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May 24, 2010
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May 24, 2010
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As long as there are charities there will be James Patons. How very clever: Find a cause everyone supports, set up a 501c(3) shell and begin raising money with your own fundraising operation. Spend just enough of the funds on the charity's purpose to satisfy the IRS, and pocket the rest, less legitimate expenses. And those suckers who succumb to the verbally skillful, paid by commission callers will be giving less than $1.50 out of every $10 to the cause. Shameful and despicable. There are thousands of legitimate charities that spend far less than 5% of the funds raised on administrative overhead, so why on earth would anyone give to this near-scam?? I imagine that most of the positive entries on this site are either outright lies or paid for; anyone can post anything with no verification. I'd rate it about a quarter of a star.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

getting calls and letters from them, even though I'm on the do-not-call list.

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

Use a fundraising arm not owned by the head of the charity, and reverse the expenditures of donated funds, using 85% to pay for mammograms rather than about 15%. Shutting it down would be even better; plenty of charities do what this one purports to do.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

nothing at all

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

commissioned fundraisers

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

make Paton even wealthier

Ways to make it better...

they were less insistent on the phone, and didn't call people on the do-not-call list

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

sites like this one that expose their shoddy ways

One thing I'd also say is that...

this is a shameful, despicable way of taking advantage of giving people

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

March 30, 2010

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March 30, 2010

I want to comment on the activities of this organization: My professional career has been spent working for Non-profits. This includes fundraising, accounting, outreach activities, and administration. The Breast Cancer Prevention Fund’s mission is “…To ensure that all women over 40-years old receive regular mammograms, and know how to perform breast self exams…” In order to fulfill this mission, the charity has to carry on large outreach campaigns. The Breast Cancer Prevention Fund reached over 2,000,000 women last year through telephone outreach activities and mailed out almost 200,000 instructional cards on breast self exams. They also refer and schedule women for breast cancer screenings over the telephone. These activities can be expensive, but are usually the most efficient means to reach the people you are trying to serve (un-insured women over 40 years old). This organization contracts this service out to a private company because the private company can do it for less money. To imply that this “sleazy” is irresponsible. I have been a donor for 5-years and will continue to donate to this organization. If you doubt their effectiveness, just read the comments from those they have helped. (By the way: their founder works full-time running this organization, yet he does not take any compensation. How is this “sleazy”?)

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the women they have helped

Ways to make it better...

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

They do what no other organization does

Ways to make it better...

It was good

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

March 19, 2010

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March 19, 2010

I received a call from these guys doing fundraising and decided to go online to do some research. After seeing the previous posting on this site (below) I called the organization to get a response. I had to leave a message, but a very nice lady called me back later that afternoon and spent about 15 minutes running through their numbers with me. It seems that Legacy Corp. does a lot more than fundraising for these guys. Just a couple of the things that she mentioned included: scheduling and referrals for the mammograms, education appeals which include mailing to low to middle income families and uninsured people information on getting mammograms and literature showing how to do a "self breast exam", etc. She also stated that their books are all done by an outside accounting firm to make sure everything was calculated correctly. I need a mammogram (and don't have insurance as I work part-time) so the lady gave me a clinic's name and number and told me to tell them that the Breast Cancer Prevention Fund told me to call them. When I did, they scheduled me for an appointment next Tuesday and said that Breast Cancer Prevetion Fund would pick up the entire cost and all I had to do was show up!!!

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

their prompt and curteous demeanor.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

February 21, 2010
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February 21, 2010
2 people found this review helpful

Before contributing to this charity again, I decided to get more information about them. Since they provide their tax returns online, this is easy to do. Their 2008 return shows that $2.3M of their $3.8M gross receipts was paid to their fundraiser, Legacy Corp. It further shows that Legacy Corp. is partly owned by BCPR Board President (and founder) James Paton. Their telephone pitch says that the money you contribute will go to provide mammograms for needy women. But only $550,000 was spent on mammograms, which amounts to 14.27% of gross receipts. Amazingly, when I checked BCPF's rating in the Washington Sec'y of States database, I saw that the data it provided to the Sec'y of State indicates that it "devoted 93% of its total expenses to program services." Perhaps this is because BCPF files its tax return in such a way that only $187K is listed in fundraising fees (Part I), and the 2.3M paid to their fundraiser, Legacy Corp., shows up as "Other Expenses." So it appears that they have gamed the system in such a way that they pay 60% of their gross receipts to their fundraiser, and can still tell the Sec'y of State's office that their fundraiser returns 93% to the charity. This looks pretty sleazy to me.

