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July 29, 2011
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July 29, 2011
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SGK is not the only organization whose fundraising contracts require a minimum amount for "pledge" driven campaign events. I understand Theresa feels that Komen made her less than worthy because she did not know about the minimum requirement to raise. However, before signing up as a pledge fundraiser for any organization, one should ALWAYS inquire into minimum funds raised requirements. Furthermore, always read any contract before signing it. Once signed, most legal contracts are deemed VALID and BINDING, unless a rescission period (usually of first three days) exists, after which time the contract then becomes binding. The simple fact is numerous organizations have found pledge fundraising as a useful technique and many either require, or encourage a minimum amount of funds raised to participate as "fundraiser" rather than a participant.

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

participating in local walks.

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

ignore me. I am a male and an accountant, therefore I find the fru-fru jazzercize and other such stuff as "Gag me" things I must tolerate for Atlanta Komen events.

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Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

Likely

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

A lot

How did you learn about this organization?

Wife due to mother-in-law

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

June 28, 2011

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June 28, 2011

This is a great organization that has done more for breast cancer research and women with breast cancer than just about any other group. I work for Komen and see the effort and dedication that each employee and volunteer puts in to making sure that we are tending to the needs of women and men facing breast cancer and their families.

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

Scientists that are developing treatments. Women who have been helped by Komen's patient navigation or screening funding.

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

Help raise more funds to do more.

June 23, 2011

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June 23, 2011

Because Susan G. Komen for the Cure is one of the oldest non-governmental organizations raising awareness for breast cancer research all over the world, I guess it’s easy for skeptics to take shots. However, having seen and heard first-hand at the Race for the Cure from women and families who have been helped by their community programs and the treatments that have resulted from their research projects over the decades, I believe that Susan G. Komen is putting its funds where it does the most good. Perhaps those who have been given a second chance are not writing reviews – but they’re living vibrant lives, thanks to the compassion and dedication of those on the front lines and behind the scenes at Susan G. Komen.

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

Race for the Cure -- heard about Susan G. Komen's global research projects + physician education programs; saw the benefits of everything they're doing on the faces of survivors, caregivers and families. I have regular mammograms and have been empowered to take personal responsibility for my breast health, thanks to the Susan G. Komen Foundation.

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I don't think I'd change a thing. Their compassionate approach and global-yet-grassroots activism is just what's needed to help eradicate breast cancer in our lifetime.

June 13, 2011
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June 13, 2011
10 people found this review helpful

SGK started with a great cause and a great goal. The money now goes to office expenses, inflated salaries and luxury travel - oh yeah, and legal fees for frivolous law suits, initiated by SGK . 20% of the funds are used for "the cure". That is false advertising!
SGK is suing, amongst others, a
little girls foundation who is trying to help, for the use of the "for the cure" phrase. Give me a break! The use of this phrase doesn't create confusion as Susan G. Komen is the group where the money goes to.
I am disgusted!

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

80% of the results go to extremely high salaries and plush offices. There is little to experience.

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

Cut the staff; Make sure that 80% of the income GOES FOR WHAT YOU ARE ADVERTISING: "FOR A CURE". If you can't do that, close down.

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Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

No

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

A lot

How did you learn about this organization?

Through false advertisement, law suits. Other than that, its all over the internet and news.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

May 31, 2011
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May 31, 2011
18 people found this review helpful

I signed up to do the SGK 3-day walk for the cure. I was so proud to be able to walk for my mother-in-law who lost her battle with breast cancer on april 4, 2009. I sent the "donate fore me" letters which stated, "help her get to her financial goal." I emphasize "GOAL." I soon realized that I was required to bring in $2,300! Apparently this little nugget is buried in the terms and conditions and forever after noted as a "GOAL." I cannot bring in that kind of money. My friends and family donated and I got to $300, but I don't have the time to campaign the way they want you to. I was appalled to also find out that if I didn't make it to $2,300 by the day of the event, I could give them a credit card for the remainder or just go home. They neither refund any money collected by me or my registration - which is not tax deductible. I found this outrageous and deceptive. They keep my money - received by my family to support me in this event. I basically signed up to be an unpaid fundraiser. I would think any donation and the willingness to walk 60 miles to promote awareness would be thanked....not with SGK. I'm not good enough for their charity. I agree with a former reviewer - I think they lost their way. They have raised nearly 2 billion dollars and there is no cure. If I got breast cancer today, they would treat me the same way they treated my mother-in-law who was diagnosed 10 years ago...poison and mutilation. I am saddened by this charity. They have caused me to lose a little of my fatih in humanity.

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

their continued statements of, "it's our policy to not refund registration or donations." and "I cannot authorize a refund."

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

Have the President make less than 1/2 a million dollars. I would make more money go to research - the actual purpose of the charity. I would not require a certain amount of donations in order to participate in a charity event. And, if they cling to that requirement - make it the first thing you see on the screen when you sign up to walk. If they did that, I would never have gone any further in the process.

