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5 Top-Rated Pink Ribbon Charities

Donate for Maximum Impact

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Updated February 08, 2012

This year, if you want to make a financial gift to help support breast cancer research, provide mammograms for needy women, or raise awareness through educational efforts, make the most of your tax-deductible checks by giving to some of these national nonprofit organizations that spend more on support that they spend on administrative costs or fund-raising. I've arranged these by the percent of their funds used to support the cause.

Breast Cancer Research Foundation – 90.9%

Evelyn Lauder, a breast cancer survivor, and senior corporate vice president of The Estee Lauder Companies founded the Breast Cancer Research Foundation (BCRF) 15 years ago, to help fund research, find ways to prevent and cure breast cancer, and raise public awareness. They plan to give $34 million in October 2008 for breast cancer research. Evelyn Lauder is the co-creator of the original Pink Ribbon, launched in 1992 with Alexandra Penney, former editor in chief of Self magazine.

Some ways to donate:

  • Donate online, through the mail, or over the phone
  • Give stocks, charitable trusts, or a bequest
  • Participate in workplace giving
  • Purchase carefully selected Pink Products

Susan G. Komen Foundation – 84%

The Komen Foundation is celebrating its 26th anniversary. They have raised awareness, supported research, and paid for community health and education programs all over the world. The Susan G. Komen Foundation spends 63% of its funds on education, research, grants and awards. The balance of their funds are spent on screening, treatment, education, and administration.

Some ways to donate:

  • Donate online to your choice of five different programs
  • Bid on their ebay items
  • Give stocks
  • Participate in workplace giving

Living Beyond Breast Cancer – 83.7%

Living Beyond Breast Cancer (LBBC) was founded in 1991 for breast cancer survivors, providing information, connections, and support after treatment. Nowdays, LBBC uses 83.7% of its funds to help patients across the complete spectrum of diagnosis, treatment, recovery, and survival. Additionally, they offer programs that support caregivers and health professionals who work with breast cancer patients. Marisa C. Weiss, M.D., a radiation oncologist started the organization from her home, with volunteer staff members.

Some ways to donate:

  • Donate online or through the mail
  • Give stocks, charitable trusts, or a bequest
  • Join as a corporate partner
  • Purchase LBBC items from their online store

National Breast Cancer Foundation, Inc. – 80%

Founded by a breast cancer survivor 17 years ago, the mission of the National Breast Cancer Foundation (NBCF) is "to save lives by increasing awareness of breast cancer through education and by providing mammograms for those in need." NBCF uses 80% of its donations for programs that provide free mammograms for needy women, patient education and awareness campaigns, and breast cancer research projects.

Some ways to donate:

  • Donate online or through the mail
  • Join as a corporate partner
  • Give stocks, charitable trusts, or a bequest

Breast Cancer Network of Strength – 76.8%

Formerly known as the Y-ME National Breast Cancer Organization, the Breast Cancer Network of Strength (BCNS) has been offering peer support to breast cancer patients for 30 years. Their website is available in seven languages, and offers information, emotional support, and a variety of services for patients, caregivers, and survivors. BCNS started in Illinois, but has affiliates in 15 states, and plans on growing. They use 76.8% of their funds to provide programs of counseling, peer matching, education and screening.

Some ways to donate:

  • Donate online or through the mail
  • Bid on ebay items
  • Give stocks
  • Participate in workplace giving

Making The Most Charitable Impact

Many other nonprofit organizations support the search for a cure for breast cancer, provide comfort and assistance for those in the fight, and raise awareness through education. These five charities are all rated as four-stars by the Charity Navigator, which is an independent nonprofit that takes no funds from any charity that they evaluate. The Charity Navigator takes a detailed look at the finances of more than 5,000 nonprofit organizations, and rates its budget operations and sustainability. Based on the data from the Charity Navigator, you can give with confidence to these five charities, knowing that your money will go to good use, and will help people nationwide.
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