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

Rating: 1.31 stars   673 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  

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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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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Rating: 1 stars  

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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Rating: 1 stars  

10 people found this review helpful

My criticism of this organization is that it relies more on marketing and less on science. In answer to the person who was unhappy with contributions to Planned Parenthood, I'm afraid your convoluted argument that there is a high incidence of breast cancer among women who have had abortions (or miscarriages) is untrue. The claim has been disproven over many years. See the National Cancer most recent report on scientific findings below:

The relationship between induced and spontaneous abortion and breast cancer risk has been the subject of extensive research beginning in the late 1950s. Until the mid-1990s, the evidence was inconsistent. Findings from some studies suggested there was no increase in risk of breast cancer among women who had had an abortion, while findings from other studies suggested there was an increased risk. Most of these studies, however, were flawed in a number of ways that can lead to unreliable results. Only a small number of women were included in many of these studies, and for most, the data were collected only after breast cancer had been diagnosed, and women’s histories of miscarriage and abortion were based on their “self-report” rather than on their medical records. Since then, better-designed studies have been conducted. These newer studies examined large numbers of women, collected data before breast cancer was found, and gathered medical history information from medical records rather than simply from self-reports, thereby generating more reliable findings. The newer studies consistently showed no association between induced and spontaneous abortions and breast cancer risk."

However, as far as SBK's larger goal of fighting breast cancer, I personally feel there are other organizations doing a much better job, where my dollars will directly and more positively impact the lives of people with cancer.

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

I prefer to give directly to cancer research than to marketing campaigns for products of dubious use to solving the cancer problem.

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

I'm personally tired and unhappy with all this pink ribbon marketing. If consumers put their money directly into cancer research and support services for those who have breast cancer, their dollars would go a lot farther.

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Rating: 1 stars  

3 people found this review helpful

In 2009 SBK gave over $700,000 to Planned Parenthood.
In 2010 SBK gave over $500,000 to Planned Parenthood.

This has been done under the guise that PP does mammograms.
This rarely if ever takes place.

Individuals who choose to have an abortion are shown to have a higher incidence for breast cancer.

SBK started out great but bigger has not made them better.

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

I have been a contributor to SBK.

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

Put the money to work for finding the cure.

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Rating: 2 stars  

6 people found this review helpful

Ive done the race for years and am just sick of hearing about my money going to sue some poor charity because they are using the words "the cure" - I mean REALLY? what a fricken waste of money.

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

As mentioned, done the race many times. Now seeing tons of bad press about the lawsuits. NO ONE should own the words "The Cure" - What a joke!!

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

Stop suing people trying to support the same cause. You are wasting my money and crushing the purpose SGK was originally established for.... raising money to find a cure.... not simply OWN the words "the cure"

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Rating: 3 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

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.

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

participating in local walks.

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.

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

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Rating: 5 stars  

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.

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.

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

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.

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Rating: 1 stars  

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!

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.

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.

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

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Rating: 4 stars  

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.

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

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".

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