Breast Cancer Relief Foundation DBA National Cancer Coalition

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THE WORST CHARITIES, RANKED BY MONEY BLOWN ON SOLICITING COSTS

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When Donald G. Tarver formed the charity that would become Breast Cancer Relief Foundation, it was a chance to start over.

He had been president of another cancer charity. It was accused by the IRS of paying too much money to its for-profit fundraiser.

But when Tarver started over in 1987, he hired the same fundraising company at Breast Cancer Relief Foundation and continued paying the corporation the vast majority of donations raised in his charity’s name. Breast Cancer Relief continued diverting millions away from cancer patients after Tarver’s death in 2002, when his brother and sister-in-law took over.

For the past decade, it has been one of the nation’s most wasteful charities, IRS records show. Over that time, it has raised nearly $64 million through professional fundraisers and allowed those companies to keep 70 percent of donations. Just more than 2 percent of donations raised were given directly to hospitals or to women in need of breast cancer screenings. The charity has also reported shipping medical supplies worth millions of dollars to Africa and Central America over the past four years.

Breast Cancer Relief, which has changed its name three times in 25 years, has now merged with National Cancer Coalition, according to Annis Tarver, Donald Tarver’s sister-in-law. National Cancer Coalition, also on theTimes/CIR list of the nation’s worst charities, is headed by Annis Tarver’s son-in-law, Robert Landry. Annis Tarver referred all questions to Landry, who did not respond to several calls or a certified letter.