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Florida Breast Cancer Coalition Research Foundation

  • North Miami, FL

Mission Statement

The Florida Breast Cancer Foundation is dedicated to ending breast cancer through advocacy, education, and research. FBCF awards scientific research grants and funds community education programs throughout the State of Florida.

Main Programs

  1. Advocacy, Education, and Research
Service Areas




ruling year


Principal Officer since 2012


Mr. Russell Silverman



ending breast cancer, advocacy, education, research, grantmaking, breast, cancer, breast cancer , funding, fundraising

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Also Known As

Fbcf, Florida Breast Cancer Foundation, FBCF





Physical Address

11900 Biscayne Boulevard Suite 288

North Miami, 33181


Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (W12)

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (W12)

Private Grantmaking Foundations (T20)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?


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We have provided more than $3.6 million in grants for breast cancer research.
We have awarded more than 50 Educational Grants expanding breast health and breast cancer awareness throughout Florida.
We have worked with other cancer organizations to increase funding for the Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program in Florida resulting in more than 11,000 breast cancer screenings annually.
We reach more than 600,000 persons annually with educational information about breast health and breast cancer awareness.


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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Program 1

Advocacy, Education, and Research

Education and Advocacy Day:

The Florida Breast Cancer Foundation (FBCF) presented its Annual "Education and Advocacy Conference" on Saturday, April 16, 2011 at the Hilton Miami, FL and on Saturday, June 16, 2011 at the Moffitt Cancer Center Tampa, FL.  The one-day conference was a huge success with over (Miami) and (Tampa)FBCF supporters, advocates, and breast cancer survivors in attendance to hear about the latest cutting-edge research, view informational community resource display tables, and partake in ending the day with a fun demonstration of a dance and movement relaxation technique. The conferences offered a day full of educational sessions featuring breast cancer experts, researchers at each conference funded by monies from the Florida specialty “End Breast Cancer” license plate, and advocates.

Education Grants:
The Florida Breast Cancer Foundation (FBCF) is working to better the lives of those facing breast cancer in the Florida community. Education Grants are awarded in support of innovative education and research programs throughout Florida. FBCF offers education grants of up to $10,000.00 for innovative projects in the areas of breast health and breast cancer education, outreach, and support targeting services not otherwise available to the medically underserved populations of Florida.  Grants are available for up to one (1) year. FY 2010-2011 there were Education Grants funded totaling $


Scientific Grants and Fellowships:
The Florida Breast Cancer Foundation (FBCF) awards scientific grants for basic, clinical and translational breast cancer research, epidemiological studies of breast cancer, research linking breast cancer to environmental factors, and psycho-immunological research. Funding for these research grants comes primarily through the sale of the End Breast Cancer license plate which requires that all monies fund research in the State of Florida.  Since 2003, FBCF has funded Concept Awards through the DoD, as well as pre-doctoral and post doctorate research in Florida institutions. FBCF Scientific Grants were given out in FY 2010-2011 totaling .The FBCF also funds an FBCF Fellowship for Breast Cancer Research’s primary goal of this fellowship is to encourage promising individuals to pursue careers in breast cancer research while supporting breast cancer research within Florida’s premier Cancer Centers. FBCF Fellowships were given out in FY 2010-2011 totaling


Community Outreach:The Florida Breast Cancer Foundation (FBCF) attended community outreach programs throughout the state of Florida. These education programs target communities of all socio-economic levels and dominations, with particular interested in low socio-economic and underserved communities as the need to educate these populations is well documented.  Since we began our program we have achieved much success, in FY 2010-2011 we reached individuals throughout the state.

Breast Health 101:
The Florida Breast Cancer Foundation (FBCF) has developed and offers a Breast Health 101 education and awareness presentation. Knowing that 1 in 8 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime, the Florida Breast Cancer Foundation is seeking ways to reach out to educate women and men in different companies, organizations, and community groups.  One of our outreach programs offers a one hour of hands-on breast health education and awareness presentation. Covering such topics as: Anatomy and Physiology of the Breast; Risk Factors; Symptoms and Diagnosis; and Treatment Options. Breast Health 101 can be tailored to the needs of any organization or group, with a minimum of 20 individuals, depending on the participants.


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Five powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

  1. What is the organization aiming to accomplish?
    Our core purpose is to end breast cancer.
    Our goal for scientific research grants is to award a minimum of $1 million each year in grants for breast cancer research in the areas of:
    a. Basic, clinical, and translational breast cancer research;
    b. Epidemiological studies of breast cancer;
    c. Research on possible links between breast cancer and the environment;
    d. Psychoimmunological research; and
    e. Innovative awards and idea grants.

    Our goal for Education are to focus on four priorities:
    a. Educate women in the areas where they need to become proactive advocates for their own breast health through Educational Workshops (i.e. urgency after diagnosis, types of chemo, types of surgery, etc..);
    b. Provide education to breast cancer survivors, their families and advocates on life after or with cancer, including the “transition phase” from active treatment to survivorship;
    c. Provide education on breast health to young women and men with a focus on Middle School, High School, and College ages; and
    d. Create and provide a method of education, on late stage breast cancer diagnosis, that will help reduce the percentage of these diagnoses, in the areas that exceed the state of Florida average.
  2. What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?
    Research Goal:
    a. As our primary source of funding for research comes from the sale of the End Breast Cancer Specialty License Plate, we have increased our marketing efforts by working with the Tax Collectors in each of the 67 counties in Florida to make those who renew their auto tags or who purchase new auto tags to consider our specialty plate;
    b. We have become eligible for voluntary contributions when drivers renew their driver license and when they renew their auto tags; and
    c. Hold free education conferences with all major breast cancer research institutions fostering a stronger working relationship with the research institutions that may be requesting funding.

