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Breast Cancer Survivors Foundation

Rating: 1.07 stars   28 reviews 7,583

Nonprofit Issues:

Cancer

Address:

3269 Forest Court West Linn OR 97068 USA

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Rating: 1 stars  

4 people found this review helpful

Got an unsolicited call from them just now. After she asked if I would donate, I told her once I received the information and confirmed they're legitimate, I would donate. She said, "Oh, well I can't send you the information until you confirm your donation." So I said, "Oh, well I can't confirm a donation until you send me the information. So, it looks like we have a problem." She tried to "nicely" shame me because breast cancer survivors would appreciate my help. But, I told her if they were actually a legitimate foundation for survivors, they wouldn't have a problem letting us check them out before donating. She said, "thanks for your time" and hung up.

 
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8 people found this review helpful

Similar story to the others I've read here. But I want to add that their voice actuation is improving. It took me at least a minute to even suspect that I wasn't speaking with a human being. The awkward pauses to my questions gave it away, and then as I questioned more the conversation simply deteriorated. It's positively creepy.

 
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20 people found this review helpful

Now also soliciting under the subsidiary "Women's Breast Cancer Relief Association."

 
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28 people found this review helpful

Number 6 on America's Worst Charities! I am a stage 4 breast cancer survivor, and have supported research and services for people in need for many years. I, too, agreed to send a donation after being pressured by phone solicitor. Once I received coupon in the mail I did my research. I am also a retired health care provider and active community volunteer.

 
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61 people found this review helpful

Similar story to most here... I received an unsolicited call from a telemarketer asking for a donation. I pledged $35 and told them I would honor the pledge if the charity was legitimate and passed my research. I sent them a letter back stating that I would not be honoring my pledge based on their history and IRS filings, then received several calls from an anonymous "out of state" number asking me to "honor my pledge" and "uphold my commitment to cancer survivors".

From what we have found, the Breast Cancer Survivors Foundation is a legitimate registered public charity. Their IRS EIN is 27-2827805 and they regularly submit their 990 filings as required.

The organization is founded and operated by Dr. Yulius Popylansky. It was founded the year before his retirement and relocation from NJ to Florida. He is still a licensed physician / internist in NJ and Florida.

The organization employs a telemarketing company called "Outreach Consulting", owned and operated by Damian Muziani, an aspiring actor from NJ with connections to Dr. Popylansky. Muziani's call center operations in NJ have been featured on several news exposes highlighting the darker side of telemarketing, including this one from Tampa: http://www.tampabay.com/topics/specials/worst-charities2.page

The Breast Cancer Survivors Foundation only donates 2.91% of revenue (charitable contributions) to breast cancer survivors. This charity spent over $3.3M on telemarketing with "Outreach Consultants" and another $1.1M in operating expenses to generate $4.6M in charitable donations. It costs the charity $.96 to earn $1 in donations, leaving just $.04 (4 cents) on every dollar received available for donation to survivors.

The national spokesperson for Breast Cancer Survivors Foundation, Dee Dee Lowland, is a professional fundraiser for charitable organizations. She is located in Missouri and is hired by the Breast Cancer Survivors Foundation to represent their interests.

Other members of the charity include Marjorie Velasko, who opened the Adagio Medical Practice and is registered on their LLC along with Dr. Popylansky, despite his retirement and non-practicing status.

The remaining members of the Breast Cancer Survivors Foundation do not list their board membership as part of their professional social media presence, including LinkedIn, HealthCheck, Spokeo, etc. Several list other board affiliations, but not this one. That is a red flag for me as well.

The bottom line is this charity spends a lot of money on telemarketers, professional fundraisers, and telemarketing campaigns but spends a minimal amount on "Breast Cancer Survivors". They have donated some money to various clinics to offset the cost of early breast cancer detection (Mammograms) for low-income clients; however these procedures are usually covered through other state and federal programs.

Your money could be better invested with other organizations, this one appears to be a scam.

