About the McGrath Foundation
A story well known in Australia, Jane and Glenn McGrath’s much-publicised experience with breast cancer led to the formation of what has become one of Australia’s most respected and recognised charities, the McGrath Foundation.
Because of their experience came the belief that every family experiencing breast cancer in Australia should have access to the support of a breast care nurse shaping the McGrath Foundation’s mission is to ensure every family experiencing breast cancer in Australia has access to a breast care nurse no matter where they live or their financial situation. The Foundation estimates 150 McGrath Breast Care Nurses are needed to achieve this. Only then, will every family in this situation have access to optimal care.
Today, the McGrath Foundation is considered to be one of Australia’s leading breast cancer support organisations, with over 21,000 Australian families supported by our 87 McGrath Breast Care Nurses nationally in the last four years1. Click here to meet our McGrath Breast Care Nurses and you can also visit our National Breast Care Nurse Directory to find your closest breast care nurse.
With a McGrath Breast Care Nurse in every State and Territory throughout Australia, families experiencing breast cancer can self refer to their nearest McGrath Breast Care Nurse (ie they do not require a medical referral) and be supported by one of our McGrath Breast Care Nurses free of charge.
At the same time, the McGrath Foundation is working to increase breast awareness right across the community and 2013 will see the launch of an education strategy to ensure a more informed population of young Australian women experiencing the best health they can through a better understanding of their bodies and breast health.
Jane’s breast cancer diagnosis at only 31 made her passionate about encouraging all women, including younger women (under 40), to be breast aware by regularly checking their breasts for any changes. The McGrath Foundation’s breast awareness initiative, Curve Lurve, has been developed to ensure the next generation of Australian women are breast aware.
Everyday, the Australian community supports the McGrath Foundation by making donations, hosting or attending community events or purchasing pink products in our name. Given this we are committed to ensuring all donated funds are used as efficiently as possible to help us achieve our mission. In this context, and based on our financial results for 2011/ 2012, we currently spend approximately 83 cents in every dollar on realising our goals.
The balance of any donated funds are then spent on either supporting our fundraising efforts (which currently cost approximately eight cents in every dollar2) and our operating expenses – (which include items such as rent, office fixtures, stationery, travel and all staff salaries and currently account for approximately nine cents in every dollar2).
One woman’s experience has seen a team of passionate and dedicated people come together and step up to the challenge of making life with breast cancer in Australia just that little bit easier. Until there is a cure for breast cancer, we are committed to working to provide as much support as we can for families facing a breast cancer experience through the funding of our McGrath Breast Care Nurses nationally.
With the help of the Australian public, the Federal Government, our generous Corporate Friends and our supportive Foundation Friends, everyone at the McGrath Foundation continues to work tirelessly to achieve our mission of a breast care nurse for every Australian family experiencing breast cancer, and to ensure all young women are breast aware.
As we say at the McGrath Foundation – together, we can make a difference!
Click here to download the full McGrath Foundation Outcomes and Initiatives for 2012.
1Based on statistical results collected in June 2012
2These figures come from our FY12 Financial Statements. As part of our commitment to financial transparency, the Foundation is audited at the end of every tax year and we then prepare and lodge full financial statements with the Australian Securities Investment Commission (ASIC).