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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Health, Patient & Family Support

Mission: To assist and support children suffering with cancer and their families.

Programs: To relieve distress and suffering by providing aid, funds, "in-kind" grants, support, and financial assistance to children suffering from cancer and other life threatening diseases or conditions. To disseminate health related information regarding the prevention, detection, and treatment of cancer and other life threatening diseases or conditions in children. To distribute medical, "in-kind," and other supplies to individuals and agencies which aid the ill, needy, and children.

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Community Stories

18 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

3

Donor

Rating: 1

This charity is guilty of harassment of me and my family. I will never give to them. If you are thinking about giving to them, you had better check out their rating first. Then I'm pretty sure that you will NOT give anything to this charity. They call my home about once a day at all times of the day and it is robo calling and you never get a chance to tell then to stop calling. They call us even though we are on the no-call list.

11 Jerry40

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

This charity is number 10 on America's Worst Charities list! Less than 5 cents out of every dollar has been reported as actually been given to cancer patients. Grants were a measly $50 - $200. But, 95 cents out of every dollar, millions of dollars, goes to management and fundraisers, who get filthy rich from 'charitable' contributions. They are being investigated by the state of New York for the car donation scam. Why aren't rip-offs like this illegal under federal law?

14

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

Zero stars
DO NOT GIVEā€¦. They need to be shut down
They called everyday early morning even evenings, sometimes 3-4 times a day..
I can hear all the other solicitors in the back ground making calls. I never gave, as Susan Komen would never operate like that. Either would MD Anderson when fund raising. i think this is a Inc. that raises money but a small portion actually goes to Childrens cancer. The soliciting company and the person that set up Childrens cancer fund get paid with your money.

9 Bob_58

Donor

Rating: 1

I gave a couple of times. Then decided to do the research I should have done long ago. Now when they call I simply tell them I have done some research and won't be giving to them anymore. They usually slam the phone down. I hope I ruin these scumbags day.

8

Donor

Rating: 1

How about this >>>>> These charities deserve NO stars!!!! I just watched the CNN presentation for the third time. I've given to both the Breast Cancer and Children's Cancer Fund, each year over the last few years. Wow! How selfish can you be - stealing in the name of the poor and sick!

They'd better not call my home again. Someone's going to get their feelings hurt.

Sick and Disgusted

8

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

You should watch the CNN investigating report on these charities Cancer Fund of America, Breast Cancer Society, Childres's Cancer Fund of America according to IRS filling they brought in over $26 million and gave back $14,000 less then 2 % of what they collected, you should see these families salary yes they are all related, could not respond to CNN questions and The Breast Cancer owner son of the Cancer Fund of America gave reporters the finger... Now we should give them our finger, as a Cancer survival I can Not understand how the gov't does not bring chrages against these crooks, they should go to Jail ....

12

Donor

Rating: 1

I received a call today from 1-877-218-8370 and the rep was very, very nice (a little too nice). She told me she would send out my donation envelope for $50.00 but I told her I would donate $20.00. She put her 'secretary' on the phone and requested by credit card information. I explained I don't give that information on my checking account over the phone, but if they mailed me something, I would send in the donation. The line disconnected! I WILL NEVER DONATE TO THIS ORGANIZATION.

5 Adam C.

Donor

Rating: 1

they call too much I am disabled but I cant stand the thought of selfishness with what is given to me. I had a stroke so i dont really deserve this money, but i also cant function in society so i want to give back... but it seems scammy at this point.

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18

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I worked as a professional fundraiser for CCFS and let me try to explain how this works. First we contact you for a childhood charity (this is what is called cold calling). Once you make a donation your name became part of the companies list, which gave us the okay to call you again on behalf of other charities such as Children's Cancer Fund of America. These calls usually came just a couple of weeks after your donation was received. Then a few weeks later we'd be calling you again on behalf of another organization, and then another and another. After that...we'd be calling you again to renew your pledge, which is usually every three months. So all in all, your kind hardheartedness bought you a boat load of calls. As callers we had no way of knowing when your donation was last made and as for me, I lost sleep over the harassment that we were causing you, the donor.
It seemed to most of us in the office that some of these charities were fraudulent but when you need a job, you need a job.
As for asking to be removed from our calling list...as callers we did click the remove button on the computer, but once we moved on to the next call we had no idea what took place. There are thousands of people I talked to over the course of the last two years that demanded to be removed, only to be contacted by us again and again.
If you feel that you have been harassed, please contact the attorney general in your state to find out what you can do.
While I was a caller we called CA MN and MI

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5

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

I have received 2 calls from this organization in a few days. They are completely unprofessional,
when I refused to donate, the person told me that 'children were dying' and couldn't I spare $10??
I would never donate to a so-called 'charity' that uses tactics like that.

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11 Scott52

Donor

Rating: 1

I previously donated to this organization but this year decided to do some research before answering calls for donations. My research determined that nearly 95% of the money donated goes towards corporate salaries, commissions and administrative costs. I have stopped donating to them but they continue to call me 8-10 times per day. Additionally, it appears that the company operating the Childrens Cancer Fund of America also runs several other funds, each calling me for donations. This company sells your information to others and will not stop calling. I recommend that no one contribute to this organization but research companies like the American Cancer Society and other reputable organizations where your money will be used for something other than CEO payouts.

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12

Donor

Rating: 1

This organization called me last year and asked for a $25 contribution. I said that I could send a check. The caller pressured me for a credit card number, saying that they would get the donation faster - I said no. I received their letter and sent in the check. I then received a call thanking me and asking for another contribution. They promised not to call again, but I said no thanks. Since then they have called twice. Each time I have reminded them that they said they wouldn't call again and I hang up.
I am very upset because I found out that only a small percentage of their donations actually gets paid out and that the BBB has asked them for information with no response.

2

Volunteer

Rating: 1

I am angry at the solicitation tactics of this organization. The person who initially spoke with me asked me if I wanted to donate $30 as I had in the past. I said yes, but then went back and checked all my records (my husband donates sometimes, when solicitors call for me). I had NEVER donated. When I went to my online account to make out the donation, I noticed that there was no Children's Cancer Fund of America set up as a recognized payee--but that there was a Children's Cancer RESEARCH Fund. The names are very close--but NOT the same. I have received two letters since then; tonight I left a message as to my doubts of their legitimate purpose at the "personal donor page" they have set up for me.

2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

I contributed to this org. when they called once. Then they called a few months later and wanted another donation. I reluctantly authorized it. Then I read that the org. did not give a large percentage of the money to the children's needs. So next time they called, I said I wasn't interested. Now they've sent me a notice saying my last donation was $20, and can I send more? It has a recent processing date and number listed with my phone number. So I assume they did an unauthorized removal of funds from my previous credit card no. given. I will find out.

2

Donor

Rating: 1

A few weeks ago I received a mailing like the kind you would get once you have offered money. I knew I had not made a donation promise, so I threw it away. The next week I received a call from the charity reminding me that I promised to make an annual contribution. I asked them the date of my last donation. The solicitor said I last gave in July. I said I wanted to make an annual donation and that if I had given in July then it was too early for another donation. Then the solicitor told be the previous donation was July of 2011. This was a LIE, but I did not discover it until after I promised a small donation. When I went back to my records I discovered that my last contribution was made THIS July. I am sending the donation this time in the hopes that it will actually do some good, but I have my doubts. I will no longer be making any contributions to this charity.

5

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

I manage my Mother's financial affairs and noted several suspicious transactions in her checking account. Between May 1, 2012 and August 22, 2012 were four transactions totaling $130. Two of the transactions were telephone authorized debits, the other two were checks written by my Mother. After questioning my Mother, the pattern described in other reviews became apparent- letters sent with "Friendly Reminders" for donations, followed by telephone calls asking if promised donations had been sent. These tactics strike me as abusive and constitute preying on senior citizens. I cautioned my Mother not to give her checking account or credit card information to anyone calling her on the phone. D. Haig, Dallas, TX

7

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

I manage the financial affairs of several people. One person is generous to a fault. They sent her a "Friendly Reminder" dated January 9th (received in February). Then she received a telephone call asking if the funds had been sent yet. She is insistent on sending them a token donation. HOWEVER, the "Friendly Reminder" is in the exact same format as the Firefighters Fund. The tactics are identical as well...receipt of the "friendly reminder" followed by a telephone call within a day or two. The telephone calls she received insisted that she had promised them money in a previous telephone call. I know this cannot be the case, as she always tells them she has had a stroke and cannot make any donations at this time.

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4

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

These people keep calling, make it stop! Who do I contact to make them stop calling?

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