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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 medical facilities across the United 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: 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. Support Services: HOPE Kits are given to women undergoing breast cancer treatment. These kits are filled with thoughtful items that patients have told us are comforting and encouraging while undergoing treatment. NBCF hosts Metastatic Breast Cancer Retreats for women with Stage 4 breast cancer. Patients with metastatic breast cancer face a unique set of emotions and challenges. To help these women and their loved ones cope, NBCF hosts weekend retreats for a small group of patients and their caregivers, with the help of our partner hospital Johns Hopkins. Patients leave the retreat with renewed hope, increased knowledge, and the reminder that they are not alone.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 4

This is a great nonprofit to support and work with! I not only support their cause but am privileged to be one of their vendors. My mother in law is a breast cancer survivor and I am always happy to recommend NBCF as a resource to those dealing with this issue.

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National Breast Cancer Foundation 08/13/2019

Thanks for your kind review! We appreciate your advocacy for NBCF!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I am grateful for the work National Breast Foundation does to not only provide patient's with navigation tools but reaching out to underserved populations in partnership with Convoy of Hope, sending out encouraging Hope Kits and providing retreats for women with metastatic breast cancer. If there is a need related to breast cancer NBCF doesn't ask if they can help but how.

On a personal note, my mother was diagnosed with breast cancer 5 years ago. She was scared and overwhelmed but the online navigational tools helped to understand every step in the treatment process and through that she found hope. Today she is cancer-free.

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National Breast Cancer Foundation 08/13/2019

Thanks for your kind review! We're so glad to hear that your mother found support and resources as she faced breast cancer. Your passion and support is exceptional! We appreciate YOU!

Donor

Rating: 5

The National Breast Cancer Foundation is an outstanding organization! When you learn about their various programs they offer and the true way they give back to the community by helping one woman at a time, it definitely makes you want to get involved and support them in their mission. They meet each woman exactly where they are in the diagnosis and hold their hand through the initial diagnosis, the treatment, all the way to hopefully the survival. They provide invaluable resources from their Hope Kits (which are amazing) to helping get a woman plugged in with a patient navigator that can help them along the way. The employees at NBCF truly care and that is evident in all they do!

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National Breast Cancer Foundation 08/13/2019

Thanks for your kind review! We're so glad to hear that you've found a passion for our mission, and have had a great experience with our team. We appreciate YOU!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This nonprofit does an amazing job of helping women now. They assist from diagnosis through survivorship with great educational and care tools. If you know someone or are someone navigating a breast cancer diagnosis, use this resource!

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National Breast Cancer Foundation 07/10/2019

Thanks for the kind review! We appreciate your passion & support!

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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.

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National Breast Cancer Foundation 04/17/2019

Thanks so much for your kind review! We are so glad to hear that Beyond The Shock and our other programs helped you and your sister. Thanks for being an advocate, volunteer, and supporter! We appreciate YOU!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My experience with the National Breast Cancer Foundation has been extremely positive and rewarding. At first interaction, I was introduced to a group of welcoming and friendly faces. All of the employees I met with displayed a passion for the organization’s mission of Helping Women Now.

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National Breast Cancer Foundation 07/10/2019

Thanks for the kind review! We're so glad you had a great experience with our team. Their passion makes our mission possible! We appreciate your support!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

So, where to begin? Let's begin with the amazing atmosphere that NBCF brings each and every single day that made them so approachable to ask if my friends and I could do a fundraiser for them. Also, my experience interning at the National Breast Cancer Foundation has been been amazing with the efficiency of the organization and how much they genuinely care. The amount of heart put into every operation to help support women everywhere is astounding. Everyone at the National Breast Cancer Foundation truly cares towards their mission of fighting breast cancer with early detection.

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National Breast Cancer Foundation 07/10/2019

Thanks for the kind review! We are so glad you had a great experience interning with our team. We appreciate YOU!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The National Breast Cancer Foundation goes above and beyond to make a difference in the lives of women everywhere. Through my experience with NBCF, I have had the amazing opportunity to see how a successful nonprofit organization like NBCF functions and how the different departments seamlessly coordinate with each other to follow through with their fundamental mission. I have been awestruck at the amount of attention and care each employee puts into fulfilling their role here. Just by interacting with the employees here, it becomes clear that they are thoroughly committed to spreading education and awareness about breast cancer as well as ameliorating the lives of the women affected by it.

