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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 84 medical facilities in all 50 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: NBCF’s Early Detection Plan is an interactive tool and iPhone and Android app that promotes breast health education by creating a plan to help detect the disease in its early stages. It enables women to be proactive about their health by reminding them to schedule appropriate doctor appointments. 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.

Community Stories

60 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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.

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.

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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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have been work ing with the National Breast Cancer Foundation for many years as one of three charities that our William Paterson University Annual Breast Cancer Awareness Walk supports. The staff has always been extremely helpful, providing educational resources, assistance with online giving and sending us a few give-a-ways for our walk. The foundation does great work to assist women who are living with breast cancer.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Our university's annual Breast Cancer Awareness Walk supports various charities. We have been working with NBCF for many years. The organization holds a 4-star rating and serves to educate as well as provide free mammograms to under-served populations. The staff is wonderful to work with and eager to supply us with educational materials and give-a-ways for our students. It's a win-win relationship.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Novant Health Presbyterian Medical Center, located in Charlotte, North Carolina, and the Novant Health Cancer Prevention and Early Detection (CPED) program have partnered with the National Breast Cancer Foundation for the past seven years to meet the growing needs of Mecklenburg and 12 neighboring counties. Mecklenburg County has the highest rates of late-stage breast cancer diagnosis in North Carolina. By offering comprehensive breast health education and screening awareness to all women regardless of socioeconomic status, CPED addresses the significant healthcare needs of uninsured/underserved patients in the region. National Breast Cancer Foundation funding provides women ages 40-49 years with screening mammograms, diagnostic procedures ad critical education from highly qualified breast cancer health staff. This partnership facilitates program growth and enhanced collaboration with community groups, churches and local free clinics, providing uninsured/underserved women access to breast health services at local Novant Health Breast Imaging centers and Novant Health Presbyterian Medical Center's mammography mobile coach.

Patients presenting with an abnormal finding are enrolled in the navigation program and receive diagnostic services and/or referrals to the Novant Health Cancer Care High-Risk Clinic. A safety net of care is provided for these women, from screening through diagnosis navigation and survivorship. National Breast Cancer Foundation's continued support is making a difference in the lives of uninsured/underserved women, especially those with more aggressive breast cancers who may not receive education or lifesaving early breast cancer screening without financial assistance. Novant Health CPED program staff is deeply grateful for this valuable and productive partnership.


Maria Kuklinski Long MS, RD, LDN
Manager, Cancer Education Prevention and Early Detection Department
Novant Health Presbyterian Medical Center Cancer Care

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Thank you for supporting patients at Seattle Cancer Care Alliance! Your support of mammography services, patient navigation and biopsies for under- or uninsured women is a critical component of the quality care we strive to make available for all women in our region. We are grateful for your long term partnership and dedication to the cause!

Elizabeth Prescott, Ph.D.
Director, Corporate and Foundation Relations
Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

NBCF has provided us with funds to provide navigation services for our uninsured and under-insured clients in Camden, NJ who have been screened and found to have breast abnormalities. Through these funds, we have been able to seamlessly process patients through the health care system, providing translation services, transportation services and case management as they undergo diagnostic services and treatment when needed. NBCF has been a wonderful partner with true interest in serving our community and we are blessed to have their support.

Evelyn Robles-Rodriguez, RN, MSN, APN
Director Outreach, Prevention and Survivorship
Camden County Cancer Screening Project at Cooper

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

National Breast Cancer Foundation has been an ideal partner for us at Parkland Hospital. By working closely with them to articulate the needs of underserved and minority women in Dallas, we have had great synergy; and they have provided funding for mammography, diagnostics and most importantly, patient navigation services. NBCF is enthusiastic and caring in their work with us but also rigorous and consistent in their request for outcome measures, success stories and instances when they need our help to inspire others to give. We are pleased and proud to have their support and intend for ours to be a lifetime partnership.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

