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November 27, 2013
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November 27, 2013
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With its web site shut down and phone numbers disconnected, let’s hope this signals the final demise of the Breast Cancer Prevention Fund. Thanks to KOMO TV's investigative report (http://www.komonews.com/news/local/133675028.html), the public now knows the truth behind BCPF and how its founder James Paton used his “personal resources” to make the public believe their donations were directly providing mammograms for the poor when in fact 80% were kept by his own telemarketing company which raised over $17.5M in donations while handing out a mere $3.5M in grants. When you see his luxury waterfront mansion in the KOMO TV report you can only feel sickened knowing that millions of dollars from generous donors intended to provide lifesaving mammograms for thousands of needy women apparently instead went towards financing the private lavish lifestyle of this self-proclaimed “philanthropist”. After the media alerted the public, credit state authorities for taking action against BCPF including the WA State Department of Health which refused to accept further grant money and the Pennsylvania Dept of State which issued a cease and desist order. Please know that you can help provide mammograms for needy women by donating directly to your local state health department or to reputable non-profits like the American Cancer Society and Susan G. Komen. As for the demise of BCPF, it's apparent there's only one clear loser - James Paton.

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Shut it down

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How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Badly

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

A little

Will you recommend this organization to others?

No

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

August 31, 2011
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August 31, 2011
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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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My research and personal experiences

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Nothing

December 22, 2010
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December 22, 2010
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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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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

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

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September 27, 2010

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September 27, 2010

I have worked as a liason between the CDC and the states Departments of Health; specifically the breast health programs underwritten by Congress an administered at the state level. These programs have often struggled with funding (Clfornia has been closedsince January) and have never had resources to fund outreach progams. This group focuses on outreach programs to educate the public and motivate women to get breast cancer screenings. We have seen the results at the state levels, and applaud thier results. Unfortunately, outreach program results can be difficult to quantify. But the Breast Cancer Preventon Fund does a good job here, and no one else is doing it.

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

The increased number of women being enrolled in programs and the funding provded by this group.

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

Continue and do more.

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

Seeing the results first hand

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

Very passionate

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

Reach many more women.

Ways to make it better...

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

Reduced contributions due to the economy. State budget cuts, and Poor reviews by the uninformed.

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

Good job!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

September 13, 2010
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September 13, 2010
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I was called and asked to donate and said I would. I then went on-line and read their IRS form 990 for 2008 and saw that they spent $3 million dollars to raise the $550,000 they gave away. This is highly suspicious to me. While they say there are no administrative costs, it is clear that a fund raising firm is making a great deal of money, of which approximately less than 17% goes to help women who need mammograms.

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that they called me to ask for a donation.

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One time

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2010

June 23, 2010
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June 23, 2010
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I am incredulous that this org's grantees have posted such laudatory reviews! Your postings means this org gets an average 4 star rating on this site! Jim Paton who is a partial owner of Legacy Marketing (a telephone marketing company)is also the head of BC Prevention Fund. As ED of the BCPF he takes no compensation, but in 2008 BCPF raised $3.8M and paid Legacy $2.3M for "outreach services" and only made $550,000 in grants to hospitals and other nonprofits for direct services such as mammograms -- that's only 14%. The remaining app. $1M went to expenses such as telephones, etc. BCPF 990 is no longer available on its website. What kind of "outreach services" are being provided for $2.3M? Probably the telephone calls soliciting donations! Google this org's name and read the comments on the sites complaining about the telemarketing calls. A "Great Nonprofit" -- I don't think so.

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and the confusion it has created re what it is really doing.

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One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

March 30, 2010

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Review from Guidestar
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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the women they have helped

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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

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

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