April 11, 2011

I am confused by the reporting here. Perhaps one of you can enlighten me when you say that only 20% is going to "a cure". The definition of the terms i read on this site are as follows:

Glossary

Program Expenses: This measure reflects what percent of its total budget a charity
spends on the programs and services it exists to deliver. Dividing a charity's program expenses by its total functional expenses yields this percentage.
Score = Raw Score x 10

Rationale behind score adjustments:

Program Expenses < 33.3%:
Our data shows that 7 out of 10 charities we've evaluated spend at least 75% of their budget on the programs and services they exist to provide. And 9 out of 10 spend at least 65%. We believe that those spending less than a third of their budget on program expenses are simply not living up to their missions. Charities demonstrating such gross inefficiency receive zero points for their overall organizational efficiency score.

As I read this, it means that over 80% of the funds raised by SGK are going to the "programs and services it exists to deliver". Not all of that is for research, as some is for providing mammograms for those unable to pay for them, etc.

Please help me understand your position.

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

10 years ago my wife and I used SGK support services for referrals when she was diagnosed

Ways to make it better...

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

Stay focused on the cause and less on the legal battles and branding issues. SGK is a well known organization and is not in danger of being confused with other "for a cure" organizations -- it is the Komen name, not the "for a cure".

March 30, 2011
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Review from CharityNavigator
March 30, 2011
9 people found this review helpful

Unfortunately a lot of people are buying into the press being generated by SGK in regards to their trademarking. As someone who is a part of an organization that has been affected by their "cease and desist" letters for having the words "a cure" in their slogan, I can attest that SGK is in fact man handling smaller organizations and costing them quite a bit of money. While they may not have gone to court over this - because the smaller organizations cannot afford the legal fees and would rather put their money to use in finding a cure - they have threatened these other organizations.

I know many breast cancer survivors who are also against SGK and their actions.

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

the fact that another group had to completely rebrand their organization to avoid potential lawsuits by SGK for trying to find a cure for their own disease!

Ways to make it better...

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

Make them smaller and remind them of what the mission of this foundation initially was set up for.

March 15, 2011
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Review from CharityNavigator
March 15, 2011
5 people found this review helpful

Susan K. Komen for the Cure denies that there is any connection between ingestion of BPA and breast cancer, or any other deleterious effect. Please research BPA: if you do, you will find that it is an endocrine disruptor, classified as a xenoestrogen which acts like estrogen on susceptible tissues, such as breast cells; also on developing brain and nervous systems in fetuses, infants and children, because BPA is used to line baby bottles, sippy cups, and similar products. It is also used in the production of disposable water bottles; used to line metal food cans (especially dangerous in the case of acidic food such as tomatoes and sauces which contain tomatoes, because the acidic food leaches more BPA out of the lining and into the food). The Komen organization takes the line of the chemical industry's mouthpiece to say that there is no evidence of a connection. Canada has declared BPA a toxic chemical; many European countries ban its use in baby bottles and similar products. Komen's position is entirely based on marketing, not science. I will never give them another nickel!

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

Haven't needed it, thank heaven.

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

Force a very large increase in the percentage of funds it spends on cancer research---is 80% too much? (They now spend just a little over 20%.) Cut the $15,000,000/year payroll and the overlarge salaries of its executives. Require absolute transparency in their grants and awards as well as "overhead" spending.

March 7, 2011
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March 7, 2011
10 people found this review helpful

I have great sympathy with Susan G. Komen's tragic story. I feel that she would be proud of much that her sister and others in the foundation have done in her name. However, perhaps the Foundation is losing its way. Look at some of the Foundation's recent, questionable campaigns. Pink buckets of Kentucky Fried Chicken! Bottles of booze with pink ribbons? C'mon! Meats fried in oxidizing vegetable oils? Supporting the sale of liver and nerve toxinsl? I don't think that Susan would be OK with those moves. And tell me what on earth could justify a salary of over half a million dollars for the CEOSGK? A victory over cancer? No, 1 out of 7 women contract cancer and once it metastasizes, stage 4, it is incurable, according to SBK website which begs the question. Has SGK fully investigated All potential cancer cures, or only the mainstream medicine orthodoxy which adheres only to cut, burn and poison cancer sufferers? With nearly 1/2 a Billion Dollars in annual revenue, what percentage, if any is devoted to alternative therapies? Indeed, what would a cure for breast cancer do the the Foundation and especially the fat salaries of its top officers? I wonder.

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

I have seen the hope SGK gives to cancer sufferers and the great support to their families.

Ways to make it better...

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

Stay true to the spirit as well as the letter of Susan's mandate to her sister and others who want to help women suffering with breast cancer.

January 31, 2011
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Review from Guidestar
January 31, 2011
10 people found this review helpful

Dylan -

I will say it again. There are several breast cancer research foundations who put over 70% of your donations towards research.

If you can tell me of a way that is not research that will allow us all to find a cure, please enlighten us all.

Komen foundation puts
only 20.22% of revenue into "Research For A Cure"

A foundation that has re-aligned every aspect of their business to portrait that they are "For the cure" should put a LOT more than 20.22% of your donation into the only way we will ever find a cure, don't you think?

They spend more money on "other expenses" like office supplies and new leather chairs for fancy offices than they do on Research - that in itself is sickening for a foundation who claims their mission is so unique and so critical that they have to sue other foundations for using the phrase "for the cure".

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

Only 20.22% of your donation is spent on Research.

Ways to make it better...

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

Reduce the $15,000,000++ payroll, eliminate the $5,000,000++ travel expense.

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