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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

335 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

3

Donor

Rating: 1

Frankly, it doesn't matter what the politics of sbk are. The point is that there should not be any politics period in an organzation like this. First they cave in to the right wing crazies then two days later to the left wing reactionaries. If you are in favor of pph then give them your money directly. If not, then give to another organzation - anyone but sbk. They can no longer be trustedt to manage my donations.

2

Donor

Rating: 1

The organization clearly does not have clear goals or strong leaders. The fact that they pulled funding from Planned Parenthood, an organization that provides lifesaving healthcare to women in poor and under-served communities, was a politically driven decision. It showed that they lack conviction in what was supposed to be their core mission of saving women's lives. Now, they have changed their decision, again due to political and media pressure. This was the right thing to do, but it again shows that the organization is being poorly managed.

3

Donor

Rating: 1

I have heard of mission drift, but this is mission hijacking! I think the market for pink baubles is saturated and my money will go to more focused organizations.

1

Donor

Rating: 1

Sad to see a charity I've supported over the years make such a bad decision. The executives and the board of directors ought to resign and make room for new people. Restoring funding to Planned Parenthood is the right move, but I've lost confidence in the current leadership.

5

Donor

Rating: 1

What a disappointing and disgusting display of right wing nut politics this week. I am so sorry I ever supported SGK. The more I read about the organization the more repulsed I am. Never again. My $$ will go directly to PP from now on.

2

Donor

Rating: 1

No longer willing to help a cause that does not support women no matter what your religious belief is. I will support PP directly. Shame on you SGK and the overpaid executives that run you.

2

Donor

Rating: 1

This charity is expressing political opinions which has no place in healthcare of women. No more money!!

5

Donor

Rating: 1

I will no longer be donating to this sham of a "charity". How dare you put thousands of women at risk just to fulfill your conservative boards' politics! CANCER DOES NOT CARE ABOUT POLITICS. I will be donating to Planned Parenthood directly now, and will be boycotting any Komen fundraising efforts, events, and products, as well as their sponsors.

3

Donor

Rating: 1

I've supported Susan G. Komen for the Cure previously, but now will not support them and will actively campaign for people to support Livestrong instead for several reasons. First and foremost, Susan Komen's sister, CEO of her foundation Nancy Brinker, takes a $500,000+ annual salary which is funded by donations to SKG, while usurping SKG's name and memory for profit. Second, SKG uses donations to sue and strongarm anyone using the phrase "For the Cure" for other causes to raise awareness and fund research for breast cancer and other diseases. Finally, SKG has politicized their organization by discontinuing their support of Planned Parenthood. I feel terribly for Susan G. Komen that her name has been sullied by the actions of her sister and the SKG for the Cure organization. Please support Livestrong, the American Cancer Society, LLS or ANY OTHER organization that uses their funds for cancer research, not to politicize and pad the pockets of their executives.

3

Donor

Rating: 3

I have walked in the past and supported SGK with donations but no longer. They say they were not influenced by right wing politics, however they also quietly defunded stem cell research to several major medical schools and universities...Johns Hopkins, Yale, etc...sort of makes it look like they do have a political agenda. If you really pay attention, they spend way to much money on fund raising and marketing anyway. Nancy Brinker makes several hundred thousand dollars a year in salary, I believe. She is incredibly wealthy. Why not forgo the salary? She certainly doesn't need it. My money will go directly to the charities I deem worthy from now on. I was getting really sick of the whole pink thing anyway!!!

7

Donor

Rating: 1

I realize now that all my years of support to this organization were a mistake. I ran in races on their behalf and supported others who have as well. Their pulling funds from Planned Parenthood would have resulted in less poor women being tested for breast cancer directly causing them to die. I don't have words for how sick that is. When they got caught the issued a BS non-apology. Never getting a dime of my money again. I would give zero stars if that was possible.

Review from Guidestar

2

Donor

Rating: 1

I am outraged that the Susan G. Komen foundation has decided to cut off funding for Planned Parenthood, and I am no longer going to donate to them. This is a political not medical decision. Deb Porter

Review from CharityNavigator

3

Donor

Rating: 1

Do NOT donate to SGK.. most of your donations do NOT go to research but into the companies deep pockets and advertisements. Not to mention they do not care about the vast majority of women.. the underprivledged. They deserve the funding too not just those who can afford health insurance. Their actions are disgusting.

12 Sarah47

Donor

Rating: 1

I stopped donating to this group when I saw that they weren't run all that well (too much overhead cost vs. the amount actually donated). I'm glad that I did since their recent stunt of pulling money from Planned Parenthood really upset me. Shame on them! What cowards, too. I'll be sending my money to groups that don't discriminate like Doctors Without Borders, thank you.

8

Donor

Rating: 1

Have donated to this organization for years but will no longer support them based on their politicizing what they support. I'm a conservative Repulican and I find it outrageous that they have decided to no longer support Planned Parenthood. I'll give my money to the American Cancer Institute instead.

Review from CharityNavigator

5

Donor

Rating: 1

That the Komen Foundation would play politics with women's health is reprehensible. As someone from a family peppered with breast cancer survivors - who mercifully found their disease early through proper screening - I will never, EVER give Komen a single dime again.

3

Donor

Rating: 5

Thank you for your excellent care for the health of women and for your work in pursuit of a cure for breast cancer. It is saddening to see the vindictiveness of politically motivated individuals piling on 1-star reviews for your organization on baseless, ignorant, and hypocritical grounds ("SGK is politically motivated!"). SGK, not merely despite but in part because of its suspension of funding for organizations like PP currently under congressional investigation for misuse of funds, continues to serve the health of women with integrity and excellence in organization practice. SGK is a 1-star quality organization? Really? The pain and suffering of cancer victims will be on the heads of 1-star reviewers if their reviews actually impact the ability of SGK to seek a cure for breast cancer. Why don't these reviewers simply ensure PP spends its money as they are legally and ethically obligated to do? Oh right: this is just politics. No wonder our political system is so corrupt and captive to special interests. People are too petty and short-sighted to act otherwise.

Review from Guidestar

6

Donor

Rating: 1

Komen not only caved in to right wing pressure, but then they decided to lie about it! You are doing a great disservice to your cause by letting politics hurt women's access to cancer screenings. Shame! I have an idea. If Komen is really so short on cash that they defund Planned Parenthood, how about they fire 1-2 of their CEOs who earn $459,000 a year?? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Komen_Foundation#Use_of_funds

8

Donor

Rating: 1

I watched my mother battle Breast Cancer and since then both of us have supported this charity. Pulling funding from PP just because they also provide services such as abortion and pulling money from stem sell research show's that they have forgot what they were fighting for. The only thing they have accomplished pulling funding from PP is leaving women, like myself, with no way to get screenings. Neither of us will every donate a cent to this organization again.

2

Donor

Rating: 1

This organization is a Fraud. They pretend to care about women's heath, but are really a politcal rightwing organization. They do not care about poor women -- just advancing a righwing agenda. Their mission statement is a fraud, and I want my money back!