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

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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

672 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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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

43

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.

40

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/

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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.

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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.

Review from Guidestar

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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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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.

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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?

Review from Guidestar

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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!

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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.

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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!

Review from CharityNavigator

5 Linda63

Donor

Rating: 5

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

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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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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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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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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

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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.

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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

11 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!!!!!!!!!!

5 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.