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!