The BCEF Story

Quick, Compassionate Financial Assistance

Since 2001, Breast Cancer Emergency Fund (BCEF) has been the only Bay Area organization dedicated to providing emergency financial assistance to low-income women and men battling breast cancer. To date, we have delivered over $3,500,000 in quick, compassionate care to help reduce financial hardship, improve quality of life and enable people focus on their health and their families.

Economic Security During A Devastating Illness

Many people with breast cancer have inadequate or no health insurance. Most will be unable to work throughout their treatment, adding a huge financial toll to an already difficult struggle. Our fast and early intervention prevents financial deterioration and provides a sense of security during a devastating illness. BCEF helps people in need continue life-extending medical treatments, avoid utility shut-off, prevent eviction and maintain stable housing while they battle breast cancer.

Our Dream: Access To The Best Health Care for All

We envision a healthcare environment in which, one day, everyone will have access to the best medical care available regardless of ability to pay – and within a continuum of care safety net that eradicates fear of financial ruin.

BCEF does not receive City, State or Federal funds. 100% of our funding is from private foundations, corporations and individuals. BCEF is a tax-exempt non-profit organization. Federal Tax ID #20-3203899

Our Mission: To provide quick and compassionate emergency financial assistance to low-income people battling breast cancer in order to cover basic human needs, lessen financial burdens and improve quality of life.
What We Believe

Everyone undergoing breast cancer treatment should be able to focus on what’s important. BCEF works closely with each client – and over 40 community partners – to immediately meet the most critical needs.


Every client and every situation is unique. BCEF provides a compassionate, personalized solution to every qualified applicant.


Giving should be fun! BCEF is deeply committed to our mission, but we know how to throw a party! From This Old Bag to Beats for Boobs… who knew fundraising could be so fun?


We want out of this business! BCEF envisions a day when everyone gets the help they need. Having breast cancer shouldn’t mean going broke.