Mission:

To empower all individuals affected by breast cancer, supporting their well-being with post-surgical products and education services, regardless of financial status.


 www.hersbreastcancerfoundation.org
 |  2500 MOWRY AVE STE 130 WASHINGTON W Fremont CA 94538-1605

Hers Breast Cancer Foundation is headquartered in Fremont, CA, and is a 501(c)(3) organization. EIN: 94-3309906.  Donations are tax-deductible. The IRS' NTEE classification is Cancer Research within the Medical Research category. The IRS ruling year for tax exemption was 1999.

(Source: IRS Business Master File and Form 990)


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Encompass Rating System by Charity Navigator


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Overall Score
BETA

75

out of 100

This charity's score is a passing score.

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...   Finance & Accountability


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.


Finance & Accountability Score
BETA

75

out of 100

This charity's score is a passing score

This Beta V1 of Finance Score provides a baseline measure of an organization’s health including the indicators listed in the report below.

This score represents Form 990 data from latest filing year 2018.



Finance & Accountability Rating Highlights

Higher Effect on Score

Board Composition

8/9 Independent

We look for at least 3 board members, with more than 50% of members identified as independent.

Lower Effect on Score

Liabilities to Assets Ratio

9.25%

Charity Navigator looks for a ratio less than 50%.

No Effect on Score

Total Revenue

$514,851

Charity Navigator doesn’t evaluate revenue amounts or sources in Beta V1. An organization’s size can affect whether and how we evaluate other indicators.

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Finance & Accountability Report

75

of 100 points (BETA)

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Overview

Overview

The Finance and Accountability Score provides a basic measure for organizational health. At this time, it comprises 100% of a charity's Overall Score.

Program Expense Ratio

77.92%

Higher effect on score

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


For a passing score, Charity Navigator looks for a ratio of 70% or higher. Charities in the 50%-70% range receive zero points for their Program Expense Ratio score. Charities that fall below 50% will receive zero points for both of their financial metric scores, Program Expense Ratio AND Liabilities to Assets Ratio.


Source: IRS Form 990

Board Composition

8/9 Independent

Higher effect on score


Charity Navigator looks for at least 3 board members, with more than 50% of those members identified as independent.


Source: IRS Form 990

Independent Review/Financial Audit

No Review/Audit

Higher effect on score


For organizations larger than $1million in total revenue we expect to see that the charity completed an audit.


This indicator is not part of the score for organizations less than $250k in total revenue and is removed from the scoring methodology.


For charities under $1 million but over $250K in total revenue we expect to see that the charity completed an Audit, Review or Compilation.


Source: IRS Form 990

Liabilities to Assets Ratio

9.25%

Lower effect on score


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


Charity Navigator looks for a ratio less than 50%.


Source: IRS Form 990

Website Listed

Listed

Lower effect on score


Charity Navigator looks for a website on the Form 990 as an accountability and transparency measure.


Nonprofits act in the public trust and reporting publicly on activities is an important component


Source: IRS Form 990

Data Sources

IRS Forms 990 are provided courtesy of Foundation Center.

...   Impact & Results


Charity Navigator assesses how well a nonprofit delivers on its mission. To issue an Impact & Results score, we estimate the actual impact a nonprofit has on the lives of those it serves, and determine whether it is making good use of donor resources to achieve that impact.


No Score

We have not issued this nonprofit an Impact & Results score. This does not indicate a positive or negative assessment, only that we have not reached a conclusion for one of the following reasons:

  • The nonprofit is eligible for a score, but we have not yet gotten to scoring it.

  • The nonprofit is eligible for a score, but we have not yet developed the specific algorithms to estimate the impact of the type of service it delivers and so cannot issue a score yet.

  • The nonprofit does not primarily deliver services directly to beneficiaries or it is not reasonable to expect the nonprofit to measure impact for its primary activity. The impact analysis framework that we use is not well suited to these nonprofits.

  • The nonprofit is not heavily reliant on individual donors because beneficiaries fund a majority of its costs or it does not receive any private charitable contributions.

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Additional Information

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Largest Programs

Largest Programs



Hers Breast Cancer Foundation reported its largest program on its FY 2018 Form 990 as:


$376,431

Spent in most recent FY

100%

Percent of program expenses


We operated a Program which provided services designed to help all individuals overcome the devastating emotional and physical effects of breast cancer treatment. The Program provides a private, under ... (More)


GuideStar Seal of Transparency

Gold


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What is your organization aiming to accomplish?

Our goal is to restore each of our patients' sense of HERS -- Hope, Empowerment, Renewal, and Support. We strive to help breast cancer survivors have Hope - belief in a promising future Empowerment - strength and knowledge for the journey ahead Renewal - restores self-image and physical healing Support - a community of compassion, aid, and advocacy We do this by providing a compassionate experience in beautiful spaces. Our Program Store locations are known for being as lovely as they are warm; they are the opposite of typical clinical settings. Our Certified Mastectomy Fitters assist each patient in a manner that is professional yet warm. During the consultation and fitting process, patients are helped to feel more positive about their post-surgical bodies and are able to choose from products ranging from pocketed bras and breast forms that enhance their appearance to compression garments which and post-surgical supportive camisoles which aid their healing and overall health.


