United Breast Cancer Foundation Inc

Every Woman(R)

Huntington, NY   |  www.ubcf.org

Mission

UBCF’s mission is to make a positive difference in the lives of those affected by breast cancer. We aid in providing screening, treatment, after-care, educational material, patient and family assistance and information. UBCF provides grants to hospitals and community health centers to benefit patients and families coping with breast cancer. We strive to alleviate the stress and strain that cancer can cause to patients and families and to foster health and well-being through both traditional and holistic treatments by never denying anyone service regardless of age, race, gender or income.

Ruling year info

2001

President and Executive Director

Ms. Stephanie Mastroiannni

Main address

P.O. Box 2421

Huntington, NY 11743 USA

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Formerly known as

American Breast Cancer Society

United Breast Cancer

EIN

11-3571208

NTEE code info

Cancer (G30)

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (G12)

Human Services - Multipurpose and Other N.E.C. (P99)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

One in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime, that’s 12% of all women in the United States. This year it is estimated that 268,600 new cases of invasive breast cancer will be diagnosed in women, and 62,930 new cases of localized breast cancer will be diagnosed. About 2,670 new cases of invasive breast cancer are expected to be diagnosed in men in 2019. It is estimated that 42,260 deaths (41,760 women and 500 men) from breast cancer will occur this year.

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?

Breast Screening Program

UBCF’s original program was developed in an effort to provide under-insured and under-served women and men in New York with breast screening services. As UBCF developed into an organization with a national presence, the Breast Screening Program expanded as well. When cancer is detected in its early stages, there is a 99% rate of survival. It is clearly evident that breast screening services must be available to Every Woman(R). UBCF works diligently to provide breast screening services to women and men in need. UBCF covers various forms of screening technologies including mammogram, ultrasound, MRI, and thermography. UBCF encourages clients to determine which screening technology is best for them depending upon their age, risk, family history and breast health.

UBCF provides free or low cost breast screenings to women and men regardless of age, race, income, gender or medical insurance coverage.

Population(s) Served
Women and girls
Men and boys

The Individual Grant Program is a unique and special program, a trail blazer of sorts. Created in 2007 with the intention of financially assisting women and men who are managing breast cancer or are within three years remission. This program offers customized support geared towards each individual’s personal needs and circumstances. Like our clients, no two grants are ever alike.

When a client turns to UBCF for assistance through the Individual Grant Program, they are met with compassion and respect by our knowledgeable and thoughtful program manager. UBCF guides each client through the simple application process. After careful and thorough assessment of the client’s needs, UBCF constructs a grant that will best serve the needs of the client.

We have found over the years that when our client’s experience a reduction in stress, they are more focused on their healing journey, more capable to manage the challenges of overcoming breast cancer. The Individual Grant Program provides financial support for the following types of expenses: medical procedures, prescription medications, COBRA insurance coverage, housing expenses, utilities, therapeutic treatments, transportation expenses, healthy and nutritious foods and holiday gifts.

Population(s) Served
People with diseases and illnesses

United Breast Cancer Foundation understands that a woman faces many physical and emotional challenges after a mastectomy. For many women who’ve had mastectomies, their natural inclination is to have reconstructive surgery as an effort to regain a sense of well-being, of moving on and forward with their lives. Unfortunately, breast reconstructive surgery is not covered by most medical insurance plans. UBCF strongly believes that reconstructive surgery should be an option for Every Woman(R) who has experienced a mastectomy.

The choice to have reconstructive breast surgery may be a challenging one to make, however, UBCF believes that if a woman chooses this surgery, she should have the opportunity to have it. Due to the great expense of surgery, many women do not pursue it. UBCF is here to provide access to this important aspect of recovery - helping women feel whole again.

Population(s) Served
People with diseases and illnesses

UBCF approaches cancer prevention, treatment and recovery from a whole-body perspective - it's so important that our clients are treated as a whole person, not just focusing on medical challenges. Cancer is often termed a disease, defined as an abnormal condition that impairs bodily functions. However, cancer is also a “dis-ease” where the body is out of its natural state of “ease”, harmony and balance.

UBCF aims to inform our clients that by coupling a western approach to treating cancer with complementary medicine, their natural state of balance, harmony and ease may return and potentially flourish in a way never previously experienced. Working with the mind-body-spirit connection is just as vital as treating the cancer. Clients applying for a Holistic Care grant can expect to receive assistance with some of the following services: diet and nutritional counseling and supplements, counseling, mind-body therapies, energy healing, reflexology, lymphatic massage, acupuncture/ acupressure, nipple tattooing, breast forms, compression sleeves and head coverings.

Population(s) Served
People with diseases and illnesses

This very special program was developed by United Breast Cancer Foundation's long-standing President and Executive Director, Ms. Stephanie Mastroianni. Inspired by her own challenges as a student entering college and seeking scholarship funding, Stephanie spent many long hours researching various scholarship opportunities. While the depth and breadth of scholarships available to young women and men entering college was impressive, she was unable to find a scholarship opportunity that was tailored towards her specific life experience. When Stephanie was a child, she experienced the tragic loss of her mother, Audrey B. Mastroianni, to a valiant fight with breast cancer. Stephanie vowed to create a scholarship opportunity to assist students who have suffered the loss of a parent or guardian due to breast cancer and when the time presented itself, she did just that.

