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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

673 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

16

Client Served

Rating: 1

NEVER donate to this charity. Susan G. Komen doesn't use its charity money for good, less than 10% of what is raised actually goes towards cancer research and its quite sad. Please research other organization that donate the money and are actively working towards a cure.

28

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

I am against any charity that donates to anything else which is what this organization does. Our money should go toward what we are being told it will go toward

60

Donor

Rating: 1

Very little money donated to this foundation actually goes to fund breast cancer research or support those with breast cancer. This is just another big bureaucracy with high paid administrators. Find a different place to donate your money.

57

Volunteer

Rating: 1

There are several things that are concerning about this charity. 1) High executive salaries: There are quite a few executive salaries of over $100,000 including those of board members (which is considered to be a part-time job). The CEO made nearly $700,000, not including healthcare, retirement and first class travel expenses. 2) Goal that may not be helpful and add high costs to the healthcare system. Their main goal is to educate women to undergo frequent mammograms for early detection. There is now evidence that frequent mammograms may do more harm than good because of the problem of false positives. Treatment of women for cancer is harsh and life-altering. If this is unnecessary care, more harm than good may be done. 3) Some charity money goes to providers such as Planned Parenthood to provide breast exams and mammographies. They get maybe 5 cents for each dollar raised. It makes more sense to contribute directly to these charities. Donate directly to Planned Parenthood, St Jude's Hospital, and Shriner's Hospitals. http://butterbeliever.com/i-will-not-be-pinkwashed-why-i-do-not-support-susan-g-komen-for-the-cure/

25

Volunteer

Rating: 4

It's easy to react to the news that has come out of the Komen Foundation and the political mess they go themselves in a few years ago, but the reality is that this organization is second only to the government for funding breast cancer research. The women working on the more than 100 affiliates give amazing time and energy to help the mission become a reality. Yes, they have had some difficult years, but look at what they do locally all over the country through the affiliate network. 75% of funds raised by the Race for the Cure stay local to fund mammography, early detection programs and education. Research before you bust someone.

36

Donor

Rating: 1

I plan to wash my hands of this charity. They court large corporations for donations. Fine - they have a lot of money. But when those corporations are directly involved in the production of waste water and pollutants to water sources that contain cancer-causing chemicals, then the game is over. (Baker Huges/pink fracking drill bit debacle). I am done with this organization.

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39

Donor

Rating: 1

No longer donating to this organization that has lost its way. Check out the latest huff post article about their aggressive attacks on small nonprofits who are use the trademarked (are you kidding me?!) phrase "for the cure" in their names. Because Cupcakes for the Cure is going to do so much to harm the Komen brand. I think they're doing a mighty fine job of that themselves.

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20

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have struggled with some of the things that have come out of Komen National but encourage people to look locally. The local affiliate, Komen Suncoast Race for the Cure, is a way for you to ensure your donations(75%) stay local to work locally. The funds help support screening and educational programs in the local 6 counties. The "Races," held in St. Petersburg and Polk County, are successful because of wonderful volunteers who donate their time in the search for a cure. The St. Pete Race is on - please don't let nationals decision to stop the 3-day Race for the Cure stop you from supporting our local efforts to find a cure for breast cancer.

39

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

I am concerned that Susan G Komen for the Cure may have started out with good intentions, but has become a money maker that has lost it's focus.
1. Is there now more focus on selling products and events than actual interest in breast cancer causes and issues?
2. Why do many on the top members of Komen earn so much money?
3. In 2011 Nancy G Brinker earned over $600,000....why?
4. Is there a connection with Fundraising for a Cause and anyone at Komen?
5. Why are volunteers expected to raise money for free, pay for product and events, while the directors and board of Komen make massive amounts of money?

It seems almost sacrilegious to question this company(and their "mission"), but I am concerned about some of these usually unspoken and unquestioned ideas. What do you think?

