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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Health

Mission: To provide individuals in financial need, their families and their loved ones, with education, support and access to early detection for breast cancer.

Programs: Through its breast cancer assistance program, american breast cancer foundation provides financial assistance to underserved and uninsured women and men of all ages for breast cancer testing. This includes annual screenings for women over 40, as well as support services for breast cancer patients and their families. Financial assistance grants are available to eligible women and men to assist with the following diagnostic tests and services: clinical breast exams, screening and diagnostic mammograms, ultrasounds, surgical consultations and emergency biopsies. The american breast cancer foundation also educates the public on the importance of early detection through the use of educational brochures.

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4 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

Here's the bottom line - ABCF's 2013 Form 990 filing to IRS states that of $1 million in donations they gave out less than $20,000 in grants for mammograms and other services - a mere 2%. ABCF's board should be ashamed since most of what they claim are program services are actually salaries and mailing expenses for solicitations. While ABCF may have shown some signs of improvement under new management, they are still no where close to being an efficient public charity with their primary beneficiaries still being the telemarketers they employ who keep over 80% of donations raised. In many respects, ABCF is not unlike the Breast Cancer Prevention Fund (BCPF) which the IRS recently shut down according to this news report: http://www.komonews.com/news/problemsolvers/Bankrupt-Charity-259139541.html.

Don't be fooled by ABCF's glitzy website and marketing! If you truly want to help women fight breast cancer then donate directly to your state's public health department since 100% will fund the local clinics that provide these services free to woman who can't afford them.

Review from Guidestar

Client Served

Rating: 5

Thanks to ABCF I was able to get my yearly mammogram. I'm a breast cancer survivor without insurance at the time of my mammogram. Without them I would not have been able to get my mammogram done. You should support them because they really do care.

Review from Guidestar

Nick32

Board Member

Rating: 1

Do not support this group,they are a scam and give less than 2 % to the actual clients that need help and they pocket the rest. They should be exposed for what they are! http://www.tampabay.com/americas-worst-charities/charities/american-breast-cancer-foundation-inc

Comments ( 1 )

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abcf1 11/05/2013

As CEO of ABCF, I do not recognize your name as a past or current member of our Board of Directors . However, assuming you do exist, I state unconditionally that the accusations and assertions, in your attached article, (the source of which is based on out dated information,) is intended solely to vilify and denigrate this foundation, and is not at all a reflection of our current practice. I am proud to say that ABCF has served thousands of women and men without insurance who needed routine and diagnostic mammograms throughout the United States. Further, our Client Satisfaction Surveys are consistently positive. Such services are currently available by calling our 877 number. Today, after many years of hard work, we have moved our program services to almost 40% of our budget, with a goal of moving even higher. I urge you to contact us directly if you have concerns about our work. Jacky Loube jackyloube@abcf.org

Review from Guidestar

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My sister got help from the American Breast cancer Foundation. They paid for her mammogram because she was 28 and with no insurance. She had a lump and was really scared. Our mom died from breast cancer at 58. We asked Komen and the American Cancer Society for help and they said no. I got some labels in the mail and told my sister to call them and ask for help. They paid for her mammogram, then her ultrasound, biopsy and when she found out it was cancer they gave her a grant to help her with her surgery costs. They kept checking on her the whole time to see how she was. If this group did not help my sister when no one else would she would be dead today. These people really do save lifes.