Mission: Founded in 1992, Breast Cancer Prevention Partners (BCPP) is the leading national science-based, policy and advocacy organization focused on preventing breast cancer ... (More)

Breast Cancer Prevention Partners is a 501(c)(3) organization, with an IRS ruling year of 1997, and donations are tax-deductible.

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Contact Information

  https://www.bcpp.org/

 1388 Sutter Street
Suite 400
San Francisco CA 94109 

  415-346-8223


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Star Rating System by Charity Navigator


Charity Navigator evaluates a nonprofit organization’s financial health including measures of stability, efficiency and sustainability. We also track accountability and transparency policies to ensure the good governance and integrity of the organization.




Needs Improvement

This charity's score is 76.98, earning it a 2-Star rating. Charity Navigator believes donors can "Give with Confidence" to charities with 3- and 4-Star ratings.

This score is calculated from two sub-scores:

This score represents Form 990 data from 2019, the latest year published by the IRS.

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Program Expense

Program Expense Ratio

76.1%


The Program Expense Ratio is determined by Program Expenses divided by Total Expense (average of most recent three 990s).


This measure reflects the percent of its total expenses a charity spends on the programs and services it exists to deliver. Dividing a charity's average program expenses by its average total functional expenses yields this percentage. We calculate the charity's average expenses over its three most recent fiscal years.


Source: IRS Form 990

Administrative Expenses

10.0%


As reported by charities on their IRS Form 990, this measure reflects what percent of its total budget a charity spends on overhead, administrative staff and associated costs, and organizational meetings. Dividing a charity's average administrative expenses by its average total functional expenses yields this percentage. We calculate the charity's average expenses over its three most recent fiscal years.


Source: IRS Form 990

Fundraising Expenses

13.7%


This measure reflects what a charity spends to raise money. Fundraising expenses can include campaign printing, publicity, mailing, and staffing and costs incurred in soliciting donations, memberships, and grants. Dividing a charity's average fundraising expenses by its average total functional expenses yields this percentage. We calculate the charity's average expenses over its three most recent fiscal years.


Source: IRS Form 990

Liabilities to Assets Ratio

42.3%


The Liabilities to Assets Ratio is determined by Total Liabilities divided by Total Assets (most recent 990).


Part of our goal in rating the financial performance of charities is to help donors assess the financial capacity and sustainability of a charity. As do organizations in other sectors, charities must be mindful of their management of total liabilites in relation to their total assets. This ratio is an indicator of an organization’s solvency and or long term sustainability. Dividing a charity's total liabilities by its total assets yields this percentage.


Source: IRS Form 990

Fundraising Efficiency

$0.16


The amount spent to raise $1 in charitable contributions. To calculate a charity's fundraising efficiency, we divide its average fundraising expenses by the average total contributions it receives. We calculate the charity's average expenses and average contributions over its three most recent fiscal years.


Source: IRS Form 990

Working Capital Ratio

0.16 years


Determines how long a charity could sustain its level of spending using its net available assets, or working capital, as reported on its most recently filed Form 990. We include in a charity's working capital unrestricted and temporarily restricted net assets, and exclude permanently restricted net assets. Dividing these net available assets in the most recent year by a charity's average total expenses, yields the working capital ratio. We calculate the charity's average total expenses over its three most recent fiscal years.


Source: IRS Form 990

Program Expense Growth

-5.70%


We compute the average annual growth of program expenses using the following formula: [(Yn/Y0)(1/n)]-1, where Y0 is a charity's program expenses in the first year of the interval analyzed, Yn is the charity's program expenses in the most recent year, and n is the interval of years passed between Y0 and Yn.


Source: IRS Form 990

Governance


Charity Navigator looks to confirm on the Form 990 that the organization has these governance practices in place.


Sources Include: IRS Form 990

Governance:
Independent Voting Board Members  ... (More)
No Material Diversion of Assets ... (More)

A diversion of assets – any unauthorized conversion or use of the organization's assets other than for the organization's authorized purposes, including but not limited to embezzlement or theft – can seriously call into question a charity's financial integrity. We check the charity's last two Forms 990 to see if the charity has reported any diversion of assets. If the charity does report a diversion, then we check to see if it complied with the Form 990 instructions by describing what happened and its corrective action. This metric will be assigned to one of the following categories:

  • Full Credit: There has been no diversion of assets within the last two years.

