Better Business Bureau Report for
Breast Cancer Recovery

Better Business Bureau Report issued October 2012
Better Business Bureau Report expires October 2014

This BBB Accredited charity meets all 20 Standards for Charity Accountability and is a Seal Holder. Find out more...

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Charity Contact Information

Name: Breast Cancer Recovery
Address: 2800 Royal Ave. Ste. 210
  Madison, WI 53713-1518
Phone: 608-661-4178
Web Address:
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Better Business Bureau Comments

Year, State Incorporated: 1997, Wisconsin
Affiliates: None
Stated Purpose: Breast Cancer Recovery's mission is to provide environments for women breast cancer survivors to heal emotionally.

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Evaluation Conclusions


Breast Cancer Recovery (BCRF) meets the 20 Standards for Charity Accountability.
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Our flagship program, Infinite Boundaries, is a four-day retreat for women who have been diagnosed with breast cancer. Designed by breast cancer survivors for breast cancer survivors, each retreat features information and support on issues such as cancer recurrence, depression, and intimacy. Breast cancer survivors sample exercises such as kayaking, hiking, yoga, or ropes course during an Infinite Boundaries retreat. All activities are designed to restore self confidence and provide participants a chance to reconnect with their bodies through journaling. There is healing in nature and retreats are held in beautiful locales throughout the upper Midwest. Infinite Boundaries retreats take place on Madeline Island, on the shores of Lake Superior, Door County or Wisconsin Dells. Women who attend Infinite Boundaries retreats are in all stages of breast cancer. Some are newly diagnosed while others may have been treated for breast cancer years ago. Because women living with breast cancer often face considerable medical expenses, Breast Cancer Recovery places a strong emphasis on ensuring that all women – regardless of financial standing - can experience an Infinite Boundaries retreat. We charge a reduced fee, offer full and partial scholarships for those who wished to attend an Infinite Boundaries retreat. Breast Cancer Recovery also sponsors awareness and educational programs including the annual Sharing the Knowledge conference for survivors, their friends and family, and their healthcare providers. The workshop includes a variety of workshops on topics such as nutrition, exercise, workplace adaptation, legal and financial challenges, and more.

For the fiscal year ended December 31, 2011, BCRF's program expenses were:

Infinite Boundaries 207,359
Sharing the Knowledge 55,887
Total Program Expenses: $263,246
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Chief Executive : Nina Miller, Managing Director

Chair of the Board: Karen Christianson
Chair's Profession / Business Affiliation: landlord

Board Size: 15

Paid Staff Size: 5

*Compensation includes annual salary and, if applicable, benefit plans, expense accounts, and other allowances.
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Fund Raising


Method(s) Used:

direct mail, invitations to fund raising events, grant proposals, internet
Fund raising costs were 17% of related contributions. (Related contributions, which totaled $286,997, are donations received as a result of fund raising activities.)
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Tax Status


This organization is tax-exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. It is eligible to receive contributions deductible as charitable donations for federal income tax purposes.
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The following information is based on BCRF's audited financial statements for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2011.

Source of Funds  
Gifts 246,175
Grants 37,842
Temporarily restricted 20,000
Infinite Boundaries Retreat fee 17,160
Sharing the Knowledge Conference 15,683
Permanently restricted 5,000
special events 2,980
other income 700
investment return -5,833
Total Income $339,707


Uses of Funds as a % of Total Expenses

Programs: 71%  Fund Raising: 13%  Administrative: 16% 

Total income $339,707
Program expenses $263,246
Fund raising expenses 48,983
Administrative expenses 57,499
Total expenses $369,728
Expenses in Excess of Income (30,021)
Beginning net assets 268,810
Other Changes in Net Assets (6,606)
Ending net assets 232,183
Total liabilities 18,101
Total assets $250,284

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