Since so many of our readers are women, we’re proud to focus on breast cancer awareness and support throughout the month of October. Breast cancer is the second highest cancer related death in women worldwide, and through research, prevention, and new treatments, the death rate continues to decrease. There are many ways to get involved in your own personal support, education awareness, and fight against breast cancer. Discover our top rated breast cancer charities, and discover the best way for you to participate, through donations, support, or fundraising events.
“NBCF’s mission is to help women now by providing help and inspiring hope to those affected by breast cancer through early detection, education and support services.
National Breast Cancer Foundation was founded in 1991 by breast cancer survivor, Janelle Hail. She was diagnosed with breast cancer in 1980 at the age of 34. At the time of her diagnosis, there was little information about the disease, and she was forced to make a decision about her health with few options. After her treatment, Janelle made a commitment to help women around the world by educating them about breast cancer and the importance of early detection.”
Charity Navigator Rating: 96.04/100
Ways to Get Involved: Donate, host an event, fundraise.
“Breastcancer.org is a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing the most reliable, complete, and up-to-date information about breast cancer.
Our mission is to help women and their loved ones make sense of the complex medical and personal information about breast health and breast cancer, so they can make the best decisions for their lives.”
Charity Navigator Rating: 91.45/100
Ways to Get Involved: Donate.
“The Breast Cancer Research Foundation is a nonprofit organization committed to achieving prevention and a cure for breast cancer. We provide critical funding for cancer research worldwide to fuel advances in tumor biology, genetics, prevention, treatment, metastasis and survivorship.”
Charity Navigator Rating: 91.16/100
Ways to Get Involved: Create a fundraiser, attend a luncheon, shop pink by purchasing products from brand partners.
“The mission of Dana-Farber Cancer Institute is to provide expert, compassionate care to children and adults with cancer while advancing the understanding, diagnosis, treatment, cure, and prevention of cancer and related diseases.
The Breast Oncology Program at the Susan F. Smith Center for Women’s Cancers at Dana-Farber provides state-of-the-art and compassionate care for breast cancer patients.”
Charity Navigator Rating: 90.25/100
Ways to Get Involved: Donate, fundraise, participate in an event or Jimmy Fund walk.
“Susan G. Komen is the ONLY organization that addresses breast cancer on multiple fronts such as research, community health, global outreach and public policy initiatives in order to make the biggest impact against this disease.
To date, we’ve invested more than $2.6 billion in groundbreaking research, community health outreach, advocacy and programs in more than 60 countries. Our efforts helped reduce death rates from breast cancer by 37 percent between 1990-2013; and have helped improve the five-year relative survival rate for early stage cancers in the U.S. from about 74 to 99 percent. And we won’t stop until our promise is fulfilled.”
Charity Navigator Rating: 81.47/100
Ways to Get Involved: Donate, fundraise, or participate in the 3-day race, Race for a Cure, or a local walk. Other events and engagement opportunities include their More Than Pink campaign. You can also serve in clinical trials for research, act as a reviewer, advisor, or advocate.
“For over 100 years, the American Cancer Society (ACS) has worked relentlessly to save lives and create a world with less cancer. Together with millions of our supporters worldwide, we help people stay well and get well, find cures, and fight back against cancer.
Thanks to the American Cancer Society and dramatic improvements in cancer research, treatment and early detection, millions of women are surviving breast cancer today.”
Charity Navigator Rating: 71.86
Ways to Get Involved: Donate, volunteer, fundraise or participate in Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Events.