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38

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

I have been studying Komen for years, and I consider them a bogus charity for a number of reasons. To begin with, they aren't looking for a cure. They have ties to the pharmaceutical industry, and are helping promote toxic chemotherapy instead of looking for a real cure and giving the public the information they truly need to deal with this terrible disease. They suppress information about real cures. They also suppress the information that induced abortion is a major risk factor for breast cancer, and that it can cause triple negative breast cancer, the hardest form to treat, because it doesn't respond to any of the three common treatments. This usually strikes before the woman is 40, and 1/4 of the victims lose their lives to breast cancer. Komen also pushes mammograms, which can cause or trigger breast cancer because of trauma to the breast and repeated exposure to radiation. They won't promote thermograms, which are far more reliable, and catch a problem years sooner. Finally, they donated to Planned Parenthood, which actually does hundreds of thousands of abortions a year, putting women at risk for triple negative breast cancer. Supposedly this is so PP can do screening with mammograms, but one of the leadership of PP has admitted that none of the PP affiliates even OWNS mammogram machinery; they just refer women elsewhere. They don't do mammograms. When an outcry about donations to PP was raised, Komen said they would no longer contribute, but then succumbed to extortion and said they would donate once more. And if all this weren't bad enough, PP clinics are being shut down by local health departments for having unsafe practices, and shoddy, filthy facilities, and Komen donates to them!

38

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 1

They bought a lot of copyrights for every permutation of [BLANK] FOR THE CURE. Not money well spent. They are a pretty useless organization. They spend less than 15% of income on actual research related activities and a lot on overhead, advertising, and dinner parties for very rich people. You are a fool if you donate to this organization. Do yourself a favor and donate elsewhere.

29

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

Sorry people, but when the raw numbers come out, Susan G Komen spends about 18-20% of its revenue on research. I believe that by now, unless you have been under a rock or in a cave, we are all educated that humans can get breast cancer and that we need to check ourselves and get screenings. I think we need to push the foundation to actually try to find a cure now and not just inform. With the flood of pink, the 3 Day runs roughly every month, if not 3-4 times a month, and all the "hype," it is time to find the cure. I realize that if they spent more on research and found some sort of "cure" that all those jobs that are being paid for would go away, but life's hard that way. Let's get our act together and actually find a cure, not just talk or run about it. Who knows, maybe a cure was found, but the capital is soooooo great that it might have been lost/destroyed due to the massive amount of captial this foundation gets. Alzheimer's gets less capital and have made more strides in finding cures/causes than this foundation. Don't be a sheep, be the hearder!

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8 Linda63

Donor

Rating: 5

Susan G Komen has saved my sisters life. I will ALWAYS support them.

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10

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Without Komens grants my sister would no longer be here. I doubt that the people writing these reviews have ever had BC.

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13

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

Since this organization gives money to an organization that has nothing to do with breast cancer research, screening, or treatment I will make my donations to an organization that does those things. Giving money to Planned Parenthood, which has no facilities anywhere to screen for or treat breast cancer, financial support by Susan G, Komen Cancer Foundation makes money collect by them a fraud.

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7

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The National Office let many people down with the Planned Parenthood debacle but the local affiliates throughout the country who have done nothing wrong are taking the majority of the heat. Programs that help our local citizens are now unfunded. I am a proud volunteer and donor of the Maryland Affiliate of Susan G Komen and I salute the dedicated staff and volunteers who continue to spread the word about early detection and treatment.

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10

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

Top directors make too much money. What right did they have to support Planned Parenthood thus abortion with donations to BREAST CANCER

11

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

Let's get some things straight everyone. We live in a capitalistic society and everything is driven by money. EVERYTHING. We have been hearing about cancer charities and the donations they need for decades. I remember hearing about these organizations in college, 30 YEARS AGO, and people are still dying of cancer. The only 2 remedies, in general? Chemo & radiation, just like always. Or are they??? Do your research. There are many potential cures going by the wayside, such as Vitamin B17, the Gerson Therapy, and most notably, the FDA's number one enemy, The Burzynski Clinic in Texas. Meanwhile, the cancer donation industry thrives, while people continue to die, holding out all hope for that miracle that never comes. Instead of living out the rest of your life in distress, save your money from the SGK and spend it on remedies that have remarkable background and documentation. Otherwise, die wearing those worthless pink ribbons. It's your choice. Thankfully, they did manage to make one good decision and that was to stop funding for the country's house of murder, planned parenthood. Sorry ladies, but if you want to kill your baby, DIY and quit demanding that the govt provide your murder service. Anyone stupid enough to want to kill the unborn needs to be exterminated by the govt, not helped.

