AMERICAN BREAST CANCER FOUNDATION

Rating: 2.6 stars   5 reviews

Issues: Health

Location: 1220B E Joppa Rd Ste 332 Baltimore MD 21286 USA

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Rating: 1 stars  

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.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Shut it down

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

No

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

None

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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Rating: 5 stars  

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.

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 1 stars  

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

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Actually give the money to people who need it instead o stealing from the public!!!

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

No

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

None

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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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

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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

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.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

They helped my sister find out she had cancer and saved her life

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

How did you learn about this organization?

The health department gave my sister the number

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Rating: 1 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

Don't donate to ABCF - most of your money goes to fundraisers including one owned by ABCF's founder son! Read this http://www.marieclaire.com/world-reports/news/breast-cancer-business-scams-3. "
For most of its history, the American Breast Cancer Foundation relied on telemarketers to solicit donations. But by 2002, Joseph had struck out on his own, opening a marketing firm called Non Profit Promotions, which, despite four other vendors providing similar services, quickly scored the ABCF's biggest telemarketing contracts. "He always [tried] to give us the better deal, having had a relationship with the foundation," says Sherri Walters, development associate at the ABCF. Non Profit Promotions generally pocketed about 40 cents for every dollar it collected, and over the course of nine years, Joseph billed his mother $18 million for his services. ABCF terminated its relationship with Non Profit Promotions in 2008, about a year before Phyllis Wolf took early retirement. "

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No

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None

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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