The Breast Cancer Fund
In response to the public health crisis of breast cancer, the Breast Cancer Fund identifies — and advocates for elimination of — the environmental and other preventable causes of the disease.
The Breast Cancer Fund (BCF) initially retained The Raben Group to develop their federal advocacy agenda and strategy. Upon completion of that strategic planning process, we were hired to serve as their Washington, D.C. office for implementation of their identified goals, and we continue to represent them on this work.
BCF, in response to the public health crisis of breast cancer, identifies and advocates for elimination of the environmental and other preventable causes of the disease. Historically, their work had focused primarily on state-level policy advocacy; but following the mid-term election of 2006 and the ascendance of their home district legislator to Speaker of the House, the organization was ready to bring their wealth of policy knowledge to bear on federal legislative opportunities.
The Raben Group began our work with BCF by identifying and assessing potential federal policy goals and priorities in coordination with the organization’s broader strategic planning process. With the knowledge of BCF’s state legislative success to date, our team embarked on a federal policy environmental survey. We carefully considered existing congressional action and interest, and gathered information from current and potential stakeholders from the environmental, public health, feminist and reproductive justice communities. This three-month research process culminated in a priority and goal-setting retreat to create BCF’s federal policy agenda.
In partnership with BCF’s staff, we have had the pleasure of implementing BCF’s agenda for the past three years. Working closely with Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Senator Dianne Feinstein and a number of key congressional offices from across the country, we successfully passed a ban on phthalates (a toxic chemical with implications for breast and other cancers, reproductive health problems, and other negative health outcomes) from children’s toys, which President George W. Bush signed into law in August of 2008. We continue to advance an aggressive environmental health agenda for chemical policy reform that empowers consumer access to safe cosmetics, food and beverage containers, and more.