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Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, Inc., National Office
April 11, 2011

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.

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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

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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".

MY ROLE:
General Member of the Public & Walked, crewed and volunteered for Komen events.

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