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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Breast Cancer, Cancer, Health, Voluntary Health Associations & Medical Disciplines

Mission: To save womens lives by promoting prevention and early detection of breast cancer through awareness and education, and providing funds to pay for mammograms for uninsured women.

Programs: The breast cancer preventon fund paid grants to pay for mammography services for uninsured and underinsured women.

through outreach efforts, the breast cancer prevention fund referred and scheduled women for mammography services at local clinics and through mobile mammography units. The organization also distributed waterproof shower cards demonstrating how to properly perform self breast exams.

Community Stories

12 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Donor

Rating: 5

This organization accomplished more in 5-years than most non-profits do in decades. Enrollments at the Washington State department of health breast cancer screening program surged from 17% of the eligible population of women to 38% during this time, more than doubling the number of women screened! This organization was responsible for most if not all of this increase. We are talking about thousands of women who received mammograms because of this groups outreach programs. Unfortunately, those who object to philanthropists utilizing their own personal resources to further charitable causes, resulted in inaccurate press. Another example of misrepresentation by the media destroying a good cause. There are no winners here but the 25,000 uninsured women screened annually because of this group are certainly the losers. Here's to Hu.

Donor

Rating: 1

Persistent call at bad hours, even after being told to stop calling

Review from CharityNavigator

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Donor

Rating: 1

I was called one afternoon....I had never heard the name of this charity......I recieved the envelope and everything was hand written on the envelope...( I donate alot to various causes and it just didn't look right) I then researched the place on line and saw all the negative statements and the way it was handled on the phone was exactly the same as people described it.......I'll donate to Planned Parenthood where I know all the money will go to people who need it.....thank you for your help.....I almost got caught on this one!

Donor

Rating: 1

What a scam! We received a call today and then looked online. The BCPF are thieves, taking from the poor and giving to the rich (the owner of BCPF).

Donor

Rating: 1

Well I am so glad I searched this out. Good looking stationary and all seems legit but thanks to the other posts I find it is not. Noticed the postmark did not match address...but I almost never do phone solicitations...so I will go back to that policy. Thanks to the previous posts and those who exposed this in the news.

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Donor

Rating: 1

If organization is legitimate why don't they send their information to the BBB and let them give the organization a thorough review. The lady I talked to on the phone lied to me and said 90% went to women to get mammagrams. Shame on you for scamming your fellow women. Give to an organization where the donations will really help those in need.

Donor

Rating: 1

Scam alert. 17 mil raised. 3 mil went to mammograms. Rest went to telemarketer who claims remaining as services rendered claiming 90% of pitch relates to breast cancer education.

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Donor

Rating: 5

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.

Review from Guidestar

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Donor

Rating: 1

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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Donor

Rating: 1

Repeated rude solicitation phone calls from Legacy Marketing for the fund. When you *69 the call, you get a local number. When you call the number, you only get a voice mail, never the "Breast Cancer Prevention Fund" If you want off their list, call legacy marketing at 1-800-488-4609 and ask for James Patten