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Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, Inc., National Office

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Nonprofit Overview

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

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I applaud this organization for pulling funding from Planned Parenthood. Please do not cave in to pressure from the public, but stand true to the convictions that led you to this controversial decision. Yes, Planned Parenthood has services other than providing abortions and has helped countless people by such services. But the truth is that they are killing unborn children. Would you support a murderer because he helped his wife by paying for a mammogram? Is he a totally evil person without any moral principles? No! He is still a murderer and must be punished. Think about it.

Review from Guidestar

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

This is a right-wing nut-job organization that is more interested in politics than helping women in need. They are hurting poor uninsured women, and they don't care! They absolutely don't need our support. Give your money elsewhere. Did you know that Brinker is a huge Bush fundraiser (she raised millions for him), and that Karen Handel is a Palin-endorsed politico who openly stated that her mission is to stop PP? Think twice before you give them even a penny.

3 Richard25

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

Decision not to support planned parenthood breast cancer screenings means more women will suffer and die. There is no way I will support this.

Review from Guidestar

3 Paula D.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Great organization with values! Spreading the word about a very dangerous cancer - helping save lives!

Review from Guidestar

4 Esther R.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

I can't in good conscience support this organization after their reversal on giving to Planned Parenthood. I thought their desire was to fulfill their fiduciary duty to their donors by not funding grant applications made by organizations under investigation. I guess they don't really care about their donors after all.

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

I stopped donating to SGK when they did not heed my requests for only one solicitation per year - hate to see money wasted on mulitple mailings when I only give once per year - and when they sued another organization for using similar slogans and/or pink ribbons to raise funds for breast cancer - why would you waste money on that lawsuit when both of your organizations' goals are to decrease breast cancer deaths? They have dug themselves deeper into my doghouse now by withdrawing support for Planned Parenthood's breast care program - a program that saves lives of women who may have no affordable alternative for screening and care.

Review from CharityNavigator

2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

I used to run for the cure, but no more. Since SGK has defunded Planned Parenthood for support of breast cancer screenings, I cannot in good conscience do anything to support SGK. Their decision deprives women of life saving screenings. That doesn't sound "charitable," or even humanitarian to me. I won't support your anti-woman agenda. Good bye SGK.

Review from Guidestar

2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Thank you SGK! I'll be donating more to your non-profit this year! Keep up the good work!

3 Richard K.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

Cancer is not a political football. Komen management has shown disregard for their own mission statement in regard to Planned Parenthood. Additionally, a relatively small percentage of the donations to this organization make it into research.

Review from Guidestar

5

General Member of the Public

Rating: 2

This organization clearly puts politics and gameplaying above the needs of its clients -- judging from both current events and from their long-term efforts to prevent serious research into the environmental causes of cancer. Put your money elsewhere.

Review from CharityNavigator

5

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

I had only praise about this foundation, until I have found out that they succumbed to Christian propaganda and would rather see women suffer and die. How could anyone support a far-wing Christian fundamentalist foundation which is now more interested in things that have no connection to their stated purpose? Please donate your money to foundations and NGO's that are worthy.

3 April A.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Your goal to help women in need has not changed! Thank you for your continued financial support of organizations which provide mammograms directly to women who can not afford them!

7

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

This is not a time or venue for politicking and the Susan G. Komen foundation is doing exactly that. It's a pity for America that the discourse is being hijacked by propaganda.

5

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

And, if you can stomach listening to what the SGK has to say for itself, see video of MSNBC interview at SGK website. And feel free to leave a comment!
@3:59. Mitchell: "Look at your Facebook page. Your Facebook page has people cutting pink ribbons in half."
@4:04. Brinker: "All I can tell you is that the responses we're getting are very, very favorable."
"Very, very favorable"?! Yeah, right. Peruse the SGK Facebook page, dear reader, and see for yourself. Given Brinker's obvious and blatant mischaracterization of Facebook comments, why should anyone believe her other claims?
https://www.facebook.com/#!/susangkomenforthecure?sk=wall

2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

Shameful and Disgusting, words fail me at how to describe the transparently anti-choice political message that SGK is now promoting.

2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

SGK has sold out. I no longer believe their goal is find a cure for breast cancer. Their goal now is to make as much money exploiting women who've died of cancer, are fighting cancer, have survived cancer and who are scared of getting it. I don't believe they really give a damn if we all die from it as long as they can wring a nickel out of it. I will support Planned Parenthood. I will never donate another dime to SKG or any product with that name on it.

2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

I am deeply upset by the board members of the Susan G. Komen foundation for their removal of funding for Planned Parenthood. I vow to never support the Susan G. Komen foundation, its affiliates, or its endorsers. Shame on them for bowing in the face of this religious war. Shame on them for discriminating against those in need.

2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

The Susan G. Komen for the Cure Foundation is a quasi-political (conservative, Republican and anti-choice) organization operating under the guise of funding breast cancer research. It's funding decisions and priorities appear positioned to appeal to vehemently anti-choice organizations and and cultivate political influence and power within conservative political circles. Don't be fooled by the costly and massive branding campaigns and (now dwindling) corporate sponsors. If you're interested in funding breast cancer research and prevention, look to donate to other national organizations and regional/local healthcare providers.

Review from Guidestar

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

You should have kept funding Planned Parenthood. Terrible mistake on your part.

Review from Guidestar

5

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

My wife works with some women engaged in high profile fund raising and sponsorship. Told her about the events of the last few days and she scheduled a meeting for me to tell the entire group. If I can sink a few hundred thou to Susan Komen foundation I'm gonna do it and ask that they spend their funds elsewhere...