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The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

very persuasive.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

January 31, 2010
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January 31, 2010
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I researched their 990. In 2008 they got $3M+, paid a telemarketer $2M+, spent $1M+ on themselves, and only spent $550K on mammograms.That is only 15% to actual service to women.

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If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Make itself rich.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

June 8, 2009

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June 8, 2009

Breast Cancer Prevention Fund (BCPF)is a wonderful non-profit organization. I am the Director of Cancer Services at a large inner- city hospital located in downtown Los Angeles. Our Cancer Program has had the great pleasure of working with the BCPF. Over the past 2 years we have received 2 large donations from the BCPF to support FREE MAMMOGRAMS for our uninsured/underinsured women in our community. We are blessed to be partnering with the BCPF... Together we are saving women's lives. What a rewarding mission. Thank you BCPF. We could not make such a differnce without you. Sincerely, The Cecilia Gonzalez De La Hoya Cancer Center

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the great passion of mission... it is inspiring to work with such a group.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

June 1, 2009

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June 1, 2009

I supervise the Swedish Mobile Mammography Program at Swedish Medical Center in Seattle. We recently received a large donation from the Breast Cancer Prevention Fund that will allow us to provide more services for our underserved and uninsured population. I have personally met with the call center staff and they are the most passioned and committed people I have ever met. They truly believe that they are making a difference.....AND they are! This is honestly a non-profit organization that walks the walk and I'm proud that our program can provide this much needed service because of their donation.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the faces of the women who would have put off getting a mammogram without this assistance.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Their passion and commitment is infectious!

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Provide free mammography screenings to all the women that needs them

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

May 28, 2009

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May 28, 2009

Towards the end of 2008, the Breast Cancer Prevention Fund approached our mobile mammography company, Inner Images, Inc., and asked if we have a need for funding to provide mammograms to women in the State of California. There are several great programs for women over 40, but there is a lack of screening programs offered to the under 40 group. So, the Early Detection, Early Prevention Program was developed, and we are now able to provide FREE screening mammograms to women under the age of 40 who have a family history of breast or ovarian cancer. I have spoken with several patients that have used this program, and they could not even begin to express the relief that they feel knowing that they do not have to live in fear that they are developing breast cancer like their mother, aunt, grandmother, and that is going undetected. Many women spend months trying to tack down these types of services, and thanks to the Breast Cancer Prevention Fund, it is becoming easier for these women to find the services they need to save their lives. Thank you so much to the Breast Cancer Prevention Fund! Early Detection is the key to saving lives!

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the quality and availability of care provided to high risk women under the age of 40.

Ways to make it better...

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

I do not have any suggestions here.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

they truly do care about the impact of breast cancer on the lives of women and men in the West.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

maybe find a cure for breast cancer???

Ways to make it better...

I do not have any suggestions here.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

Getting the word out to people that there is help available and that they do not need to live in fear of going to the doctor and getting bad news as long as there is preventative care available.

One thing I'd also say is that...

The Breast Cancer Prevention Fund is a very generous and caring group, and if it weren't for them, I can think of a few women who would still be worrying over their breast health right now.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

May 27, 2009

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May 27, 2009

I was called by the Breast Cancer Prevention Fund, and encouraged to schedule a mammogram. Since I was uninsured, this is not something I could afford to do. They told me that they would pay for the mammogram and helped me get scheduled with a local clinic. I had the mammogram the following week. 3-days later the clinic caled and asked me to come in again. Long and short, I was diagnosed with breast cancer. I am now 3-years cancer free. This group saved my life. What more can I say. These guys are for real!

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

helping me get a mammogram, and learning how to perform breast self exams.

Ways to make it better...

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

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

They saved my life.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

reach more women and save more lives.

Ways to make it better...

they had reached me earlier. But, I'm eternally grateful they called.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008

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