Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, Inc., National Office

Rating: 1.31 stars   672 reviews

Issues: Education, Health, Cancer, Breast Cancer

Location: 5005 Lbj Freeway Suite 250 Dallas TX 75244 USA

Mission: Susan G. Komen for the Cure celebrated its 25th anniversary with a new name, a new logo and a significant accomplishment: $1 billion invested since our inception in the global fight against breast cancer. And we have pledged to invest another $2 billion in the next decade in scientific research and community outreach programs. It will take investments of that level if we are to bring about a dramatic, unprecedented decline in breast cancer deaths over the next 10 to 15 years.
2012 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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Rating: 1 stars  

5 people found this review helpful

I'm done with the Komen Foundation. The fact they have cut off funding of breast exams in Planned Parenthood facilities shows a disregard for women. No more money, not even pocket change. I'll now donate to Planned Parenthood.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

No

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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10 people found this review helpful

I have participated in seven Susan B. Komen Breast Cancer 3-Day Walks, walking 420 miles and raising over $20K. Now that it's cutting off funds to Planned Parenthood -- funds used for vital breast exams for low-income women who have few other options for gynecological care --I am finished with this organization. Caving in to political pressure by anti-choice groups contradicts the Komen's Foundation alleged mission statement. My money and time will go to Planned Parenthood and other organizations truly looking out for women's interests rather than those of political organizations, religious organizations and pharmaceutical companies.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

No

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Some

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Somewhat badly

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

No

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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6 people found this review helpful

This charity is politically motivated and has discontinued funding to Planned Parenthood which was dedicated funding for breast cancer screening thus putting politics above women's health.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Remove Karen Handel.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

No

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

How did you learn about this organization?

NPR's report on their un-funding of Planned Parenthood.

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2 people found this review helpful

Breast cancer is a well documented symptom that will never be "cured" by an organization passing through the absolute legal minimum of dollars required, 20%, to be called a non-profit. I mostly feel for the great people in this organization who are misled. In just the past year, it has become known that lack of vitamin D, determined by a serum test, is a better marker for breast cancer than a mammogram. An uncomfortable parallel here might be the person who hits their thumb with a hammer, and then looks for a cure for a broken thumb...they get one star because your system won't allow a negative rating.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

No

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

None

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Badly

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

No

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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4 people found this review helpful

This organization provides excellent cover for the real question, which is, "Why do women GET breast cancer?". With sympathy for those who have gotten it, I must say that this question has largely been answered; the mammary glands are especially susceptible repositories for all those ingredients on that package of 'food' that you can't pronouce, and don't exist in nature. Add to this the removal of one of your greatest defenses against breast cancer, Vitamin D (which we are now discovering), or more generally speaking, a healthy diet. What Susan's sister, bless her heart, is doing amounts to asking the foxes for help to determine why all the chickens are dying. Read "The Metabolic Typing Diet".

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

virtually every publication i pick up recently. However, when i go to find out how many women with a diagnosis of breast cancer were or are vitamin D(etc) deficient, all the people that Susan's sister are funding for 'help' get really quiet..?

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Ask them to stop this ersatz 'search for a cure' to something that is largely self-inflicted, and help educate the women at risk.

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12 people found this review helpful

As a scientist myself I've taken the time to look into the research the Komen foundation funds and nearly all of it goes to the interest of pharmaceutical companies. The continue to help companies fund research to patent new chemotheraputic drugs while ignoring any serious competition such as the Burzynski clinic. At the same time the CEO owns stock in pharmaceutical companies she's giving grants to, and these companies always get to patent the drug the Komen foundation helps them research. If the Komen foundation cared about curing cancer they wouldn't let for profit companies keep patents.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

volunteering

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

End the organization, it's too corrupt.

