81% overhead cost and political shenanigans including Planned Parenthood debacle, intimidating smaller charities who share common goals with litigious threats, and shilling endorsements to the worst companies in america make Komen For The Cure a terrible waste of donations.
Review from Guidestar
The genie is out of the bottle-this "charity" ignores its own mission statement for political reasons. Not only have they defunded breast exams from Planned Parenthood, but they have also defunded research grants to esteemed organizations like Johns Hopkins because JH does stem cell research. What kind of charity hires a "senior policy advisor" who failed as a gubenatorial candidate, and whose platform was to defund Planned Parenthood? This is supposed to be about ending breast cancer, not a right wing politically driven agenda.
Review from Guidestar
Extremely disappointing. They recently revoked funding from a women's health organization, Planned Parenthood, which would have paid for thousands of breast cancer screenings. This money was specifically earmarked for breast cancer support, NOT abortions, so revoking it does nothing but hurt women who could otherwise have been screened for cancer. The SGK Foundation is more interested in protecting their brand identity and getting money than in actually serving women's health.
Review from Guidestar
I used to love SGK. I did the Race, and also encouraged over 100 fellow employees to join me for each of five years. I've lost family and dear friends to breast cancer. I'm also a Republican, and a woman. And...one of the 1 out of 5 who were helped by Planned Parenthood, when I was young, single, uninsured, and making a small salary. Now I am none of those, and I can give my money where I choose. The past few days have been full of revelations about SGK, the least of which are the enormously bloated salaries, the whopping administrative expenses, the shockingly small amount actually spent on research, the disgusting partnership with KFC, the carcinogenic perfume, and...meddling in politics. They can lie all they want, but nobody is really so stupid as to believe them. Just read their internal memos, which are available on the Web. They deserve to lose their non-profit status immediately. They have clearly violated the terms of the IRS rules. How arrogant to think that they could get away with this.
Horrible decision-making based around a political agenda, spearheaded by Brinker and Handel, both hell bent on causing as much damage to Planned Parenthood, affecting 20% of American women that PP serves. SGK foundation's recent actions prove they favor politics and militant political agendas of a few niche groups over the health and welfare of millions of women, who need medical and health assistance--often lifesaving.
Good idea to reverse your decision. Unfortunately, the right wing reactionaries on your board remain.
Well now that SBK has changed their mind. Largely because "Money Talks," bull S_ _ _ walks. Are you all going to change your mind and tell everyone how great that organization is.
I have walked for Susan Koman, I have donated but I will not in the future. They lost their way when they allowed politics to cloud their mission. Our government has become dysfunctional due to right wing politics who have tried to "bully" their agenda. There is no place in healthcare for bullies!
Nancy Brinker, head of this racket, pays herself 450k a year, courtesy of your donations. She's a multi-millionaire now, thanks to the generosity of donors. But she's not selfish, she's been contributing many hundreds of thousands of dollars to the far-right - the RNC, George W. Bush, even Rick Santorum.
Komen's good will was built over years and squandered overnight by right wing extremism. Nice work. And those responsible are STILL on the board?
Fire Karen Handel. She hurts your ability to raise money for a good cause.
Politics should never trump fighting cancer. You lost sight of your mission.
So disgusted with SGK for abandoning low-income women. Shady, shady, shady. Even though they have reversed their stance on funding PP, it's clear that conservative politics will continue to guide their charity. Peace out SGK - I've jumped ship!
Watch how carefully they worded the so-called apology. They are not committing to provide future $. My money will now go to other charities. Also boycotting their corporate sponsors.
I will not give one thin dime to this organization until they get rid of Karen Handler, Nancy Brinker and the entire board for voting for this idiocy. Not to mention that they've haven't reversed their decision to cut funding for orgs that do stem cell research.
They cut off funding this year to the following cancer research centers:
1) Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
2) The University of Kansas Medical Center
3) The US National Cancer Institute
4) The Society for Women's Health Research and Yale University.
If they restore this funding and get back to trying to HELP SOLVE THE DAMN CANCER EPIDEMIC then and only then we should lift the boycott on this group.
I looked into this charity after it severed ties with Planned Parenthood only to reverse itself the next day when it realized that it impacted its image and hence donations. In the meantime, I looked at its 2010 federal tax return. It raised $209 million in revenue in 2010 BUT only paid out $76 million to the charitable purpose it was established for. That's about 36 cents on the dollar. Meanwhile, board members and executives are living the high life. The CEO Nancy Brinker gets paid a cool $417,171 plus whatever perks that goes along with it. The former CEO Hala Moddelmog got paid $277,864 for doing no work whatsoever. A golden parachute perhaps? It's like donating money to Goldman Sachs.
I think they are just out for the money. I really don't think they have accomplished anything at all. As a cancer survivor I am very angry at how they do all this fundraising and never show anything for it. I certainly don't think they deserve a 4 star rating. I think all the money that people send them could be better spent.
I am very disappointed that they caved to pressure. I thought Susan G. Komen made an excellent choice in defunding Planned Parenthood. PP does not provide mammograms or other breast cancer related health services to women, so why should SGK support them? Letting the money go where it's actually needed would be a good decision!
Review from Guidestar
The heads of this organization don't seem to follow their true mission and give in to the liberal media wrath. They have shown themselves not to be true fighters to the end against cancer, but just one more charity that wants to get all it can get and damn the donors and benifactors/survivors morals.
Review from CharityNavigator
Great cause, poorly led and run organization. Sad when people loose focus on what is important for personal agendas outside of the cause