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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Human Service Organizations, Human Services

Mission: To provide health care services, products and related assistance to those in need in the us and central and south america and to provide support to breast cancer research. In addition, assisting victims who have lost thier homes to fire.

Programs: Facilitate the delivery of medicines and medical supplies in the dominican republi in order to help victims of breast cancer and related illnessess in various hospitals and medical centers.

through its fund, dba (united states fire fighters association) and its other breast cancer research and support fund provided support to partner agencies that offer humanitarian care and services most needed in the community.

through it's fire fighters associaion provided blankets, men's and wonmen's clothing, neosporin and hygiene products to the another hand foundation located in west allis, wi.

Community Stories

17 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Donor

Rating: 1

I too received a phone call for a pledge and when I received the invoice it didn't look like the normal invoices I receive. I also read what they focus on and it is mainly educational and nutritional information. I am a breast cancer survivor and remember telling the girl on the phone who called that I was a survivor and am always willing to donate to this cause. She never even said congratulations or anything. She was all about the business of getting me to pledge. I am glad I went with my gut and looked up the organization. They will not be receiving a dime from me. I will only donate to the organizations I dealt with during my cancer. Shame on you BCRSF.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

I, like many other reviewers, received a call to make a donation via mail. I mistakenly thought this organization was the Breast Cancer Research Foundation, which I regularly support. When I received the envelope to submit my pledge, I did a little more research due to the fact that the name didn't match what I thought it was. This organization, which I searched by name (both Breast Cancer Research & Support Fund, and Community Charity Advancement, inc.) and EIN, cannot be found on Charity Navigator, nor is it represented on the Foundation Center's Online guide. I went to the websites and looked at the 2014 990s for Community Charity Advancement, and not only was the form a mere 4 or 5 pages (unheard of with most-non-profits), it gave no explanations of where their money goes, other than the grants made. This is an incomplete record and a HUGE red flag for me. I will not be making a pledge, EVER, and I advise anyone else who is considering it to avoid it altogether. If you wish to donate to a leader in breast cancer charities, do some research either on GuideStar, Charity Navigator, or any other site. Make sure to look at how they spend their money and that spending is in line with where you want your money to go, whether it be outreach, awareness, research, treatment, support, etc.

Review from Guidestar

23

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

I received a call from someone that represented themselves as being from The Breast Cancer and Support Fund wanting me to make a pledge. They requested my address so they could send me the Pledge form. When I received the form it showed that The Breast Cancer and Support Fund was a "Project" of Community Charity Advancement, Inc. and gave the IRS 501c3 number of 27-0257040. I went on the IRS web site and did a search and found the number belonged to Seven Sisters Of Healing Inc. When researching all three I found too many red flags to even consider giving to this organization.

15 Ann_114

Donor

Rating: 1

Got a call to donate on the day I found out I have stage 4 breast cancer to donate to this group whose web site offers little to no info on how the $ will actually support breast cancer research. Glad I read up before sending donation.

Review from Guidestar

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 1

Received a call for a donation. Very polite and kept saying well bless your heart. So glad I checked them out on Guidestar. 990 Shows the majority of the money goes for fundraising and salaries. In addition, they solicitation and name of on the pledge form make is seem like this is supporting research for breast cancer and helping survivors and their families -- the financial statements show a different picture -- money goes for medicine in South America -- right -- it goes into someone's pocket.

Review from Guidestar

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

I would have given them zero stars if I could. Got a call from this group claiming I gave them $20 last year. I didn't remember the name, and I run all charities I donate to through the BBB website as well as the Nonprofit report. When I said as much to the operator, she practically hung up on me. Sure enough, when I checked there were no financials, no listing of who specifically benefits and no accountability. Needless to say, no donation.

18

Donor

Rating: 1

Got sucked into donating by a phone call. Received the pledge letter and started to google. SO GLAD I came across this website and the BBB rating. Wrote on the pledge I would not donate due to bad rating at guidestar.org AND not being BBB accredited. :) Thank you.

9

Donor

Rating: 1

I donated 25 dollars last year, for breast cancer research, but when they called this time, I said I would look them up on the internet, and they hung up on me, before I finished the word "internet"

10

Donor

Rating: 1

Just look at the 1099. Most of the money goes to the fundraising firm and to a "management entity". Mission statement states money goes for medicines to South America and to persons who lost their homes to fire. Very little if any money goes to breast cancer research and THIS IS A TOTAL SCAM ENTITY, best I can see. We will not contribute.

Review from Guidestar

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

THIS IS A SCAM CHARITY. I got a call tonight about a supporting this charity with a $20 donation. I asked the representative to tell me which charities specifically receive the funds from their work. The representative couldn't answer the question and she referred me to the website www.bcrsf.org. I went to that site and it directed me to the parent company Community Charity Advancement. Here is the website: http://www.communitycharityadvancement.org/about-us.aspx

This "charity" has a high amount of expenses which are nearly EQUAL to the amount that it raises. Some of those expenses may actually be paid to charities but they don't list which charities they actually support. Secondly, hidden in those expenses could possibly be the high salaries for the "board" and for the "CEO". None of the people listed on the website check out.

Don't give them a single cent - you're supporting the director's and CEO's salaries, not funding breast cancer research.