Virginia Breast Cancer Foundation

Educate, Advocate, Eradicate.

aka VBCF   |   Richmond, VA   |  www.vbcf.org

Mission

Founded in 1991, the Virginia Breast Cancer Foundation is committed to the eradication of breast cancer through education of and advocacy for all Virginians affected by breast cancer. Educate. Advocate. Eradicate.

Ruling year info

1994

Executive Director

Katy Hardy Sawyer

Main address

2821 Emerywood Parkway, Suite 203

Richmond, VA 23294 USA

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EIN

54-1633519

NTEE code info

Patient Services - Entertainment, Recreation (E86)

Cancer (G30)

Citizen Participation (W24)

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

One in eight women will develop breast cancer in her lifetime. 85% of all women who develop breast cancer have no known risk factors - the number one risk factor is being born female. In the U.S. the American Cancer Society estimates that 266,000 new cases of invasive breast cancer and an additional 64,000 new cases of carcinoma in situ will be diagnosed in women annually. Almost 41,000 women will die from breast cancer this year. And men get breast cancer, too; there are more than 2,500 diagnoses each year and almost 500 men die annually as a result. In Virginia, there are almost 4,500 new cases of breast cancer each year and more than 1,000 on average lose their battle. VBCF is here to help all Virginians affected by breast cancer by providing education and advocacy programs and services.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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

Education

VBCF provides health education and resources across the state of Virginia, offering up-to-date information about breast cancer early detection, diagnosis, research, treatment, caregiving, survivorship, and end-of-life care.
Educational activities include:
Free Newly Diagnosed Kits - Print and online information packets for those with breast cancer, including resources for caregivers and children.
Free Educational Materials - Breast Cancer is More Than a Pink Ribbon and VBCF annually distributes 60,000+ Breast Health Basics brochures for women and men through its local volunteer and community organization network. Materials include information for women and men about breast cancer rates, screening recommendations, symptoms, and risk and lifestyle factors.
Educational Webinars with experts on topics of interest to Virginians affected by breast cancer.
Participating in local health fairs and educational events.
Stay Abreast Presentations by request - trained educational experts are available to present information on breast health and cancer, as well as how attendees can get involved in our educational and advocacy programs in local communities free of charge.
Public Library Funding - Provide funds for Virginia's public libraries to purchase up-to-date breast cancer materials. Since 2000, VBCF has provided more than $60,000 to support local libraries.
Becky's Place at RAM - Organize and offer breast health education at several annual Remote Area Medical (RAM) programs in Virginia, including the largest, four-day event in Wise County.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Chronically ill people
Terminally ill people

VBCF's advocacy program educates policymakers and the general public about important advances in breast cancer and legislative issues and priorities. Advocates from VBCF have testified at hearings, participated in research review panels, and participate in annual lobby days at the state and national level. Our Goals:
Support legislation to enable Virginians to receive breast cancer screening and treatment regardless of insurance status or ability to pay
Promote research initiatives aimed at understanding and eradicating breast cancer
Support policies for Virginians in all stages of the breast cancer journey - screening, diagnosis, caregiving, treatment, survivorship, and end-of-life care
Support policies aimed at breast cancer risk reduction
Our Activities:
Monitor state and national policies and legislation
Host annual visits for Virginians to meet with their legislators in the Virginia General Assembly and Congress as well as out of session visits in home district offices
Share the latest breast cancer research news
Connect trained advocates with state and national researchers to offer patient perspective
Offer annual Karin Decker Noss Scholarships to send committed state advocates to national breast cancer conferences to bring back and share the latest information with fellow Virginians

Population(s) Served
Adults

Where we work

Accreditations

Better Business Bureau of Central VA - Accredited Charity 2013

BBB CVA - Accredited Charity 2014

BBB CVA - Accredited Charity 2015

BBB CVA - Accredited Charity 2016

BBB CVA - Accredited Charity 2017

BBB CVA - Accredited Charity 2018

BBB CVA - Accredited Charity 2019

BBB CVA - Accredited Charity 2020

BBB CVA - Accredited Charity 2021

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

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

VBCF is not a traditional “grantmaking” foundation. VBCF seeks to advocate for improved public policy to enable Virginians affected by breast cancer to receive the best quality of healthcare while on their treatment journey and to educate Virginians about breast cancer to encourage screenings to improve early diagnosis and treatment outcomes. Our goals are to establish the end of breast cancer as a state and national priority, to advocate for increased breast cancer research funding and the collective needs of people affected by breast cancer, and to educate Virginians on the facts about breast cancer.

VBCF was founded because no other organization existed in Virginia that was devoted solely to representing the needs of individuals and their families affected by breast cancer. In February 1991, five women met in an MCV support group. Stunned by a lack of research and progress in breast cancer treatment, they planned a Mother’s Day Rally at the State Capitol to bring attention to this devastating disease. The activist seeds of VBCF were sown that day, and VBCF was incorporated as a 501c3 non-profit organization in October 1992.

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Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Virginia Breast Cancer Foundation

Board of directors
as of 08/09/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Salud Astruc

Berkshire Hathaway

Term: 2020 - 2021

Salud Astruc

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Laura McCombs

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Kim Jennings

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Wendy Blankenship

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Tara Daudani

Freelance Journalist

Renu Brennan

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Mara Dominguez

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Catina Jones

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Marylinn Minor

Project Management Consultant

Michele Nedelka, MD

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Clifford Deal III, MD

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Jessica Ramirez

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Suzy Schaffer, MD

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Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 6/28/2021

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data