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: 4 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

It's easy to react to the news that has come out of the Komen Foundation and the political mess they go themselves in a few years ago, but the reality is that this organization is second only to the government for funding breast cancer research. The women working on the more than 100 affiliates give amazing time and energy to help the mission become a reality. Yes, they have had some difficult years, but look at what they do locally all over the country through the affiliate network. 75% of funds raised by the Race for the Cure stay local to fund mammography, early detection programs and education. Research before you bust someone.

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Rating: 5 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

I have struggled with some of the things that have come out of Komen National but encourage people to look locally. The local affiliate, Komen Suncoast Race for the Cure, is a way for you to ensure your donations(75%) stay local to work locally. The funds help support screening and educational programs in the local 6 counties. The "Races," held in St. Petersburg and Polk County, are successful because of wonderful volunteers who donate their time in the search for a cure. The St. Pete Race is on - please don't let nationals decision to stop the 3-day Race for the Cure stop you from supporting our local efforts to find a cure for breast cancer.

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

Do a better job of educating everyone on how funds are used and how critical they are to local programs.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

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

A lot

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Very Well

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Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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Rating: 5 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

The National Office let many people down with the Planned Parenthood debacle but the local affiliates throughout the country who have done nothing wrong are taking the majority of the heat. Programs that help our local citizens are now unfunded. I am a proud volunteer and donor of the Maryland Affiliate of Susan G Komen and I salute the dedicated staff and volunteers who continue to spread the word about early detection and treatment.

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Definitely

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

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

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Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 4 stars  

3 people found this review helpful

To Lynn A (May 11, 2012) - Research grants are considered a "Program Expense" and make up most of the 82.5% metric. FYI, the local affiliates are separate non-profits. Meaning they fund grants for services in their communities (which may include PP) and send approx 25% to National to fund the large research grants. It's a shame that National strayed into politics - I hope they have learned their lesson - and, I hope the affiliates will be able to get back to business. I will continue to support Komen.

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Definitely

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

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Quite well

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Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 1 stars  

After playing politics recently, you've lost me as any kind of volunteer or donor. My money is going where it can do direct good: Planned Parenthood.

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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?

Okay

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No

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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Rating: 1 stars  

no more volunteering for Komen! You now are exposed as a right-wing front!

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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?

Okay

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No

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 1 stars  

3 people found this review helpful

I am withdrawing my participation in the 2012 Boston 3Day and all future support for Komen unless Komen is able to reaffirm it's apolitical commitment to women's healthcare. This would require the immediate termination of Karen Handel and all other members of the Komen board whose extremist political agendas threaten to derail the 30 years of tremendous, politics-free good that Komen has done. Planned Parenthood is, was, and will continue to be the best way for ANY women without health insurance in this country to access reproductive healthcare, including breast cancer prevention and treatment. The overwhelming majority of Komen supporters are Planned Parenthood supporters. If you do not ACTIVELY support Planned Parenthood going forward, we will not support you. You have forced this upon yourselves. We have made it very clear to you where we stand on this issue. Now you have to choose. Will you stand with your base and the amazing brand they have helped you build for 30 years, or will you side with a political extremist who had thrown you, and us, under the bus to advance her political career. Your choice.

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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

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No

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 1 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

I am so very disappointed in how the foundation has stepped into politics like this. The goal should be to help people fight breast cancer. Planned Parenthood spends 14.5% of it's money on cancer screening and prevention, 3% on abortion. This used to be a non-profit with a stellar reputation. The way it handled the whole mess---with two different stories about why they were cutting funding--- shows a lack of transparency. If you want to be political organization, be honest about it. If you want to save lives, then leave the politics out of it. But don't assume your donors are stupid. We are not. (And many of us won't be donors again, either)

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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

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No

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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Rating: 1 stars  

7 people found this review helpful

Is Komen using your donations wisely? Ask the local mom-n-pop charities who have been contacted (i.e. threatened) by Komen's lawyers over use of "the cure." Do a Google search for "Susan G. Komen Foundation Elbows Out Charities Over Use Of The Word 'Cure'" Koman has lost its way and has become a corporation more concerned about branding and protecting its "market share." Donate your money to smaller local organizations and you'll get a better bang of for your buck!

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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

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No

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 1 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

Having been involved in many of the October Breast Cancer Awareness events, I feel both used and betrayed by the recent actions of SGK to defund Planned Parenthood. And even more appalled that there is no posts on this web site.

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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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