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Who we are

Our Mission and Work

Not Putting on a Shirt (NPOAS) is a patient-led, all-volunteer 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization advocating for optimal surgical outcomes for women who choose to go flat after mastectomy. Charity ID# 84-3021062

Our organization maintains an informational website and social media platforms which provide the public with free information, publications, and tools to advocate for themselves and for others. We provide information on going flat at initial mastectomy, revision surgery, going flat after explant, and flat denial. We curate a searchable database of flat closure surgeons. We also moderate a private Facebook support group for victims of flat denial.

Additional initiatives include stakeholder and public outreach, legislative and regulatory actions, and original research in order to effect cultural and institutional change to protect the interests of women who choose to go flat.

Our contact information:

Our website address is: https://notputtingonashirt.org.

Not Putting on a Shirt, Inc.
PO Box #111215
Pittsburgh, PA 15238
Officers and Directors

Kimberly Bowles, President

Christy Avila, Vice President

Devorah Vester Borenstein, Secretary

Shana Whitehead, Treasurer

BethAnne Lobmiller

Privacy Policy

Electronic Communications With Us

We do not share confidential information with third parties. All electronic communications with NPOAS are assumed to be confidential and we will never share your confidential information unless you give us explicit permission in writing. Every agent of NPOAS is required to sign a confidentiality agreement that prohibits sharing of any personal information obtained during the course of their service with the organization, prior to such service. NPOAS preserves all electronic communications on our secure Google Drive in accordance with our document retention policy.

Surgeons Directory Submissions

Your privacy and ongoing consent are of utmost importance to us. Persons who have submitted identifying personal information or photos may withdraw their consent for NPOAS to use or retain such information or images at any time by notifying NPOAS in writing. We will review your request within one months’ time.

NPOAS anonymizes submitted mastectomy photos by cropping out identifying information. The cropped image files are then saved with an encoded filename on NPOAS’ secure Google Drive. Your name and contact information (email, etc.) is the only identifying personal information we retain, and it is only linked to your image file(s) via a single secure, restricted access spreadsheet. Before obtaining access to any Drive files, NPOAS volunteers must sign a confidentiality agreement which explicitly protects the privacy of all confidential information.

WordPress Blog and Website

When visitors leave comments on the site we collect the data shown in the comments form, and also the visitor’s IP address and browser user agent string to help spam detection. An anonymized string created from your email address (also called a hash) may be provided to the Gravatar service to see if you are using it. The Gravatar service privacy policy is available here: https://automattic.com/privacy/. After approval of your comment, your profile picture is visible to the public in the context of your comment.

If you leave a comment on our site you may opt-in to saving your name, email address and website in cookies. These are for your convenience so that you do not have to fill in your details again when you leave another comment. These cookies will last for one year.

Articles on this site may include embedded content (e.g. videos, images, articles, etc.). Embedded content from other websites behaves in the exact same way as if the visitor has visited the other website. These websites may collect data about you, use cookies, embed additional third-party tracking, and monitor your interaction with that embedded content, including tracking your interaction with the embedded content if you have an account and are logged in to that website.

We do not share data with third parties. Visitor comments to the WordPress blog may be checked through an automated spam detection service. If you leave a comment, the comment and its metadata are retained indefinitely. This is so we can recognize and approve any follow-up comments automatically instead of holding them in a moderation queue.

If you have left blog comments, you can request to receive an exported file of the personal data we hold about you, including any data you have provided to us. You can also request that we erase any personal data we hold about you. This does not include any data we are obliged to keep for administrative, legal, or security purposes. Contact our administrators at info@notputtingonashirt.org.

Code of Conduct Policy

Code of Ethics

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Whistleblower Protection

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Tax Information

NPOAS believes in transparency and accountability to the public. Therefore, we make available information on certain key policies and documents, governance structure, and financial statements. We also comply in full with the IRS’s tax record disclosure requirements. Please contact us at info@notputtingonashirt.org with any questions or to request further information.

Charity ID# 84-3021062

Guidestar Listing #2151508562

Governance Documents

Conflict of Interest Policy



This site contains copyrighted material. Not Putting on a Shirt’s educational materials and resources on this site are freely available for “fair use” (Title 17 U.S.C. Section 107) in accordance with our mission to advocate for optimal outcomes for those who choose to go flat after mastectomy.  The copyrighted material on this site is distributed for educational purposes without profit – all donations to Not Putting on a Shirt directly fund our advocacy work. If you wish to use copyrighted material from this site for purposes that go beyond “fair use”, you must first obtain explicit permission from the copyright owner. Please direct requests or questions to info@notputtingonashirt.org.