  • Partial Credit: There has been a diversion of assets within the last two years and the charity has used Schedule O on the Form 990 to explain: the nature of the diversion, the amount of money or property involved and the corrective action taken to address the matter. In this situation, we deduct 7 points from the charity's Accountability and Transparency score.
  • No Credit: There has been a diversion of assets within the last two years and the charity's explanation on Schedule O is either non-existent or not sufficient. In this case, we deduct 15 points from the charity's Accountability and Transparency score.
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Audited Financials Prepared by Independent Accountant ... (More)

Audited financial statements provide important information about financial accountability and accuracy. They should be prepared by an independent accountant with oversight from an audit committee. (It is not necessary that the audit committee be a separate committee. Often at smaller charities, it falls within the responsibilities of the finance committee or the executive committee.) The committee provides an important oversight layer between the management of the organization, which is responsible for the financial information reported, and the independent accountant, who reviews the financials and issues an opinion based on its findings. We check the charity's Form 990 reporting to see if it meets this criteria.

  • Full Credit: The charity's audited financials were prepared by an independent accountant with an audit oversight committee.

  • Partial Credit: The charity's audited financials were prepared by an independent accountant, but it did not have an audit oversight committee. In this case, we deduct 7 points from the charity's Accountability and Transparency score.
  • No Credit: The charity did not have its audited financials prepared by an independent accountant. In this case, we deduct 15 points from the charity's Accountability and Transparency score.
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Does Not Provide Loan(s) to or Receive Loan(s) From Related Parties ... (More)
Documents Board Meeting Minutes ... (More)
Distributes 990 to Board Before Filing ... (More)
Compensates Board ... (More)

Policies


Charity Navigator looks to confirm on the Form 990, or for some metrics on the charity's website, that the organization has these policies in place.


Sources Include: IRS Form 990 and organization's website

Policies:
Conflict of Interest  ... (More)
Whistleblower ... (More)
Records Retention and Destruction ... (More)
CEO Compensation Process ... (More)
Donor Privacy ... (More)

Donors have expressed extreme concern about the use of their personal information by charities and the desire to have this information kept confidential. The exchanging and sale of lists for telemarketing and the mass distribution of "junk mail," among other things, can be minimized if the charity assures the privacy of its donors. Privacy policies are assigned to one of the following categories:

  • Yes: This charity has a written donor privacy policy published on its website, which states unambiguously that (1) it will not share or sell a donor's personal information with anyone else, nor send donor mailings on behalf of other organizations or (2) it will only share or sell personal information once the donor has given the charity specific permission to do so.

  • Opt-out: The charity has a written privacy policy published on its website which enables donors to tell the charity to remove their names and contact information from lists the charity shares or sells. How a donor can have themselves removed from a list differs from one charity to the next, but any and all opt-out policies require donors to take specific action to protect their privacy.
  • No: This charity either does not have a written donor privacy policy in place to protect their contributors' personal information, or the existing policy does not meet our criteria.

The privacy policy must be specific to donor information. A general website policy which references "visitor" or "user" personal information will not suffice. A policy that refers to donor information collected on the website is also not sufficient as the policy must be comprehensive and applicable to both online and offline donors. The existence of a privacy policy of any type does not prohibit the charity itself from contacting the donor for informational, educational, or solicitation purposes.

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Transparency


Charity Navigator looks to confirm on the Form 990, or for some metrics on the charity's website, that the organization makes this information easily accessible.


Sources Include: IRS Form 990 and organization's website

Transparency:
CEO Salary Listed on 990 ... (More)
Board of Directors Listed on Website ... (More)
Key Staff Listed on Website ... (More)
Audited Financial Statements on Website ... (More)
Form 990 Available on Website ... (More)

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Total Revenue and Expenses

Total Revenue and Expenses

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Salary of Key Persons

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Amanda Heier, President & CEO

$141,036 (4.91% of Total Expenses)


Source: IRS Form 990 (page 7), filing year 2019

Business Master File Data

Below are some key data points from the Exempt Organization IRS Business Master File (BMF) for this organization. Learn more about the BMF on the IRS website


Activities:

Other health services (BMF activity code: 179)


Foundation Status:

Organization which receives a substantial part of its support from a governmental unit or the general public   170(b)(1)(A)(vi) (BMF foundation code: 15)


Affiliation:

Independent - the organization is an independent organization or an independent auxiliary (i.e., not affiliated with a National, Regional, or Geographic grouping of organizations). (BMF affiliation code: 3)

Data Sources: IRS Forms 990

The Form 990 is a document that nonprofit organizations file with the IRS annually. We leverage finance and accountability data from it to form Encompass ratings. Click here to view this organization's Forms 990 on the IRS website (if any are available).

