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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

205 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

9

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

33

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

30

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!

25

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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6

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.

Review from CharityNavigator

12

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.

Review from CharityNavigator

7

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

9

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

1

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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14 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!

Review from CharityNavigator

7 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.

Review from CharityNavigator

5

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.

Review from CharityNavigator

5

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.

6

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.

Review from CharityNavigator

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.

Review from CharityNavigator

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?”

Review from CharityNavigator

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

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

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

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.

Review from Guidestar