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According to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation consolidated audit of June 30, 2015 (Note K, Major Contributors):

"During fiscal-year 2015 and 2014, the Foundation received approximately $18,978,000 and $16,908,000, respectively, from seven other organizations, exclusive of the donations received from the related parties described in Note I [see the last Analysts' Note below]."

[The $18,978,000 received from seven organizations during fiscal 2015 represents about 33% of the Foundation's cash contributions for that year.]
According to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation consolidated audit of June 30, 2015, the Foundation reports receiving approximately $471,000 in donated goods and services in fiscal 2015, including approximately $302,000 in donated "special events - fundraising merchandise" (Note G, Donated Goods and Services).

[Note: CharityWatch generally excludes the value of in-kind (non-cash) donations of goods and services from its calculations of Program % and Cost to Raise $100. More information on how grades are calculated and the treatment of in-kind donations can be found by clicking on "About CharityWatch" from the navigation bar and then clicking on "Criteria & Methodology".]
According to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation consolidated audit of June 30, 2015 (Note I, Related-Party Transactions):

"Two members of the Foundation's Board of Directors are also members of the board of directors of a corporation that donated a portion of its sales revenue to the Foundation and held various fund-raising events for the benefit of the Foundation. For fiscal-years 2015 and 2014, the Foundation recognized contribution revenue from the corporation of approximately $4,106,000 and $4,444,000, respectively..."

"The Foundation also reimburses this corporation to cover certain operating expenses paid on its behalf each fiscal-year. These reimbursements to the corporation are for payroll and related benefits for the staff who exclusively conduct [the] Foundation's activities, as well as reimbursement for information services and other administrative services provided at cost. For fiscal-years 2015 and 2014, these reimbursements approximated $5,245,000 and $4,654,000, respectively..."

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