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 dozens 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 more than $1.68 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, while more than half of these charities devote just 10% (or less) of their budgets to fundraising, there is one that spends nearly 91% of its budget just on fundraising! And while the majority of these charities spend at least 80% of their budgets on programs and services, there are four that spend less than 50%. And while many of them earn high ratings for their commitment to Accountability & Transparency, five earn just 2-stars or less in this area.
See the lists below to learn more about the breast cancer charities soliciting your support. And visit the Tips for Donors section of our site for help in deciding if you should buy that product adorned with a pink ribbon?
We caution you to look carefully before supporting one of these charities as they are not highly rated by our rating system, which measures a charity's financial health and commitment to accountability and transparency. In particular, before donating, we urge you to read any CN Advisory for an organization. We issue a CN Advisory for an organization when we become aware of improper conduct or operations that may affect a donor's decision to make a contribution to the organization.