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Saturday, October 16, 2010

Save the World Saturday: Think Pink

It would be very difficult to not be aware of the fact that October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Everywhere you turn, you are given the option to buy something pink to show your support and contribute to the fight against breast cancer. At the check-out counter and on websites you may also be asked to contribute to this organization or that toward breast cancer research.
You might begin to wonder which organizations are doing the most in the fight against breast cancer and which are merely opportunistic organizations that are contributing only a small fraction of the funds raised toward the cause with the bulk of the money being absorbed in "administration and fundraising." The latter actually happens more than you think. You can check out most charities at and get a report card of their overall effectiveness.
I decided to go to Charity Navigator myself and pick out some of the site's highest-rated charities in the area of breast cancer awareness, research, and support, so that you can know that your contribution dollars are being used to their greatest effect.
Check them out yourself.

Dana-Farber Cancer Institute

Susan G. Komen for the Cure

National Breast Cancer Coalition Fund

The Rose


Breast Cancer Connections

National Breast Cancer Foundation, Inc.

Living Beyond Breast Cancer

Each of the above organizations were given Charity Navigator's four-star rating, the highest rating the site gives to any nonprofit.

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