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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.

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Community Stories

48 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

They are back, continuing their scam. Multiple calls leaving no message.

Advisor

Rating: 3

Censored by 'nonprofit' forum...

April 2009 my (now) ex-partner was diagnosed with malignant breast cancer (confirmed by needle biopsy) and strongly advised to undergo a mastectomy, to be followed by chemotherapy and radiation. Her oncologist, who would also be performing the surgery and afterwards the suggested reconstruction, wanted to schedule the surgery for the following week. The day before the operation was to take place, I discovered 'German New Medicine' (GNM) and I immediately could link what it claims to be the cause for 'disease', including cancer, to my ex-partners 'case'. Now, five years later, she simply is in great health, without having gone through any type of conventional treatment. There's already enough evidence that a large number of breast cancers disappears by itself, if never found (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3320224/), contrary to what doctors/oncologists keep telling their patients, but a theory like GNM will never be openly accepted, let along practiced, by conventional medicine, because they're not gonna put themselves out of business. I also realize that this story will not be published (yesterday, ALL my posts at the 'breastcancer.org' forum were deleted, after my last update and further elaboration on the GNM subject there, so I know how extreme any and all contrary views on cancer are first ridiculed and, if that doesn't work, censored). Had to give it a shot, 'cause cannot just stand by while this great injustice is harming (an understatement) more and more innocent people.

Kind regards and best wishes to everybody who's caring to others.

Ronald

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

Well it's official - BCPF filed for bankruptcy last year and the IRS has stripped it of its 501-c(3) non-profit status because "was operated primarily to benefit the private interests of the founder's telemarketing business.". Also, the IRS investigation found that BCPF used an unacceptable accounting method, "to trick the public and government," about how much money was paying for mammograms, "and to hide the amounts going to LTC," or Legacy Telemarketing Corporation. See the story at http://www.komonews.com/news/problemsolvers/Bankrupt-Charity-259139541.html. Joe Mando's right - BCPF did more in 5 yrs that most charities do in a decade - they tricked the public out of $20M while BCPF founder and LTC president Jim Paton took the lion's share for himself. Well, at least we have the satisfaction that it won't be for long when the IRS has him in their cross hairs. Here's to Hu and other whistleblowers like him!

Review from Guidestar

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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General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

I am a general member of the public but also a breast cancer survivor. I thought the Breast Cancer Prevention Fund had gotten my number from the hospital. I gave last year but never again.

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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.

4

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

It appears this fraudulent charity continues to do business. The BCPF called me in July, 2012 and sent a request for donation. The return address for the donation goes to:

Breast Cancer Prevention Fund
211 South Street #515
Philadelphia PA, 19147.

Looking that address up, it appears to be a UPS store that provides mailbox services in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

http://www.theupsstorelocal.com/3633/
But this is a Washington state based agency, which made me wonder, so I did more digging.

The news station KOMO did an expose on this charity, which can be found here: http://www.komonews.com/news/local/133675028.html

While the charity does contribute a portion of its' funds to providing breast exams, it seems a larger portion contributes to the affluent lifestyle of found James Paton, who coincidentally owns the telemarketing firm the charity pays to telemarket, and whose fees vastly exceed the amount provided to cover mammograms.

Reading the story above on KOMO's website, it seems obvious why they have not filed a 990 with Charity Navigator.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

Scam alert. http://everett.komonews.com/news/business/688849-conflict-interest-between-everett-charity-telemarketing-com Raised $17.5 million, paid himself $10.5 million, gave out $3.5 million

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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.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Both my sister and I were enrolled in a breast cancer screening program by this group. Our mother and grandmother both had breast cancer so we were concerned that we might too. We were both uninsured and they got us screened. Thank god! We both had biopsies for strange gtrowths. Thank you Breast cancer prevention; you may have saved our lives!

9 Susan67

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

I worked for Legacy Telemarketing and was one of those people calling people asking them if they could afford to donate $190 for 2 women to get mammorgrams. I read from a script that said " It appears the women in your area have lost their local funding for mammograms. Breast Cancer Prevention FUnd provides these women with free mammograms. One mammogram cost $95 can you donate $190 to help 2 women get mammograms?"...I only lasted a few days doing this mind numbing kind of work but I am so glad i quit now that I heard that the BCPF is owned by the man who owns LEgacy Telemarketing...he was hiring us to get money FOR HIS profit. Only 3 million went to women and mammograms...he made $17 million...WHERE DID THE OTHER 14 MILLION DOLLARS GO MR. STAFFORD? He has a million dollar home on Lopez Island...what a horrible person to do this.

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.