In 2005, the Audrey B. Mastroianni College Fund was established to honor the legacy of Mrs. Mastroianni, a teacher and firm believer in education and continued personal enrichment. In the Fall of 2005, UBCF awarded its first Audrey B. Mastroianni College Scholarship to Dena, a young woman who had just graduated high school and was entering Art School. Dena pursued her degree in Art history. UBCF was extremely pleased to support Dena throughout her studies, even funding her semester abroad to study art in Italy.

Population(s) Served
Adolescents
Young adults

Of the hundreds of thousands of women diagnosed with breast cancer this year, many are mothers to young children at home. The United Breast Cancer Foundation understands that cancer does not simply affect the patient - the entire family is impacted by a diagnosis. UBCF has developed the Child Sponsorship Program in response to our clients requesting support for not only themselves, but their children.

Wendy, a young, single mother, 32 years old with three children ages 8, 5 and 1 all depending on her for love, security and a sense of home, was recently diagnosed with breast cancer. She had no means to care for her children while receiving treatment and was actually living out of her vehicle. In fact, Wendy nearly decided to forego treatment so she could be with her children. UBCF stepped in, provided Wendy an Individual Grant and provided her children assistance through the Child Sponsorship Program. Wendy and her three children are now living in a safe environment and Wendy is responding well to her treatments. Through this program, UBCF provides healthy food, assistance with medical treatments, counseling services, back to school clothing and supplies, and special holiday gifts.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

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.

# of grant and other assistance provided

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

Adults, Children and youth, Family relationships

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

These figures represent the total number of individuals and family members served via grants and other assistance. All UBCF figures are reflected in the program information provided.

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.

When a diagnosis of breast cancer is delivered, it can be devastating – for the patient and the entire family. According to the National Cancer Institute, “patients can develop a sense of helplessness or hopelessness when stress becomes overwhelming. This response is associated with higher rates of death…” It is UBCF’s goal to reduce the stress and strain that breast cancer causes patients and their families and ultimately facilitate healing. Through our seven life-supporting programs, we are able to offer our clients and their families opportunities to reduce stress and promote healing through financial support. By reducing or eliminating financial burdens and the stress related to that, UBCF aims to aid in the healing of our clients.

UBCF offers the community seven life-supporting programs. Through our programs we are able to offer emotional and financial support to women and men in need of education and screening services or those actively managing breast cancer or within up to five years remission. UBCF also provides gifts-in-kind donations to our clients who are in need of household items, personal hygiene, clothing and bedding.

UBCF is headquartered in Huntington Station, NY and along with a regional office in Annapolis MD, we serve women, men and their families across the country. Since our launch, we have been committed to making a positive difference in the lives of those affected by breast cancer, rooting our efforts in prevention, early detection and assisting women, men and families managing breast cancer right now. UBCF provides assistance to every person who seeks our services regardless of age, race, income, gender, ethnicity or medical insurance coverage.

UBCF is supported by a dedicated Board of Directors and staff, providing our clients with excellent service, compassion and care throughout their entire experience with us. UBCF is managed by a dedicated team, affectionately coined “Team UBCF”. Ms. Stephanie Mastroianni, our Executive Director since 2001, has shaped UBCF into the wonderful organization that it is today due in large part to her personal experience with breast cancer as her mother passed away from this disease at the age of 42. Each of UBCF’s seven programs have evolved from this personal experience. In 2005 Beth Reichart joined the Team as Director of Operations after volunteering for several years. Along with 9 other Team Members, we offer the community decades of experience with breast health and breast cancer services, client care and operating a mission-driven organization. Our dedication to UBCF’s mission and most importantly, the women, men and families we serve, is palpable in all we do every single day.

Services Provided and Funds Distributed Per Program in 2018
Over–all Program change from 2017 to 2018 = 51.39%
UBCF awards on average, 120.56% of requested funding amount

Breast Screening Program
Clients serviced = 1230
Program expense = $121,369.47
Growth from 2017 to 2018 = 70.77%
UBCF awarded 100% of funds requested by clients

Individual Grant Program
Client serviced = 204
Program expense = $404,465.63
Growth from 2017 to 2018 = 39.60%
UBCF awarded 146.76% of funds requested by clients

Holistic Care Program
Clients serviced = 38
Program expense = $44974.25
Growth from 2017 to 2018 = 54.50%
UBCF awarded 119.91% of funds requested by clients

Breast Reconstruction Program
Total number of clients serviced = 16
Program expense = $42,150.96
Growth from 2017 to 2018 = 54.19%
UBCF awarded 120.94% of funds requested by clients

Child Sponsorship Program
Clients serviced = 242
Program expense = $46,204.46
Growth from 2017 to 2018 = 42.63%
UBCF awarded 102.63% of funds requested by clients

Audrey B. Mastroianni College Scholarship
Clients serviced = 23
Program expense = $43,250.00
Growth from 2017 to 2018 = 61.38%
UBCF awarded 212.46% of funds requested by clients

Community Service Program

Clients serviced = 639,866
Program expense =$13,270,108.88
Growth from 2017 to 2018 = 51.39%
UBCF awarded 100% of funds requested by clients

Financials

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United Breast Cancer Foundation Inc

Board of directors
as of 2/5/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. Michael Cain

Neutron Media

Term: 2020 - 2024

Nicholas II Mastroianni

Nicholas Mastroianni

Chris Halter

St. Bonaventure

Susan Morano

Suzanne's Specialties

Kendall Merrick

Brookfield Properties

Michael Cain

Neutron Media

Christopher Yeley

Rick Ware Racing

Matthew Dipasquale

Matthew DiPasquale CPA, LLC

Stephanie Mastroianni

UBCF

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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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 ? No
  • 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? No
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? No
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 02/05/2021

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

Disability