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

Rating: 1.31 stars   671 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.
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Rating: 1 stars  

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!

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

Haven't needed it, thank heaven.

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.

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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.

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.

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.

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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".

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

Only 20.22% of your donation is spent on Research.

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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Rating: 5 stars  

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There are a lot of negative press out there against Susan G. Komen. For my breast cancer fighting advocates, and possible future donors out there, I want to provide some facts about the Susan G. Komen organization as provided by 3rd party non-profit charity site, Charity Navigator. This comes on the heels of the news that SGK is spending fundraising money on lawsuits to defend their trademark, "For the cure" and the color pink. At first, I was appalled at the thought that SGK was spending my hard earned fundraising money on preventing other charities from using their phrase (we're assuming these are legitimate charities of course). I really just want to provide some facts and a couple of articles that were shared to me.

1) Charity Navigator site for SGK
http://www.charitynavigator.org/index.cfm?bay=search.summary&orgid=4509
Without registering for an account you can at least see the current year's analysis. They receive a 4-star rating. The highest CN assigns. I signed up for a free account with CN and that 4-star rating goes back as far as I am able to see with their site which is to 2007. If you're considering donating to another charity, look them up first.

2) http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748703700904575390950178142586.html?mod=WSJ_WSJ_US_News_6

A noteworthy snippet follows:

"Other charities say they must aggressively pursue look-alikes because brand confusion costs them sizable donations. A pair of charities dedicated to helping injured veterans has been locked in a three-year court battle over $2.2 million in donations to the website woundedwarriors.org.
Wounded Warriors Inc., an Omaha charity, owned the site. But the Wounded Warrior Project of Jacksonville, Fla., a larger group, contends that scores of its supporters donated money to the site thinking it was going to the Florida charity. In court filings, the Wounded Warrior Project says celebrity endorsements for its group created publicity that prompted donors to mistakenly contribute to the other charity's website."

If you subscribe to that school of thought, is Komen really wasting that money? I ask for the sake of debate.

3) http://www.statesmanjournal.com/article/20110107/COLUMN0101/101070339/1066/COLUMN

Post your comments. You don't have to agree, but don't jump to conclusion before you have all the facts.

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

I've met people that have been provided mammograms at the expense of the Susan G. Komen organization. That mammogram found breast cancer, and had it not been for the money we raise, they would likely be on their death bed.

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

Increase the awareness that men can get breast cancer too. While the chances are much less, not many men realize they are at risk too.

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This organization is currently busy suing other charities who are also interested in finding a cure for breast cancer over the words "for a cure". They seem to feel they have a trademark on those words in that order and have spent millions in legal actions to persuade other entities to cease using the phrase, just pathetic. Don't send them a dime.

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I walked and raised $2735.00 for this organization. What a waste of my time.

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

shut it down

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Pauline -

Many of the people "involved" with Komen have no idea how the money is actually spent. Sure, you're told certain things. Sure, it feels good to work for a big non-profit. But if you actually READ their 990 forms, it will sicken you.

They give $1,000$ to random people without even having their full name, address, etc. They will label it as "education". But my aunt calls asking for assistance, and is told "we don't give directly to the public". This sickened her and my whole family.

They have over $15,000,000.00 in payroll expense. That sickens me even more. Sure, Komen was founded for great reasons, for great goals. But now it's just a big greed machine, and it's sickening.

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

Being denied in time of need. Constantly given conflicting information from their staff that makes it too difficult for the average person to undercover the "correct", the "true", and the "accurate" policies, expenditures, and financial history of the company.

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

Force the foundation to educate their donors about how the money is actually spent. Create a new financial policy that allows donors to give money only to the sector of expense that they choose to - ie: 100% of their donation goes only to research.

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Would you continue to donate if you knew Komen only puts 20% of your money into research for the cure? I hope not. Find an organization where your money is actually spent on finding a cure.

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This foundation only puts 20% of your donation into research for the cure.

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

This foundation only puts 20% of your donation into research for the cure.

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Komen gave their CEO a 72,518.00$ pay increase during a "national recession". In 2007 only 23.5% of proceeds was spent on research. In 2008 only 26.73% of proceeds was spent on research. In 2009 they dropped all the way down to 20.22% on research. Stay far away from this organization. You can find other npf's that will put a much greater percentage of their proceeds into actually researching and curing this disease.

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

Most people just want their t-shirt from the race, their picture from the race, or the pretty pink bow on the products they buy. It makes them "feel good" and they don't look into what is actually going on in Komen's financials.

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

Komen currently spends 22.58% on "expenses", salaries, telemarketing, professional advisors. They only spent 20.22% on researching the cure. When your national campaign is "For the cure" - you would expect that the biggest portion of your donation would be put into "the cure", and the only way to find a cure is to conduct research. Komen needs to get all board members together, create a projected budget which includes dropping the salaries of their officers and increasing the funds put into research.

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Rating: 5 stars  

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I have spent a lifetime on non-profit boards of many wonderful organizations at local, state, and national levels. I want to share my experiences with Komen for the Cure. This organization is focused, transparent, and relies heavily on volunteers. They make excellent use of their donations both for programs for people with breast cancer, early detection programs for all women, and they fund cutting edge research. It is a very well-run organization that continually assesses their goals. I am most pleased that Komen is now focusing world wide on breast cancer issues. If Komen can do for the rest of the world what it has done for us in the USA, breast cancer will be eradicated! You can rest assured that when you make a donation to Komen that overhead costs are under 25% ALWAYS and that 75% of all fiunds raises by their affiliates stay in the area where it was raised. The other 25% goes to research. I am proud to be associated with Komen for the Cure, first as a volunteer and then a few years later as a survivor. Pauline

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

My own battle with breast cancer and have helped so many other women through their battles.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-6-01

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