I'm done with the Komen Foundation. The fact they have cut off funding of breast exams in Planned Parenthood facilities shows a disregard for women. No more money, not even pocket change. I'll now donate to Planned Parenthood.
Review from CharityNavigator
This charity is politically motivated and has discontinued funding to Planned Parenthood which was dedicated funding for breast cancer screening thus putting politics above women's health.
Review from Guidestar
I am glad to read that others are concerned about this organization as well. Here's what I have to say. A best friend of mine contacted the SGK foundation and she's a Breast Cancer Survivor, when her young daughter (25 yrs old) who is under insured had signs of early BC, she contacted SGK and requested some financial assistance for her daughter to get it checked out. The SGK representative told her that "they don't help people in her zip code." I was furious when I heard this and called the foundation myself to see what they would say when I gave them a similar situation, they too told me that they didn't help people in my zip code.
So I emailed the SGK foundation myself and requested to find out how much money had been raised in my area (Zip code) through the walks and other events. They refused to comment and i messaged them back asking them: "How can you take money out of this community through your run/walk events and NOT give money back to help people in this area?" I never got a response back and I refuse to support this cause because of it. I will buy NOTHING with pink ribbons on it, or anything that supports this cause. This is atrocious and horrible.
My friend is on Section 8, low income and disabled, her daughter takes care of her and although they live in a richer area, they are very poor and in need of help. They didn't get any from this ORG!
This is just unacceptable!
They don't even deserve one star!
Review from CharityNavigator
I am glad to read the comments below. For myself the red flag was raised when a friend wanted me to walk with her. It would cost ME to walk and then raise money for THEM. HUH ???? I found a charity rating on line that said over 90% of the money raised did NOT go to research , but administrative and the like. It's just another business. Much like MADD. I sent them an email asking the person who was reading mine, how could you work for such an organization that rips people off in the name of the sick and dieing? Of course I got NO response. No defence either. Proved my point :( Further more, I would bet that CEO sister gets most of her lifestyle paid for through the org.. Even though she is taking NO salery. Deb Hendel
Review from CharityNavigator
My criticism of this organization is that it relies more on marketing and less on science. In answer to the person who was unhappy with contributions to Planned Parenthood, I'm afraid your convoluted argument that there is a high incidence of breast cancer among women who have had abortions (or miscarriages) is untrue. The claim has been disproven over many years. See the National Cancer most recent report on scientific findings below:
The relationship between induced and spontaneous abortion and breast cancer risk has been the subject of extensive research beginning in the late 1950s. Until the mid-1990s, the evidence was inconsistent. Findings from some studies suggested there was no increase in risk of breast cancer among women who had had an abortion, while findings from other studies suggested there was an increased risk. Most of these studies, however, were flawed in a number of ways that can lead to unreliable results. Only a small number of women were included in many of these studies, and for most, the data were collected only after breast cancer had been diagnosed, and women’s histories of miscarriage and abortion were based on their “self-report” rather than on their medical records. Since then, better-designed studies have been conducted. These newer studies examined large numbers of women, collected data before breast cancer was found, and gathered medical history information from medical records rather than simply from self-reports, thereby generating more reliable findings. The newer studies consistently showed no association between induced and spontaneous abortions and breast cancer risk."
However, as far as SBK's larger goal of fighting breast cancer, I personally feel there are other organizations doing a much better job, where my dollars will directly and more positively impact the lives of people with cancer.
In 2009 SBK gave over $700,000 to Planned Parenthood.
In 2010 SBK gave over $500,000 to Planned Parenthood.
This has been done under the guise that PP does mammograms.
This rarely if ever takes place.
Individuals who choose to have an abortion are shown to have a higher incidence for breast cancer.
SBK started out great but bigger has not made them better.
Ive done the race for years and am just sick of hearing about my money going to sue some poor charity because they are using the words "the cure" - I mean REALLY? what a fricken waste of money.
SGK is not the only organization whose fundraising contracts require a minimum amount for "pledge" driven campaign events. I understand Theresa feels that Komen made her less than worthy because she did not know about the minimum requirement to raise. However, before signing up as a pledge fundraiser for any organization, one should ALWAYS inquire into minimum funds raised requirements. Furthermore, always read any contract before signing it. Once signed, most legal contracts are deemed VALID and BINDING, unless a rescission period (usually of first three days) exists, after which time the contract then becomes binding. The simple fact is numerous organizations have found pledge fundraising as a useful technique and many either require, or encourage a minimum amount of funds raised to participate as "fundraiser" rather than a participant.
Because Susan G. Komen for the Cure is one of the oldest non-governmental organizations raising awareness for breast cancer research all over the world, I guess it’s easy for skeptics to take shots. However, having seen and heard first-hand at the Race for the Cure from women and families who have been helped by their community programs and the treatments that have resulted from their research projects over the decades, I believe that Susan G. Komen is putting its funds where it does the most good. Perhaps those who have been given a second chance are not writing reviews – but they’re living vibrant lives, thanks to the compassion and dedication of those on the front lines and behind the scenes at Susan G. Komen.
SGK started with a great cause and a great goal. The money now goes to office expenses, inflated salaries and luxury travel - oh yeah, and legal fees for frivolous law suits, initiated by SGK . 20% of the funds are used for "the cure". That is false advertising!
SGK is suing, amongst others, a little girls foundation who is trying to help, for the use of the "for the cure" phrase. Give me a break! The use of this phrase doesn't create confusion as Susan G. Komen is the group where the money goes to.
I am disgusted!