22

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

Here's what this charity claims:
"Mission

Nancy G. Brinker promised her dying sister, Susan G. Komen, she would do everything in her power to end breast cancer forever. In 1982, that promise became Susan G. Komen for the Cure and launched the global breast cancer movement. ..." Here is what (not including her expenses such as travel, mileage, lodging, etc.) the founder and CEO gets paid each year to "do everything in her power to end breast cancer forever." Compensation of Leaders (FYE 03/2011)

Compensation Paid to Nancy Brinkler, Founder/ CEO $417,171
.12% of Expenses
Source- CharityNavigator.com Also, when my dear friend, who is uninsured, was diagnosed with breast cancer in June 2012, she approached SGK for the Cure for any kind of support- financial or otherwise, they could offer and she was turned away.

Review from CharityNavigator

13 oxbx08

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 2

You got to love how $15 million of a $20 million dollar TV advertising budget (Form 990 FY 2010-2011 Part IX Line 12) & $5.5 million of a $7.3 million dollar Event Production budget (Line 24d) is classified as a 'Program Expense'. If you were to move these line items from a program to a fundraising expense (because events and the advertising to get people to do those events are...if I'm not mistaken...fundraising, right?) that moves a total of $20.5 million that, in my opinion, have been classified incorrectly. In FY 2010-2011 charity navigator lists the following percentages for each dollar that comes in: 75% programs, 7.6% admin, and 17.2% fundraising. I propose that these numbers should be updated to reflect what is actually being done: 70.4% programs, 7.6% admin, and 22.4% fundraising. I'm steering clear of all other topics but for all the people who leave comments scolding the people who are upset about how this organization operates...here are some actual facts based on their own tax information.

11

Donor

Rating: 1

Does anyone remember the perfume this "non-profit" came out with? The plan was to give a percentage of proceeds to Komen after 1 million on sales. At sales of $900,000.00 the perfume was taken off the market because of a toxic chemical. Still not my biggest complaint. Why does a county in Georgia raise more money for Komen and still not have any resources for breast cancer patients? The marketing is brilliant as it plays on people's emotions and implies that their donations will actually find a cure. The money goes towards more marketing and making sure women get mammograms; not to the research of what causes breast cancer. Why not research thermal mammography? It is the new way to detect cancer cells without radiation. It would be nice to see this foundation LIVE UP TO IT"S PROMISE!!!!!!!!!!

7 edieeason

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 1

I would give this a NO-Star rarting of possible! I tried to put an honest personal experience I've had with Lomen, and it was rejected as Spam. I guess this is your way of dealing with criticism of your pet charities! They are not honest, and money donated is diverted to totally unconnected entities, who have no relationship with breast cancer.

Comments ( 1 )

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mjp23 08/02/2012

Hi Edie, we don't know why your review did not post a first time. There are many ways in which reviews might not get posted, including if you tried to post it from an office with a firewall. We do not have a spam filter for reviews, nor do we have "pet charities." We do not control a nonprofit's ratings -- users do. We're glad you were able to post a second time.

9 Gilda D.

Donor

Rating: 5

I came to this site to leave a positive comment and I can't believe how people are so ignorant and let their feelings and political believes trash such a wonderful organization. I know this subject is old news now, but what I think is, 1. Susan G. Komen was not using a political agenda, but following rules. 2. I have nothing against PP and have always supported all the great things they have done for low income families, but I do not think they have the RIGHT to demand money, wether these are grants or donations from ANYONE. IF Susan G. Komen stoped this grant, then PP should have gone to someone else, and not act like a little cry baby an tell on them. Very immature on their part! I am a young breast cancer survivor, and will continue my support to Susan G. Komen.

