In 2017, a national breast cancer charity that operated for six years and brought-in nearly $3M annually was forced to repay $350K to real charities. The unethical behavior of this charity highlight the reasons that donors need to research breast cancer charities before making donations.
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, so it’s prime time for “pink ribbon” products and appeals to donate to breast cancer charities. Better Business Bureau (BBB) advises consumers to research charities and cause-related products carefully before giving.
According to the American Cancer Society, there will 252,710 new cases of invasive breast cancer diagnosed this year, and 40,610 people will die from the disease. Other than skin cancer, breast cancer is the most common cancer among women, and it is second to lung cancer as a leading cause of cancer death for women.
Breast cancer is one of the most-publicized cancers to afflict women, and a significant number of men have been diagnosed as well. Some fraudulent charities try to cash in on the pink ribbon frenzy, so donors should do their homework before they make a donation or buy a pink-ribbon product.
BBB offers BBB Charity Reviews of more than 11,000 charities nationwide, including several BBB Accredited Charities that support research on cancer or who provide support to cancer survivors. Some charities have names that resemble well-known breast cancer charities, so it’s a good idea to research charities at bbb.org before making a donation.
In addition, a number of companies have produced products that claim to support cancer charities. BBB advises consumers to check the products over carefully to determine how much support goes to charity and whether the charity meets BBB standards.
If you want to support breast cancer charities by purchasing products, BBB advises that you look into how that purchase will benefit a charity and which charity will get the money. More tips: