1935. We plan to expand to help even more working animals and have bold ambitions for the future. Brooke USA is quickly becoming a crucial fundraising entity for the Brooke.

How might my family feel if I leave the Brooke a gift in my will?
Your family can be proud of your decision to keep your love of animals alive.  Please speak with a professional about how you can provide for your family while also furthering the cause that is important to you.  You may also want to initiate a family discussion about your charitable giving and values, and listen to - and acknowledge - any concerns that they may have.

 


A Brooke mobile veterinarian treats a horse who collapsed from heat stress and dehydration while working on a street. Thanks to donors, our mobile veterinary unit was there to bring down the horse's fever, give him fluids, and instruct the owner in ways to prevent this from recurring.

A Brooke mobile veterinarian treats a horse who collapsed from heat stress and dehydration while working on a street. Thanks to donors, our mobile veterinary unit was there to bring down the horse's fever, give him fluids, and instruct the owner in ways to prevent this from recurring.

Can I afford to leave a gift in my will?
Leaving a contribution in your will is a wonderful way to make a lasting difference, no matter what your situation. You might be surprised about your wealth, especially if you own your own home and have life insurance or savings. Making a will is the only way to ensure that the people you love and the causes closest to your heart benefit from your estate as you have directed. Even something that may not seem like a very large amount here in the US can go a long way in one of the poorest countries where the Brooke works.

Can I add Brooke USA to my existing will?
It is important to keep your will up-to-date. Making changes can be very straightforward. Adding Brooke USA in your will can be made with the inclusion of a codicil. This is where your attorney attaches a written instruction to your pre-existing will. Please note, this has to be done by your attorney, or your will and the wishes within it may be unintentionally invalidated.


An injured  horse enjoys a nutritious meal while recovering in one of the Brooke veterinary clinics in the Middle East.

An injured  horse enjoys a nutritious meal while recovering in one of the Brooke veterinary clinics in the Middle East.

Shouldn’t I be helping now, rather than later?
We are immensely grateful to everyone who supports our work, whenever and however they choose to do it. A gift today can start changing animals’ lives tomorrow, and the need is real and urgent. However, a gift in your will does something special – it can safeguard the future of working horses and donkeys.

Will Inheritance tax make a difference to the legacy I leave to Brooke USA?
No! As a 501(c)(3) charity we are exempt from Inheritance Tax. This is a subject you can speak about with your attorney, as there are practicalities you will have to consider.


A boy who owns a taxi horse in the Middle East has learned the importance of bringing food and water with him on the route for his horse during the work day, thanks to Brooke donors.

A boy who owns a taxi horse in the Middle East has learned the importance of bringing food and water with him on the route for his horse during the work day, thanks to Brooke donors.

What information do I need to include in my will to make sure my legacy goes to the Brooke?
Please make sure our name, address, and charity number are included:
Brooke USA
4089 Iron Works Pkwy
Lexington, KY40511
EIN: 33-1173163

Should I let Brooke USA know of my decision?
We appreciate that leaving a gift in your will is very personal and it’s entirely up to you. We understand the content of your will is a very private matter. However if you could let us know, whatever your decision, we’d be very grateful. It will allow us to communicate with you in the best way, and to say a very big thank you if you have chosen to remember us in your will. 


Please contact our Brooke USA executive director, Emily Marquez-Dulin, to discuss additional questions that you may have about a legacy gift to Brooke USA:  305-505-6170 or Emily.Dulin@BrookeUSA.org.