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Causes: Breast Cancer, Health, Human Services

Mission: The mission of National Breast Cancer Foundation (NBCF) is to provide help and inspire hope to those affected by breast cancer through early detection, education, and support services. NBCF was founded in 1991 by breast cancer survivor, Janelle Hail. She was diagnosed with breast cancer in 1980 at the age of 34. At the time of her diagnosis, there was little information about the disease, and she was forced to make decisions about her health with few options. After her treatment, Janelle made a commitment to help women around the world by educating them about breast cancer and the importance of early detection. NBCF helps empower women with the information and resources to take charge of their breast health.

Results: To date, NBCF has helped provide an estimated 305,000 screening and diagnostic breast care services and over 1.7 million patient navigation services to women in need. NBCF maintains the highest standard of fiscal stewardship and, on average, over 80% of spending is directed back into programs. Charity Navigator, America’s premier charity evaluator, has given NBCF its highest 4-star rating for our commitment to established financial, accountability, and transparency standards. Additionally, NBCF strictly adheres to IRS regulations as well as policies and procedures set by our Board of Directors, and conducts annual audits by an independent accounting and audit firm.

Target demographics: Underserved and underinsured women

Geographic areas served: Throughout the United States

Programs:
Education & Outreach
NBCF provides critical information to women and families about how they can reduce the risk of developing breast cancer, find breast cancer early, access screening programs, and eliminate barriers to quality treatment if later diagnosed. Women are empowered to advocate for their own breast health.

Screening & Diagnostics
NBCF works with hospitals and breast centers in communities across the country to help remove barriers to critical screenings and help women detect their breast cancer in its earliest stages when it is more treatable. Through this network we provide grants for free breast screening and diagnostic services for those in need. These facilities ensure access to treatment for patients who are diagnosed.

Patient Navigation
NBCF is working to remove the barriers in the complex cancer care system, such as cost, fear, and misinformation that prevent patients from getting the care they need in a timely fashion. Good, timely care and support can increase the quality of life and likelihood of survival by keeping women on track with their treatment and follow-up appointments. NBCF provides grant funds to help support salaries for patient navigators to provide services such as education and outreach in the community; guidance through screening and diagnostic exams; support through treatment and survivorship; assistance with financial, administrative, and emotional issues .

Support Service
NBCF provides critical support for patients at every step – whether they’re newly diagnosed, facing a terminal diagnosis, or facing breast cancer alone. Our goal is to ensure every patient and survivor has access to emotional support, guidance, and resources throughout their journey. These services include:
HOPE Kits: A care package filled with thoughtful items, which patients have found to be comforting and encouraging while undergoing breast cancer treatment.
Support Groups: Monthly support groups lead by a trained facilitator to encourage healthy dialogue and education for everyone involved.
Metastatic Breast Cancer Retreats: Retreats held around the country for metastatic breast cancer patients and their caregivers focusing on renewed hope, increased knowledge, and the reminder that they are not alone .

Community Stories

235 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Kerry8

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I had a fantastic experience with National Breast Cancer Foundation. Through their very easy-to-use, custom fundraising website, I created my own fundraising page. I was able to add photos and videos to make it personal, attractive, and dynamic. When I did have questions, the team at NBCF answered those for me promptly. The entire fundraising experience was more than I could have imagined. I was able to focus on the results and not the details of collecting money. I would definitely recommend this non-profit to anyone.

Donor

Rating: 5

I am a professional custom game call maker. One of my most popular colored calls happens to be pink. A friend suggested that I do an auction and send part of the proceeds to help the NBCF. Well I took his advice and had a custom made band with the pink ribbons engraved on it, but I decided all the cost would be my responsibility and 100% of the proceeds would benefit the NBCF. My attention was then directed at making this happen. With a small amount of effort and the help of Laura Gaspard with NBCF this was an excellent experience. She helped me every step of the way, and kept me updated as the process proceeded. When you deal with the NBCF you are not only helping a great cause, you are working with a class act as well. Thanks for helping make this event sucessful, and I hope we get to do a bigger better event to supposrt them next year!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

