Breast Cancer Prevention Fund

Rating: 2.82 stars   51 reviews

Issues: Health, Cancer, Breast Cancer

Location: PO Box 1508 Everett WA 98206 USA

Mission: To save women's lives by promoting prevention and early detection of breast cancer through awareness and education, and providing funds to pay for mammograms for un/under-insured women.

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Rating: 3 stars  

Censored by 'nonprofit' forum...

April 2009 my (now) ex-partner was diagnosed with malignant breast cancer (confirmed by needle biopsy) and strongly advised to undergo a mastectomy, to be followed by chemotherapy and radiation. Her oncologist, who would also be performing the surgery and afterwards the suggested reconstruction, wanted to schedule the surgery for the following week. The day before the operation was to take place, I discovered 'German New Medicine' (GNM) and I immediately could link what it claims to be the cause for 'disease', including cancer, to my ex-partners 'case'. Now, five years later, she simply is in great health, without having gone through any type of conventional treatment. There's already enough evidence that a large number of breast cancers disappears by itself, if never found (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3320224/), contrary to what doctors/oncologists keep telling their patients, but a theory like GNM will never be openly accepted, let along practiced, by conventional medicine, because they're not gonna put themselves out of business. I also realize that this story will not be published (yesterday, ALL my posts at the 'breastcancer.org' forum were deleted, after my last update and further elaboration on the GNM subject there, so I know how extreme any and all contrary views on cancer are first ridiculed and, if that doesn't work, censored). Had to give it a shot, 'cause cannot just stand by while this great injustice is harming (an understatement) more and more innocent people.

Kind regards and best wishes to everybody who's caring to others.

Ronald

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

read up on 'GNM', as mentioned in my story... (of course, you will not)

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Rating: 1 stars  

Well it's official - BCPF filed for bankruptcy last year and the IRS has stripped it of its 501-c(3) non-profit status because "was operated primarily to benefit the private interests of the founder's telemarketing business.". Also, the IRS investigation found that BCPF used an unacceptable accounting method, "to trick the public and government," about how much money was paying for mammograms, "and to hide the amounts going to LTC," or Legacy Telemarketing Corporation. See the story at http://www.komonews.com/news/problemsolvers/Bankrupt-Charity-259139541.html. Joe Mando's right - BCPF did more in 5 yrs that most charities do in a decade - they tricked the public out of $20M while BCPF founder and LTC president Jim Paton took the lion's share for himself. Well, at least we have the satisfaction that it won't be for long when the IRS has him in their cross hairs. Here's to Hu and other whistleblowers like him!

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No

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None

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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Review from Guidestar
Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 1 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

With its web site shut down and phone numbers disconnected, let’s hope this signals the final demise of the Breast Cancer Prevention Fund. Thanks to KOMO TV's investigative report (http://www.komonews.com/news/local/133675028.html), the public now knows the truth behind BCPF and how its founder James Paton used his “personal resources” to make the public believe their donations were directly providing mammograms for the poor when in fact 80% were kept by his own telemarketing company which raised over $17.5M in donations while handing out a mere $3.5M in grants. When you see his luxury waterfront mansion in the KOMO TV report you can only feel sickened knowing that millions of dollars from generous donors intended to provide lifesaving mammograms for thousands of needy women apparently instead went towards financing the private lavish lifestyle of this self-proclaimed “philanthropist”. After the media alerted the public, credit state authorities for taking action against BCPF including the WA State Department of Health which refused to accept further grant money and the Pennsylvania Dept of State which issued a cease and desist order. Please know that you can help provide mammograms for needy women by donating directly to your local state health department or to reputable non-profits like the American Cancer Society and Susan G. Komen. As for the demise of BCPF, it's apparent there's only one clear loser - James Paton.

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

Shut it down

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Badly

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

A little

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No

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

This organization accomplished more in 5-years than most non-profits do in decades. Enrollments at the Washington State department of health breast cancer screening program surged from 17% of the eligible population of women to 38% during this time, more than doubling the number of women screened! This organization was responsible for most if not all of this increase. We are talking about thousands of women who received mammograms because of this groups outreach programs. Unfortunately, those who object to philanthropists utilizing their own personal resources to further charitable causes, resulted in inaccurate press. Another example of misrepresentation by the media destroying a good cause. There are no winners here but the 25,000 uninsured women screened annually because of this group are certainly the losers. Here's to Hu.

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Definitely

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Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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Rating: 1 stars  

Persistent call at bad hours, even after being told to stop calling

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Unsure

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No

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No

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2013

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Review from CharityNavigator
Role: General Member of the Public
Rating: 1 stars  

I am a general member of the public but also a breast cancer survivor. I thought the Breast Cancer Prevention Fund had gotten my number from the hospital. I gave last year but never again.

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A little

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2012

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Rating: 1 stars  

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I was called one afternoon....I had never heard the name of this charity......I recieved the envelope and everything was hand written on the envelope...( I donate alot to various causes and it just didn't look right) I then researched the place on line and saw all the negative statements and the way it was handled on the phone was exactly the same as people described it.......I'll donate to Planned Parenthood where I know all the money will go to people who need it.....thank you for your help.....I almost got caught on this one!

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No

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No

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No

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2012

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Rating: 1 stars  

What a scam! We received a call today and then looked online. The BCPF are thieves, taking from the poor and giving to the rich (the owner of BCPF).

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No

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2012

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Rating: 1 stars  

Well I am so glad I searched this out. Good looking stationary and all seems legit but thanks to the other posts I find it is not. Noticed the postmark did not match address...but I almost never do phone solicitations...so I will go back to that policy. Thanks to the previous posts and those who exposed this in the news.

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

Have them stop being ....scam artists

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No

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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I will tell my friends about this site and how I was almost scammed

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It appears this fraudulent charity continues to do business. The BCPF called me in July, 2012 and sent a request for donation. The return address for the donation goes to:

Breast Cancer Prevention Fund
211 South Street #515
Philadelphia PA, 19147.

Looking that address up, it appears to be a UPS store that provides mailbox services in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

http://www.theupsstorelocal.com/3633/
But this is a Washington state based agency, which made me wonder, so I did more digging.

The news station KOMO did an expose on this charity, which can be found here: http://www.komonews.com/news/local/133675028.html

While the charity does contribute a portion of its' funds to providing breast exams, it seems a larger portion contributes to the affluent lifestyle of found James Paton, who coincidentally owns the telemarketing firm the charity pays to telemarket, and whose fees vastly exceed the amount provided to cover mammograms.

Reading the story above on KOMO's website, it seems obvious why they have not filed a 990 with Charity Navigator.

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A little

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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