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Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, Inc., National Office
January 14, 2011

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.

The Great!

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.

Ways to make it better...

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.

MY ROLE:
General Member of the Public & Annually I walk in the Susan G. Komen 3-day for the Cure. Our team also sponsors a breast cancer survivor to introduce them to the amazing community of the 3-day.