From the mission statement of SGK for the cure:"Nancy G. Brinker promised her dying sister, Susan G. Komen, she would do everything in her power to end breast cancer forever." But she does not do everything in her power. She refuses to support embryonic stem cell research, and even though she has apologized for cutting off funding from Planned Parenthood (4 star rating) she has not confirmed that the funding will continue in the future. The apology was self-serving and only in response to a huge negative reaction.
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SGK's policy of politicized grantmaking makes it a rather poor excuse for a charity.
I know so many people who like myself gave time sweat and money to this organization in the belief that they wanted to help all women beat breast cancer. Now I find out that they are choosing not to fund one of the most accessible screening facilities for those in need. This is not responsible stewardship of the public trust. This is reprehensible and abusive to those whose hard work and generosity were offered based on your previous operating standards. We will find other organizations to support. Shame on you and your board of directors.
Susan G. Komen has shown their political ties, putting religion and politics before the health of women. Having lost close friends and family to breast cancer, I've obviously been a huge supporter of SGK in the past. While I am thankful that the decision against Planned Parenthood has been reversed, I fear it may simply be lip service in an effort to stop the massive outcry against SGK. Furthermore, those responsible for the decision against Planned Parenthood still sit on the board of Susan G Komen. Without major change within the organization, their image is permanently tainted. My donations and time will be redirected to Planned Parenthood and other, ethical organizations (Doctor's Without Borders, etc).
My friend, a pro-life advocate, walked 60 miles in Seattle and raised $2500 for this charity. I now hear that you contribute money to Planned Parenthood. What in the world does that have to do with breast cancer? I can no longer donate with my conscience intact and I am sure my friend will not walk again.
This should say "past donor." Even though you reversed your decision, I will NEVER, EVER support your organization. You've shown your true colors. I'm 26, so I would have a lot of years of contributions ahead of me too. My hard-earned cash is going to Planned Parenthood. They are actually THERE for women when we need them the most, and without judgement too.
There are no politics in breast cancer. Because several close friends have died from breast cancer, I gave money to the SGK Foundation through friends doing the walk for a cure. However, I am dismayed to learn that they are politically motivated in their grants. I ask that Karen Handel, a politician who doesn't seem able to change her hat, step down from her position with Komen. Sue Bishop
Letting petty politics get in the way of helping women is not something that a responsible charity should allow. I'll no longer be supporting their walks for the cure. I'd rather give my money to an organization that puts women's health above politics.
Never again will Komen get donations from me. And all those pink ribbon products, forget it, if there is an alternative product, that is what I will buy. Yes, you reversed your politically motivated decision, but I want to support an organization that serves women, regardless of what the politicians say or do. Planned Parenthood gets all of my donations from now on.