On behalf of the Johns Hopkins Breast Center, we are honored and thrilled to continue to receive funding to support a key element of our breast nurse navigation program. As an institution who performs a large volume of screening mammograms, diagnostic mammograms, and also thousands of biopsies, we know the value of early detection. The NBCF has enabled us to provide nurse navigation in unique ways which includes breast imaging. Our navigator facilitates our weekly breast imaging/breast surgical oncology team radiology reviews so that patients having breast cancer surgery in the coming 7 days have their breast imaging studies and other tests carefully reviewed so that there is nothing missed or overlooked in preparing the patient for the right surgery in the right setting at the right time by the right providers. This same nurse navigator, who herself is a breast cancer survivor, also conducts community outreach events to raise awareness, undo myths, instill the facts, and she personally navigates breast cancer patients from their point of diagnosis through their treatment experience. Though thankfully the majority of breast cancer patients today become long term survivors, not all do. This navigator also is a co-facilitator with me for our semi annual metastatic breast cancer patient retreats which help patients and their family members prepare for what will lie ahead. Additionally, this nurse navigator also oversees our team of survivor volunteers who come on site to hold hands of patients getting biopsies. It is comforting during a time when fear of hearing "you have breast cancer" is on the minds of patients, they can be comforted by someone who is a survivor. She also conducts our annual survivor retreat as well. We are truly blessed to have the support of this terrific organization.
Lillie Shockney
Adm Director, Johns Hopkins Breast Center
University Distinguished Service Associate Professor of Breast Cancer
JHU School of Medicine.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

On behalf of the Johns Hopkins Breast Center, we have been blessed with receiving grant support to fund one of our very much needed breast nurse navigators. NBCF does an amazing job providing grants for this purpose so that more and more breast patients can be supported from the point of their diagnostic mammogram/ultrasound through to the completion of treatment and beyond as a long term survivor or end of life. We are proud to have such a partnership with them!! Lillie Shockney, Director, JH Breast Center

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The National Breast Cancer Foundation has supported breast cancer early detection and diagnosis for women in our community on the rural coast of Northern California for about five years. The free mammogram program provided at one of our local hospitals, Mad River Community Hospital, helps women who are income eligible and uninsured get the care they need and deserve. The NBCF has awarded our organization, the Breast and GYN Health Project, a grant for an RN Breast Health Navigator to help women get screening mammograms, find healthcare providers and navigate the healthcare system when they have a breast health concern or breast cancer. They really care and we appreciate their support!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

NBCF is such a top notch organization in their professionalism with their business partners as well as their compassion with the people they are fighting for. The people working at NBCF are such a special group that really care about each other and the cause.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

As a result of a very generous grant from the National Breast Cancer Foundation, I was able to hire a Patient Navigator for the Breast Care Program at my hospital. The navigator is an active presence in the community who identifies women with breast problems or in need of breast screening mammography. The women we care for are uninsured and underserved. They face many barriers to accessing appropriatr health care. Our patients are very grateful to our navigator and we are very grateful to the National Breast Cancer Foundation!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The National Breast Cancer Foundation is exemplary in granting financial support to organizations that provide direct care to patients. Because of their generosity, I was able to hire an outreach navigator who works in our community to promote education regarding the importance of mammography screening and to navigate patients through the screening process. Every day, I hear grateful patients talk about what this program means to them. They know mammography is important but did not see how they could get access. We treat them with dignity and respect. We help them to learn how important their healthcare is. We save their lives. This is only possible because of the generosity of the National Breast Cancer Foundation.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

NBCF has made mammography screening affordable for thousands of women in Greater Cincinnati through its support of TriHealth's Women's Services. The program officers have worked with us to streamline our reporting and have always been helpful when we had questions. In the end, the NBCF has helped low income, uninsured or underinsured women who otherwise would not have obtained the screening. The women we help as a result of this grant are grateful for the peace of mind they gain through knowing they do not have breast cancer or for the information they receive that helps them to obtain further testing and treatment. Either way they win. Thank you, NBCF, for helping us do this good work in our community.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

M.S.’s daughter-in-law states: “She remembers the navigators’ time shared and was not sure at the time of her pathology results what her new medical situation would bring. This situation certainly caught all of us (family, friends) unaware. My family and I felt very good about the team approach and that of the breast surgeon.”
M.S. says: “Several years ago, one of our children had surgery where she lived in Orlando. I was the primary caregiver; and I was completely caught unaware of the post-op items and care that would be needed. Not being familiar with the Cincinnati area, we have found the navigators and team at your breast center to be very helpful with references, and resources to better prepare us for my surgery, so that my family could provide me with the best care. So, thank you all for being there for us and sharing all the wonderful resources and information available to me and other patients at a time when we critically needed it. You all have made a big difference in those first few days, and weeks of my diagnosis. We just wanted to let the navigators and staff know how grateful we are for the quick responses, and precise diagnosis and recommendations for my surgery and oncology needs. Thanks again for all the answers to all those questions. You all helped to calm the nerves, and anxiety….couldn’t have done it without you all.”

