Virginia Breast Cancer Foundation
2821 Emerywood Parkway, Suite 203
Richmond VA 23294
Mission Statement
Founded in 1991, the Virginia Breast Cancer Foundation is committed to the eradication of breast cancer through education of and advocacy for all Virginians affected by breast cancer. Educate. Advocate. Eradicate.
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CEO/Executive Director Katy Hardy Sawyer MPA
Board Chair Clifford L. Deal III
Board Chair Company Affiliation Surgical Oncologist, HCA Richmond Surgical
Contact Information
Address 2821 Emerywood Parkway, Suite 203
Richmond, VA 23294
Telephone 804 285-1200 201
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 1991
Financial Summary
Revenue vs Expense Bar Graph - All Years
Expense Breakdown Bar Chart - All Years
Projected Revenue $481,700.00
Projected Expenses $483,360.00
Founded in 1991, the Virginia Breast Cancer Foundation is committed to the eradication of breast cancer through education of and advocacy for all Virginians affected by breast cancer. Educate. Advocate. Eradicate.

Since 1991, the Virginia Breast Cancer Foundation (VBCF) has educated Virginians on the facts about breast cancer, advocated for the needs of all Virginians affected by breast cancer, and worked to establish the end of breast cancer as a state and national priority.

 Accomplishments include:

  • Distributing free educational materials annually including 75,000 Breast Health Basics brochures for men and women with pink ribbons attached as well as newly diagnosed packets with local resources including support groups and patient navigators suggested for the recipient's geographic region.
  • Since 2000, VBCF and its local chapters have provided more than $60,000 to 44 library systems over 9 years, helping to purchase breast health books, e-books, DVDs, and periodicals to update local patron’s shelves.
  • Offer a mini-grant program for non-profit organizations to provide funds for breast cancer health education for Virginians. Since 2013, VBCF has awarded more than $20,000, and grantees have served more than 28,000 Virginians.
  • Organizing and hosting an annual three-day educational tent Becky's Place at the Remote Area Medical program in Wise, VA to provide cancer-related health classes and resources to thousands of far southwest Virginians in partnership with other health education organizations. In addition, VBCF is hosting a breast health table at Virginia's mini-RAM sites across the state.
VBCF is a statewide, state-based grassroots non-profit organization that does not receive funding nor resource assistance from a national organization. VBCF receives 90%+ of its funding from individual donors who support our mission and want to make a positive, local impact in the goal to end breast cancer.
In order to expand VBCF's educational and advocacy services, increased resources are needed. VBCF is always seeking new partners to help us in our work: volunteers, donors, and ambassadors of our mission.
Background VBCF was founded in 1991 because no other organization existed in Virginia that was devoted solely to representing the needs of individuals and their families affected by breast cancer. Five women planned a Mother's Day rally on the steps of the State Capitol that year to bring attention to this devastating disease. The activist seeds of VBCF were sown. Each year, we reach tens of thousands of individuals at the community level throughout Virginia with accurate, up-to-date information on breast cancer early detection, diagnosis, treatment, research, legislation, caregiving, and survivorship. VBCF provides Virginians with knowledge and a voice in the fight to end breast cancer.
CEO Statement VBCF has been a Better Business Bureau (BBB) of Central Virginia Accredited Charity Seal Holder, having met BBB's 20 national Standards of Charity Accountability since 2014.
Areas of Service
Areas Served
VBCF serves all Virginians affected by breast cancer. 
Board Chair
Board Chair Clifford L. Deal III
Company Affiliation Surgical Oncologist, HCA Richmond Surgical
Term Jan 2018 to Dec 2019
Board of Directors
Board Members
Salud Astruc Dominion
Gabriele Conn Peninsula Physical Therapy and Assoc.
Clifford Deal III, MDRichmond Surgical
Lisa DeFerrari MBARetired
Jacqueline Ford-Condelli Retired
Joshua Kelly JDHirschler Fleischer
Laura McCombs First Citizens Bank
Marylinn Minor Project Management Consultant
Michele Nedelka MDRadiation Oncologist, Bon Secour Oncology Specialists
Stacy Price University of Richmond
Jessica Ramirez Director of Advocacy & Public Relations, Rx Partnership
Susan Siegel Genworth Financial
Sabrina Smith Owens&Minor
Sherri Taylor RNVictoria Plastic Surgery Center
Andrea Weisman Psy.D.Commonwealth Counseling Associates, Inc.
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 1
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 12
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 3
Female 10
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 2
Board Meeting Attendance % 70
Written Board Selection Criteria? Yes
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 100
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 100
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 4
Standing Committees
Board Governance
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Executive Director
Executive Director Katy Hardy Sawyer MPA
Full Time Staff 3
Part Time Staff 2
Volunteers 200
Contractors 1
Retention Rate 100
Organization has a Fundraising Plan? Yes
Organization has a Strategic Plan? Yes
Years Strategic Plan Considers 3
Date Strategic Plan Adopted Sept 2015
Management Succession Plan? No
Organization Policy and Procedures Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistleblower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy Yes
External Assessments and Accreditations
Better Business Bureau of Central VA - Accredited Charity2013
VBCF provides health education and resources across the state of Virginia, offering up-to-date information about breast cancer early detection, diagnosis, research, treatment, caregiving, survivorship, and end-of-life care. Educational activities include:
  • Free Newly Diagnosed Kits - Print and online information packets for those with breast cancer, including resources for caregivers and children.
  • Free Educational Materials - In honor of our slogan - “Breast Cancer is More Than a Pink Ribbon” – VBCF distributes 75,000 pink ribbon safety pins attached to our Breast Health Basics brochures for women and men through its local volunteer and community organization network. Materials include information for women and men about breast cancer rates, screening recommendations, symptoms, and risk and lifestyle factors.
  • Education - Host an annual educational conference to provide current information on breast cancer as well as participating in local health fairs and educational events.
  • Stay Abreast Presentation - By request, trained educational experts are available to present information on breast health and cancer, as well as how attendees can get involved in our educational and advocacy programs in local communities free of charge.
  • Public Library Funding - Provide funds for Virginia’s public libraries to purchase up-to-date breast cancer materials. Since 2000, VBCF has provided more than $60,000 to support local libraries.
  • Breast Health Mini-Grants - Provide funds to non-profits for breast health education. Since 2013, VBCF has helped local non-profits serve more than 20,000 Virginians.
  • Becky’s Place at RAM - Organize and offer breast health education at several annual Remote Area Medical (RAM) programs in Virginia, including the largest, four-day event in Wise County.
Population Served Adults
Budget $200,000.00
Long Term Success Decline in breast cancer incidence and mortality rates in Virginia
VBCF's advocacy program educates policy makers and the general public about important advances in breast cancer and legislative issues and priorities. Advocates from VBCF have testified at hearings, participated in research review panels and participate in annual lobby days at the state and national level. 
Our Goals
  • Support legislation to enable Virginians to receive breast cancer screening and treatment regardless of insurance status or ability to pay
  • Promote research initiatives aimed at understanding and eradicating breast cancer
  • Support policies for Virginians in all stages of the breast cancer journey – screening, diagnosis, caregiving, treatment, survivorship, and end-of-life care
  • Support policies aimed at breast cancer risk reduction
Our Activities
  • Monitor state and national policies and legislation
  • Host annual visits for Virginians to meet with their legislators in the Virginia General Assembly and Congress as well as out of session visits in home district offices
  • Share the latest breast cancer research news
  • Connect trained advocates with state and national researchers to offer patient perspective
  • Offer annual Karin Decker Noss Scholarships to send committed state advocates to national breast cancer conferences to bring back and share the latest information with fellow Virginians
Population Served Adults
Budget $128,000.00
Fiscal Year
Projected Revenue $481,700.00
Projected Expenses $483,360.00
Spending Policy N/A
Form 990s
IRS Letter of Exemption
Detailed Financials
Revenue SourcesHelpThe financial analysis involves a comparison of the IRS Form 990 and the audit report (when available) and revenue sources may not sum to total based on reconciliation differences. Revenue from foundations and corporations may include individual contributions when not itemized separately.
Fiscal Year201620152014
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
Government Contributions$0$0$0
Individual Contributions$26,835--$184,210
Investment Income, Net of Losses$28,401($4,716)$29,065
Membership Dues------
Special Events$254,063$257,430$226,229
Revenue In-Kind------
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201620152014
Program Expense$392,071$362,115$351,169
Administration Expense$37,074$32,060$39,748
Fundraising Expense$60,240$52,097$43,988
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses0.991.011.06
Program Expense/Total Expenses80%81%81%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue19%17%10%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201620152014
Total Assets$861,833$869,062$857,417
Current Assets$856,034$487,712$469,828
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0--
Current Liabilities$11,041$14,622$7,333
Total Net Assets$850,792$854,440$850,084
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities77.5333.3564.07
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? No
State Charitable Solicitaions Permit
Solicitations Permit
Solicitations Permit 2018View
Foundation Comments
  • Form 990 and audit prepared by Frank Barcalow CPA, PLLC
  • Financial information provided by audit