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6

Volunteer

Rating: 4

To Lynn A (May 11, 2012) - Research grants are considered a "Program Expense" and make up most of the 82.5% metric. FYI, the local affiliates are separate non-profits. Meaning they fund grants for services in their communities (which may include PP) and send approx 25% to National to fund the large research grants. It's a shame that National strayed into politics - I hope they have learned their lesson - and, I hope the affiliates will be able to get back to business. I will continue to support Komen.

8

Donor

Rating: 1

I watched Ambassador Nancy Brinker on Andrea Mitchell Reports a few months ago when she was called to answer for her charity's shameful actions. I have contributed to Komen through fundraising efforts in the past but will do so no longer after watching Ambassador Brinker's terrible defense of what was a political agenda. Brinker should be ashamed for the resulting fallout which has cost money needed for breast cancer research and treatment, but I agree with many others when I say I can not and will not entrust my money with an organization willing to sidestep their mission to use their money toward a political agenda. Last I checked, cancer affects democrats and republicans equally. Ambassador Nancy Brinker is no ambassador for breast cancer awareness and progress. She is nothing more than using the memory of her sister to raise money for political theater. The millions who have supported Komen in the past, including myself, have been swindled by Brinker, and the reactions seen in the last few months have confirmed that Brinker's agenda hurts the fight to end breast cancer. Komen for the Cure's legal actions against other breast cancer charities is also shameful, and I will point out to anyone who wishes to use pink and the pink ribbon to show breast cancer awareness that they are the symbols of a terrible charity. Give to other charities. Komen should lose it's non-profit status for supporting a political agenda.

3

General Member of the Public

Rating: 3

I received an email from my sister asking for donations to this charity. I do remember hearing about it before, in fact I even gave one year. There is only one thing that bothers me about all these posts. They all keep talking about women who have gotten thuis cancer. She did mention one thing that I didn't see in all these reviews. She said "THAT'S RIGHT, MEN GET BREAST CANCER TOO." i NOTICED THAT BECAUSE i GOT BREAST CANCER, TOO AND i AM HER BROITHER. I probably will give, just muklling over the amount. I was diagnosed with it before she was, she is already cured and doesn't need that chemo, that I am still getting. Already this year I am on my third different chemo drug. Fun it is not.

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17 Lynn A.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

With all of the money this foundation raises each year, we should be well on the way to finding a cure for breast cancer. We aren't! Does the public realize their only goal with science is to "energize them"? Do they realize that the founder and CEO makes $417000 a year? If you look at their annual expenses NOTHING is going towards research! I think a lot of people have been duped by this organization. Shame on you Susan G Komen Foundation!

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9 Nathan5

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

This organizations participation in defund planned parenthood was appalling. I do not know a better way to say you are against women's rights.

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6

General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

It is amazing how many people are upset that the Komen foundation gave money to Planned Parenthood. Does it not matter that planned parenthood administers a large percentage of mammograms to people that can not afford to go anywhere else? Does it not matter that the reason for Komens donation was because of this statistic? Does anyone wonder what may happen to the women that will not get the mammograms that they need for early detection because of such idiocy. Shouldn't these women's health be more important than the construed reasoning of a bunch of abortion activists. Look at the bigger picture people.

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6

General Member of the Public

Rating: 2

This organization uses paid spokespeople. I can not see sending my dollars to people to speak out about cancer . You either do this because you believe or don't do it at all.

