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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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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 I also realize that this story will not be published (yesterday, ALL my posts at the 'breastcancer.org' forum were deleted, after my last update and further elaboration on the GNM subject there, so I know how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.

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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