Top Breast Cancer Charities & Organizations

Research and give back to areas that will really benefit from your contribution

Some people may believe that there has been enough breast cancer "awareness." After all, most people know what the pink ribbon represents. Yet, roughly 40,000 women (and some men) continue to die each year from the disease. In fact, breast cancer is the leading cancer-related cause of death for women with young children. 

If you want to make a financial gift to help support breast cancer research, provide mammograms for women in need, 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 than they spend on administrative costs or fundraising. The following are arranged by the percent of their funds used to support their cause.

Evelyn Lauder, a breast cancer survivor and senior corporate vice president of The Estee Lauder Companies, founded the Breast Cancer Research Foundation (BCRF) to help fund research, find ways to prevent and cure breast cancer, and raise public awareness. She is also the co-creator of the original pink ribbon launched in 1992 with Alexandra Penney, former editor-in-chief of Self magazine. You can donate online, through the mail, or over the phone. Also, you can give stock, charitable trusts, a bequest, and participate in workplace giving.

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The Susan G. Komen Foundation has raised awareness, supported research, and paid for community health and education programs all over the world. It spends 63 percent of its funds on education, research, grants, and awards. The balance of their funds is then spent on screening, treatment, education, and administration. You can donate online, bid on their eBay items, give stocks, or participate in workplace giving. 

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Living Beyond Breast Cancer (LBBC) was founded in 1991 for breast cancer survivors to provide information, connections, and support after treatment. Nowadays, LBBC uses its funds to help patients across the complete spectrum of diagnosis, treatment, recovery, and survival. Additionally, they offer programs that support caregivers and healthcare professionals who work with breast cancer patients. Marisa C. Weiss, MD, a radiation oncologist, started the organization from her home with volunteer staff members. You can donate online or through the mail, give stocks, charitable trusts, or a bequest, join as a corporate partner, or purchase LBBC items from their online store.

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Founded by a breast cancer survivor, 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 percent of its donations for programs that provide free mammograms for needy women, patient education, awareness campaigns, and breast cancer research projects. You can donate online or through the mail, join as a corporate partner, or give stocks, charitable trusts, or a bequest.

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METAvivor is an organization that works to make a difference for women living with metastatic breast cancer. While you may see pink ribbons everywhere, women with metastatic breast cancer often feel very alone. Some of these women find themselves unwanted in support groups where the thought of a terminal illness is too depressing.

More specifically, this organization works to raise awareness about stage IV breast cancer, provide support for those living with the disease, and facilitate funding for better treatments to improve survival. Since the organization is run by volunteers, nearly 100 percent of direct donations or donations from fundraisers go to people living with the disease or to fund research.

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A Word From Verywell

These charities have received top ratings from Charity Navigator, which is an independent nonprofit that takes no funds from any charity that they evaluate. Charity Navigator takes a detailed look at the finances of more than 5,000 nonprofit organizations and rates its budget operations and sustainability. And, based on the data from the Charity Navigator, you can give with confidence to these charities, knowing that your money will go to good use and will help people nationwide.

Remember, there are a large number of breast cancer organizations available. Some of these fund research, others provide mammograms to needy women, some work to raise awareness or provide education, and others are involved in helping people live. Yet, even though there are a lot of pink ribbons out there, there are still far too many women with breast cancer trying to figure out how to support not just themselves, but their families. 

Altogether, there are many unmet needs in breast cancer research and support. And such needs are even less visible than in the past due to the widespread belief that breast cancer receives more support than other cancers. While you may be interested in participating in one of the many larger organizations and their efforts, there are also plenty of smaller, vital organizations that are working tirelessly to end the disease. Bottom line: Do your research and give back to areas that will really benefit from your contribution.

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