8

Donor

Rating: 1

An organization that is supposed to exemplify and celebrate life should not be giving money to the largest purveyor of death via abortion, Planned Parenthood. I am sure Komen could have given an equal or greater amount to some worthy organization that does the same few screenings that Planned Parenthood performs but does not murder babies. I did not know Komen gave money to Planned Parenthood prior to the recent flip-flop, but now that I do know, Komen will no longer be receiving my support. I am sure I can find another cancer foundation that does not give money to murderers. Some who read this may disagree, but if any of you who are parents and have seen the ultrasounds of your children prior to their being born can look me in the eye and say that unborn babies are not deserving of the same protections as others, I will call you a liar. God is watching.

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7

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

Never donate to this charity. My mother suffered for years with cancer and we did our best to get help of any kind. However the administration is fat and happy with their 6 figure+ incomes and so are the pharmaceutical companies. Look at the numbers! How far do you think the money that actually made it into medical research industry went last year? A month of equipment leasing and perhaps some towards facilities? If you feel you must donate, do so for educating people about the dangers of fast food and processed food. A good diet reduces cancer risks... period. Why not help prevent instead of lining the pockets of those causing the problem and those profiting from the aftermath. Our country is suffering and the farmers that were growing healthy foods are losing their homes and land to the factory farms for corporations. Entire forests and native tribes have been destroyed or displaced for the McFood type industry. The conditions are so horrible they can't even raise the livestock in this country. The garbage and waste generated in production and sales of said food OUTWEIGHS THE "FOOD" PRODUCT 4 to 1! Put down you cell phones and think people. Look around at all the kids in today's society. Something must be done.

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4

Donor

Rating: 1

As I always done in the past, I have donated to Kid's in distress, The Susan B Komen Foundation, because in the past they always have done a excellent job providing the the people that need the care the most. I will still give to Kid's in Distress, but from now on, the Susan B Komen, will not give another dime of my Money, when they let politic or their own personal view play a role to what they are going to do with the money that is donated to their charity, especially when you donate and you know what causes you are donating to, and then they change it in midstream. Guess what, they money coming in will stop, just like mine will. And the money some of the people are making in the organization, is ridiculous, I will choose my charities more wisely in the future.

2

Donor

Rating: 1

I will never again give them money. They refuse to acknowledge the overwhelming medical research that proves the link between breast cancer and abortion. They continue to allow planned parenthood federation (PPF) to use them as a smoke screen to misinform people into thinking PPF does mammograms and breast screenings when they are primarily a billion dollar abortion industry.

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1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 2

$60M in admin and fund raising out of $300M seems very top heavy to me. The bigger the more cloudy where the money goes. How about some details on where all the $600M has gone? How are we doing on the cure? The cause is solid, not sure about the agency.

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4

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

Strange that the Charity Navigator rating also indicates that Ms. Brinker is not compensated as CEO, yet a recent report (2/13/12) from The Daily Beast states she earns $ 400K plus there are questionable expense reimbursements from 2007 - 2009 of over $ 133K for speech writing expenses, certain travel and office costs during a time that she was a "federal employee" serving as Chief of Protocol at the State Department. According to this report , "At the Komen foundation, as the chief executive officer and founder, Brinker is approved for first-class travel, according to the foundation’s tax records. . . Says one former employee: “How many mammograms could you buy for those first-class tickets?”

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3

Donor

Rating: 1

Wow, tough spot you are in. You've manage to anger both womens' reproductive rights advocates, as well as the nutbars that think they can tell another human being what to do with her body. The resignation of Nancy Brinker is the only way to salvage this thing.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

Sad to see you fall to the pressure of left-wing extremists!

4

Donor

Rating: 1

Well you must decide what sorts of organizations you wish to get in bed with. By your recent decision to re-up with Planned Parenthood, you've decided to get in bed with perhaps the most execrable, disgusting, wicked organization on the planet, one that killed nearly 400,000 unborn children last year. You've taken my last donation to your organization. Good luck with that.

