Better Business Bureau Report for
Breast Cancer Recovery Foundation (Wisconsin)

Better Business Bureau Report issued October 2017
Better Business Bureau Report expires August 2019

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Charity Contact Information

Name: Breast Cancer Recovery Foundation (Wisconsin)
Address: 2800 Royal Avenue, Suite 210
  Madison, WI 53713
Phone: 888-821-1140
Web Address:
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Better Business Bureau Comments

Year, State Incorporated: 1997, Wisconsin
Affiliates: None
Stated Purpose: "to provide environments for women breast cancer survivors to heal emotionally."

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Evaluation Conclusions


Breast Cancer Recovery Foundation (Wisconsin) (BCR) meets the 20 Standards for Charity Accountability.
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BCR offers wellness retreats for women in all stages of breast cancer including newly diagnosed, in treatment and many years finished with treatment. Women aged 21 to 80 can attend BCR’s Infinite Boundaries retreat. As reported by the organization, retreats are designed to help women find inner strength and experience the hope needed to live each day beyond the boundaries of breast cancer. The organization also offers an annual educational conference called Sharing the Knowledge. As reported by the organization, the conference brings experts together to share the latest advances in both medical care and emotional healing. This conference is for women with breast cancer, their families, and friends. BCR serves women in the state of Wisconsin and the upper Midwest.

For the fiscal year ended December 31, 2016, BCR's program expenses were:

Retreat program 165,178
Sharing the Knowledge conference 36,987
Total Program Expenses: $202,165
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Chief Executive : Megan Purtell, Executive Director

Highest Paid Executive: Klara Hartfiel,Program Director
Compensation*: $31,100

Chair of the Board: Jill Mack
Chair's Profession / Business Affiliation: Wisconsin Bank & Trust Madison

Board Size: 9

Paid Staff Size: 1

*2016 compensation includes annual salary and, if applicable, benefit plans, expense accounts, and other allowances.

Note: Ms. Megan Purtell’s compensation above is for the partial year from April to December of 2016. According to BCR’s 2015 IRS form 990, the former Executive Director, Ms. Gail Riedasch, was compensated $37,820 during that year.
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Fund Raising


Method(s) Used:

Direct mail, special events, print advertisements, grant proposals, Internet appeals, planned giving, and cause-related marketing.
Fund raising costs were 15% of related contributions. (Related contributions, which totaled $208,076, 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 BCR's audited financial statements for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2016.

Source of Funds  
Contributions 201,782
Retreat fees 27,336
Investment return 14,122
Sharing the Knowledge conference 7,751
Special events 6,294
Other income 500
Total Income $257,785


Uses of Funds as a % of Total Expenses

Programs: 72%  Fund Raising: 11%  Administrative: 17% 

Total income $257,785
Program expenses $202,165
Fund raising expenses 30,970
Administrative expenses 47,029
Total expenses $280,164
Expenses in Excess of Income (22,379)
Beginning net assets 299,434
Ending net assets 277,055
Total liabilities 17,929
Total assets $294,984

Note: According to BCR’s 2016 audited financial statements, the organization received inkind
contributions of ($20,295) in professional
services and advertising.

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