The Becky Baker Foundation

The Best Way To Beat Breast Cancer is to Not Get Breast Cancer!

Colorado Springs, CO   |  http://www.beckybakerfoundation.org

Mission

We want to change the national conversation around breast cancer from awareness to prevention. To do this we provide free mammograms or thermograms to those who cannot afford screenings. Our 2020 goal: 5,000 free screenings. Further, we want to provide 1 million free mammograms/thermograms by 2027! Thank you for helping us beat and prevent breast cancer.

Notes from the nonprofit

Media Reports: https://gazette.com/news/a-life-and-death-race/article_61503d62-5f13-11ea-9a44-5fd0d147f331.html https://krdo.com/news/2020/02/07/colorado-springs-man-honors-wifes-legacy-pays-for-5000-mammograms/ https://soundcloud.com/rick-baker-334053326/becky-baker-foundation

Ruling year info

2019

Founder and Executive Director

Rick Baker

Main address

POB 62130

Colorado Springs, CO 80920 USA

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EIN

84-2047492

NTEE code info

Breast Cancer (G32)

Health Support Services (E60)

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (T12)

IRS filing requirement

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

Communication

Blog

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

In 1940, 1-in-5000 women in the US were diagnosed with breast cancer annually. In 2016, the number is 1-in-7. Breast cancer has become an epidemic and the leading cause of death in US women. Each October, the country turns pink for "Breast Cancer Awareness Month." the NFL uses the pink ribbon on their footballs. Walmart sells pink clothing. Everywhere we turn, the focus is on breast cancer "awareness." Well, guess what? We are already aware! We don't need two hundred million dollars in donations for breast cancer awareness. We need to fund prevention, not awareness. The best way to beat breast cancer is to prevent breast cancer. This is the only purpose for The Becky Baker Foundation. To prevent breast cancer. We give away free mammograms and thermograms to anyone in the US who cannot afford one. Anyone. We strictly follow all the HIPAA laws and only care about getting thousands of women and men screened so they can begin their journey of preventing breast cancer.

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?

Free Mammograms

We provide free mammograms to those who cannot afford the screening.

Population(s) Served
Women and girls
Men and boys

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of products distributed

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Health, Age groups, Family relationships, Work status and occupations, Social and economic status

Related Program

Free Mammograms

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

The product distributed is the free mammogram or thermogram that we offer.

Number of women receiving breast cancer screenings.

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Women and girls

Related Program

Free Mammograms

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of women counseled about mammograms

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Women and girls

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Our Sustainable Development Goals

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Goals & Strategy

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

Charting impact

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

Very simply, we want to save lives by providing one million free mammograms or thermograms in the US every year. Only then, will we see breast cancer prevented on a national level.

Our founder, Rick Baker launched The Becky Baker Foundation in May of 2017 after his wife passed away from Stage IV metastatic breast cancer. One of the last things Becky said to Rick was, “I’m just sorry that no one will ever remember my name.” Rick immediately promised her that ‘no one would ever forget’ her name.

He then deposited $1 million dollars of his own money into an account to pay for 5,000 free mammograms, (or thermograms) to be gifted to the uninsured and underinsured. (Becky never had a screening.)

Since that time, the BBF has given away over 2,000 mammograms and thermograms without taking even one dollar in donations.

In 2020, the FDN begins a new chapter as a 501(C)(3) public charity EIN number 84-2047492, with the goal of providing 5,000 screenings in 2020, and doubling that number every year until we reach one million per year in 2027.

This will effectively change the national breast cancer conversation from “Awareness” to “Prevention,” which is the founder's ultimate goal. Only "prevention" saves lives.

There is no more terrible way to die than to succumb to stage IV metastatic breast cancer. Yet, every year in the US, close to 40,000 women die and close to 300,000 will be diagnosed with some stage of breast cancer.

While genetics does play a role in who gets breast cancer, it is not the biggest role. There are many other factors, such as stress, food and sugar intake.

Our goal is to educate all women on importance of taking control of their bodies and staying committed to prevention, because prevention is always better than treatment.

We give away mammograms and thermograms to anyone who cannot afford the screening.

Since 2017, our founder has distributed over 80,000 pink pens throughout the country while on his #Race4Prevention Tour, where he drove his red race car through 37 states and close to 40,000 miles. The majority of the 2,000+ mammograms that have been given away are a direct result of these pens.

In 2020, the Becky Baker Foundation was awarded a 501 (c) (3) non-profit public charity status. All donations are 100% tax deductible. The founder understands that with this exclusive certification, comes accountability as we are now using our donors gifts.

The Becky Baker Foundation is committed to full transparency in every phase of the business. The Founder's salary is $1 per year and with very little overhead, the slogan is: Money in, Screenings out.

The Becky Baker Foundation has retained one of the country's most experienced fundraising consult to develop our financial plan going forward.

Our budget for 2020 is one million dollars, which pays for 5,000 mammograms or thermograms, but we fully expect to exceed that amount before the end of the year.

Twice a year, the founder embarks on the #Race4Prevention Tour, where he drives his Nissan GTR across country, usually through 25-30 US states and over 25,000 miles to bring awareness to breast cancer prevention. Along the way he distributes thousands of pink pens with the words "Free Mammograms," "Free Thermograms," as well as the fdn website.

The first Tour for Spring 2020 launches the first week of February and will begin in Colorado Springs, CO, head to Winston-Salem, NC and back, passing through at least 15 states. Rick will distribute over 2,000 pens, hundreds of shirts and brochures, all to encourage women to get their mammogram. If they cannot afford to, the Becky Baker Foundation will pay for it.

The majority of the 2,000+ mammograms the fdn has given away have come from these pens.

Additionally, the fdn distributes hundreds of T-shirts which feature images of the pink and black vinyl wrapped GTR and the words, "Stopping Breast Cancer in its Tracks.

In 2020, the fdn has retained social media marketing experts, grant-writing experts, fundraising experts and a nationally-recognized non-profit consultant. All to reach our goal of 5,000 free screenings in 2020, and one million in 20207.

Since the Becky Baker Foundation was founded in May of 2017, it has given away over 2,000 mammograms and thermograms, all using the personal funds of the Founder, Rick Baker.

The Foundation was awarded an official 501 (c) (3) non-profit status in December of last year. Now able to seek 100% tax deductible donations, the founder has reached for the moon as far as the number of screenings he wants to provide annually.

In 2020, that number is 5,000. It doubles every year until it reaches one million in 2027. Yes, you read that correctly! One million mammograms or thermograms to those in the US who are uninsured or underinsured.

It is then, and only then, our founder believes will we truly begin to see this evil disease losing to ground because of a national awareness of breast cancer prevention.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person), Community meetings/Town halls,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups,

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    Our staff, Our board,

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, It is difficult to find the ongoing funding to support feedback collection,

Financials

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Operations

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

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The Becky Baker Foundation

Board of directors
as of 7/6/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Doug Howe

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 07/06/2021

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data