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Mission: The guiding mission of The Breast Cancer Society, Inc. (The BCS) is to provide relief to those who suffer from the effects of breast cancer now, as well as to work cooperatively with and give support to other personnel, individuals and organizations that share in the goal of helping cancer patients, the critically ill, and the impoverished. This is done through such means as education, direct assistance, financial aid, and the providing of supplies and care-giving products, and referral services. Additionally, The BCS assist in the eradication of breast cancer through education and the support of breast cancer research.

Results: TBCS consistently increases its awareness efforts, as we believe that early detection can literally save a life. Recently, we have implemented a prominent online blog, targeting the challenges that research has identified that breast cancer patients are battling. We have also incorporated video testimonials of survivors, in effort to reach the newly diagnosed. In 2012, the organization launched three new vital programs. Our non-medical In-Home Care, the Hope Scholarship Fund and the Empower Scholarship Fund. Each program is answering problematic issues surrounding a breast cancer diagnosis.

Target demographics: Women and Men battling breast cancer

Geographic areas served: National and International Organization

Programs: • To work closely with breast cancer patients and their families on a case-by-case basis in an effort to identify critical needs and to give meaningful support through such methods as financial aid, education, material supplies and commodities, and any other means deemed suitable to aid in alleviating the special needs brought on by breast cancer. • Services are provided to recipients nation-wide, based on need, demand, and qualification. • To procure products and commodities (gifts-in-kind) for distribution in accordance to the organization’s mission. • To educate the public and cancer patients about breast cancer and various issues surrounding it and to fund special grants for research projects whose primary aim is to improve the prevention , detection, treatment of, or recovery from breast cancer. • To inform the general public about the existence of The Breast Cancer Society (TBCS) and the services which the organization provides. • To participate in efforts both domestically and internationally to alleviate human suffering through such means the procurement and distribution of donated commodities - primarily to breast cancer victims, and in some cases other critically ill individuals in the case of surplus supplies and urgent need.

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Community Stories

54 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Client Served

Rating: 5

The Staff at the Breast Cancer Society Inc. are so amazing! The organization really is passionate about the quality of life breast cancer patients and survivors have. They provide quality items in the warehouse for women to go shopping every month "free". Items provided range from personal hygiene to clothing and furniture, as well as prosthetic breasts and wigs. These are items that these women (including myself) could never afford since many of us are focused on medical insurance issues. They provide services as well such as home health care for patients going through treatments. The Breast Cancer Society Inc. cannot take away the breast cancer but they put smiles on so many women's faces and give them encouragement and hope for not just a better today but an awesome tomorrow! I will be forever grateful to them for all they have done to make my journey lighter in the load I carried and I am happy to call them my friends.

Comments ( 1 )

info312 Hi Holly, I am so glad you are doing well in Indiana. We agree...we need warehouses in every state! We are actively fundraising for Arkansas and Texas right now. We need to talk about a great location in your area (as we have before). Love you Holly...stay strong!

1 jennykg

General Member of the Public

Rating: 2

I also received unsolicited phone calls from this organization. Very annoying.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

I just wanted to thank this organization for everything they've done for us this last year as my mom was battling breast cancer. They've been a true God-send.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

Following a soliciation -- and curiosity peaked by the focus of the solicitor -- I researched through this source and its links the organization. High operating expenses including disapportional foreign activities for a young organization became my point of concern.

I take exception to what I perceive as exploitation of breast cancer as my deceased wife fought the disease for twent-one years.

5

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 1

Don't be fooled by this organization and their phone sales pitch! Take a look at the 990 and see where the money is going before contributing. In 2009, they awarded just three grants totaling $43,000 to bonafide US breast cancer services. The remaining $millions went overseas (supposedly) to unnamed organizations or services in Africa and elsewhere. Really? If you care about breast cancer, do yourself (and those suffering with the disease) a favor and support the Susan G. Komen Foundation. But don't take my word for it: Check out their 990 for yourself. Once you familiarize yourself with how it's laid out, it's super easy to read and very informative!