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National Breast Cancer Foundation 07/10/2019

Thanks for the kind review! We are grateful to have a team that's equally talented as they are passionate. We appreciate your support!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have had the honor of creating a fundraiser for this organization and it was an absolutely phenomenal. The employees are so supportive and kind, and they encourage any kind of initiative taken to help educate the community. One of the best non profits I have ever been a part of, and their future is very bright.

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National Breast Cancer Foundation 07/10/2019

Thanks for the kind review! We are so glad you had a great experience with your fundraiser. We appreciate your support and passion!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The National Breast Cancer Foundation has a very special place in my heart. All the employees have the biggest hearts and are always willing to answer any concerns that I have. But most importantly, every single person in the office is extremely passionate about helping women now and work earnestly to achieve the common goal of aiding those affected by breast cancer at every stage. I love the work this charity has done and truly appreciate their drive to never settle but constantly improve and extend their reach on others.

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National Breast Cancer Foundation 07/10/2019

Thanks for the kind review! We are grateful to have a team that's equally talented as they are passionate. We appreciate your support!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is an incredible organization that is truly dedicated to the cause of providing resources and education to women everywhere about breast cancer. Everyone who works here is so passionate, kind and dedicated and tirelessly works to make sure the programs are working. I am amazed by how well the hope kit program is and all the efforts to educate women in under served communities.

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National Breast Cancer Foundation 07/10/2019

Thanks for the kind review! Our HOPE Kit program is truly special as it brings joy to women in need all across the country. We're thankful for your support and passion!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered with NBCF several times, and each time I am truly amazed to see the passion behind their work and their mission. Their passion for Helping Women Now is so evident when you volunteer for them, and it is great to see the impact that my volunteerism is helping them in their mission. NBCF truly cares for the women they are serving, and I am so proud to be a NBCF volunteer!

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National Breast Cancer Foundation 07/10/2019

Thanks for the kind review! We're so glad to hear that you've had a great experience as a volunteer. We couldn't do our mission without passionate supporters like you!

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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.

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National Breast Cancer Foundation 04/17/2019

Hi Rohan! Thank you so much for your heartwarming review! We are so glad your time with NBCF was rich with experiences and learning opportunities. We know you're going to do great things and are so thankful to have had you as an intern!

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!

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National Breast Cancer Foundation 04/17/2019

Thanks for your five-star review! We are so glad you were able to experience our mission firsthand. Helping to renew an individual's hope is our driving force - only made possible by supporters like you. Thanks again!

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!

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National Breast Cancer Foundation 04/17/2019

Thanks for the five-star review! We are so glad you had a great time at our office packing HOPE Kits!

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.

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National Breast Cancer Foundation 04/17/2019

Thanks for your kind review, Candice! Supporters like you help bring our mission to life every day. We are thankful for YOU!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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

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National Breast Cancer Foundation 04/17/2019

Thanks for your five-star review and kind comments!

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.

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National Breast Cancer Foundation 04/17/2019

Thanks for your kind review, LoriAnn! We are so glad you had a great experience with your HOPE Kit Packing Party! Supporters like you help bring our mission to life every day. We appreciate YOU!

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.

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National Breast Cancer Foundation 04/17/2019

Thanks for your kind comment, Kimberly! It is a pleasure to work with your team!

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.

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National Breast Cancer Foundation 04/17/2019

Thanks for your kind comment! We are blessed to have an amazing team who brings our mission to life every day.

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.

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National Breast Cancer Foundation 04/17/2019

Thanks for your kind comment! We are blessed to have an amazing team who brings our mission to life every day.

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.

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National Breast Cancer Foundation 04/16/2019

Thank you for the five-star review! We're so glad you've found it easy and enjoyable to work with our team.

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.

