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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Breast Cancer, Cancer, Cancer Research, Education, Educational Services, Health

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.

Programs: Grants to other non-profit organizations to support breast cancer research, as well as research resources and conferences that further the breast cancer research agenda. See schedule o for additional details.

public health education programs to increase the public's awareness of breast cancer including, among other things, early detection and treatment. See schedule o for additional details.

breast cancer screening, diagnosis and treatment programs and grants. See schedule o for additional details.

Community Stories

205 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

4

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

Komen proved itself to be a fanatical right-wing organization when it hired a failed gubernatorial candidate with extreme anti-choice views (and endorsed by Sarah Palin) as VP of Communications. After hiring this woman who campaigned on defunding Planned Parenthood, Komen made the clearly politically motivated decision to cut off funding to an organization that provides essential cancer screening and STD testing services to low-income women.
16% of all Planned Parenthood services are for cancer screening and prevention. Only 11% of the Komen budget goes to cancer screenings, which is less than the 20% that goes to "fundraising and administration." Considering low-income women are at the greatest risk for breast cancer death, specifically because of a lack of access to screenings, the decision to abandon the group most in need of "the cure" shows how little fighting cancer really means to Komen. Donors and volunteers would be better served giving their time and money to an organization that actually cares about women's health and preventing cancer, Planned Parenthood. At least they've never tried to sell perfume with toxins in it (of which only 3% of the sales actually go to funding "the cure").

7 Wednesday F.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

I was horrified and saddened to learn that SGKF is actually cutting funding for breast cancer screenings in order to demonstrate how very "pro-life" you are. Ah well...at least now I can stop paying extra for all that pink ribbon crap! You should be ashamed of selling out all those women to appease people who think it's their right to force their choices on everyone else.

4 Louise5

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

I strongly disagree with your decision to defund breast care provided through Planned Parenthood. The reason you gave for this move appears weak at best. For many women Planned Parenthood is their only means of receiving this kind of care. Please reconsider your decision. You are damaging your reputation for good work.

5

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

Having been a supporter of the Susan B. Komen foundation for more than ten years, I read with outrage the decision by the foundation to cut off funding for the Planned Parenthood Foundation. Politics has no place in efforts to deal with a major health issue for women. I will no longer contribute to Komen; I will -- and in fact have already in response to this outrage -- be supporting Planned Parenthood from now on!

Review from CharityNavigator

8

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

Only paying out roughly 20% of their money to ACTUAL RESEARCH, the CEO making half a million dollars in salary, and now they've cut funding to Planned Parenthood which was providing breast cancer screenings with their money? How much worse could this organization actually get? I very seriously doubt people who purchase those silly pink ribbons or products featuring them actually realize what a scam this "charity" is.

6

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

As a long-time supporter of Komen, having raised funds for them and contributed handsomely myself, I am livid about their decision to stop its funding for Planned Parenthood and have already sent a check to Planned Parenthood. I will never again support this organization, which has succumbed to the right-wing anti-choice zealots.

Review from CharityNavigator

7

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

Where is the "overall rating" choice of NO STARS? Having had friends who've suffered from breast cancer, we've previously thought the efforts of the SGK Fdn were commendable ... THIS IS NO LONGER THE CASE! That SGK has pulled all funding fm Planned P'hood's efforts on behalf of ALL women simply because it's under rehuglican/anti-choice "investigation" in Congress is deplorable. It also shows just how much the power of anti-choice/anti-woman forces has grown in the usa = INCREASING THREAT to the social welfare of our society that can not be ignored! We've already notified SGK that for us, "PINK" now = HYPOCRISY & COWARDICE in response to political, anti-choice pressure.

Review from CharityNavigator

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 2

Komen for the cure claims that the rationale for cutting funding for Planned Parenthood is that PP is under federal investigation. (Never mind that the investigation is a politically motivated witch-hunt). What other charities and organizations receive grants from Komen? Are any of them under investigation? Ia Komen consistent in its (silly) excuse for cutting funding to Planned Parenthood?

Review from CharityNavigator

4

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

Until This charity reverses the decision to cut support of Planned Parenthood, I will not donate a DIME. My donations will go to Planned Parenthood instead.

Review from CharityNavigator

5

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

Komen will regret its decision to pull funding for breast cancer screenings that save the lives of women. As a breast cancer survivor I will do everything in my power along with my sisterhood of bc survivors to make sure that not a penny more goes their way. There are plenty of great organizations that do excellent work promoting breast cancer awareness and research. For the record, the CEO of Komen makes over $400,000+ per year. No real non-profit needs to pay that much when there are many ways to better spend that money. Pink rip-off.