Pandemic Response

Due to the unprecedented nature of the pandemic, we give charities such as this one the opportunity to share the story of COVID's impact on them. Charities may submit their own pandemic responses through their nonprofit portal.


Breast Cancer Prevention Partners reported being impacted by COVID-19 in the following ways:
  • Program Delivery

  • Fundraising Capacity

  • Revenue

  • Balance Sheet


How COVID-19 impacted the organization's operations financially:

Donations initially took a big hit, declining 75% in the initial months. Three in-person fundraising events were canceled or postponed, and virtual events filled out the remainder of the year. In addition, we also saw declines in foundation and corporate giving, resulting in a total of $1 million loss in revenue. Our year-end fundraising was stronger than anticipated, and we ended 2020 with approximately 25% less revenue than an average year. We did receive a PPP loan to maintain staff levels, which was forgiven in its entirety in December 2020, and also received an EIDL loan with a 30-year term.


How COVID-19 impacted the organization's delivery of programs:

We were forced to cancel several signature in-person fundraising events. In response, we began offering virtual events for the first time, including a virtual donor salon, an online film festival, an educational discussion series, and two virtual ‘outdoor challenges.’ Our Program & Policy team consistently work with a team of D.C. and Sacramento political consultants. However, due to the sharp decrease in revenue, we were forced to lay off all consultants – leaving us essentially short 5 policy staff members. Fortunately, though working with less resources than usual, BCPP rose to the challenge and accomplished a lot: all three of our CA bills were prioritized by their bill authors and signed into law; we launched a global campaign against Johnson and Johnson, demanding the corporate giant halt international sales of their toxic talc-based baby powder; we also finalized a 400-page report and launched our statewide plan for breast cancer primary prevention, Paths to Prevention.


How this organization adapted to changing conditions caused by COVID-19:

We created virtual versions of two of our signature, outdoor, in-person fundraising events: Peak Hike for Prevention and New England Peaks for Prevention. We also developed brand new virtual platforms to deliver programmatic and fundraising activities: a new “Changemakers’ Chat” virtual discussion series, a virtual congressional briefing, an online film screening of LUNAFEST, educational webinars to launch Paths to Prevention, and so on. We also performed a mid-year reevaluation of our budget and cut costs where possible (i.e., subscriptions, services, etc.).


Innovations the organization intends to continue permanently after the pandemic:

Some of our virtual outdoor events were more successful than we anticipated. For example, our virtual Peak Hike (usually based in the Bay Area) saw a 50/50 ratio of registrants from both California and out of state. Looking forward, we will offer a hybrid version of Peak Hike (in-person and virtual) to expand our reach to supporters outside of California. Our virtual educational series, “Changemakers’ Chat,” was a new and engaging way to tie our work to current issues and dive deeper into our scientific and business partners and allowed BCPP supporters to learn more about our work. We anticipate continuing this and similar education programming. Our entire staff began working remotely last year. We have seen an increase in flexibility and streamlining of work and anticipate continuing to offer remote work options.


Historical Ratings

Date PublishedForm 990 FYEOverall ScoreOverall Rating
Rating Version: 2.1
6/1/20212019 76.98
2/1/20202018 79.69
2/1/20192017 90.00
2/1/20182016 88.13
12/22/20172016 87.80

This organization received multiple star ratings within this fiscal year, due to an update to it's Accountability and Transparency data and/or the receipt of an amended Form 990.

4/1/20172015 86.10
6/1/20162014 84.19
Rating Version: 2.0
11/1/20152014 84.50
10/1/20142013 79.06
9/1/20132012 81.57
9/1/20122011 89.44
10/1/20112010 81.65
9/20/20112009 88.04
Rating Version: 1.0
11/24/20102009 79.56
10/1/20092008 85.04
11/1/20082007 87.68
11/1/20072006 88.29
11/1/20062005 88.06
4/1/20052004 73.83
4/1/20042003 64.63

...   Impact & Results


This score estimates the actual impact a nonprofit has on the lives of those it serves, and determines whether it is making good use of donor resources to achieve that impact.


Impact & Results Score

Not Currently Scored

Breast Cancer Prevention Partners cannot currently be evaluated by our Encompass Rating Impact & Results methodology because either (A) it is eligible, but we have not yet received data; (B) we have not yet developed an algorithm to estimate its programmatic impact; (C) its programs are not direct services; or (D) it is not heavily reliant on contributions from individual donors.

