Well it's official - BCPF filed for bankruptcy last year and the IRS has stripped it of its 501-c(3) non-profit status because "was operated primarily to benefit the private interests of the founder's telemarketing business.". Also, the IRS investigation found that BCPF used an unacceptable accounting method, "to trick the public and government," about how much money was paying for mammograms, "and to hide the amounts going to LTC," or Legacy Telemarketing Corporation. See the story at http://www.komonews.com/news/problemsolvers/Bankrupt-Charity-259139541.html. Joe Mando's right - BCPF did more in 5 yrs that most charities do in a decade - they tricked the public out of $20M while BCPF founder and LTC president Jim Paton took the lion's share for himself. Well, at least we have the satisfaction that it won't be for long when the IRS has him in their cross hairs. Here's to Hu and other whistleblowers like him!
Review from Guidestar
I am a general member of the public but also a breast cancer survivor. I thought the Breast Cancer Prevention Fund had gotten my number from the hospital. I gave last year but never again.
It appears this fraudulent charity continues to do business. The BCPF called me in July, 2012 and sent a request for donation. The return address for the donation goes to:
Breast Cancer Prevention Fund
211 South Street #515
Philadelphia PA, 19147.
Looking that address up, it appears to be a UPS store that provides mailbox services in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
But this is a Washington state based agency, which made me wonder, so I did more digging.
The news station KOMO did an expose on this charity, which can be found here: http://www.komonews.com/news/local/133675028.html
While the charity does contribute a portion of its' funds to providing breast exams, it seems a larger portion contributes to the affluent lifestyle of found James Paton, who coincidentally owns the telemarketing firm the charity pays to telemarket, and whose fees vastly exceed the amount provided to cover mammograms.
Reading the story above on KOMO's website, it seems obvious why they have not filed a 990 with Charity Navigator.
Scam alert. http://everett.komonews.com/news/business/688849-conflict-interest-between-everett-charity-telemarketing-com Raised $17.5 million, paid himself $10.5 million, gave out $3.5 million
I worked for Legacy Telemarketing and was one of those people calling people asking them if they could afford to donate $190 for 2 women to get mammorgrams. I read from a script that said " It appears the women in your area have lost their local funding for mammograms. Breast Cancer Prevention FUnd provides these women with free mammograms. One mammogram cost $95 can you donate $190 to help 2 women get mammograms?"...I only lasted a few days doing this mind numbing kind of work but I am so glad i quit now that I heard that the BCPF is owned by the man who owns LEgacy Telemarketing...he was hiring us to get money FOR HIS profit. Only 3 million went to women and mammograms...he made $17 million...WHERE DID THE OTHER 14 MILLION DOLLARS GO MR. STAFFORD? He has a million dollar home on Lopez Island...what a horrible person to do this.
Don't give money until you've watched the KOMO TV investigative report on BCPF at http://www.komonews.com/news/local/133675028.html?tab=video&c=y#idc-cover. Most of the money given goes directly to the telemarketing company owned by the charity's founder. SHAME on Jim Paton for for taking millions in mammogram donation money for his own private gain (nice waterfront mansion and 4 car RV garage). Don't be fooled into making this man richer!!
This organziation called me and I spoke to the woman for quite a while asking questions. After the call I went on-line and did some research. I was astounded at the bad reviews on this site and almost decided to forget it, but I then went on a few other sites and the organization's web site. It appears to me that this group is doing a lot of very valuable work besides what is listed on this web site. I realized that most of these (negative) posts are written by some very ignorant people. I like what I have read, and the answers I got from some very intelligent people in the non-profit industry that I know personally. Then I realized that if I can post anything I want to on this site, then anyone else can do the same thing. Good idea Guidestar, bad execution! I suggest that if you are reading this, you should educate yourself beyond these biased posts on this web site. www.breastcancerpreventionfund.org outlines exactly what they do, and it is a lot more than what is posted here. Just my 2-cents worth.
Review from Guidestar
Here's all that you need to know about BCPF - according to public records 80% of all donation revenue goes directly to Legacy Telemarketing which is owned by BCPF director Jim Paton. He has shamelessly made millions of dollars through this lucrative contract. Donors are asked to donate $90 to pay for a mammogram while never being told of this gross conflict of interest that results in only $16 going towards that cause. Although it's true that some women are receiving mammograms, many more are not because of the donation money that is being converted into owner profit retained by Jim Paton. This is truly appalling and shameful.
