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Philanthropy Check: Where Should You Donate During Breast Cancer Awareness Month

You know you'd like to donate during October, which is Breast Cancer Awareness month, but choosing the right charity can feel overwhelming.

There are so many options out there, so which one is worthy of your funds? Here are a few charitable organizations worth considering:

Dr. Susan Love Research Foundation

While many groups are focused on treating breast cancer, this organization aims to understand the causes of breast cancer. The foundation has been praised for its transparency, as well as for the high percentage it spends on actual program expenses.

We need women and men of all colors and ages, with and without breast cancer, to join us and participate in breast cancer research. Join Sheila and the 380,000+ women and men who have already enrolled in our Army of Women®. Watch, share, donate and JOIN us. #CommittoLove this #BCAM #MBC #breastcancer #research

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Young Survival Coalition

This group focuses its attention on what's often an underserved group: women who have received an early cancer diagnosis. The organization provides support, as well as information that specifically impacts younger survivors, like menopause.

Registration is open for the #YSCSummit18! (link in bio) Connect with empathetic friends-new and old-who understand what you're going through. Discuss your unique questions and concerns - like dating after diagnosis, navigating your career or managing fear and anxiety - with survivors, co-survivors, and healthcare providers. Learn about the latest research and treatment updates from leading oncologists and researchers. Join us for three days of empowerment in Orlando because the initiation sucks, but the sisterhood is forever.

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Breast Cancer Research Foundation

The group received an A+ rating from The American Institute of Philanthropy's Charity Watch. Ninety percent of the budget is spent on programs in relation to overhead.

If you're unsure about whether an organization is legitimate, there are several resources available to help you make a decision. Charity Watch and Charity Navigator are two useful tools when you're looking to verify a group's credentials.

On the heels of announcing our $59.5 million commitment to breast cancer research this year, we're sharing the stories that inspire our innovative scientists to develop their most promising ideas. We are united in our shared belief that through research life-changing improvements in breast cancer diagnosis, treatment, survivorship and prevention are possible. Join us. Together we can #BeTheEnd of breast cancer. Donate today: bcrf.org/donate

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Lauren Levine is a freelance writer who has contributed to publications and websites including The Charlotte Observer, U.S. News & World Report, American Way magazine, The Huffington Post, Hello Giggles, Bustle, Thrillist, Thought Catalog, and others.