Note: The absence of a score does not indicate a positive or negative assessment, it only indicates that we have not yet evaluated the organization.

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Largest Programs

Largest Programs



Breast Cancer Prevention Partners reported its three largest programs on its FY 2019 Form 990 as:


$1,370,556

Spent in most recent FY

67%

Percent of program expenses


SCIENCE, PUBLIC EDUCATION & ENGAGEMENT: BCPP is a leader in the breast cancer and environmental health scientific communities. Our science program translates, disseminates and communicates evidence of ... (More)


$422,751

Spent in most recent FY

20%

Percent of program expenses


FEDERAL & STATE POLICY AND PROGRAMS:BCPP has over a decade and a half of experience developing and implementing successful state and federal policy initiatives focused on preventing exposures to unsaf ... (More)


$227,318

Spent in most recent FY

11%

Percent of program expenses


BUSINESS ACCOUNTABILITY:Our market-based campaigns grow consumer awareness of, and demand for, safer consumer products free of chemicals that are harmful to human health and the environment. The goal  ... (More)


...   Leadership & Adaptability


This score provides an assessment of the organization's leadership capacity, strategic thinking and planning, and ability to innovate or respond to changes in constituent demand/need or other relevant social and economic conditions to achieve the organization's mission.


Leadership & Adaptability Score

100

out of 100

The score earned by Breast Cancer Prevention Partners is a passing score.

Encompass Rating V4 provides an evaluation of the organization's Leadership & Adaptability through the nonprofit organization submitting a survey response directly to Charity Navigator.


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Leadership & Adaptability Report

100

of 100 points

Mission

The nonprofit organization presents evidence of strategic thinking through articulating the organization’s mission


Founded in 1992, Breast Cancer Prevention Partners (BCPP) is the leading national science-based, policy and advocacy organization focused on preventing breast cancer by eliminating our exposure to toxic chemicals and radiation linked to the disease. BCPP works in close partnership with leaders from the environmental health and justice communities, scientists, health care and business professionals, policymakers, and individuals to eliminate toxic chemicals and radiation linked to the disease. Through education, legislative advocacy, and corporate accountability campaigns, BCPP occupies a unique niche at the nexus of environmental health, women's health, and breast cancer prevention. Visit www.bcpp.org to learn more.


Source: Nonprofit submitted responses

Vision

The nonprofit organization presents evidence of strategic thinking through articulating the organization’s vision.


As a result of our work, we envision a world in which: • We live without fear of losing our breasts or our lives as a result of what we’ve eaten, touched or breathed because the environmental causes of breast cancer have been identified and eliminated. • Most breast cancer can be prevented, while safe detection and treatment of the disease are the standard and available to all. • We have succeeded in informing and mobilizing a public that is unrelenting and holds government and business accountable for contaminating our bodies and our environment. • Public policy protects our health and is guided by the principle that credible evidence of harm rather than proof of harm is sufficient to mandate policy changes in the public’s best interest. • We have done justice to the women and men whose struggle and dedication inspired our resolve.


Source: Nonprofit submitted responses

Strategic Goals

The nonprofit organization presents evidence of strategic thinking and goal setting through sharing their most important strategic goals.


Goal One: Elevate the science linking toxic chemicals and radiation with breast cancer in the national research conversation.

Goal Type: This goal reflects our commitment to further our advocacy work for our organization and or cause area.


Goal Two: Develop, prioritize, and enact policies that reduce or eliminate the types and amounts of toxic chemicals and exposures to radiation that contribute to the development of breast cancer.

Goal Type: This goal reflects our commitment to further our advocacy work for our organization and or cause area.


Goal Three: Generate a diversified, robust, and sustainable revenue approach that supports the work of the current and future initiatives.

Goal Type: Invest in the capacity of our organization (financial, management, technical, etc.).


Source: Nonprofit submitted responses

Leadership Development

The nonprofit provides evidence of investment in leadership development


Describe an investment in leadership

Each year we allocate funds and invest in professional development for our staff. Each staff member is encouraged look out for professional development opportunities that interest them (online courses, conferences, workshops, etc.). BCPP provides flexibility and funds (if needed) to the staff member to participate in the opportunity. For example, last year BCPP’s Director of Development participated in the 2020 Responsive Nonprofit Summit - a two-day virtual learning experience for forward-thinking nonprofit fundraisers and leaders, hosted by Virtuous.