If you received a solicitation call, don't be fooled and instead give your money to a worthy cancer organization like Susan Komen or American Cancer Society.
I was telephonically contacted by a Breast Cancer Prevention Fund Fund-raising Coordinator in April 2011. I was asked to donate on behalf of women that could not afford mammograms. Before I donate, I always research an organization. This is what I found through the IRS and the Breast Cancer Prevention Fund's 2009, Form 990 submission:
2009 Donations: $3.3 million;
Paid out for mammograms: $660,000 (less than 20%);
Paid to Legacy Telemarketing (a subcontractor): $2.2 million
James Patton is on the BCPF's Board of Directors and is President of Legacy Telemarketing.
Shame on this organization!
Review from Guidestar
This group called my Mom and convinced her to get a mammogram. She had never had one, but was experiencing some breast tenderness and had a small "bump" aboout the size of a pea. They got her scheduled at a local clinic at no cost to her; and guess what? She has breast cancer! Currently she is undergoing treatment and the prognosis is for a complete recovery. We are so very gratefull to this goup. Thank you!
They phoned me for a donation. I checked out their Form 990 for 2008 and 59% of their funds go to professional fundraising fees and only 22% goes to "grants and similar amounts paid". Better to donate your funds directly to a nonprofit clinic or hospital to help women get mammorgrams
Review from Guidestar
I worked for this organization for 3+ years on the telephone. In reading the otehr posts there does seem to be a lot of confusion about what they do. I can tell you that I worked on the telephone full time making thousands of calls each week. Our main focus was contacting households and searching for women who had not had a mammogram. We mailed out shower cards that gave instructions on how to give a breast self exam (to look for lumps or other abnormalities). We would also help schedule women for mammograms in thier towns. Most days I would talk to people who had been affected by Breast Cancer and often women who had received mammograms through this group. It was a great feeling to help many many women each day. We only received donations from 3-4% of the people we talked to.
Review from Guidestar
As long as there are charities there will be James Patons. How very clever: Find a cause everyone supports, set up a 501c(3) shell and begin raising money with your own fundraising operation. Spend just enough of the funds on the charity's purpose to satisfy the IRS, and pocket the rest, less legitimate expenses. And those suckers who succumb to the verbally skillful, paid by commission callers will be giving less than $1.50 out of every $10 to the cause. Shameful and despicable. There are thousands of legitimate charities that spend far less than 5% of the funds raised on administrative overhead, so why on earth would anyone give to this near-scam?? I imagine that most of the positive entries on this site are either outright lies or paid for; anyone can post anything with no verification. I'd rate it about a quarter of a star.
Before contributing to this charity again, I decided to get more information about them. Since they provide their tax returns online, this is easy to do. Their 2008 return shows that $2.3M of their $3.8M gross receipts was paid to their fundraiser, Legacy Corp. It further shows that Legacy Corp. is partly owned by BCPR Board President (and founder) James Paton. Their telephone pitch says that the money you contribute will go to provide mammograms for needy women. But only $550,000 was spent on mammograms, which amounts to 14.27% of gross receipts. Amazingly, when I checked BCPF's rating in the Washington Sec'y of States database, I saw that the data it provided to the Sec'y of State indicates that it "devoted 93% of its total expenses to program services." Perhaps this is because BCPF files its tax return in such a way that only $187K is listed in fundraising fees (Part I), and the 2.3M paid to their fundraiser, Legacy Corp., shows up as "Other Expenses." So it appears that they have gamed the system in such a way that they pay 60% of their gross receipts to their fundraiser, and can still tell the Sec'y of State's office that their fundraiser returns 93% to the charity. This looks pretty sleazy to me.
I was called by the Breast Cancer Prevention Fund, and encouraged to schedule a mammogram. Since I was uninsured, this is not something I could afford to do. They told me that they would pay for the mammogram and helped me get scheduled with a local clinic. I had the mammogram the following week. 3-days later the clinic caled and asked me to come in again. Long and short, I was diagnosed with breast cancer. I am now 3-years cancer free. This group saved my life. What more can I say. These guys are for real!