 
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Rating: 2 stars  

36 people found this review helpful

I also looked them up online. They had called me asking me to pledge money. I told them that I do not give my credit card number out over the phone and asked them to send me some literature. They sent me a pledge form. I looked them up on line and they do have a glitzy website. But, what is strange is that they have addresses listed in various parts of the US: Linn, OR; Butler, WI; NJ; Atlanta, GA; Aventura, FL?! This made me suspicious. Then I finally found a charity rating for them and it said in 2013 that only 27% of their funds went for program expenses: https://www.sos.wa.gov/charities/search_detail.aspx?charity_id=29314. I'd like to know what they are doing with the rest of the money. So I am not going to donate to these people. I think they are a scam. Furthermore, in Wisconsin, in a 2011 inquiry, the Better Business Bureau had tried to contact them for information on their charity and they did not respond. Very suspicious organization.

 
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Rating: 1 stars  

27 people found this review helpful

Boy, am I glad I did some research before going forward with the donation! I pledged on Monday, and today, just 4 days later, I received the "Pledge Payment Coupon" in the mail, in an envelope that included what seems at first to be legitimate literature about breast cancer. After reading the other reviews here, each of which sounds accurate and 'fits' my own experience with this so-called foundation, I'm partly still furious but mostly grateful - for having been guided somehow to double-check. How have these people not been caught yet? Wouldn't it be soooo easy to go to that P.O.Box, visit there every day for a while until someone with the key to that mailbox also pays a visit to pick up their mail, approach that person right there or maybe follow them for a while, confront them, arrest them, force them to return all the money they've stolen from the actual survivor community and supporters? They've been doing this for YEARS. WTH?!

 
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25 people found this review helpful

Similar stories to others here. Got the call and I was in a good mood so I said I would contribute but the y kept pushing for a credit card. I declined to provide one but said to send me an email and I would follow up. They sent a regular mail letter twice now but I have decided, with limited information about this charity, to put my dollars into one that is more open with their information.

 
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27 people found this review helpful

I received multiple calls from this charity and agreed to pledge. After researching, I decided my donation could be put to better use by another organization. BCSF continued to mail me pledge cards. They eventually called again from a 703 number and asked if I would give them my debit or credit card information so they could obtain my pledge. I refused. The caller got angry and reminded me of the multiple mailings they had sent and how that money could have been used by BCSF. I replied I had changed my mind and she promptly hung up on me. If they ever call me again, I will not be a very nice person.

 
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27 people found this review helpful

Pro Tip: DO NOT donate or give your personal info to this organization! But if you're bored, have some fun asking Siri-style questions from their weird robocall software.

I received a call from a woman identifying herself as "Lisa Kent." It sounded like a strange robocall -- awkward pauses, nonsensical responses, responses repeated verbatim. Robocalls aren't unusual, but I found this one creepy because of how awkward and unusually aggressive it was. She asked me to confirm how much money I'd donate to the charity. I asked, "What's the name of the charity?" and she said "Yes." When I took a few seconds to process her bizarre responses, she'd aggressively say "hello are you THERE?!" "I said I'm going to transfer you OKAY?!" Um, okay?

I was connected to a live person, and asked her if that was a robocall, and she said "No, you were talking to a live person through a computer generated call. She wasn't a robot." There was no way this could be true, but she adamantly denied it. A robo-dial that connects you to a live human ain't the same as a robo-call that connects you with an aggressive, interactive forerunner to Skynet.

The live person was just as aggressive as the android. When she asked to confirm my donation before sending the pledge letter, I told her I had no problem with the amount, but because I wasn't familiar with their organization, I'd need to look up the charity before donating. She gave me their URL (breastcancersurvivor.org) and told me to look it up while she waited. I told her I wanted to look them up when I have time, please send the letter and I'll take a look then. She said they'd call me back tomorrow. When I told her not to call me back, just send me the letter and I'll decide when I get it, she said she "understood" that I "feel that way" and hung up!

The first sign that this is not a trustworthy organization: lying about an obvious and poorly done robocall. It immediately undermines credibility, and made the robocall even creepier. The second sign: not wanting donors to read up on the charity in any meaningful way before they donate. They didn't even bother asking for my mailing address to send the pledge letter! They presumably thought, correctly, that I won't donate after I come across hits like http://www.newtoseattle.com/2015/04/29/another-sketchy-cancer-charity-trolls-in-seattle/ and https://youtu.be/qNOIZLZ9occ.

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

Be transparent and truthful with the public and prospective donors.

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?

2015

 
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