It was a wonderful experience. Just talking to women and their needs, learning on reasons why they couldn't or haven't done a mammogram. Some had no education on it, didn't know what a mammogram was or how important it is to have one and most no medical insurance coverage. It was very informative for all of them. Just knowing that are a lot of needs out there and this is one of many outreaches that are needed in our society today. It was really a great experience, one that I volunteer to do over and over again. Because I love to reach out to women and to pray for them. There was a woman, that was in desperate need for her daughter to have a mammogram but could not do it because of no medical insurance, so she decide to come and get information on who could help her daughter. She could have gone to Convoy of Hope in the Leeward district but traveled to Honolulu because only Honolulu site had the the NBCF.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

It was a privelege to be able to serve our Hawaiian community together with the NBCF through Convoy of Hope 2012. NBCF was very organized with friendly staff and leadership; the local staff was able to communicate well with them before the event took place. I believe they had a big and positive impact to the women who were taught for the first time on how to self exam. I also thought it was very generous of Queens Medical Center to work with NBCF, providing free mammograms for those women in need.

Donor

Rating: 5

I have been working with the National Breast Cancer Foundation as a corporate partner since 2010 and have been very impressed with the work they are doing. I was initially drawn to their organization because of the emphasis on a wide variety of services for the community, including mammograms for lower income women. In addition to working with the founation on fundraising efforts they have also been a big help with internal Breast Cancer Awareness programs we have run at our company that help support such initiatives as bringing a mammogram van to our corporate offices and distributing a variety of educational material to our employees. I would highly recommend the National Breast Cancer Foundation.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

It was a wonderful experience to volunteer for this much needed service. Many women came through the tent in a steady stream showing they were concerned about their health. Hopefully some lives were saved because of this service.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

We are extremely fortunate to receive funds from NBCF, it affords us the opportunity to provide screening mammographs to uninsured women, needing their annual screening. Twice a year we offer a "women's cancer expo", last fall a young woman came for a mammogram, unfortunately there had been some confusion in scheduling her, and the person at the registration table told her we would do her if time allowed. She immediately panicked, seeing her reaction she was referred to me (I'm the coordinator of the event). The look on her face, and fear/tears in her eyes told me that she "knew" she needed a mammogram. She had her husband and two children with her and had traveled 45 miles to come to our event. I asked her if she had felt a lump, she said "yes". I immediately told our "volunteer staff and physician", who took her in, did a clinical breast exam, determined she needed a "diagnostic mammogram" and our patient navigator worked with her to find a clinic in her area that would follow up with her. The look of appreciation and relief on her and her husbands face I will never forget. Fortunately it was a benign cyst, being able to tell her that she did not have cancer has been a highlight of my work. Thank you for allowing us to help this lady, and for all the women we have been able to diagnose at an early stage and assist.

Volunteer

Rating: 1

I contacted National Breast Cancer Foundation Inc, to volunteer and help spread awareness to the public about breast cancer and early dectection to save lives through website, facebook, events and they told me I had to donate 5% minimum of any product if sold. I agreed with the 5% amount but they also wanted me to give them 500$ for 4 weeks. This charity is all about business and not helping people is unethical. This charity supposed to be NON profit organization but yet they charge money on top of the donations for volunteers to spread the word about breast cancer. this is a shame.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I really enjoyed serving with Convoy of a hope this year 2012!! I had a eye opening experience that there are a multitude of women that have never had monograms or even done self breast exams. The women that I spoke with were very interested and had a desire to take care of themselves. This was a journey for me to see what and where women see themselves. I also got to speak yo young girls about doing self breast exams and informing them how important it is to do it often. I realized the if the women in these young girls lives have never done exams before these girls were not being taught. It was a blessing to serve with you in educating women and young girls about Breast Cancer.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a cervical cancer surviver and was so blessed when I volunteered this year with NBCF and how they made me feel such a part of them. I would do it again in a heartbeat and I learned a lot about what to look for when doing self exams just because I volunteered. :-)

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Over the past several years the National Breast Cancer Foundation has provided funds to the Alabama Breast and Cervical Early Detection Program to help underserved women receive mammograms. Through this Foundation, the program is able to ensure women age 40-49 with no insurance and a low income receive free breast cancer screening services. Without their funds, women in this age group would not be able to access this life-saving service. Alabama appreciates the National Breast Cancer Foundation and its commitment to provide mammograms to underserved women."

