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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

32 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

5

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 1

I'm a nurse and I work in cancer treatment. You can say it's not political all you want, but that doesn't make it true. It makes you a liar on top of everything else. Republican gubernatorial candidate who promises to defund Planned Parenthood joins your team. Planned Parenthood is subsequently defunded. People may die because of your decision. I'm done with with cash donations, I'm done with the walks.

2

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 1

Once again an organization's national leadership with their personalized agenda trash the efforts of local staff and volunteers. I am now unsubscripted from Susan G. Komen. I pick and choose my activities to work with and I am sure I can find others who better support woman in their efforts to battle breast cancer.

1

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 1

The decision to bring a right wing political agenda into the Foundation's funding allocations brings shame on the the entire Komen organization. In my 30+ years in working with major NGOs, I have never seen such heavy-handed politically motivated actions. This should call into question anyone's thinking about giving any more money to the Foundation or participating in any of their activities. Their very unusual action to defund Planned Parenthood inspired me to look at their Form 990. I was shocked to see how much of the contributions go to salaries, benefits, and operating expenses and how little goes to research or service provision. Looks like a great place to work and have a good life, but it does not effectively utilize the money it is given for the purposes of the mission. I am recommending to all of my associates and friends to avoid the Komen Foundation going forward.

Review from Guidestar

7

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 1

So...only women with health insurance and/or money deserve cancer screenings? Way to show you are "pro-life". My annual contribution to Komen's RFTC is going to Planned Parenthood from now on.

7

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 1

What a shameful, politically motivated move by Susan G Komen to cut off funding to Planned Parenthood. As a PhD with a specialty in Oncology, I know the importance of early detection. Women go where they feel comfortable and where they know they get good quality care. For many women, that place is Planned Parenthood. With this action, SGK ensures that many women will be diagnosed when it's too late to do anything. I will no longer donate any money to SGK nor participate in any of it's activities. My money will go to organizations actually interested in the health of women and not making political statements.

4

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 1

As a health care provider for low income women, I find the action of the Komen Foundation to remove grant funding from Planned Parenthood despicable and politically motivated. Planned Parenthood centers care for low income women at greatest risk for late detection of cancers. Planned Parenthood needs your donations- Komen does not.

12 Keith234

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 1

As a scientist myself I've taken the time to look into the research the Komen foundation funds and nearly all of it goes to the interest of pharmaceutical companies. The continue to help companies fund research to patent new chemotheraputic drugs while ignoring any serious competition such as the Burzynski clinic. At the same time the CEO owns stock in pharmaceutical companies she's giving grants to, and these companies always get to patent the drug the Komen foundation helps them research. If the Komen foundation cared about curing cancer they wouldn't let for profit companies keep patents.

Review from CharityNavigator

8

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 1

I dont understand why this charity received such a high rating here, especially for its financials.

This charity puts itself out there as being "for the cure" yet such a minuscule amount of their expenditures is towards the very research that they claim to be built around that they should receive a 1 star rating here.

Looking at their financial reports, their overhead costs are high and they spend most of their money on education and screening. While those are certainly worthy things, they are not "for the cure".

This charity is not sufficiently transparent with it's donors about how the money is spent. If you were to ask a dozen participants in a "Race for the Cure" event, why they were participating, few would point to funding education programs. They'd point to funding research, which is no longer a priority for this charity.

Review from CharityNavigator

10 Julie2345678910

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 1

Shocked!! Organization took in $135 Million in 2010, provided grants for research, education & screening of $74 Million and a paltry $10,000 (yes, only ten thousand dollars) in grants to individuals in the USA. The remaining millions were used to pay contractors (other expenses line items) and employees (many in the high 6 figure income bracket). Shameful, absolutely shameful.

Review from Guidestar

2

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 1

Pauline -

Many of the people "involved" with Komen have no idea how the money is actually spent. Sure, you're told certain things. Sure, it feels good to work for a big non-profit. But if you actually READ their 990 forms, it will sicken you.

They give $1,000$ to random people without even having their full name, address, etc. They will label it as "education". But my aunt calls asking for assistance, and is told "we don't give directly to the public". This sickened her and my whole family.

They have over $15,000,000.00 in payroll expense. That sickens me even more. Sure, Komen was founded for great reasons, for great goals. But now it's just a big greed machine, and it's sickening.

Review from Guidestar

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 1

Would you continue to donate if you knew Komen only puts 20% of your money into research for the cure? I hope not. Find an organization where your money is actually spent on finding a cure.

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