The Breast Cancer Research Foundation, Inc.

Rating: 3.25 stars   4 reviews

Issues: Health, Cancer, Breast Cancer

Location: 60 E 56th St 8th Fl New York NY 10022 USA

Mission: The Breast Cancer Research Foundation® was founded in 1993 by the late Evelyn H. Lauder as an independent, not-for-profit 501(c) (3) organization dedicated to funding innovative clinical and translational research. The Foundation supports scientists at top universities and academic medical centers worldwide conducting the most advanced and promising breast cancer research that will lead to prevention and a cure in our lifetime.  Currently, more than 91 cents of every dollar spent by the Foundation goes directly to breast cancer research and awareness programs. 
Programs:      The Breast Cancer Research Foundation’s grant application process is overseen by a voluntary group of renowned breast cancer research experts who comprise the Scientific Advisory Board. This Board reviews the proposals and submits an approved roster to the BCRF Board of Directors for funding authorization.  The average size of each annual grant is $250,000. Grant recipients are required to provide both narrative and financial progress reports twice a year.     

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Rating: 5 stars  

The Breast Cancer Research Fund's purpose is just that - Research and Awareness. It does not purport to help individual cancer patients but rather, sponsors a great deal of research so that cancer can be prevented and ultimately eradicated, and also aims to raise awareness.
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When deciding on a cancer non-profit to donate to, our group chose BCRF since 91% of the money they take in supports research and awareness. After contacting them, we received pink ribbon pins and pink silicone bracelets free-of-charge in order to raise awareness and help raise more money for the fundraiser.

We have not been hounded by any of their representatives subsequently to donate.

Another consideration - we are a Catholic group and did not want to donate to a cancer non-profit that supports abortion as does Susan B. Komen. While SBK does provide patient support and is very well known for their work and their fundraisers, we searched for a cancer non-profit that did not support abortion and that would not spend a great deal of their donations on advertising and other non-cancer support aspects of their organization.

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Rating: 1 stars  

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Since shortly after I received a diagnosis of breast cancer, my husband began receiving calls from "Breast Cancer Relief Foundation" for donations. The first year my husband did donate to this "charity" and then began receiving constant calls from other "charities" that are part of this groups "Network" Children's Cancer Dream Foundation among others. These calls became so frequent that I finally asked them to stop calling !
Once I began turning down their requests for donations, they began calling with their number "masked" or using fake numbers ( those which you cannot connect with if you try calling back) and insisting on speaking to "Mr.Dennis" (my husbands first name) and stating they're calling from "Public Appeal" inferring that they're with a public opinion poll and not giving the true nature of the call until I pressed the issue ! After receiving 4 calls this week alone, and returning a "Pledge" slip from the "Childrens Cancer Dream Network" for a donation, I've again instructed them, once again to take us OFF their "Tap a Sap" (my term) list and STOP CALLING .... after finding out from Guide Star that only 1 or 2 cents of each donated dollar actually goes to "assist" cancer patients, we will NEVER donate to them or their affiliates again.... Thanks for the info

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

take away their "Tax Exempt" status and make sure that any current assets in their coffers actually be donated to the Charities they pretend to support !

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Review from Guidestar
Rating: 2 stars  

I usually give to the Breast Cancer Research Center. In the past couple of months I have been receiving 4 or 5 calls a week from one of your representatives asking for donations. I have advised them NOT to call me and please take my name off of their mailing list. I still get a call at least once a day! PLEASE forward this message to the proper person to take care of this matter. Thank You sincerely,

Name: Betty Wooley
Phone: (870) 481-5922

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2013

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Dear Ms. Wooley: Your posted comment contains incorrect information and misidentifies your caller. The Breast Cancer Research Foundation® (BCRF), which has a single administrative office in New York City, has never used telemarketing or conducted unsolicited phone calls. This policy is stated on our website, on the home page and at http://www.bcrfcure.org/about_phone.html. I can assure you that no representative of our Foundation ever contacted you by telephone or mail. In the past, we have heard from disgruntled consumers who similarly were harassed by calls from other organizations which intentionally or inadvertently caused confusion by using the term “breast cancer research. ” This led us to consult legal counsel in order to prevent future instances erroneously naming The Breast Cancer Research Foundation as the culprit. We ask that you please remove your earlier comment. If you have further questions, please do not hesitate to contact us directly at 646-497-2600. Margaret Mastrianni, Deputy Director

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Rating: 5 stars  

3 people found this review helpful

They sponsor research to find cure and prevention. They manage the donations incredibly well, are very transparent so you can see where your money is going and although they do huge events, they will also help you do smaller ones. All for one great cause.

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Life-changing

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2012

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