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Causes: Cancer

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32 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1


I received a call from "BCSF,Inc" 3 weeks ago. I verbally "pledged" $20, although their sample of donations were higher. The caller handed the phone to her "supervisor" to verify with me the amount I would pay. This is a very serious issue, so I felt I should give. The caller asked me to send in the check as soon as I got the pledge payment coupon. I received that in the mail about a week later, and have been sitting on it after researching the foundations' legitimacy. Then I came across this website. I am waiting for a follow-up call from the source asking me where my donation is. They never asked for a credit card.

3

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

Got an unsolicited, unwarranted call from this scam, and the caller said she was on behalf of "Women's Breast Cancer Relief Fund, which apparently is a new name for another scam, "Breast Cancer Relief Fund," and several other aliases. This isn't sick. This is EVIL, pure and simple.

The phone # they used is 401-298-2532

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

Telemarketing "charities" are such a scam. I am a cancer patient and had surgery at UC Davis Medical Center in Sacramento CA. UC Davis did me the favor of selling my info to their "care partners". Two weeks home recovering from a botched horrific surgery, I started receiving calls from every cancer "charity" you can think of. Of course they were the ones on the "worst charity" lists. Folks, please quit giving money to these buzzards. They do not support cancer patients, nor do they support research. They are around to support their own pockets. And shame on you UC Davis Medical Center, for capitalizing on the suffering of those who are unfortunate enough to get care there.

14 annoyedCitizen

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

I had a similar experience to the others already posted. Also, the same day I received their pledge card in the mail, I received a duplicate letter from supposedly another organization: Breast Cancer Outreach Foundation. I think they realize they need to change their name to rebuild their reputation. They also are trying to pump up their new name with one line 5 star reviews, which are probably bogus.

49

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

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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General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

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.

45

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

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

49

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

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.

104

Donor

Rating: 1

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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General Member of the Public

Rating: 2

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.