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

National Breast Cancer Foundation has supported and funded affordable breast cancer screenings at McKee Medical Center for three years. This support provides our most at-risk population with access to important screening and detection services they would not otherwise have. We are incredibly grateful to the National Breast Cancer Foundation for their support. Together, we are saving lives through early detection of Breast Cancer.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

National Breast Cancer Foundation funded a grant at our community hospital to provide mammograms for women who are uninsured or whose insurance does not make this service affordable, especially for those who are financially struggling. In the first year of the grant, we have provided 41 mammograms to women who would otherwise not had access to this important screening tool. We have another 120 women who have expressed interest in the program and we are working hard to schedule their appointments. This program will save many lives through early detection and diagnosis, and we are proud to be part of the network of National Breast Cancer Foundation's National Mammography Program.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Through funding received from the National Breast Cancer Foundation, St. Thomas Community Health Center has ben able to provide screening mammograms to women who otherwise would not have the financial resources to cover the cost. Many of our patients are uninsured or under insured and single heads of their households and when faced with the decision of choosing to provide for their families or pay for a mammogram; many would choose providing a need for the family. The funding has provided live saving resources for many of our patients. The ability or remove the financial barrier and added stress from our patients truly makes a world of difference in the lives of the clients we serve.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The NBCF has sponsored our program for five years. The funds have been used to provide mammograms to rarely and never screened women who do not have health insurance. This, in some cases, is a life saver. Many women say the reason they wait a long time to get screened, even with symptoms, is because they do not have insurance and cannot pay for the medical care. This program eliminates the cost barrier for those women, and is essential to continuing to do so.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

We are so grateful to the National Breast Cancer Foundation for helping us serve women in our community. Not only does this program help many uninsured or under-insured women in our urban Salt Lake City community to obtain screening mammograms, but also women from rural areas. Our community has benefited from the NBCF for many years and University of Utah along with the Huntsman Cancer Hospital hope to continue this wonderful partnership.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

By providing free mammograms and patient navigation at Parkland Health & Hospital System, National Breast Cancer is helping the underserved women of Dallas and North Texas. We are honored to have the support of National Breast Cancer Foundation.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

National Breast Cancer Foundation has supported mammography services for hundreds of breast imaging patients at Parkland Hospital in Dallas, Texas. The generosity removes financial barrier for women by covering the cost of screening mammograms, diagnostic mammograms and ultrasound procedures.

NBCF funds also have allowed Parkland to add a highly qualified bilingual patient navigator to our patient services team. She helps provide a more seamless continuum of care for Parkland Breast Center patients. Her presence is helping reduce wait times for patients and significantly reduces the anxiety sometimes associated with medical procedures.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I am a mammography tech for Huntsman Cancer Hospital and I would like to thank the National Breast Cancer Foundation for helping us provide our uninsured patients with excellent care. I am so proud to work with the NBCF to help promote the fight for breast cancer! I have had so many postive comments from patients who have expressed their gratitude for being able to receive medical treatment because of this wonderful foundation. One in particular that was expecially touching came from a lovely Hispanic woman who wrote her comment in Spanish and then had her son translate it for me. She expressed her thanks and said, "God bless those who care for the health of women". Thank you for all you do to bless the lives of our patients!
Charlotte :)

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Working with the National Breast Cancer Foundation has been a wonderful experience. The Baptist Health Foundation is extremely grateful for the funding that our Breast Center has received from NBCF, and consequently for the hundreds of lives that have been positively impacted as a result of this funding. The application and reporting processes are straightforward and streamlined to get at the heart of what the need is. The staff at NBCF are always happy to answer a question and make the process as smooth as possible. The National Breast Cancer Foundation is an exceptional nonprofit organization, building a tremendous legacy of aid and hope.