2 LordPexton

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

"29 out ot 38 worldwide epidemiological studies show an increased
risk of breat cancer of approximately 30% among women who have had an abortion"
In 1986, government scientists wrote a letter to the British journal Lancet and acknowledged that abortion is a cause of breast cancer. They wrote, "Induced abortion before first term pregnancy increases the risk of breast cancer." (Lancet, 2/22/86, p. 436)
As of 2006, eight medical organizations recognize that abortion raises a woman's risk for breast cancer, independently of the risk of delaying the birth of a first child (a secondary effect that all experts already acknowledge). Please answer this: Why would the largest fundraiser for a Breast Cancer cure fund the largest provider of abortions - one of the most significant causes of the same disease they are seeking to cure?

1

Donor

Rating: 1

I have been a long-term supporter of your organization, out of respect for the bravery my grandmother showed in confronting and overcoming breast cancer. She remained positive and believed in her ability to overcome this horrible disease, just like countless other breast cancer survivors -- but also like those who fought the good fight only to courageously lose it. What you have done is a dishonor to each and every one of these individuals. You allowed an important mission to be railroaded by what appears to be one person's political agenda. In doing that, you politicized and compromised your mission. Until I see evidence of better judgment, sound business practices, and a sincere commitment to eradicating breast cancer, I can no longer support you. This was not a decision I made lightly.

Donor

Rating: 1

i am very disappointed that they would put politics ahead of breast health. I no longer believe that I can support this organization's LT strategic goals.

Donor

Rating: 1

Cowards. You made a proper decision to stop supporting abortion proponents, then you caved to the pressure they and their bloody boosters put on you. You compromised your principles, either initially or subsequently. In either case, no money ever again from me.

Volunteer

Rating: 1

After playing politics recently, you've lost me as any kind of volunteer or donor. My money is going where it can do direct good: Planned Parenthood.

Volunteer

Rating: 1

no more volunteering for Komen! You now are exposed as a right-wing front!

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Donor

Rating: 1

I have been a donor and supporter of Koman for at least 8 years. I had believed that support of patients, survivors and research was done with fact based information and support services being more important than Koman or ideology. Not So. Koman has hired top managers who have more concern for their religious believes and political views than they do for womens health. These people were not hired blindly! Komen is using my donations to pay these people, so I will not again donate to Koman unless it purges itself of all top leadership and refocuses on supporting women and not some religious / political power grab. I can no longer know for sure how my dollars are spent. I will give elsewhere. peace - jimr

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2

Donor

Rating: 1

so now sbk is on a witch hunt to purge republican leaning employees. Will you people never learn? Stay out of politics!!! Forcing an employee to resign for their politics is just as bad as denying pp for politics. This organization has become a sham for big business and politicians. And why do they not rebut anything here? For the same reason that they have shut down all criticism on their own message boards. I am so angry for being dupped by this organization for years - my head could explode.

Natalie A.

Donor

Rating: 1

Well after all of the recent events have shown a bright spot light on them I will never...and I mean never buy a pink ribbon anything...nor will I give or walk ever again...I can't believe what they have been doing...I feel ripped off and I want my donation back...

1

Donor

Rating: 1

I will no longer support Susan G. Komen. The decision to not fund Planned Parenthood because it was under investigation has been shown to be politically motivated. For example, there are other organizations that Susan G. Komen continues to fund yet are currently under investigation (e.g., Yale University, Penn State, Harvard). If Susan G. Komen really did not want to fund organizations that are under investigation then they would not fund these other organizations as well. I will find another breast cancer non-profit to support. I don't care that Susan G. Komen reversed its decision to block funding to Planned Parenthood. I no longer trust the people running the organization.

1

Donor

Rating: 1

I will never donate to SGK again. Political agenda, misuse of funds to sue smaller non-profits over the use of the term "the cure". REALLY? That's where the money goes to, to sue other charities to 'protect the brand'?! Despicable. They should have their non-profit status pulled for that! And Nancy Brinker making $417,171 per year (the next top five execs pull in over $200k each!). Time to pull the lid off this scam organization. I'll give my money to better charities (American Cancer Society for example)

1 pathdoc

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 1

The organization is biased and not a good steward of its funds.

