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
|States bringing actions||Number of known actions||Outcomes||Total fines|
Fundraising and spending history
For years prior to 2008, cash raised from other sources might be included in the "cash raised by solicitors" column.
|% cash to
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
|2010||Medical & Other Expense Reimbursements||$100,928|
|2010||Omega Institute||$15,000||Rhinebeck NY|