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September 27, 2011

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September 27, 2011

Here's all that you need to know about BCPF - according to public records 80% of all donation revenue goes directly to Legacy Telemarketing which is owned by BCPF director Jim Paton. He has shamelessly made millions of dollars through this lucrative contract. Donors are asked to donate $90 to pay for a mammogram while never being told of this gross conflict of interest that results in only $16 going towards that cause. Although it's true that some women are receiving mammograms, many more are not because of the donation money that is being converted into owner profit retained by Jim Paton. This is truly appalling and shameful.

If you received a solicitation call, don't be fooled and instead give your money to a worthy cancer organization like Susan Komen or American Cancer Society.

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I've experienced first hand how they mislead and lie to potential donors.

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Let IRS investigate and revoke 501c status and make Paton pay back every dime he kept that should have instead paid for mammograms

September 21, 2011

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September 21, 2011

I'd like to thank Debora Wright for her time, patience and compassion. I'd also like to thank Mr. Jim Paton for his generosity in providing this service to women like me, who are at risk, have jobs with no insurance and would otherwise go without such important tests. Thank you, thank you. Sincerely, irma

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Getting medical help

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August 31, 2011
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August 31, 2011
7 people found this review helpful

As a physician who provides medical care and advice to women diagnosed with breast cancer, I feel I must speak out against this supposed charity. Several of patients asked whether i would recommend donating to BCPFafter they had received phone solicitations. I told them I'd look into it. What I learned greatly angered me - although BCPF does spend a small amount of donations on funding mammograms, 80% of the money goes directly to the telemarketing making the call which also happens to be owned by BCPF's president. The telemarketers hired have no medical degree or training and are paid near minimum wage to read from a script and solicit money.

From numerous postings I've read on the internet, this is clearly a very lucrative business for BCPF's president since his telemarketing company benefits from an exclusive contract that pays it around $2 million a year. This means he is keeping millions of dollars for himself that BCPF had promised to be used for providing free mammograms to uninsured women. This shameless self-dealing has deprived tens of thousands of women of receiving this life saving diagnosis.

I can honestly say that I have never seen a more blatant charity scam in my life. I fully expect that his day of reckoning lies ahead when the IRS finally takes notice and strips BCPF of its tax exempt status and forces the return of millions of dollars that was wrongly converted from public donations into private profits.

Until then, take my advice and donate your money instead to the American Cancer Society where it will truly help a cancer patient. Given the polar reviews that appear here, I would have to agree that the positive ones are likely either posted or solicited by BCPF and are not to be believed. Note that not a single one mentions the enormous conflict of interest that exists with BCPF's president ownership of the telemarketing company.

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I've dealt with many worthy charities in my career and this is clearly not one of them - in fact the worst charity scam I've ever seen. Shame on them!

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Have IRS remove its tax-exempt status

August 30, 2011

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August 30, 2011

I too received a call from this group; and I am always leery of charities that do fundraising via telephone. My first stop was this web site, and I was surprised by the number of great reports and the few poor ones; so I did my own research. I found that this group does much more than just grants for breast cancer screenings. Their outreach programs educate women on the importance of regular mammograms, refers and schedules these women for these exams, and educates on breast self exams. My own cancer was first found by me when I was doing a breast self exam. I then went to the clinic concerned about the lumps I found, met with a DR and had a mammogram. Lucky for me the lumps were not cancer. The reviews I read here criticizing this charity because they granted only 25% of the money they raised for mammography services totally overlooks the other work they do. Shame on you idiots for not doing your homework. It's a huge sacrifice to do charitable work, and people who do well do not need to be criticized by others who are not doing anything.

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August 20, 2011
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August 20, 2011
4 people found this review helpful

SCAM ALERT!! DON'T BE FOOLED BY THE PHONY REVIEWS SUBMITTED BY BCPF - THIS IS NOT A WORTHY CHARITY!

I received a phone solication from them asking me to donate money for free mammograms. I did my homework and found that in 2009 BCPF took in $3.6M in donations but only gave out $0.6M in
grants. The other $3M was paid to Legacy Telemarketing which is owned by BCPF's director James Paton - a bigger conflict of interest I can't imagine!

To make matters worse, BCPF does not divulge how much money he receives from the contract but it when you do the math you can see it's in the neighborhood of $1M a year! Shame on him for pocketing donation money that should be saving lives by providing tens of thousands of free mammograms!

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Remove BCPF director James Paton and terminate telemarketing contract. Give all of the donation money to mammogram providers instead of 15%

July 20, 2011
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July 20, 2011
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I just read a report in the Everett Herald about this organization: listed as a top 30 charity, and in the upper half of those 30. Great job! Wish more had the passion these folks do.

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Good job

July 12, 2011
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July 12, 2011
2 people found this review helpful

I am very familiar with this organization and what they strive to accomplish. It is disturbing to me that the ignorant who have obviously not been served by this group post derogatory statements.

I was called by this group (as most of those who have posted here were). They motivated me to
schedule a mammogram, which I did after procrastinating for 3+ years. Well, I had cancer! The test and subsequent treatments I went through for 2+ years saved my life.

This is what these guys are all about. For those who get upset because someone called you and asked for a donation: GET OVER IT! These guys serve a very important purpose: Outreach. This is the most important program service they provide. Without it, I probably would have died.

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Their call motivated me to get screened

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July 10, 2011
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July 10, 2011
5 people found this review helpful

I completely agree with the last reviewer. I received a call from BCPF and was asked to donate $180 to pay for 2 mammograms. I was assured that all of the money would all go to this purpose and help local women without insurance. After researching BCPF on the web, I was shocked to learn that not only does less than 20% go towards mammogram grants but also 80% goes directly to the telemarketing making the calls which also happens to be owned by the charity's president, James Paton. When run the numbers from their 2009 IRS return, you see that he is in all liklihood retaining as much as $0.5-$1.0M in owner profit from this very lucrative contract. Yet the charity's tax return states he receives no compensation from either BCPF or Legacy Telemarketing, a mystery that's bound to catch the attention of IRS one of these days.

Knowing that only about 15% of donations end up as grants for free mammograms, the other mystery is how BCPF can claim on their tax return and WA Sec of State Charity website that they devote 90% of all expenses to program services and less than 10% to fundraising - an extraordinarily high figure that even the best run non-profits rarely achieve. The answer is equally shocking - they total up all the words in their sample telemarketing script and allocate only the last 2 sentences which comprise less than 10% of total to fundraising. Of course this assumes they give the same script in entirety to everyone and don't deviate to answer questions or persuade the donor. In reality, 70% of the people receiving calls are either (1) men or (2) women under the age of 40 who don't need a breast exam and receive only the fundraising pitch. Of the remaining 30% who do receive a reminder to have a breast exam and the phone # of their local state health dept, only women who lack health insurance (5%) aren't asked for a donation. Altogether this means 95% contain fundraising and only 30% contain program services. So don't be fooled by their highly questionable accounting magic - under the covers, this is clearly one of the most inefficient charities around.

Also don't be fooled by the positive 4 star reviews posted in this forum - they are likely from BCPF employees or agencies that receive the limited funding they do provide. Ensuring all women get a mammogram whether they can afford one or not is a noble cause but unfortunately BCPF has twisted this into a lucrative scheme to convert millions of dollars received from generous donors into private profits for the telemarketing company owned by the charity's president. Shame on him.

Please give your money instead to established organizations like the American Cancer Society or Susan G. Komen Foundation who actually help patients in need.

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Remove the conflict of interest by firing the charity's president and terminating the 10 yr exclusive contract with his telemarketing company. Fix the accounting to accurately reflect on how donation are spnt. Allocate at least 75% of donations to fund grants for free mammograms instead of the current 15%.

April 17, 2011
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April 17, 2011
4 people found this review helpful

I was telephonically contacted by a Breast Cancer Prevention Fund Fund-raising Coordinator in April 2011. I was asked to donate on behalf of women that could not afford mammograms. Before I donate, I always research an organization. This is what I found through the IRS and the Breast Cancer Prevention Fund's 2009, Form 990 submission:
2009 Donations: $3.3 million;
Paid out for mammograms: $660,000 (less than 20%);
Paid to Legacy Telemarketing (a subcontractor): $2.2 million
James Patton is on the BCPF's Board of Directors and is President of Legacy Telemarketing.
Shame on this organization!

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Very few have experienced any results from this organization.

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This is an unethical organization and should not be patronized.

December 22, 2010
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December 22, 2010
1 person found this review helpful

I'm writing to apologize to the few people who are upset at receiving our telephone calls.
All you have to do is phone me directly at the Breast Cancer Prevention Fund's toll-free number: 1-866-486-4344. Yes, you will probably get my voice mail, because I get over 150-calls each day; mostly
from women who need a mammogram, and I am busy scheduling them with local clinics.

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The thousands of women we have helped (at the risk of upsetting Gigharbor guy).

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