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

Don't give money until you've watched the KOMO TV investigative report on BCPF at http://www.komonews.com/news/local/133675028.html?tab=video&c=y#idc-cover. Most of the money given goes directly to the telemarketing company owned by the charity's founder. SHAME on Jim Paton for for taking millions in mammogram donation money for his own private gain (nice waterfront mansion and 4 car RV garage). Don't be fooled into making this man richer!!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Thanks for calling!
Your call motivated me to schedule a mammogram. I was called back "due something on the film...". Talk about scared! Fortunately, all was OK.
Thanks for everything.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This organziation called me and I spoke to the woman for quite a while asking questions. After the call I went on-line and did some research. I was astounded at the bad reviews on this site and almost decided to forget it, but I then went on a few other sites and the organization's web site. It appears to me that this group is doing a lot of very valuable work besides what is listed on this web site. I realized that most of these (negative) posts are written by some very ignorant people. I like what I have read, and the answers I got from some very intelligent people in the non-profit industry that I know personally. Then I realized that if I can post anything I want to on this site, then anyone else can do the same thing. Good idea Guidestar, bad execution! I suggest that if you are reading this, you should educate yourself beyond these biased posts on this web site. www.breastcancerpreventionfund.org outlines exactly what they do, and it is a lot more than what is posted here. Just my 2-cents worth.

Review from Guidestar

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

Here's all that you need to know about BCPF - according to public records 80% of all donation revenue goes directly to Legacy Telemarketing which is owned by BCPF director Jim Paton. He has shamelessly made millions of dollars through this lucrative contract. Donors are asked to donate $90 to pay for a mammogram while never being told of this gross conflict of interest that results in only $16 going towards that cause. Although it's true that some women are receiving mammograms, many more are not because of the donation money that is being converted into owner profit retained by Jim Paton. This is truly appalling and shameful.

If you received a solicitation call, don't be fooled and instead give your money to a worthy cancer organization like Susan Komen or American Cancer Society.

Client Served

Rating: 4

I'd like to thank Debora Wright for her time, patience and compassion. I'd also like to thank Mr. Jim Paton for his generosity in providing this service to women like me, who are at risk, have jobs with no insurance and would otherwise go without such important tests. Thank you, thank you. Sincerely, irma

Review from Guidestar

7

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 1

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.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.

Review from Guidestar

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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

3

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am very familiar with this organization and what they strive to accomplish. It is disturbing to me that the ignorant who have obviously not been served by this group post derogatory statements.

I was called by this group (as most of those who have posted here were). They motivated me to schedule a mammogram, which I did after procrastinating for 3+ years. Well, I had cancer! The test and subsequent treatments I went through for 2+ years saved my life.

This is what these guys are all about. For those who get upset because someone called you and asked for a donation: GET OVER IT! These guys serve a very important purpose: Outreach. This is the most important program service they provide. Without it, I probably would have died.

Review from Guidestar

6

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.

5

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

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!

Review from Guidestar

2

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.

Review from Guidestar

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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

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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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Client Served

Rating: 5

This is just a note to thank all the people at the Breast Cancer Prevention Fund. BCPF has helped me beyond anything I could have imagined. I am extremely thankful for all the kindness and information and financial help I have received. I am 47. I have two young daughters, and am married to a wonderful man who is self-employed. We do not have any medical insurance for my husband or me. A few years ago, BCPF called and asked me for a donation for their mammogram fund for women without insurance. I talked with a very nice woman and said that I had never been able to afford a mammogram, but could donate a little bit. She said, “Hey, get a mammogram and then donate.” So I did, and it all came back fine. Two years went by and I still had no insurance. This was October 2009. This time my mammogram showed an area of concern – a widespread area of calcifications on my left breast that weren’t there two years ago. It was cancer. I sent off forms to the Washington State Department of Social and Health Services, which is funded by the Breast Cancer Prevention Fund. Because of the cancer history in my family (two aunts had breast and ovarian cancers), I opted for bilateral mastectomies. My medical coupon is good through September 2010. I cannot express how grateful I am for all the help and kindness I have been shown. I will make sure to pay this forward. I just want to make sure you know how thankful I am for your help and how much it has meant to my family and myself for everything that you have made possible. Thank you, thank you, thank you. Sincerely, J.L.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 1

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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Donor

Rating: 5

I also checked their tax returns. Your math is wrong, Karen! This group spends 92% of all funds raised on program services (which includes the 22% for direct grants to hospitals and other medical facilities).

Review from Guidestar

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

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

Review from Guidestar

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Very impressed with this group. They called me and helped me get scheduled for a mammogram and paid for this as well as a breast exam by a DR.