I received a call for this Organization requesting a donation. They asked me how much I would pledge. I told them $50.00. Then they asked me for my credit card number. I responded I do not give my cc number over the phone and asked them to mail me the forms. I really planned to give this orginzation the money I promised but they have called and called and will not stop harassing me. I got the forms I'm the mail and decided to check them out. All bad reviews. So so glad I waited.
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Called, asked for money... It's a scam they said 15% goes to charity but if you review the 990 that doesn't even look correct. They also play the same scam for the fire fighters.
I received one of those robo-calls from this scam organization in which their computer could not respond to specific worded questions or answers. They repeated a phone number 877-239-5756 over and over again "for more information", which clearly was the generic computer response for anything the robo-caller could not identify from my questions.
I called the phone number, which was traced to a third-party call center based out of Phoenix AZ that apparently has little knowledge about the alleged breast cancer awareness fund. When I asked where the organization was located, the foreign accented representative told me it was located in Pompanga FL, however she could not pronounce the name of the city properly, nor identify either the city or zip code of the alleged organization. She could not answer any questions, merely stated that she could only take a message and give my number to someone else to call me back. She could not identify any names or estimate the time in which anyone would call me back.
I too received a phone call for a pledge and when I received the invoice it didn't look like the normal invoices I receive. I also read what they focus on and it is mainly educational and nutritional information. I am a breast cancer survivor and remember telling the girl on the phone who called that I was a survivor and am always willing to donate to this cause. She never even said congratulations or anything. She was all about the business of getting me to pledge. I am glad I went with my gut and looked up the organization. They will not be receiving a dime from me. I will only donate to the organizations I dealt with during my cancer. Shame on you BCRSF.
I, like many other reviewers, received a call to make a donation via mail. I mistakenly thought this organization was the Breast Cancer Research Foundation, which I regularly support. When I received the envelope to submit my pledge, I did a little more research due to the fact that the name didn't match what I thought it was. This organization, which I searched by name (both Breast Cancer Research & Support Fund, and Community Charity Advancement, inc.) and EIN, cannot be found on Charity Navigator, nor is it represented on the Foundation Center's Online guide. I went to the websites and looked at the 2014 990s for Community Charity Advancement, and not only was the form a mere 4 or 5 pages (unheard of with most-non-profits), it gave no explanations of where their money goes, other than the grants made. This is an incomplete record and a HUGE red flag for me. I will not be making a pledge, EVER, and I advise anyone else who is considering it to avoid it altogether. If you wish to donate to a leader in breast cancer charities, do some research either on GuideStar, Charity Navigator, or any other site. Make sure to look at how they spend their money and that spending is in line with where you want your money to go, whether it be outreach, awareness, research, treatment, support, etc.
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I received a call from someone that represented themselves as being from The Breast Cancer and Support Fund wanting me to make a pledge. They requested my address so they could send me the Pledge form. When I received the form it showed that The Breast Cancer and Support Fund was a "Project" of Community Charity Advancement, Inc. and gave the IRS 501c3 number of 27-0257040. I went on the IRS web site and did a search and found the number belonged to Seven Sisters Of Healing Inc. When researching all three I found too many red flags to even consider giving to this organization.
Got a call to donate on the day I found out I have stage 4 breast cancer to donate to this group whose web site offers little to no info on how the $ will actually support breast cancer research. Glad I read up before sending donation.
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Received a call for a donation. Very polite and kept saying well bless your heart. So glad I checked them out on Guidestar. 990 Shows the majority of the money goes for fundraising and salaries. In addition, they solicitation and name of on the pledge form make is seem like this is supporting research for breast cancer and helping survivors and their families -- the financial statements show a different picture -- money goes for medicine in South America -- right -- it goes into someone's pocket.
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I would have given them zero stars if I could. Got a call from this group claiming I gave them $20 last year. I didn't remember the name, and I run all charities I donate to through the BBB website as well as the Nonprofit report. When I said as much to the operator, she practically hung up on me. Sure enough, when I checked there were no financials, no listing of who specifically benefits and no accountability. Needless to say, no donation.
Got sucked into donating by a phone call. Received the pledge letter and started to google. SO GLAD I came across this website and the BBB rating. Wrote on the pledge I would not donate due to bad rating at guidestar.org AND not being BBB accredited. :) Thank you.