    Education Goal:
    a. Increase the number of resources and grass-root organizations that we work with in providing assistance to the more than 300 inquiries that we receive each year asking what to do, where to go, and who can help;
    b. Expand the number of grass-root organizations that receive education funds so that all areas of Florida are served; and
    c. Use more unrestricted funds for education grants enabling education programs to be provided through collaborative efforts with those community-based organizations interested in cancer and health education.
  3. What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?
    Although there is only a staff of 5, we believe that if the organization focuses on the mission and not on fundraising, those potential donors who embrace our mission will choose to support our foundation because 90% or better of the funds that receive are spent on mission. By focusing on our mission, we are able to devote most of our time implementing evolving strategies and new ways to address the challenges of meeting each goal.

    Staff members have the permission to fail. While we do not want programs or projects to fail, by having the permission to fail, staff are willing to try innovative approaches to the challenges inherent in achieving each goal. When there is a successful program, usually it succeeds beyond expectations.

    In addition to the structured responsibilities for individual programs, all 5 staff members work collaboratively supporting one another. With different strengths, the collaborative approach means that challenges are met through joint effort.

    In addition to staff working in a collaborative fashion, the individual committees of the board work in partnership with staff developing new ideas, evaluating results, and creating new priorities to replace those that either have been successfully achieved or that have reached the point where they are not longer a top priority.
  4. How will they know if they are making progress?
    Our staff is structured in a way that enables us to analyze and evaluate each program and activity among all 5 staff members. The outcome of that analysis is a set of decisions whether the program moves us forward in achieving our goals or whether the program should be modified or even discontinued. New priorities for education will take time to implement and to see meaningful results other than just raw numbers. For example, if one has a priority to reduce the incidence of late stage diagnosis of breast cancer, it will take approximately 8-10 years before the results of the efforts in the first 3-5 years are published.

    Never the less, we are restructuring our Education grant awards to include additional funds for the first year following the end of the grant period for evaluation of the program effects in the year immediately following the conclusion of the program..We are interested in learning if program goals were met during the grant period and if the achievements were long lasting or merely episodic.

    How successful we are at increasing the funds available for grants is easy to assess. How successful we are in increasing the number of resource partners is easy to assess. How may grass-root organizations we fund as a percentage of all awards is easy to assess. How many counties in Florida have programs that we fund is easy to assess.

    In research we mark our progress by the amount of dollars that we award and the number of grants that result in published studies that move us closer to understanding the causes of breast cancer and improvements in treatments.

    In education we mark our progress by the number of persons we reach with materials and education about breast cancer and breast health awareness as well as the number of counties that have active education efforts that we have helped fund.
  5. What have and haven't they accomplished so far?
    Three years ago we were an organization focused on fund raising. Our administrative and development expenses as a percentage of our revenue struggled to remain at or below 20%, usually failing rather than succeeding. Because we were focused on fund raising and not on our mission, committees became dormant and the number of board members decreased to a low of only 7.

    Today our board membership has increased to 13 and growing. Our committees are reinvigorated and working in partnership with our staff. Our funds for research grants and education grants are growing. The number of persons receiving educational materials and involved in education programs will reach 600,000 this year. For the second time in 3 years we will be awarding $1 million in research grants in this fiscal year.

    We are not yet in all 67 counties n Florida with our education programs. We are piloting our education conference research institution concept this year with plans to expand the program next year. We need to restructure our resource listings as we increase the number of resources that we work with during the next several years to be a more effective resource referral organization.

    We have come a very long way in three years. We have much more work to do. Today we are mission focused, and that fact alone means that we will be successful in achieving the research and educatiOn goals that we have established for ourselves.
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Funding Needs

Funding Needs:The Florida Breast Cancer Foundation (FBCF) is the exclusive breast organization in Florida who receives the funds from the “End Breast Cancer” license plate.  All the monies raised stay in Florida to support Florida’s research institutions and to educate Florida residents about breast health.   It is mandated by the State of Florida that 80% of the funds we receive from the license plate be used to support our mission to end breast cancer through advocacy, education, and research, and 20% be used for operational expense for the organization.   Since the inception of the license plate in 2002, FBCF has received $3.7 million dollars from license plate sales and has granted over $2.7 million for breast cancer research and education.  We are dependent on outside resources from individual donors, corporations, foundations, and grants to continue to grow our reach within the State and to allow FBCF to become self-sustaining.  We welcome support for capacity building, breast cancer research, education, and unrestricted use.

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Principal Officer

Mr. Russell Silverman


Russell Silverman joined Florida Breast Cancer Foundation as the Administraive Director in March 2012 and became the Executive Director in April 2013. He brings a wealth of knowledge and experience from his decades in the health care industry, business, fundraising, and non-profits. Mr. Silverman has worked with local/state legislators in Tallahassee and Washington, DC on advocacy issues. As a past CEO of a national not-for-profit organization, is is adept at bringing people from a wide variety of backgrounds together for a common purpose and is now dedicating his management skills to working to end breast cancer. He is implementing new strategies to raise awareness of the statewide organization behind the End Breast Cancer license plate, as well as increasing funding for education and research throughout the state. He is very passionate about his position as Executive Director at Florida Breast Cancer Foundation, because breast cancer has affected his family.



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