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Nonprofit Overview

Mission: The guiding mission of The Breast Cancer Society, Inc. (The BCS) is to provide relief to those who suffer from the effects of breast cancer now, as well as to work cooperatively with and give support to other personnel, individuals and organizations that share in the goal of helping cancer patients, the critically ill, and the impoverished. This is done through such means as education, direct assistance, financial aid, and the providing of supplies and care-giving products, and referral services. Additionally, The BCS assist in the eradication of breast cancer through education and the support of breast cancer research.

Results: TBCS consistently increases its awareness efforts, as we believe that early detection can literally save a life. Recently, we have implemented a prominent online blog, targeting the challenges that research has identified that breast cancer patients are battling. We have also incorporated video testimonials of survivors, in effort to reach the newly diagnosed. In 2012, the organization launched three new vital programs. Our non-medical In-Home Care, the Hope Scholarship Fund and the Empower Scholarship Fund. Each program is answering problematic issues surrounding a breast cancer diagnosis.

Target demographics: Women and Men battling breast cancer

Geographic areas served: National and International Organization

Programs: • To work closely with breast cancer patients and their families on a case-by-case basis in an effort to identify critical needs and to give meaningful support through such methods as financial aid, education, material supplies and commodities, and any other means deemed suitable to aid in alleviating the special needs brought on by breast cancer. • Services are provided to recipients nation-wide, based on need, demand, and qualification. • To procure products and commodities (gifts-in-kind) for distribution in accordance to the organization’s mission. • To educate the public and cancer patients about breast cancer and various issues surrounding it and to fund special grants for research projects whose primary aim is to improve the prevention , detection, treatment of, or recovery from breast cancer. • To inform the general public about the existence of The Breast Cancer Society (TBCS) and the services which the organization provides. • To participate in efforts both domestically and internationally to alleviate human suffering through such means the procurement and distribution of donated commodities - primarily to breast cancer victims, and in some cases other critically ill individuals in the case of surplus supplies and urgent need.

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Community Stories

13 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Client Served

Rating: 5

The Staff at the Breast Cancer Society Inc. are so amazing! The organization really is passionate about the quality of life breast cancer patients and survivors have. They provide quality items in the warehouse for women to go shopping every month "free". Items provided range from personal hygiene to clothing and furniture, as well as prosthetic breasts and wigs. These are items that these women (including myself) could never afford since many of us are focused on medical insurance issues. They provide services as well such as home health care for patients going through treatments. The Breast Cancer Society Inc. cannot take away the breast cancer but they put smiles on so many women's faces and give them encouragement and hope for not just a better today but an awesome tomorrow! I will be forever grateful to them for all they have done to make my journey lighter in the load I carried and I am happy to call them my friends.

Comments ( 1 )

info312 Hi Holly, I am so glad you are doing well in Indiana. We agree...we need warehouses in every state! We are actively fundraising for Arkansas and Texas right now. We need to talk about a great location in your area (as we have before). Love you Holly...stay strong!

2

Donor

Rating: 1

This Charity kept calling--all day long from morning till night. I answered the phone but they only wanted to speak to my husband because he was the one who had donated in the past. I finally made him answer the phone. He agreed to give them money but I told him NOT to give our credit card number over the phone. After the pledge card came, I researched them on line. The amount that goes to patients is miniscule. Their balance sheet shows they took in over $22 Million and only gave $600,000 to patients. Over $9 million to telemarketing. I will not be sending any money.

3

Donor

Rating: 1

Boy what a revelation after I read so many similar reviews. They are relentless, calling morning, noon and night. I gave a month ago and they are hounding me. I think they aren't what they profess to be. Stay away from them.

9

Donor

Rating: 1

I don't know if this charity is a scam or not, but I can confirm they are aggressive and a bother. I would not recommend become involved with them. My husband made a small pledge and they somehow listed it under my name and call for me ALL THE TIME - refusing to talk with him - just keep calling and calling during the week when I am at work. They finally did call late enough for me to be home from work, and the lady was aggressive and very insistent that I made the pledge (not my husband), not sure why that even matters - just seems like a weird thing to argue about. I am going to send them a money order and wash my hands. What a hassle for the first two weeks of existence with these folks. And, from reading the other reviews, I am not hopeful they will ever stop, even after getting our small donation.