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National Breast Cancer Foundation 04/17/2019

Thank you so much for the kind review! We are so glad that Michael and our team has been responsive and easy to work with. Understanding our hospital partner's needs is crucial to ensuring we make the most impact with the donations entrusted to us. Thank you again!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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

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National Breast Cancer Foundation 04/17/2019

Thanks for your five-star review and kind comment, Kathy!

Donor

Rating: 5

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

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National Breast Cancer Foundation 04/17/2019

Thanks for your five-star review, John!

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!

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National Breast Cancer Foundation 04/17/2019

Thanks for your kind review, Karris! We are fortunate to have an amazing team who bring our mission to life every day!

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.

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National Breast Cancer Foundation 04/17/2019

Thank you so much for the kind review! We are very blessed to have an outstanding team. That includes our high school ambassadors, like you! You are a key part of bringing our mission to life. We appreciate YOU!

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.

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National Breast Cancer Foundation 04/17/2019

Thanks for your five-star review! We are so glad you've had a great experience with our team, as well as our resources.

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.

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National Breast Cancer Foundation 04/17/2019

Thank you so much for the kind review! We are so glad that Michael and our team has been responsive and easy to work with. Understanding our hospital partner's needs is crucial to ensuring we make the most impact with the donations entrusted to us. Thank you again!

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.

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National Breast Cancer Foundation 04/17/2019

Thanks for your kind review! It is our pleasure to help fund metastatic retreats. We look forward to doing many more to help as many metastatic patients as possible.

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.

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National Breast Cancer Foundation 04/17/2019

Thanks for your kind comment! We are blessed to have an outstanding, passionate team.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

NBCF is built on people that care. They want to help women and their families through every stage of breast cancer. Top-notch group of individuals that are on mission every day.

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National Breast Cancer Foundation 04/17/2019

Thanks for your five-star review, John! We are blessed to have an amazing team who brings our mission to life every day.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

So awesome to work with! And they are dedicated to a great cause!

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National Breast Cancer Foundation 04/17/2019

Thanks for your five-star review and kind comment, Courtney!

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Donor

Rating: 5

We're a CPG company with a mission to "grow to give" and came to National Breast Cancer Foundation (NBCF) in July hoping to have a program live in October (talk about a tight timeline!). We've been blown away by the support, dedication and passion shown by the entire NBCF team. They respond quickly, are well organized, have created custom content on demand and worked hard to thoughtfully grow our partnership. We're so proud of the greater program to raise support and awareness far beyond our monetary donation. They've set the bar in terms of national, non-profit partnership and we look forward to a long relationship working together to Help Women Now.

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National Breast Cancer Foundation 04/17/2019

Thanks for your kind review! We are so thankful to partner with Nature Nate's, a company who truly cares. Partners like you play a huge role in bringing our mission to life. Thank you for everything you do!

Donor

Rating: 5

It isn't difficult to find nonprofit organizations...it's as simple as searching on google and boom! 2500 results are yours. The difficult part is finding a transparent, reliable, productive and amazing nonprofit organization but lucky for me, NBCF and my company struck a relationship a few years ago and the magic continues to happen year after year. The staff is incredibly efficient, friendly and resourceful. Their outreach programs allow me and my team to feel confident that our assets are in good hands and we look forward to many more years together with NBCF. THANK YOU!!

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National Breast Cancer Foundation 04/17/2019

Thanks for your kind review, Gus! We strive to be all of the things you mentioned - transparent, reliable, productive, and amazing. We are blessed to have a passionate team, as well as outstanding partners who bring our mission to life every day. We couldn't do it without supporters like you!

Donor

Rating: 5

Our first charity campaign dedicated to the Breast Cancer Awareness Month was held in cooperation with National Breast Cancer Foundation. Its results inspired us to continue our charity initiatives and showed new ways of helping people. We’re thankful to NBCF for all important work they continuously do, for their support and motivation! We’ll be happy to continue our cooperation in 2016!
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National Breast Cancer Foundation 04/17/2019

Thanks for your kind review, Magic Jigsaw Puzzle team! Your team was a pleasure to work with and your efforts made a huge impact on the women we serve. We appreciate you!