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3

Donor

Rating: 1

In light of recent events (2012), it is time for Charity Navigator to take a hard look at the actions of this reprehensible organization. The Komen Foundation is not working in service of its mission, rather, it has politicized and capitalized upon the suffering of women and their families. The actions of the leadership (particularly the Vice President) have endangered the organization, potentially putting it at risk of losing its 501(c)3 designation. Furthermore, Komen's fundraising strategy of marketing any and all products with a pink ribbon (pink handgun anyone?) has put them in bed with companies who produce items known to cause cancer-- Komen's Pink Ribbon perfume contains chemicals knowns to cause cancer. They have exerted significant influence in limiting public access to information on the cuases, and cures for cancer. This organization has spent a significant part of its budget and staff time taking legal action against any other organization that dare use the term "For the Cure" in their marketing. NONE of these actions speak of an organization worth one dollar of your hard earned money. Give local, and pass on donating to this corporation masquerading as a charity.

2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

When you donate money to any organization, you trust that the organization will impose certain criteria in deciding how those funds will be used and that the organization will also ensure that those funds are only used appropriately. It appears that Komen's criteria for granting funds is that the grantee may not be under investigation. Rules like this exist within organizations in order to force fiduciary duty and not allow subjective bias and/or emotions (or politics) to cloud decision making. The management of Komen reports to a board of directors, and as such, must act in accordance with its policies and procedures, which is exactly what they did. So the issue, therefore, is that the criteria needed to be changed to allow more case-by-case discernment. This case perhaps should've involved more examination by the management and board to determine if the "investigation" criteria was met in its intended form, but nevertheless, the criteria was there to protect Komen and its donors from misuse of funds, scandal, PR disasters, etc, and that sounds rather responsible to me - not political. I do not have anything against Planned Parenthood, but I do not believe that Komen acted politically either. Instead I believe that they acted according to rules designed to protect donor funds and advance the mission. Komen does a lot of wonderful things and is the number one promoter of women's breast health in this country. I think it's shameful to allow political media to cloud out the accomplishments of such a wonderful organization.

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4

Volunteer

Rating: 1

I am withdrawing my participation in the 2012 Boston 3Day and all future support for Komen unless Komen is able to reaffirm it's apolitical commitment to women's healthcare. This would require the immediate termination of Karen Handel and all other members of the Komen board whose extremist political agendas threaten to derail the 30 years of tremendous, politics-free good that Komen has done. Planned Parenthood is, was, and will continue to be the best way for ANY women without health insurance in this country to access reproductive healthcare, including breast cancer prevention and treatment. The overwhelming majority of Komen supporters are Planned Parenthood supporters. If you do not ACTIVELY support Planned Parenthood going forward, we will not support you. You have forced this upon yourselves. We have made it very clear to you where we stand on this issue. Now you have to choose. Will you stand with your base and the amazing brand they have helped you build for 30 years, or will you side with a political extremist who had thrown you, and us, under the bus to advance her political career. Your choice.

2

Donor

Rating: 1

Wish there was a choice of former donor! Here's what Komen needs to do to win back my support: CLEAN HOUSE by getting rid of staff who care more about politics than women's health: EMPOWER health advocates & professionals by hiring more senior leadership from that background; BACK OFF other crazy political decisions like stem cell research ban. It's sad that they have so betrayed their own mission.

2

Donor

Rating: 1

You lost my money because of your politicizing health concerns.

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9

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 1

I have been an oncology nurse for 20 years. I have been very uncomfortable with the Komen Foundation for a long time. I believe the pink ribbon campaign blurs the line between corporate sponsorship and using breast cancer to sell products. Komen completely marginalizes male breast cancer patients treating breast cancer as only a women's disease. 2000 men a year are diagnosed with breast cancer. They are not only having to cope with cancer but also the stigma of having a "women's disease".The most egregious thing that they do is promote the 3 Day Walk which this year is requiring each walker(even cancer survivors) to raise $2300.

