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
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.
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/
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.
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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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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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.
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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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!
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.