America's worst charities

Our ranking based on cash paid to solicitors in the past decade

In detail#38: United Breast Cancer Foundation

United Breast Cancer Foundation is governed by the Mastroianni family and has no independent board members. The charity was founded in 2000. Audrey S. Mastroianni serves as executive director. Her father and brother serve on the board.

The charity's mission is to provide grants and assistance to patients and families coping with breast cancer. Beth Reichart, United Breast Cancer's director of operations, said the charity has assisted more than 630 people through its hands-on programs and educated thousands more.

The charity has raised about $11.5 million over the past 10 years and spent more than half of that on professional fundraisers.

About 6 percent of the money raised has been spent on direct financial assistance to those in need.

On its website, the charity takes applications for grants to pay for breast reconstruction. It charges a $50 nonrefundable deposit to apply.

Reichart said the charity works diligently to get the best returns possible from its telemarketers.

"Unfortunately, to date there are no laws that protect nonprofit organizations and regulate fundraising firms to ensure a respectable percentage of funds raised be retained by the nonprofit organization," she said. "This is a tragedy for many nonprofit organizations who struggle to fulfill their noble and worth-while missions. It would be wonderful if our government agencies championed on behalf of nonprofit organizations, ensuring greater fund retention."

Reichart said that over the past four years, United Breast Cancer has cut its fundraising expense by 11 percent. Last year, the charity kept about half of the money raised.


In their own words: the Charity's mission

UBCF is dedicated to: - Offering emotional and spiritual support to those battling breast cancer, as well as their family members and friends. - Financially supporting institutions whose aim is the prevention, treatment, and eradication of breast cancer. - Providing information to the public on a variety of breast cancer issues, including: coping with breast cancer, family support, environmental awareness, dietary options, alternative therapies, research and prevention. UBCF takes special care in developing outreach programs designed to help with the early detection of breast cancer. - UBCF also conducts a program called the Smile Idea Campaign whereby UBCF obtains donations of goods and services that it distributes to persons or families dealing with breast cancer. UBCF also provides a forum for persons and families dealing with breast cancer to share their words, memories and recipes. These programs offer support in the way of peace of mind and spiritual well-being to all of those afflicted and affected by breast cancer.

Unedited mission statements provided by the Colorado Secretary of State


United Breast Cancer Foundation

Known state disciplinary actions

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States bringing actions Number of known actions Outcomes Total fines
Florida 1 Fine/penalties $500

Fundraising and spending history

For years prior to 2008, cash raised from other sources might be included in the "cash raised by solicitors" column.

Year 990
form
Cash
raised by
solicitors
Solicitor
was paid
Cash to
the charity
Charity
salaries
Cash to
direct aid
% cash to
direct aid
Reported
totals to
programs
2011 pdf $1,564,597 $751,423 $813,174 $49,173 $94,802 6.06% $691,706
2010 pdf $1,347,930 $638,736 $709,194 $160,623 $115,928 8.60% $680,346
2009 pdf $2,000,733 $1,083,974 $916,759 $201,434 $87,647 4.38% $830,740
2008 pdf $2,505,539 $1,475,466 $1,030,073 $143,495 $163,910 6.54% $985,313
2007 pdf $1,803,041 $1,245,143 $557,898 $108,907 $176,673 9.80% $693,445
2006 pdf $1,749,251 $1,014,944 $734,307 $80,970 $67,903 3.88% $375,641
2005 pdf $492,737 $309,136 $183,601 $40,781 $19,092 3.87% $65,237
2004 pdf $122,607 $77,549 $45,058 $5,200 $10,872 8.87% $20,607
2003 pdf $15,798 $15,798 $1,300 $0 0.00% 0
2002 pdf $17,913 $14,395 $3,518 $0 $0 0.00% 0
zTOTALS $11,620,146 $6,610,766 $5,009,380 $791,883 $736,827 6.3% $4,343,035

Who raised the money

Year Solicitor Cash raised Cash to solicitor Cash to charity % to charity Activity
2008 Courtesy Health Watch $1,533,945 $1,163,453 $370,492 24.20% phone soli
2008 Capital District Callers $216,034 $108,017 $108,017 50.00% phone soli
2008 Car Program $755,560 $203,996 $551,564 73.00% phone soli
2009 Courtesy Health Watch $1,104,493 $832,917 $271,576 24.60% phone soli
2009 Car Program $704,559 $155,209 $549,350 78.00% vehicle do
2009 Capital District Callers $191,681 $95,848 $95,833 50.00% phone soli
2010 The Heritage Company $692,346 $482,355 $209,991 30.33% phone soli
2010 Capital District Callers $163,962 $81,981 $81,981 50.00% phone soli
2010 Car Program $491,622 $74,400 $417,222 84.87% vehicle do
2011 The Heritage Company $889,542 $625,350 $264,192 29.70% phone soli
2011 Capital District Callers $186,760 $95,021 $91,739 49.10% phone soli
2011 Car Program $488,295 $31,052 $457,243 93.60% vehicle do

Who got direct cash aid

Year Recipient Cash received Location
2010 Medical & Other Expense Reimbursements $100,928
2010 Omega Institute $15,000 Rhinebeck NY