I donated 25 dollars last year, for breast cancer research, but when they called this time, I said I would look them up on the internet, and they hung up on me, before I finished the word "internet"
Just look at the 1099. Most of the money goes to the fundraising firm and to a "management entity". Mission statement states money goes for medicines to South America and to persons who lost their homes to fire. Very little if any money goes to breast cancer research and THIS IS A TOTAL SCAM ENTITY, best I can see. We will not contribute.
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THIS IS A SCAM CHARITY. I got a call tonight about a supporting this charity with a $20 donation. I asked the representative to tell me which charities specifically receive the funds from their work. The representative couldn't answer the question and she referred me to the website www.bcrsf.org. I went to that site and it directed me to the parent company Community Charity Advancement. Here is the website: http://www.communitycharityadvancement.org/about-us.aspx
This "charity" has a high amount of expenses which are nearly EQUAL to the amount that it raises. Some of those expenses may actually be paid to charities but they don't list which charities they actually support. Secondly, hidden in those expenses could possibly be the high salaries for the "board" and for the "CEO". None of the people listed on the website check out.
Don't give them a single cent - you're supporting the director's and CEO's salaries, not funding breast cancer research.
SCAM SCAM SCAM - this organization and one of it's affilates Breast Cancer Research & Support Fund WILL not respond to BBB requests for information to determine whether the charity meets BBB guidelines for charities. Donate to reputable and known breast cancer fumds such as Susan G Kommen. I DID NOT DONATE UNTIL I RESEARCHED THEM AND AM GLAD I CHECKED THEM OUT.
Got the phone call, the letter and wrote the check. Before I put the stamp on I decided to check this org out. Needless to say I did not waste my stamp and I tore up the check. There should be a special place in ....(you know where) for folks like this. Lost my mother and sister to breast cancer. I will continue to give to legit charities, but learned a lesson. JJ in MS
Received a phone call soliciting a donation that purportedly would be used to help women get mammograms. Having lost my mother to the disease 8 years ago plus a dear friend and my sister being diagnosed 3 years ago (thank God she is doing fine now) I have always been advocate for Breast Cancer Research & funding to help people get treatment. So I agreed to $25, when the paperwork arrived it seemed odd to me when they mentioned the professional company hired to do their fundraising, what does that cost them? So as I always do with any charity I checked Charity Navigator to see the financials, any group that has a low rating due to high admin costs dont' get my money, but this group did not exist at all. What I did find online including their own website is very brief and did not answer any of my concerns. I returned the letter indicating I would not be contributing and remove my name from thier list,, this seems very much a scam!
AFTER RECEIVING MY PLEDGE LETTER IN THE MAIL A NAME WAS FINALLY PROVIED THAT A PERSON COULD RESEARCH. HAVING BATTLED A 7 YEAR FIGHT WITH BREAST CANCER AM USUALLY AWARE OF RESEARCH FOUNDATIONS. AM NOT HAPPY AT ALL WITH MY RESEARCH SO AT THIS TIME WILL WITHDRAW MY PLEDGE AND PROVIDE TO KNOWN FOUNDATIONS.
The people who call me are always very professional and polite. I donate to them on a monthly basis, the organization is fairly new, started in 2010, so that might be why there isnt much info out about it yet.
They called our house asking for a donation. They spoke to my teenage daughter and solicited the donation from her. She thought she was agreeing to doing a survey and instead a pledge letter came in the mail. I was angry to say the least. Why are they asking minors for donations? I tried to call the phone number on the letter and the phone number listed as the office of the non-profit. The first never answers and goes to an answering machine with a mechanical, general "leave a message at the tone" and the second has been disconnected or is not in service. There is no record of any financial filing with the IRS and there is no record that any donations have been made to anyone.
SCAM! Merely search the web for < Seven Sisters of Healing > or for the related < Breast Cancer Research and Support Fund > and discover how completely they've filed their annual financial reports. Zip! Then drop by and discover the mission of SSOH on its website, which may be surprising. It's also interesting to explore the history of the CEO and board of the two, SSOH and BCRSF. I would advise that you give your money to a bona fide charitable organization.