7

Donor

Rating: 1

I may a small pledge to this society thinking it was a legitimate charity. After I made the pledge I ended up in the hospital and had 4 surgeries and was unable to work for several months. Because of the loss of income I was not able to send my donation in in time. The first time they called about the donation I explained my position and told them I would send in the donation as soon as I got back on my feet. My sister in law has breast cancer and I had every intention of sending the donation when I could. Well I continued to get calls every few days and each time I explained why I had not sent in the donation yet, but they kept calling. Finally I stopped answering the phone so they started calling me every hour. I felt like I was being hounded by a bill collector. I started to get a bad feeling about this charity and decided to do some research. Most of the donations collected go to salaries. Give your donations to a legitimate organizations that help find a cure and those that are in need of help. You can find a list of ratings here:
http://www.charitynavigator.org/index.cfm?bay=search.summary&orgid=4509#.Uw3mv4XSPKc

6

Donor

Rating: 1

I received a phone call from this group in the evening. Looking back on it, I should not have picked up the phone, since the caller ID was blocked. It was obvious this scam did not want to advertise their name.

I listened to the pitch which was very pushy, but the person was very nice. They were unsympathetic to a discussion of all my friends who were fighting breast cancer, however. After I agreed to the minimum pledge of $15, and asked that they send me a bill, I was sent to a person for "confirmation". She immediately asked for my credit card number, which I refused. I finally hung up on her after she tried to get more of a pledge.

I will not provide the money to this charity.

Comments ( 1 )

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info312 05/17/2013

We strive to maintain a quality relationship with breast cancer advocates. We do understand the sensitive nature of this disease and care that you have been touched personally with these challenges. We also understand if you would rather not receive phone solicitations. Please provide the phone number you were contacted on and your name, and we will remove you from our data base promptly. info@breastcancersociety.org

7

Donor

Rating: 1

did you read about how much money they spend on the their salaries and how much is left over to "help" those with breast cancer. these people are crooks. pushy and calling at all times of day and nite. they need to be thrown into federal prison.

9

Donor

Rating: 1

I donated to them a few times but came seriously annoyed once they started calling ALL THE TIME. I asked them politely to correspond only through mail, but they totally ignored my request. So then I looked them up after pledging a small amount and discovered others having the same problem and that they have a pending class action lawsuit against them. So I didn't send in my pledge amount with the envelope arrived. Instead I sent a letter stating why I wasn't and asked them to stop calling my home. They continue to call, multiple times a day (3 or 4 times). I finally answered the other day and it was this rude, smokers rasp of a voice and I told her to stop calling and my reasons for not wanting them to contact me anymore. But yet, the calls continue. I am filing a complaint with the BBB, the Attorney General, and I will now in turn start calling them to harass and irritate as they do me. These people are awful and they are a scam. I don't understand why they think harassment is the way to go. It is absolutely befuddling to me and I have had enough.

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4

Donor

Rating: 1

I got a call from the Associated Community Services www.associatedcommunityservices.com and was asked to donate $20 to the Breast Cancer Society. www.breastcancersociety.org. I asked what there ratio of money goes to the society. They told me 80% goes to them to hired the phone operators etc. and 20% goes to the Breast Cancer Society. In my mind that Ratio is unacceptable and not sustainable. The Breast Cancer Society has administration costs so very little of my donation is helping a low income women with breast cancer. I found the operator to be aggressive and reading from a script. I don't believe this is a SCAM but it's definitely not an organization I would recommend anyone to donate any money to. There are much better organizations that will put more money to work than the Breast Cancer Society. Also I would recomend that any and all NFPs avoid Assocated Community Services.

2

Donor

Rating: 1

I found their phone solicitation methodolgy to be agressive and relentless. They do not quit calling no matter what you do. I also was disturbed by the high operating costs and the percentage of their money they spend outside the U.S.

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8

Donor

Rating: 1

I listened to their phone solicitation and they seemed very friendly. This was right after the Susan B. Komen debacle. I said I'd send them money, and then I looked them up on the charitable navigator. I have been flooded with phone calls and mail bills since (over 5 months)! I have asked twice to be put on their 'do not call' list. And they say they will and then don't. If they don't catch you in the morning, they will call back at night. They are relentless and have really pissed me off. They have ads in the newspapers for car donations and are currently under investigation. I will never donate again for any organization I don't see operating in person and know more about. I wish I didn't have to give a star rating, because a one star is too much.

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