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 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.
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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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.
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.
no more volunteering for Komen! You now are exposed as a right-wing front!
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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.
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)
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!
Having been involved in many of the October Breast Cancer Awareness events, I feel both used and betrayed by the recent actions of SGK to defund Planned Parenthood. And even more appalled that there is no posts on this web site.
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Will not volunteer again - this organization cares more about Christian demagoguery than ensuring broad availability of breast cancer screenings. Let's walk to raise awareness of *that* !
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I gave so much time, energy, and raised thousands of dollars for this organization - for ALL women, not just some. This debacle was obviously political, the apologies obviously fake, and I feel my trust is broken. I had no problem walking in the 3-Day alongside people who believed differently than I do about other issues, but I have a major problem when it comes to giving care to only certain privileged groups of people. I don't care if SGK says it's not about politics - they MADE it about politics. I will no longer support them. Hard lessons suck, don't they?
I love SGK, funding of Planned parenthood is stupid. PP could save money spent on abortions and provide many more preventative services.
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As a cancer survivor I supported SGK because I felt it had the interests of helping all women with early detection and hopefully a cure. Now I find out that its Board of Directors have a right-wing agenda and even worse, their financial statements indicate thta a large amount of their funding is spent on paid employees and advertising, not in direct funding of research or organizations such as Planned Parenthood who provide services to women in need of health care. As a volunteer in another national non-profit that operates by turning 95% of our revenue back to direct community services, I find this appalling. I won't be sending SGK any money in the future!
You lost sight of your mission which is to fight breast cancer. Wading into the denial rights to women is just silly.
I will NEVER give anything to this organization again. I feel so used and abused. How they could've allowed themselves to be taken over by political extremists is beyond comprehension. I have donated money to Planned Parenthood today in the name of all women who simply want dignity to make their own choices about their bodies and not have anyone else tell them what they can or can not do. We will never go back regardless of how hard the zealots push us.
I helped with one of their Runs for the Cure. But after their choice to pull stem cell research and funding from PP, I will no longer be supporting this group or buying any products with their propaganda. I was also shocked that they have political contributions equal to what they pulled. To me, this means this is no longer a charity. It's just another Super-Pac. And if I want to donate to a political campaign I will do so. Not be tricked into doing it, thinking I'm helping research.
Planned Parenthood is a $1 billion-per-year enterprise, Komen’s annual budget approaches $100 million. The discontinuing of some $600,000 in grants from the latter to the former will not mean a mass of women go unscreened, as Planned Parenthood does not do any screening other than hands on....with their hands. Why does that require even $1 that could be spent on mammograms? Not just "referrals" to mammograms, which, if a low income customer with need to be paid for, NOT by Planned Parenthood. Go figure.
SGK is not a charitable organization; it is a Christian Right/Republican Conservative money making machine designed to enrich its top executives and help push propaganda. It cares very little for women (as evidenced by its actions, including cutting funding for Planned Parenthood) and it's "pro-life" pretext is absurd. I will NEVER volunteer for this organization again, nor will I give my money to other volunteers.