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April 17, 2011
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Review from Guidestar
April 17, 2011
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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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This is an unethical organization and should not be patronized.

November 13, 2010
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November 13, 2010
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This group called my Mom and convinced her to get a mammogram. She had never had one, but was experiencing some breast tenderness and had a small "bump" aboout the size of a pea. They got her scheduled at a local clinic at no cost to her; and guess what? She has breast cancer! Currently she is undergoing treatment and the prognosis is for a complete recovery. We are so very gratefull to this goup. Thank you!

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They probably saved my Mom's life!

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September 7, 2010
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Review from Guidestar
September 7, 2010
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They phoned me for a donation. I checked out their Form 990 for 2008 and 59% of their funds go to professional fundraising fees and only 22% goes to "grants and similar amounts paid". Better to donate your funds directly to a nonprofit clinic or hospital to help women get mammorgrams

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They call me annually for donations.

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2010

July 1, 2010

I worked for this organization for 3+ years on the telephone. In reading the otehr posts there does seem to be a lot of confusion about what they do. I can tell you that I worked on the telephone full time making thousands of calls each week. Our main focus was contacting households and searching for women who had not had a mammogram. We mailed out shower cards that gave instructions on how to give a breast self exam (to look for lumps or other abnormalities). We would also help schedule women for mammograms in thier towns. Most days I would talk to people who had been affected by Breast Cancer and often women who had received mammograms through this group. It was a great feeling to help many many women each day. We only received donations from 3-4% of the people we talked to.

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the many women I spoke to who got help.

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All the people eho have been helped

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Wonderful!

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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

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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

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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

February 21, 2010
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February 21, 2010
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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.

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One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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.

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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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