If you’ve lived in this world for 10 years or more, you realize that you need the help of other people to thrive. Life is better with friends and family you trust. Let a crisis or an emergency arise and the need to lean on others can increase suddenly, substantially. Being told that you have breast cancer is a time when you need support, some of which may come in the form of charity. Yet, can you trust everyone, including a breast cancer charity, to give you the help you truly need?

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Around the world, people have been donating to a breast cancer charity of their choosing for decades. In fact, the pink ribbon was identified as a symbol of commitment to find a cure as early as the late 1970s. However, history aside, some non-profit organizations and local, national and international charities deserve a second look, not because they are ethical but because they have money as their primary focus.

To be trustworthy, a breast cancer charity should educate its workers about moral responsibility, including how to report issues to senior managers at the organization. As reported in the Stanford Social Innovation Review, ” One of the most critical steps that nonprofits can take to promote ethical conduct is to ensure that they have adequate ethical codes and effective compliance programs.”

Making sure your money goes to the best research

Senior management will also act on ethical decisions. Additionally, foremost in senior management’s thoughts are the clients the organization serves. By keeping clients’ needs as the primary concern, breast cancer charity organizations like the Breast Cancer Research Foundation (BCRF), can continue to fund research in a dozen or more countries so prevention, as well as a cure, for breast cancer can be found in your lifetime.

These organizations give up to 91 cents of every dollar that they spend to fund research for a cure in addition to awareness programs. Money the organizations receive is also used to increase public awareness so prevention serves as the frontrunner, possibly helping to keep millions of women from getting breast cancer at all.

Types of research projects a breast cancer charity research foundation may work on include finding a cure for metastatic breast cancer. Scientists whose work is funded by the charities work at college and university medical schools as well as other public and privately owned institutions. Among these institutions are New York’s Mount Sinai School of Medicine, London’s Breakthrough Breast Cancer Research Centre, Stanford University School of Medicine, the Rebecca and John Moores Cancer Center and the University of Michigan Medical School.

Look for transparency

If charitable organizations are ethical, they may provide an abundance of information on research. In addition, they might provide background information on the researchers and institutions they work with. They might also make their financial records public. Each action step is taken to, again, benefit the clients of the breast cancer charity.

At first glance, breast cancer research funds might not appear to be paramount. However, it’s this research that allows healthcare professionals to offer children, women and men who are dealing with breast cancer the diagnosis and treatment they need.

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