The Florida Breast Cancer Foundation (FBCF) was founded by 3 Miami women in 1993. Originally named The South Florida Breast Cancer Coalition, the organization began as a nonprofit, grassroots organization dedicated to ending breast cancer through advocacy, education, and research. With the introduction of the specialty End Breast Cancer license plate in 2002, a second organization was formed – the Florida Breast Cancer Coalition Research Foundation - created to receive the funds from the sale of the plate. A few years later our official name changed to the Florida Breast Cancer Foundation, but our mission and vision remains the same.
Our purpose is to raise awareness and mobilize Floridians to:
Ensure sufficient government and public funding for breast cancer research
Ensure quality healthcare for all without fear of discrimination
Ensure an environment free of carcinogens
Today we are best known for our instrumental role in the passage of the Mary Brogan Breast and Cervical Cancer Treatment Act and for the promotion of the End Breast Cancer license plate that funds research and education throughout the State of Florida. The Florida Breast Cancer Foundation is funded largely through grassroots donations and from the funds generated by the End Breast Cancer license plate. These funds have enabled us to stay true to our mission: to end breast cancer through advocacy, education, and research. All monies raised stay in the State of Florida to support programs for Florida residents and institutions.
Our small staff relies heavily on volunteers and advocates to collaborate with us tirelessly around the State of Florida and in Washington DC, promoting our organization and creating awareness. Advocates work hard to promote increased and sustainable funding to further our mission. Additionally, they rally throughout the State of Florida to ensure no harmful laws are passed. Florida Breast Cancer Foundation is a statewide organization, but our advocates and volunteers allow us to have a local presence in Broward County, Daytona Beach, Gainesville, Jacksonville, Miami-Dade County, Orlando, Pensacola/Destin, Palm Beach County, Tallahassee, Tampa Bay and beyond. Our e-alert system currently accesses over 6,700 people and continues to grow.
In fiscal year 2012, the Florida Breast Cancer Foundation extended our statewide reach in both Educational and Scientific/Research grants. We granted over $37,000 in educational grants and scholarships statewide, hosted Education and Advocacy Days, sponsored “Shades of Pink” fundraising Events around the state, advocated in Washington DC for breast cancer research funds and supported the 2020 deadline to end breast cancer.
FY2013 promises to be another exciting year. New initiatives include adding our cadre of 14 special statewide fundraising events celebrating the 10th year Anniversary of our End Breast Cancer specialty license plate, and the launch of our new Scientific/Research grant process and RFP. Even with these new initiatives, FBCF remains focused on our core mission objectives of Education, Advocacy, and Research around the State of Florida.
FBCF welcomes all who are committed to achieving our mission of ending breast cancer. We have made great strides, but much more needs to be done, especially here in Florida. We need your involvement in the Florida Breast Cancer Foundation to make our mission a success.