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Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, Inc., National Office
October 4, 2011

I dont understand why this charity received such a high rating here, especially for its financials.

This charity puts itself out there as being "for the cure" yet such a minuscule amount of their expenditures is towards the very research that they claim to be built around that they should receive a 1 star rating here.

Looking at their financial reports, their overhead costs are high and they spend most of their money on education and screening. While those are certainly worthy things, they are not "for the cure".

This charity is not sufficiently transparent with it's donors about how the money is spent. If you were to ask a dozen participants in a "Race for the Cure" event, why they were participating, few would point to funding education programs. They'd point to funding research, which is no longer a priority for this charity.

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

reviewing their financial reports as well as volunteering at Komen an event.

Ways to make it better...

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

Eliminate the focus on marketing. Enough with guilting people, especially cancer survivors and their families into buying the soap powder in the pink box is shameful. Reduce overhead expenses. Rely more on volunteers and internships & redirect those funds saved into targeted grants to studies that are truly working "for the cure". I'd turn over education activities to the American Cancer Society. Put that money into research where it belongs. They are far better at it and its in their charter.

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How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Badly

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

Some

Will you recommend this organization to others?

No

What is unique about this organization?

strong marketing

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

MY ROLE:
Professional with expertise in this field & I volunteered at a Komen sponsored fundraising event.

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