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National Breast Cancer Foundation, Inc.

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Causes: Breast Cancer, Health, Human Services

Mission: The National Breast Cancer Foundation’s mission is to provide help and inspire hope to those affected by breast cancer through early detection, education, and support services.

Results: NBCF has provided over 937,000 patient services since 2001 through their network of hospitals. With rising healthcare costs, many uninsured or underinsured women cannot afford the cost of screening and diagnostic tests. By providing free mammograms and breast care services to underserved women, NBCF will increase the early detection of breast cancer which will lead to higher survival rates. Facilities within the screening and diagnostics program continue to report that because of grant funding from NBCF, they are able to help women in their areas that did not qualify for state or local funds to access mammography services. Any life that is saved is an example of the success of the program.

Target demographics: Underserved and uninsured women

Geographic areas served: Throughout the United States

Programs: Screening and Diagnostics/Patient Navigation Services: Through its screening and diagnostics program, NBCF partners with medical facilities across the country to provide free mammograms and diagnostic breast care services to underserved women. In addition, this program requires that medical facilities within its network have the capacity to continue treatment after an abnormal finding or diagnosis of breast cancer. The program’s network includes 84 medical facilities in all 50 states. While NBCF provides free breast care services through its screening and diagnostic program, sometimes those in need are unaware that the program exists. Through patient navigation programs at medical facilities within their network, NBCF is able to promote early detection procedures to those that need it most. NBCF’s Patient Navigator Program is a proactive approach to helping patients overcome the barriers of cost, fear, and misinformation about a disease and its prevention. By helping underserved women to navigate the healthcare system, navigators help ensure timely diagnosis and treatment and provide the vision that gives women hope. Early Detection/Awareness Education: NBCF’s Early Detection Plan is an interactive tool and iPhone and Android app that promotes breast health education by creating a plan to help detect the disease in its early stages. It enables women to be proactive about their health by reminding them to schedule appropriate doctor appointments. Beyond the Shock® is a step-by-step guide to understanding the diagnosis of breast cancer presented in an interactive online website and mobile app. It allows those affected by breast cancer to learn about breast cancer, ask and answer questions in a safe and supportive online community, and hear inspirational stories from breast cancer survivors. The Breast Health Education Program provides breast cancer education and early detection services to women at community outreaches across the country. NBCF educates women about the importance of early detection and informs them about resources that are available in their community. Women are given the opportunity to receive free clinical breast exams from nurse practitioners. Breast Cancer Research: NBCF strives to help find the cure for breast cancer by working with some of the finest scientists in the world. Funding is provided to MD Anderson Cancer Center as they apply comprehensive team science to improve treatment and clinical outcomes for triple-negative breast cancer (TNBC) and high-grade serous ovarian cancer (HGSOC). This dual focus stems from recent studies that point to remarkable similarities in the underlying molecular events that cause these two rare, aggressive cancers.

Community Stories

204 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I was introduced to the National Breast Cancer Foundation in 2017 as a high school intern passionate about supporting the cause of breast cancer and eager to learn more about the business models that nonprofits follow. My time at NBCF was one of the greatest experiences of my life. The multiple professionals that I met in different departments like finance/accounting, programs, development etc... all exhibited the central mission of the organization: to Help Women NOW. I treasured every day that I was able to spend at this nonprofit because of the friendly and warm hearted nature of all of the employees and the valuable experience and knowledge that each of them had. To NBCF, it isn't about the number of sponsors or donors that they can accumulate. It's about the relationship that they establish with these donors and whether or not everything wraps back around to the company's mission statement. My internship at NBCF was a notable turning point in my life, and I believe that this nonprofit serves as a turning point in many individuals' lives around the world as well.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Over 5 years ago, I was diagnosed with breast cancer. While there are many sources of information, one of the best sources I found was the Beyond the Shock App from the National Breast Cancer Foundation. Fast forward 4 years, and my sister was diagnosed with the same type of breast cancer as me. I referred her to the National Breast Cancer Foundation, and she was able to take advantage of all the services offered by NBCF. This non-profit offers men and women, patients and caregivers HOPE. I have been blessed to be able to volunteer with this amazing organization and I'm continually surprised by their creative ways to live their mission statement. I highly recommend this organization to anyone that is, or has a loved one, coworker, or friend that is facing breast cancer.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My wife works at NBCF, so I'm very aware of their mission and the work that they are doing every day to support women and families in the midst of breast cancer. However, it wasn't until I volunteered and was apart of a Hope Kit packing party at our church, that I really, TRULY saw the heart of NBCF. They are not only helping women right now in the middle of their diagnosis, but they are actually providing HOPE to those women and their families. Where would any of us be without hope? That is more impact than any financial or physical contribution could ever make - the impact of helping to renew an individual's hope - this is what NBCF is doing every single day. I'm so thankful to be connected to NBCF and the amazing work that they are doing!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The team in Frisco is amazing!! Our office volunteered during the work week as a team, putting together the supplies that go inside the HOPE kits. It was organized, a friendly environment and we were treated so nicely!

