Charity Navigator

Here is a great place that rates breast cancer charities to see if they are using donations for curing and preventing breast cancer. Below is an article from Charity Navigator including some of their ratings so you can see where your donations are being used. Many of us blog about “think before we pink”, while my breast cancer social media community that meets on twitter every Monday night from 9-10 Eastern Time, calls it #redefinepink, as well as my new favorite expression, “Pink Responsively”.  This article will help you make informed decisions for where to donate your money.  You can click on this link: Charity Navigator and use their search button to check on other charities as well as click on the charities mentioned below for much more information.

Charities Working to Prevent and Cure Breast Cancer

Breast Cancer Charities Rating
Dana-Farber Cancer Institute 4 stars
Breast Cancer Research Foundation 4 stars
The Rose 4 stars
Breast Cancer Connections 4 stars
National Breast Cancer Foundation, Inc. 4 stars
Living Beyond Breast Cancer 4 stars 4 stars
Lynn Sage Cancer Research Foundation 4 stars
American-Italian Cancer Foundation 3 stars
Young Survival Coalition 3 stars
Breast Cancer Fund 3 stars
SHARE 3 stars
National Breast Cancer Coalition Fund 3 stars
Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute 3 stars
Susan G. Komen for the Cure 3 stars
Breast Cancer Prevention Fund 2 stars
American Cancer Society 2 stars
Prevent Cancer Foundation 2 stars
The Breast Cancer Relief Foundation 1 stars
John Wayne Cancer Institute 1 stars
United Breast Cancer Foundation 0 stars
Walker Cancer Research Institute 0 stars
American Breast Cancer Foundation 0 stars
Y-Me National Breast Cancer Organization DA
Breast Cancer Society, Inc DA
Coalition Against Breast Cancer DA

Although breast cancer receives the most attention during Breast Cancer Awareness month each October, charities work all year long to raise funds for the prevention, treatment, and cure of this devastating disease. All throughout the year people have the opportunity to participate in various walks, runs, and other special events raising money to fight breast cancer. The pink ribbon has become the symbol for awareness of the disease and can be found adorning everything from soda cans to sneakers.  But how many of us stop to examine those pink ribbon charities soliciting our support?

At Charity Navigator we’ve done the work for you. We’ve reviewed the financial health of over two dozen of the largest charities working to fight and prevent breast cancer in America. Although these charities have been very successful at generating support, together raising nearly $1.7 billion annually in contributions, the disparity in their financial health is enormous.

The good news is that several of these charities efficiently utilize donations to pursue their mission of curing and preventing breast cancer. However, others will astound donors with their inefficient operations and low marks for Accountability & Transparency. For example, one charity spends less than 2% of its budget on fundraising expenses, while another spends nearly 98%! Many of these charities spend at least 80% of their budgets on programs and services, while four spend less than 50%. And while more than half of them earn high ratings for their commitment to Accountability & Transparency, three of them earn 0-stars and two earn just 1-star in this area.