Giving responsibly and efficiently
The Breast Cancer Research Foundation adheres to many standards that reflect its commitment to public accountability and social responsibility. Today, contributors are more informed than ever, and they are asking questions of and demanding answers from the charities they intend to support. It is no secret how The Breast Cancer Research Foundation raises money, or distributes its funds.
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BCRF Scientific Advisory Board
The leaders of The Breast Cancer Research Foundation have always believed that the most efficient way to address breast cancer is to direct as much grant funding as possible to the very best and most innovative research. The BCRF Scientific Advisory Board identifies and evaluates research to ensure that BCRF dollars will have the maximum impact. This group represents disciplinary and geographic diversity and is comprised of men and women who embody breast cancer research excellence and world-recognized leadership.
The BCRF approach to fundraising and awarding funds for breast cancer research and awareness programs has been recognized by organizations that monitor and provide comprehensive, unbiased information on charities. Their evaluations assist donors in making sensible and intelligent giving decisions.
BCRF holds a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator, the Foundation's twelfth such designation since 2002. This award demonstrates that BCRF adheres to good governance and other best practices, and consistently executes its mission in a fiscally responsible way. This "exceptional" designation indicates that BCRF outperforms most other charities in America.
CharityWatch.org (formerly American Institute of Philanthropy)
CharityWatch has awarded the Foundation an A+ rating! This is the highest possible rating by CharityWatch. BCRF is recognized as the only breast cancer organization to receive its coveted A+ and the only cancer organization to currently hold this ranking. In awarding their rating, CharityWatch.org looks at percent spent on program services, cost to raise $100, and years of available assets. For more information, visit the CharityWatch.org website.
The Breast Cancer Research Foundation was named one of America's eight top charities in the December, 2004 issue of Money magazine. The article lists BCRF "as among the best at devoting the lion's share of donations to their programs while keeping fund-raising costs in check." It goes on to say, "A charity earns the highest rating if at least 60% of the money it spends goes to its programs and no more than 35% to fund raising or other administrative costs." BCRF, which directs a minimum of 85 cents of every donated dollar to research and awareness programs, far exceeds this level. The information was gathered from charitywatch.org, an independent organization that maintains financial records of charitable organizations across the country.
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The Foundation is committed to maintaining the highest degree of fundraising efficienty. Currently, 91 cents of every dollar spent by BCRF is directed towards breast cancer research and awareness programs. This accomplishment reflects BCRF's dedication to putting the contributions it receives to work immediately. Each year, the maximum amount of dollars is directed to research, rather than towards an endowment for the future. BCRF knows that its supporters do not want their dollars wasted on solicitations that include unnecessary gifts and junk mail. BCRF wants action!
Significant and Effective Funds for Research
Annual grants awarded by BCRF allow scientists to pursue groundbreaking research leading to new treatments, new methods of prevention and new insights into breast cancer. The Foundation supports investigations with the potential for rapid clinical application, and understands the importance of supporting projects in all stages of development. It is particularly effective at identifying important new areas of research and providing greatly needed seed money, to enable researchers to generate the data necessary to compete successfully for federal funding and to leverage and secure additional funds from other foundations and government agencies.
By donating to The Breast Cancer Research Foundation, contributors know that their support will go to breast cancer research and awareness programs. No gift is too small. The Foundation is honored to be the recipient of gifts from all donors.
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