7

Donor

Rating: 1

I will never donate to this foundation again. I cannot believe so little money is actually used to fund cancer research. With this foundation pretty much everywhere you turn in the United States, there should already have been a cure. But, 16 people in the foundation are paid almost 4 million dollars a year. 4 MILLION DOLLARS FOR 16 PEOPLE. Disgusting.

3

Volunteer

Rating: 1

I am so very disappointed in how the foundation has stepped into politics like this. The goal should be to help people fight breast cancer. Planned Parenthood spends 14.5% of it's money on cancer screening and prevention, 3% on abortion. This used to be a non-profit with a stellar reputation. The way it handled the whole mess---with two different stories about why they were cutting funding--- shows a lack of transparency. If you want to be political organization, be honest about it. If you want to save lives, then leave the politics out of it. But don't assume your donors are stupid. We are not. (And many of us won't be donors again, either)

6

Donor

Rating: 1

Given recent events MUCH more scrutiny needs to go into assessing where SGK is putting their money and who is benefiting. The fact that they oppose stem cell research and their recent attempt to defund Planned Parenthood has made it VERY CLEAR that they are operating from a political agenda--the hiring of V.P. Karen Handel is confirmation of that. Politics has no place in research or providing heath care services so SGK will never receive donations from me again. They have shown their true colors and it's not "Pretty in Pink"...it's partisan politics.

10 Jackie N.

Donor

Rating: 1

I have walked in the Susan G Komen 3-Day in San Diego and supported a team of walkers for the last three years. I will never give to this organization again. 1. They require an exorbitant amount ($2300!) for event participation and afterward have a history of holding donations and making it hard for walkers to meet fundraising deadlines. It happened to me personally in 2009. 2. The organization which purports to be about a cure should spend more than 20% supporting research. 3. A credible national non-profit would not be wasting money on frivolous lawsuits suing small non-profits for their use of the phrase 'for the cure'. 4. Finally, their decisions to cease funding stem cell research and Planned Parenthood's' breast screenings for low income women seals the deal for me. Even though they later reversed the decision to fund PP they are not committed to funding the exams in the future and it seems like they are more about politics than women. Cancer is not about left or right, both breasts get it just the same. They are not about a cure, and as such, they do not deserve my money.

8

Volunteer

Rating: 1

Is Komen using your donations wisely? Ask the local mom-n-pop charities who have been contacted (i.e. threatened) by Komen's lawyers over use of "the cure." Do a Google search for "Susan G. Komen Foundation Elbows Out Charities Over Use Of The Word 'Cure'" Koman has lost its way and has become a corporation more concerned about branding and protecting its "market share." Donate your money to smaller local organizations and you'll get a better bang of for your buck!

2

Donor

Rating: 1

No more donations to KOMEN ever. Particularly galling was reading that they're opposing ALL STEM CELL research and have pulled funding from various research centers for same...which clearly informs us that they could not possibly be interested in "finding a cure" for much of anything. Along with their 81% "overhead"...they belong in the dumpster along with Ari, Handel, Karl and the rest of these political Opportunists.. and good riddence...Health care is too critical to further politicize --take PROFIT out of humane quality health care for all.

3

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 1

The Susan G Komen foundation's size has made it insular in policy making and understanding its constituents - the beneficiaries of its services, its donors, and the general public. By hiring strongly politically aligned executives such as Karen Handel, SVP of Public Policy, the organization has lost its way and demonstrated it is unable to be objective and stand true to its mission of breast cancer cure and care. The low rating assigned reflects my current observation and not an indicator of its past performance or future potential. The foundation continues to handle the situation in a bad way by retaining executives that were responsible for a series of missteps and has not shown potential for cleaning up its corporate governance.

5

Donor

Rating: 1

The recent events offer a good lesson in the need to check out charities (especially large ones) and not just accept their PR statement and past history. Changes can be made quickly, and sometimes not even made public. Henceforth I shall always check out the spending of charities, especially administrative costs and political focus. And despite the potential course reversal to support Planned Parenthood, I will now make my woman's health donations to smaller local charities. This one is too big to be properly accountable.