Breast Cancer Solutions

Eliminating barriers * Enabling access * Extending lives

Lake Forest, CA   |
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Breast Cancer Solutions

EIN: 33-0765783


The mission of Breast Cancer Solutions (BCS) is to provide breast cancer patients with direct assistance, community referrals, and compassionate support. The provision of direct financial assistance for living expenses and out of pocket medical costs combined with extensive support and community resource navigation mitigates significant barriers that hinder access to and completion of breast cancer treatment. Since 1998, BCS has assisted over 4,200 individuals at risk for delaying, stopping or being denied treatment.

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Principal Officer

Jennifer Anderson

Main address

25422 Trabuco Road #105-167

Lake Forest, CA 92630 USA

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Formerly known as

Breast Cancer Survivors



Subject area info

Breast cancer

Human services

Basic and emergency aid

Housing services

Women's services

Population served info

Women and girls

Economically disadvantaged people

People with diseases and illnesses

NTEE code info

Human Service Organizations (P20)

Health Support Services (E60)

Other Housing Support Services (L80)

Programs and results

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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?

Enabling Access: Navigation and Financial Assistance for Breast Cancer Treatment

BCS staff Program Navigators conduct client intake/needs assessment, then connect them with local and national resources and determine initial eligibility for BCS food/transportation assistance. Clients needing food/transportation assistance submit an application, intake survey, treatment verification, and financial summary. Program Navigators conduct phone interviews to verify financial need, treatment barriers/duration, and prepare an assistance recommendation tailored to clients’ needs to provide to our Application Review Panel (ARP). Following ARP approval, transportation/food assistance is disbursed monthly. Volunteer Support Navigators conduct monthly client need assessments, and confirm use of financial assistance. All clients receive extensive, individualized professional and peer support, as many face life challenges in additional to their treatment. Higher-risk clients work with our bilingual Client Advocate for mental health assessment and referrals.

Population(s) Served
Women and girls
Economically disadvantaged people

Where we work

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 using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve

  • 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


Breast Cancer Solutions
Fiscal year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

Revenue vs. expenses:  breakdown

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info
Note: When component data are not available, the graph displays the total Revenue and/or Expense values.

Liquidity in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 170.75 over 10 years

Months of cash in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 2.3 over 10 years

Fringe rate in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 10% over 10 years

Funding sources info

Source: IRS Form 990

Assets & liabilities info

Source: IRS Form 990

Financial data

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

Breast Cancer Solutions

Revenue & expenses

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

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Balance sheet

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

The balance sheet gives a snapshot of the financial health of an organization at a particular point in time. An organization's total assets should generally exceed its total liabilities, or it cannot survive long, but the types of assets and liabilities must also be considered. For instance, an organization's current assets (cash, receivables, securities, etc.) should be sufficient to cover its current liabilities (payables, deferred revenue, current year loan, and note payments). Otherwise, the organization may face solvency problems. On the other hand, an organization whose cash and equivalents greatly exceed its current liabilities might not be putting its money to best use.

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Financial trends analysis Glossary & formula definitions

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

This snapshot of Breast Cancer Solutions’s financial trends applies Nonprofit Finance Fund® analysis to data hosted by GuideStar. While it highlights the data that matter most, remember that context is key – numbers only tell part of any story.

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Profitability info 2017 2018 2019 2020 2022
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) before depreciation $35,311 $3,388 $23,304 $6,810 $71,225
As % of expenses 11.4% 1.0% 6.3% 2.0% 20.3%
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) after depreciation $34,684 $3,127 $23,304 $6,810 $71,225
As % of expenses 11.2% 0.9% 6.3% 2.0% 20.3%
Revenue composition info
Total revenue (unrestricted & restricted) $345,614 $351,054 $376,399 $312,353 $422,125
Total revenue, % change over prior year 7.4% 1.6% 7.2% -17.0% 0.0%
Program services revenue 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Membership dues 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Investment income 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Government grants 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
All other grants and contributions 99.3% 99.6% 99.5% 99.4% 99.6%
Other revenue 0.7% 0.4% 0.5% 0.6% 0.4%
Expense composition info
Total expenses before depreciation $310,303 $331,244 $369,517 $334,410 $350,300
Total expenses, % change over prior year -7.2% 6.7% 11.6% -9.5% 0.0%
Personnel 46.4% 46.3% 45.3% 51.7% 48.6%
Professional fees 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.1% 0.1%
Occupancy 6.6% 6.5% 6.0% 5.0% 1.8%
Interest 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Pass-through 38.3% 38.6% 38.9% 34.5% 28.8%
All other expenses 8.6% 8.5% 9.8% 8.7% 20.7%
Full cost components (estimated) info 2017 2018 2019 2020 2022
Total expenses (after depreciation) $310,930 $331,505 $369,517 $334,410 $350,300
One month of savings $25,859 $27,604 $30,793 $27,868 $29,192
Debt principal payment $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Fixed asset additions $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Total full costs (estimated) $336,789 $359,109 $400,310 $362,278 $379,492

Capital structure indicators

Liquidity info 2017 2018 2019 2020 2022
Months of cash 3.2 3.1 3.0 3.5 5.8
Months of cash and investments 3.2 3.1 3.0 3.5 5.8
Months of estimated liquid unrestricted net assets 2.7 2.6 3.1 3.7 5.9
Balance sheet composition info 2017 2018 2019 2020 2022
Cash $81,799 $84,409 $92,009 $97,601 $169,714
Investments $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Receivables $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Gross land, buildings, equipment (LBE) $4,387 $4,387 $4,387 $4,387 $4,387
Accumulated depreciation (as a % of LBE) 94.1% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
Liabilities (as a % of assets) 18.1% 0.0% 1.1% 2.0% 0.2%
Unrestricted net assets $69,260 $72,387 $95,691 $102,501 $172,714
Temporarily restricted net assets $0 $16,422 N/A N/A N/A
Permanently restricted net assets $0 $0 N/A N/A N/A
Total restricted net assets $0 $16,422 $0 $0 $0
Total net assets $69,260 $88,809 $95,691 $102,501 $172,714

Key data checks

Key data checks info 2017 2018 2019 2020 2022
Material data errors No No No No No


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

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Principal Officer

Jennifer Anderson

Jennifer Anderson has worked in the breast cancer community since 2001. She served as a patient navigator at the UCI Chao Family Comprehensive Cancer Center and the Breast Center Coordinator at Mission Hospital. Prior to working in hospital settings, she conducted research at San Diego State University in the area of family communication and cancer after earning her Masters degree in health communication. She has co-authored articles about communication and cancer in academic journals and presented research findings at regional and national conferences. Her involvement with Breast Cancer Solutions began in late 2001 when she was approached to serve as a volunteer, then shortly thereafter, joined the Board of Directors. In her 6 year tenure on the board, she served as Director of Marketing and Board Chair. In 2009, she left the hospital setting and joined the staff as Program Director. In June 2013, she became the Executive Director.

Number of employees

Source: IRS Form 990

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Officers, directors, trustees, and key employees

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

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Compensation data
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Board of directors
as of 02/21/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
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Board chair

Kommah McDowell

Grizelda Padilla

Santa Ana Police Department

Kommah McDowell

Community Advocate/Author

Mitzi McKay

Western University of Health Sciences

Laura Hemann

St. Joseph Healthcare System

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 ? 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? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 2/21/2023

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 02/21/2023

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We analyze disaggregated data and root causes of race disparities that impact the organization's programs, portfolios, and the populations served.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We have a promotion process that anticipates and mitigates implicit and explicit biases about people of color serving in leadership positions.
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.