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14 people found this review helpful

I am glad to read that others are concerned about this organization as well. Here's what I have to say. A best friend of mine contacted the SGK foundation and she's a Breast Cancer Survivor, when her young daughter (25 yrs old) who is under insured had signs of early BC, she contacted SGK and requested some financial assistance for her daughter to get it checked out. The SGK representative told her that "they don't help people in her zip code." I was furious when I heard this and called the foundation myself to see what they would say when I gave them a similar situation, they too told me that they didn't help people in my zip code.

So I emailed the SGK foundation myself and requested to find out how much money had been raised in my area (Zip code) through the walks and other events. They refused to comment and i messaged them back asking them: "How can you take money out of this community through your run/walk events and NOT give money back to help people in this area?" I never got a response back and I refuse to support this cause because of it. I will buy NOTHING with pink ribbons on it, or anything that supports this cause. This is atrocious and horrible.

My friend is on Section 8, low income and disabled, her daughter takes care of her and although they live in a richer area, they are very poor and in need of help. They didn't get any from this ORG!

This is just unacceptable!

They don't even deserve one star!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

See above

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Stop paying the CEOs so much, focus on helping patients more, like they should be doing anyway!

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8 people found this review helpful

I dont understand why this charity received such a high rating here, especially for its financials.

This charity puts itself out there as being "for the cure" yet such a minuscule amount of their expenditures is towards the very research that they claim to be built around that they should receive a 1 star rating here.

Looking at their financial reports, their overhead costs are high and they spend most of their money on education and screening. While those are certainly worthy things, they are not "for the cure".

This charity is not sufficiently transparent with it's donors about how the money is spent. If you were to ask a dozen participants in a "Race for the Cure" event, why they were participating, few would point to funding education programs. They'd point to funding research, which is no longer a priority for this charity.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

reviewing their financial reports as well as volunteering at Komen an event.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Eliminate the focus on marketing. Enough with guilting people, especially cancer survivors and their families into buying the soap powder in the pink box is shameful. Reduce overhead expenses. Rely more on volunteers and internships & redirect those funds saved into targeted grants to studies that are truly working "for the cure". I'd turn over education activities to the American Cancer Society. Put that money into research where it belongs. They are far better at it and its in their charter.

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Badly

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Some

Will you recommend this organization to others?

No

What is unique about this organization?

strong marketing

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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3 people found this review helpful

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/12/07/komen-foundation-charities-cure_n_793176.html

I am refusing to walk in their Race for the Cure in Denver today because of this. I cannot support this "charity" if they are going to bully others in such a way. My friends and family who have either died from or are surviving breast cancer deserve better.

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10 people found this review helpful

Shocked!! Organization took in $135 Million in 2010, provided grants for research, education & screening of $74 Million and a paltry $10,000 (yes, only ten thousand dollars) in grants to individuals in the USA. The remaining millions were used to pay contractors (other expenses line items) and employees (many in the high 6 figure income bracket). Shameful, absolutely shameful.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Komen's refusal to help women in need by limiting grants to individuals to a paltry 0.0074% of fundraising revenues taken in.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

bulk research dollars to 3-5 research centers (reduce amt by half & fund 3-5 research centers only/ongoing) increase grants to individuals w/ the $ saved in research grants cont education/screening line items limit salaries to more reasonable levels

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6 people found this review helpful

I am glad to read the comments below. For myself the red flag was raised when a friend wanted me to walk with her. It would cost ME to walk and then raise money for THEM. HUH ???? I found a charity rating on line that said over 90% of the money raised did NOT go to research , but administrative and the like. It's just another business. Much like MADD. I sent them an email asking the person who was reading mine, how could you work for such an organization that rips people off in the name of the sick and dieing? Of course I got NO response. No defence either. Proved my point :( Further more, I would bet that CEO sister gets most of her lifestyle paid for through the org.. Even though she is taking NO salery. Deb Hendel

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Being asked to walk, and finding out the chinanigans with the money.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Make sure MOST of the money went for research. If Salvation Army can do it , any org. can!

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