Donor

Rating: 5

National Breast Cancer Foundation is one the top non-profits to work with. They care about every woman that is struggling with breast cancer and about helping them through every step of the journey. Their mission to Help Women Now is so important because so many women and their families are affected every day. Their programs they offer to women are life changing resources and I couldn't be happier to support such a wonderful foundation.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This organization is top notch. Great people, fantastic mission, and a huge impact.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I did a Hope Kit fundraiser and got to pack care packages for women undergoing breast cancer treatment. They made it easy for me to make a difference. I was able to raise enough to help 24 women. Packing the hope kits was an amazing experience. The team was informative and professional. I had a wonderful experience and will be a lifelong supporter of National Breast Cancer Foundation.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Working with NBCF this last year has been a pretty incredible and rewarding experience. The entire NBCF team is extremely dedicated to their mission and are pleasure to work with. They are constantly looking for ways to leverage strategic resources to find new ways to further their cause in fighting breast cancer.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I've worked with a number of non-profits, assisting them with their donor communications. By far, National Breast Cancer Foundation has been the best to work with. They're efficient, professional, and truly care about their cause. There are so many pink-ribbon organizations out there, but NBCF is the one I trust the most. It's my honor and privilege to work alongside them.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I've been working with NBCF for over a year and have been impressed with their dedication to their cause. Their team is passionate and driven , and they are always keen to explore new ways to reach women in need.

Donor

Rating: 5

My experience with NBCF has been very positive. They have been very easy to work with and have made the whole experience enjoyable. I really hope to work with them again in the future on another project.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

There are two great things about NBCF. First, they generously provide funds for breast cancer related services, especially for low-income women, and the process to request and report on funding is simple and efficient. Second, the program officers there (most recently Michael Zenteno, but all have been great) are really responsive and caring. In fact, the entire organization is responsive. They recently contacted current grantees to ask us what else, besides funding for screenings, we really needed. When we responded, our answers didn't go into some "black box" somewhere...they actually got back in touch with us again to ask more questions about our needs. In my 12 years as a grants professional, I have never had a program officer contact me to ask about our needs. In my experience, NBCF is the best example of a Great Non-Profit that I can think of.

Kathy K.1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This group does an awesome job in helping women deal with a challenging time in their lives.

Donor

Rating: 5

Excellent charity. Good percentage of donation goes to the programs.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The NBCF is one of the most welcoming offices I have been into! I have had a chance to meet with most of the staff as well as sit in on a luncheon. I was amazed at the professionalism, passion for the cause, and overall friendliness. Amazing non-profit with fabulous staff!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been involved with NBCF for the past 2 years, and I've gotten the privilege to work with many of the people there. They are the most dedicated and passionate people you could have working towards a cause. I also had the honor of being a part of their high-school ambassador program, we were guided from start to finish on how to be the best we could be and help the most people. If you take one thing from this review it should be that NBCF is composed of the most passionate and dedicated people always looking for ways to help people near and far.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have had the pleasure of working with this organization professional and leveraging their services personally. They are a highly-adaptive organization consistently looking for ways they can leverage available technology resources to further their cause, reach more constituents while simplify administrative processes so they can focus on the real mission....Fighting breast cancer. Personally, I have found their website incredibly informative and beneficial for anyone who is fighting breast cancer or family members and friends looking for more information and how they can help. And their fundraising tools make it easy for anyone to donate or start their own fundraiser.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have been working with the National Breast Cancer Foundation since I joined the Ralph Lauren Center for Cancer Care as its Director of Development in late 2016. The NBCF has supported our Breast Health Program for the past couple of years and their support and collaboration has been invaluable and key to the success and continuity of our program. They are great partners in providing feedback, in wanting to learn not only about the results of our program but in wanting to know our patients and their stories. The staff at NBCF, specifically our grant manager Michael Zenteno, is always responsive and happy to answer any questions and/or provide feedback. It has been a delight being part of the NBCF family and we are so grateful of their continued support.

The National Breast Cancer Foundation has become one of the Ralph Lauren Center for Cancer Care’s key partners in providing education, outreach, screening and the highest quality treatment to women who would not have access to these services otherwise. Together, we are ensuring that our breast navigation team can reach even more people who are underserved by the healthcare system.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Great organization. They fund our annual metastatic breast cancer retreat for patients. Not only that they help set up the program and provide different items for patients. The genuinely care about making difference.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

NBCF truly lives out their mission of helping women where they are in their journey. Whether someone's interested in learning more about prevention, or they are in the midst of battling cancer, NBCF has the resources and tools to help. I've personally seen the heart that every staff member has for the mission and they are all very aligned in passion and vision.