What are your strategies for making this happen?

HERS Breast Cancer Foundation operates three Program Store locations in the San Francisco Bay Area. Under-served patients may access products and fitting services via our three Assistance Programs. WE Support, YOU Survive provides post-surgical support camisoles and pocketed bras and breast forms. Our Lymphedema Project provides compression sleeves, gloves, and gauntlets for patients who have developed lymphedema, a condition that causes pain and swelling due to lymph nodes removal or radiation damage. A fourth program is insurance write-offs. For patients who are under-insured and unable to afford co-payments, our Write-Off Fund cover these costs. The programs are funded by two major fundraisers hosted by HERS, community-led fundraisers that take place throughout the year but most prominently during October for Breast Cancer Awareness Month, foundation grants, and our year-end/holiday direct mail campaign. Our annual budget includes nearly $185,000 in products for under-served patients which is funded as described above and our fundraising and marketing/communication plans are designed to support our fundraising efforts and success. We have earned and retained our community's trust over the years. This allows us to raise funds successfully through our annual gala and walk/run events. Our reputation also helps us retain our patients' and our donors' loyalty. Our staff, Board members, and volunteers work hard to serve as Community Ambassadors, so that stakeholders are kept informed about our work and accomplishments, our funding or other needs, and to help us thank those who support us. HERS participates, as much as possible, in community events, such as health fairs, supports peer nonprofits by sharing information and attending other nonprofit events, and we also publish a semi-monthly newsletter and post often to social media to help our patients and stakeholders feel connected. Our core values are Communication, Trust, Respect, and Teamwork and these values apply not just to our internal operations but extends to our community interactions as well.


What are your organization's capabilities for doing this?

As stated above, fundraisers by HERS and community members are instrumental to keep our Programs viable. In addition, grant writing is essential. Our Program Store locations operate in donated spaces for which we hold long-term agreements. The lack rent and facilities overhead also allows us to operate our Programs successfully. Our Program Store donors are: Washington Hospital Healthcare System (Fremont), Kaiser Permanente (San Leandro), and Stanford Health Care ValleyCare. Each year we successfully host our two major fundraisers, our spring People with Purpose Gala, and our fall 5k/10k Walk/Run & Community Expo. The combined net income average for the events is $200,000. Our foundation grant annual goal is $


How will your organization know if you are making progress?

We gauge our progress via our patients, our stakeholders, and our financial status. Our patients are our priority. Each patient is surveyed for satisfaction and our team follows up with patients after each visit to ensure that our services and the products they receive meet and, hopefully, exceed their expectations. Our goal is 100% patient satisfaction. Our relationship with our donors and volunteers is also incredibly important. Staying in touch with those who support us is critical to continuing to have their support. Each of our team members takes a role in community outreach and acting as ambassadors of our organization. Finally, our progress is determined by successful fundraising and spending the funds dedicated for our Assistance Programs.


What have and haven't you accomplished so far?

HERS has obtained and retained the respect and support of a broad range of our diverse communities. Our stakeholders provide funding, attend our events, are patients, and provide referrals to survivors. This is a tremendous accomplishment and we've worked hard to attain this support. Many of our patients tell us that HERS is like "family" to them. Our tag line, "a soft place to fall," was coined by one of our dear patients who told us that HERS was her "soft place to fall" during one of the hardest time of her life. We have patients who call just to say hello and we have a wall full of thank you notes -- HERS Fan Mail -- that we proudly display. Those notes of appreciation and love mean the world to the HERS Team. Second, HERS was able to establish a location in Fremont through our partnership with Washington Hospital -- an amazing accomplishment given the Foundation's humble beginning in a borrowed retail space! Our expansion to San Leandro in Alameda County, north of Fremont, and to Pleasanton, east of Fremont, have allowed us to reach a broader segment of Bay Area residents. What began as a local (Fremont, Newark, and Union City -- the "Tri-Cities" community resource) has now grown so that we serve residents from all nine San Francisco Bay Area counties. Third, over the years HERS has had some amazing staff and Board members, and volunteers become part of our family. Our team is, now more than ever, extremely diverse. Many of our team members are first generation Americans or have immigrated from other countries and we're proud of our diversity. Languages spoken include Spanish, Tagalog, Italian, Portuguese, and several Malay dialects. This diversity has not gone unnoticed by our patients; many have expressed relief and thanks that they can be served in their first language. We are strongly committed to continue supporting to all individuals healing from breast cancer. We are also committed to thinking "outside the box" in terms meeting patient needs and obtaining funding. Looking ahead, we hope to open our satellite locations (San Leandro and Pleasanton) three days per week so that we may serve more patients and to further encourage our team members to refine their leadership and organizational skills.



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...   Leadership & Adaptability


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...   Culture & Community


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Culture & Community Score (BETA)

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