Source: Nonprofit submitted responses

Mobilizing for Mission

The nonprofit provides evidence of leadership through focusing externally and mobilizing resources for the mission.


This organization mobilizes for mission in the following ways:
  • Strategic Partnerships

  • Networks of Collective Impact Efforts

  • Thought Leadership

  • Raising Awareness

  • Policy Advocacy

What are this organization’s external mobilizaton efforts?

Respectful and authentic partnerships with diverse groups and individuals is critical to fulfilling our mission. BCPP has collaborated successfully with community groups, national non-profit organizations, government agencies, and businesses nationally and internationally. Through our science leadership, we highlight the growing body of scientific research linking environmental factors to breast cancer. We guest speak at events, present at scientific conferences, publish consumer reports, and work with academic institutions to produce research papers. We participate in several coalitions and groups whose missions align closely with our work (ex: Federal Food and Chemical Alliance). We regularly share updates, actions, news, and provide engagement opportunities to our supporters through social media – Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, LinkedIn, etc. We also guest on interviews and reach out to journalists that cover issues in our field.

Source: Nonprofit submitted responses

Story of Adaptability

The nonprofit has an opportunity to tell the story of how the organization adapted to tremendous external changes in the last year.


Breast Cancer Prevention Partner’s financial health and stability were deeply impacted by the pandemic. Forced to cancel or drastically modify key annual fundraising events and absorb overall declines in individual, foundation, and corporate giving, we measured $1 million in lost revenue. However, through the loyalty of longtime BCPP supporters and our ability to pivot through new environments, we were able to overcome many of our obstacles and make huge strides towards preventing breast cancer. We adjusted our external events to the new environment. We created virtual versions of two of our signature, outdoor, in-person fundraising events: Peak Hike for Prevention and New England Peaks for Prevention. We also developed brand new virtual platforms to deliver programmatic and fundraising activities: a new “Changemakers’ Chat” virtual discussion series, a virtual congressional briefing, an online film screening of LUNAFEST, educational webinars to launch Paths to Prevention, and so on. In foundations, we applied, advocated for, and received emergency grants from several longtime funders and a $300k loan from the Small Business Administration PPP program, bringing our total 2020 income to $2.2 million. We also performed a mid-year reevaluation of our budget and cut costs where possible (i.e., subscriptions, services, etc.). In addition, our staff adapted quickly to remote working, full utilizing our Teams and Zoom software to bring our internal capacity together and connect with outside networks.

Source: Nonprofit submitted responses

...   Culture & Community


This score provides an assessment of the organization's engagement with the constituents it serves, a practice we term Constituent Feedback. When organizations listen to constituents, they are able to better deliver on programs and meet the needs of stakeholders. A future version of this Beacon will also assess an organization's people operations and its Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) metrics.


Culture & Community Score

Not Currently Scored

Breast Cancer Prevention Partners is currently not eligible for a Culture & Community score because we have not received its Constituent Feedback data. Nonprofit organizations are encouraged to fill out the How We Listen section of their Candid profile. This data will provide the basis for the initial evaluation of Culture & Community.

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Constituent Feedback

Constituent Feedback

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Methodology


Charity Navigator believes nonprofit organizations that engage in inclusive practices, such as collecting feedback from the people and communities they serve, may be more effective. We've partnered with GuideStar by Candid to survey organizations about their feedback practices. Nonprofit organizations can fill out the How We Listen section of their Candid profile to receive a rating.


Charity Navigator awards full credit for this Beacon to every nonprofit that is eligible for an Encompass Rating that completes the survey, in recognition of their willingness to publicly share this information with the nonprofit and philanthropic communities. This data is not evaluated for quality at this time. Validation will be added in future iterations of this Beacon.

Analysis and Research


Like the overall Encompass Rating System, the Culture & Community Beacon is designed to evolve as metrics are developed and ready for integration. Our partnership with Feedback Labs and Guidestar by Candid, and other partners including Fund for Shared Insight, GlobalGiving, and Keystone Accountability, enables us to launch the first version of this beacon with Constituent Feedback information collected on Candid's site.


Feedback practices have been shown to support better Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion outcomes, an essential area of assessment that we intend to further expand and develop in the future. Feedback Labs has documented several studies which indicate that beyond achieving organizational goals, nonprofits that are attentive and responsive to concerns and ideas raised by beneficiaries establish stronger relationships with the people they serve, promote greater equity, and empower constituents in ways that can help to ensure better long-term outcomes. You can find resources to help nonprofits improve their feedback practices here.

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