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 1

This charity puts out information that is incorrect in their "After the Shock" video and does not respond to breast cancer survivors. They market this misinformation to nurses, yet essentially plagarize other sites for the content, which is incorrect. Who needs subsidized mammograms with the affordable care act and the federal programs that are in place? Where does the 11 million go? Why won't they respond to legitimate questions from breast cancer survivors and health care professionals. I am an expert in the field of lymphedema, and their statement, now finally retracted, that it lasts 6-12 weeks is just plain wrong

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Magee-Womens Hospital of UPMC is pleased to work with the National Breast Cancer Foundation to educate underserved women on the importance of mammography, and to provide nurturing support services through all levels of breast screenings and treatments. Our collective missions are to see that women in need have the best breast care available. – Patty Genday, Executive Director, Women’s Services

Client Served

Rating: 5

Martin Health System patients have benefited greatly from the grant we received for breast cancer screenings, diagnostics and education. With the help of National Breast Cancer Foundation, we have been able to provide life saving treatment to those who might otherwise fall through the cracks. By working together with NBCF - we are changing lives. Thank you!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Our organization’s commitment to enhance the quality of life and raise breast health awareness for the people we serve is made possible with the generous support of the National Breast Cancer Foundation! Since our partnership, more than 4,000 uninsured and underserved women in Oakland County have received free mammogram screenings. In the last year, we provided 1,400 free mammograms and 18 women were diagnosed with cancer. Each of these women received successful follow-up treatment and 18 beautiful lives were saved. Thank you, NBCF!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Early detection is critical in the prevention of breast cancer; however, many women in our community are uninsured and unable to afford screening mammograms. Volunteer physicians at Good News Clinics provide free primary care to those in need in our community. When we lost access to screening mammograms for our patients, we contacted the National Breast Cancer Foundation and shared the need of uninsured residents in our community. NBCF immediately responded with a desire to help and a generous donation to provide screening mammograms for those we serve. A story about Martha best illustrates the impact the National Mammography Program has on the patients served in our community. Martha came to Good News Clinics as a new patient; she had not had a breast exam or mammogram in over ten years. After a breast exam, a diagnostic mammogram was ordered by the volunteer internist and immediately further diagnostic tests were ordered. Good News Clinics was able to refer Martha to volunteer specialists to develop a treatment plan for her. A Stage III malignancy was detected in a biopsy that was scheduled shortly after the ultrasound signified an area of concern. Currently Martha is under the care of a breast surgeon, a radiation oncologist and a medical oncologist. She also has a patient navigator who speaks Spanish working with her. Martha has completed radiation and chemotherapy. Without the National Breast Cancer Foundation grant to Good News Clinics for screening mammograms, Martha may not have been able to have her breast cancer diagnosed and treated. Access to screening mammograms is an essential diagnostic test that every woman should have regardless of income level, ethnicity, or insurance status. Thanks to the generosity and caring support provided by the National Mammography Program, patients served by GNC’s volunteer physicians have access to this essential health care service.

Client Served

Rating: 5

“This helps out a lot. I spent two weeks in the ER/hospital and received a large bill. I am grateful that I can get a mammogram. It’s a great help for me because I’m only working part-time at a school. Everyone here at the breast center has been very helpful and attending.”
--Maria Ramirez

Client Served

Rating: 5

Patient Quotes (served by public county hospital system):
“This is such a great service for patients. I am currently on unemployment and searching for a job daily. I always used to get my screening mammograms. I came to get a mammogram on June 4, hoping that I could get a mammogram and I did and was told that I was an out of county patient, but there was some grants available for me. I was so thankful for that news. I am so pleased with what you are doing at the mammography center. Please continue to help women that are in need."
--Teresa Spencer


Client Served

Rating: 5

"Thank you for all you do. If it wasn't for Breast Cancer Connections' Gabriella Patser Program supported by a grant from the National Breast Cancer Foundation, I don't know where I would be today. I am only 24 years old and found out 6 months ago that I have a tumor the size of two baseballs in my breast. With no medical insurance and no current job, I did not know where to turn. This program is my guardian angel. I will be forever grateful for the unlimited emotional, mental, and financial support this program provided. This program helped me get my happy back, and for that I thank you. I feel blessed, humbled and strengthened by this whole experience, I could not have done it without your support. I am extremely grateful and appreciative for this wonderful program. Continue to do amazing work and touch people's lives.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The National Breast Cancer Foundation has assisted The Queen's Women's Health Center with funding to provide underserved women with free or low cost Mammograms, expanding our extensive Outreach to Rural areas due to increased Manpower, referrals for High Risk Breast MRI's, increase knowledge of Patient Navigation and building comprehensive data by Educational Conference attendance and easy to understand Breast Education Materials in many languages. "Po'okela"-It is in the way you serve others that your greatness will be felt.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

NBCF has worked with the Breast and Cervical Health Check Program in the State of Alaska since 2010. During this time, they have assisted us with making mammography available to women throughout the state. We have received many reports from women that they would not have been able to have their screenings done without this help and felt like it gave them peace of mind. NBCF has been an excellent partner to work with and making funding available during a time when this is greatly needed for many woman, has been a true statement of their commitment to serve the community.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

During 2010 and 2011, there were two women in the Lakes Region of New Hampshire who had their breast cancer discovered at an early stage, thanks to the “National Breast Cancer Foundation.” Mammography screening and diagnostic studies lead to early intervention which may have saved their lives. Through collaboration with the Healthcare team, they will have access to the greatest chances for survival and quality of life. What an amazing gift to be able to offer to someone!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Comment from patient that was served with funds from the NBCF at the Breen Breast Health Pavillion, Univeristy Hospitals of Cleveland Case Medical Campus, Cleveland Ohio: Everyone was very nice and friendly. They made you feel at ease. This is a wonderful service you provide for people like me who do not have insurance. Everyone is very professional and helpful.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 4

I DR.SUMIT GHOSH WORKING WITH THE DEPARTMENT OF PATHOLOGY AS SENIOR CONSULTANT IN CALCUTTA MEDICAL RESEARCH INSTITUTE KOLKATTA. WEST BENGAL. I HAVE TREATED PATIENTS WITH BREAST CANCER. DOING PATHOLOGICAL INVESTIGATION.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have been involved with the NBCF for four years. I serve as an administrative liason between Vanderbilt University Medical Center and Siloam Family Health Center, an affiliation that allows NBCF funds to provide breast imaging services to those who have no where else to turn. To quote Brenda Caruthers, the referral coordinator for Siloam, “We are so grateful for the generosity of the NBCF program – they have literally saved the lives of many our patients who would have no where to go otherwise.” John Huff, M.D., Chief, Section of Breast Imaging, Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, TN.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The National Breast Cancer Foundation (NBCF) has supported our community in NW Montana for over two years and we have been able to help women who do not have insurance because of that support. Thanks to NBCF we have detected several early stage cancers that allowed the women to get life saving treatment due to early detection. Were it not for the support of NBCF, these women would not have gotten their mammogram and probably would not have known about the cancer until it was at a stage that made treament much more challenging and lowered survival chances. This is a terrific charity/foundation and does not have 100 hoops to jump through to secure their support. They are engaging, hands on, and passionate about what they do.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Together with the commitment of our Bon Secours St. Francis Health System to fund up to 40% of the ongoing operational costs of a mobile unit for outreach to uninsured women, a generous grant from the National Breast Cancer Foundation for the unit helps us to fulfill our mission of being "Good help to those in need." This new mobile mammography unit will bring full digital screening to many disadvantaged communities in Upstate South Carolina.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have breast cancer (again), and I am holding a fundraiser for this organization. We're hosting a head shaving party, and working with them, through StayClassy (fundraising page) has been so easy and helpful. I would HIGHLY recommend the National Breast Cancer Foundation as a great place to put charitable donations.

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1 Juanita L.

Donor

Rating: 1

I am a non for profit model . I attempted to hold a fundraser along with other Colorado models and Designers .This organization Does not want our money. They turned it down and where not very nice about it . Just so you guys know, It should not matter where the funding comes from, and I will never again donate to this foundation. Juanita lynn