Top Breast Cancer Charities

5 Nonprofit Organizations That Deserve Your Support

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Breast Cancer Research Foundation

Evelyn Lauder, a breast cancer survivor and senior corporate vice president of The Estee Lauder Companies, founded the Breast Cancer Research Foundation (BCRF) to help fund research and raise public awareness. Lauder is also the co-creator of the original pink ribbon launched in 1992 with Alexandra Penney, former editor-in-chief of Self magazine.

You can donate to BRCF online, through the mail, or over the phone. You can also make monthly donations or participate in workplace giving (employer-matched donations).

BRCF devotes 88% of its funds to research and 3% to breast cancer awareness programs.

In 2019, BCRF celebrated its 25th anniversary with its annual Hot Pink Party, a charity fundraiser which raised over $6 million on one night.

Susan G. Komen Foundation

The Susan G. Komen Foundation, also known as the Susan G. Komen for the Cure, has raised awareness, supported research, and paid for community health and education programs around the world since its inception in 1982.

The Dallas-based charity directs its funds toward breast cancer research, screening, treatment, and education. In 2018, the charity invested $26.18 million in breast cancer research grants.

You can donate to the Susan G. Komen Foundation online, bid on their eBay items, give stocks, or participate in workplace giving. 

Annually, Susan G. Komen conducts its multi-city Race for the Cure charity run event which is considered the most successful breast cancer fundraiser in the world.

Living Beyond Breast Cancer

Living Beyond Breast Cancer (LBBC) was founded in 1991 by Marisa C. Weiss, MD, a radiation oncologist, who started the charity from her home with the support of local volunteers.

Its initial mission was to provide information and support to women with breast cancer after completing breast cancer treatment. In recent years, LBBC has expanded that to help women (and men) across the complete spectrum of diagnosis, treatment, recovery, and survival. They also offer programs that support caregivers and healthcare professionals devoted to the care of those living with breast cancer.

In 2018, LBBC raised $5.8 million in funds to support the programs and services it offers.

You can donate to LBBC online or via mail. You can set up a charitable trust or bequest, become a corporate partner, or purchase LBBC goods from their online store.

LBBC's centerpiece fundraiser, called Reach & Raise, raises money through community-based yoga events around the country.

National Breast Cancer Foundation

Founded in 1991 by a breast cancer survivor named Janelle Hail, the National Breast Cancer Foundation (NBCF) is driven by the mission to help women affected by breast cancer through early detection, education and support.

The Texas-based charity devotes over 80% of its funds to programs. In addition to providing free mammograms to women in need, NBCF also funds breast cancer education programs, awareness campaigns, and research.

You can donate to NBCF online or through the mail, join as a corporate partner, give stocks, or set up a charitable trust or bequest.

Among its various fundraising efforts, NBCF created Game Pink, an innovative, year-round fundraiser in which online gamers can raise funds by putting their gaming skills to the test.


METAvivor is a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the lives of women with metastatic breast cancer. Still considered incurable, metastatic breast cancer affects up to 30% of women with early-stage breast cancer and is diagnosed in 6% of women on their very first diagnosis. These figures highlight how vital an organization like METAvivor is to women who are often isolated and in need of support and the latest research information.

In terms of governance and delivery, METAvivor ranks among the top charities overall. METAvivor is the only national organization with a grant program that exclusively funds metastatic breast cancer research. Impressively, 100% of their funding is devoted to research.

You can donate to METAvivor by making a one-time cash donation (which can be made in someone's name) or setting up a recurring monthly donation with a credit card.

Among its fundraising efforts, METAvivor holds annual Metsquarade parties in various cities in the United States as well as the annual Metabash Party in New York City.

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