4

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

After my husband told them to mail their information to him and he would consider the organization we have never heard the end of the telephone harrassment. They will not stop calling despite my telling them to remove our number and not to call. We've told them we will not be donating to them and Never give donations over the phone. They called all day yestterday and started calling at 8 am this morning. They know not to talk to me. They ask for my husband by name and when I say he is not available they hang up on me. Why do they use these harassing telemarketers. It is because of these calls that we will never donate to the BCS ever again. The BCS only gets 20% of the money donated via these calls. Why would I not just send it directly to the BCS if I wanted to support their programs?

Review from Guidestar

4

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

I received a solicitation call from this "non-profit" organization. The woman on the line seemed very unprofessional and generally unlike the typical caller from a legitimate organization. When I agreed to pledge, she repeatedly said, "Oh, I love you, I love you, I love you. God bless you." I was quickly transferred to someone verifying my information to send me my pledge card. I felt a little uneasy when I got off the phone, so I began to research. Everything that I can find on this organization seems very fishy. In fact, the only favorable information I was able to find came from the president himself who responded to a public forum in which people were dogging the organization. I believe it is all a scam. I think that donating money to local charities and nationally recognized non-profits is probably the way to go! Oh, and when searching the "National Headquarters" address, I came to see that it is a residence with a pool. Interesting?!? The day after I pledged, someone called for another non-profit, "The Childhood Leukemia Foundation." My husband answered and experienced a similar strange woman. I do not know if these two companies are affiliated in any way, but I'm seeing all kinds of red flags!

Review from Guidestar

3

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

I have been receiving calls and letters following up on a small amount that I may (or may not!) have pledged. I have worked in non-profit organizations for more than twenty years, and I know how to find and read forms 990. This corporation's only 990 show it to be everything I try to avoid in a charity -- a very high proportion of its income going to outside fund raising companies, high pay to a president, and apparently a building owned by the corporation.

Review from Guidestar

3

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 1

They continue to call even though I've told them to take me off their list. Also, the fundraising company they use is under review or the subject of lawsuits by a number of state attorneys general. See http://neurodiversity.com/weblog/article/197/ for more information. It's a scam - don't donate to this company, unless you want to donate to a fundraiser.

2

Donor

Rating: 1

I was a donor and I echo the reviews here. Breast cancer is such an important cause, but this is a scam. DO NOT DONATE. Once I realized that it wasn't a reputable charity, I told them I would make no more donations and I asked to be taken off the call list but to no avail. I urge you not to make my same mistake. Please read the reviews below (particularly the examination of the 990 financial for Breast Cancer Society) and choose another breast cancer organization for your charitable giving.

2

Donor

Rating: 1

Yes, I too made a small pledge. I haven't been able to find out much about the company, but they certainly are aggressive on the phone. I get many calls and a few letters, all for my tiny pledge. If what others have posted is true, it sounds like a big waste of charity money.

4

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 1

As the Finance Director of a $2 million non-profit, I have prepared over 20 years of Form 990's so I know what to look for. People should think twice about donating to this organization. The 990 is pretty scary. They claim to be a national organization but they list the Exec Dir at $120K. All other salaries total 40K. This is out of a total budget of $15.5 million. However, $7 million of that looks like a pass through of donated medicines that were shipped overseas. Only $145K of the remaining $8.5 million is direct aid to suffering people and research. The rest, or more than $8.2 million is fundraising expenses primarily paid to phone solicitors, etc. The fundraising expense to total expense ratio is way out of line. I could go on and on pointing out issues with their finances, but I'd rather find an organization that does a better job at putting my donations to work to help people with this terrible disease.

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

I was solicited today by this organization. The manager to whom I was referred said that only 20% of the funds go to the charity and 80% go to administrative costs. I told her that the ratio should be reversed and that I could not contribute until that ratio is reversed.

3

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

I was solicited by this organization and have been followed up 2 additional times after making a small pledge. I have phoned the organization in order to pay by credit card and there is never an answer and no return calls. The last followup solicitor said that they do not take payments over the phone which is unheard of, nor have I ever been followed up on so often. There doesn't seem to be any financials available either.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

I received a troubling telephone solicitation from a contract firm raising funds for The Breast Cancer Society, Mesa Arizona. Only 20% of the donation would go to the organization. The Society did not answer the two phone numbers 888-293-0553 or 480-284-4014. The web site is what I would call "pink-washed" Paying firms 80% of Dollars raised is shameful and exploitive of women with cancer!