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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

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Donor

Rating: 1

This is utter non-sense!! This organization should be held accountable for its actions no one donated money based on political beliefs or ties. For this organization to side with a Christian conservative group is outrageous!

Review from Guidestar

4 Mark34

Donor

Rating: 5

The decision by this wonderful charity to focus on cancer instead of all women's issues had to be hard, but demonstrates a group sticking to its roots and its mission. The backlash against this is sad and misguided. Think again folks about what this charity is for - its name and mission to not mention all women''s issues, it names breast cancer. I hail the leadership for its courage to stick to its mission and focus.

Review from Guidestar

2

Donor

Rating: 1

SGK won't see another dime from me! This is shameful!

2

Donor

Rating: 1

I am very disappointed in SGK Foundation. Pulling support for Planned Parenthood under the cloak of trying to streamline your mission is a farce. The organization has clearly caved in to the radical Christian agenda and in doing so is throwing poor women under the bus. Shame on you SGK, Planned Parenthood will get my money from now on.

1

Donor

Rating: 1

SGK is not a charitable organization anymore. It seems like they care more about their ideology of right wing politics. My donations stop from today.

Review from Guidestar

1 Erica8

Donor

Rating: 1

This organization cut funds to Planned Parenthood as the result of pressure from right-wingers. To deny women care under the guise of being an organization that helps women with breast cancer is reprehensible. I strongly urge people NOT to donate money here. I was a long-term donor, but they will never see another dime from me.

Review from CharityNavigator

1

Donor

Rating: 1

No more donations for Susan G Komen coming from me. They have completely lost focus of what is important and I hope that people instead choose to give to a REAL charity.

6

Donor

Rating: 1

I have been a long time donor and volunteer, but no more. By cutting funding to Planned Parenthood, they have made it clear that politics are more important than women's healthcare. This is not about "duplicative services"! Planned Parenthood provides vital services to a segment of the population that has no other healthcare choice. This is a slap in the face to those of us who have supported SGK and believed in SGK for years. Sorry Ms. Brinker, I'm not buying your explanation. These are women who were it not for Planned Parenthood may not ever get a referral for a mammogram. They cannot afford medical care. Obviously, you are not in touch with the growing number of women in poverty and their healthcare issues. I will no longer be a donor OR a volunteer. Sad.

Review from CharityNavigator

5

Donor

Rating: 1

This foundation has a high internal expenses to revenue ratio, but we put up with this for many years as we thought we were making contributions to women's health and getting visibility on the cause of breast cancer. We have donated to Komen in the past, but I am now afraid my dollars were used in lobbying for causes I do not support and for high salaries for people with extreme views about women's health. Finally, Komen's flap defunding breast screening at Planned Parenthood made me realize that their neutrality has been compromised and I wouldn't be surprised if they start supporting the disproved notion of the link between abortion and breast cancer that so much pleases the extreme American right. If Komen reduces their internal expenses (salaries, lobbying) and maintains their scientific neutrality, I would be willing to reconsider my rating.

Review from Guidestar

5

Donor

Rating: 1

Very disappointed that they should choose to put small-minded politics above the health of lower income women. I feel like they've taken my money and used to to make a political statement that I do not approve of.

5

Donor

Rating: 1

To find out that my donation goes to further a political agenda rather than to make sure as many women as possible get the health care and screenings they need is shocking. The Susan G. Komen foundation will get not a penny more of my money. If I could give them no stars, that's what I'd do. What a disappointment!

3

Donor

Rating: 1

I am sad that I have sponsored walkers in the race for the cure. Never again. They spend as much on "awareness" as "research" and now, they are cutting funds for breast exams which are critical in cancer prevention. My sister in law has breast cancer and they have raised 6000 to donate in her name. I just donated to planned parenthood today so they can continue to offer free breast exams to women who cant afford them. In this economic bad time it is so sad to see a great organization like SGK make such a terrible mistake.

7

Donor

Rating: 1

Nancy Brinker & Karen Handel have abused & sullied Susan G. Komen's legacy, violating the first sentence in the Susan G. Komen Mission Statement, which reads: "Nancy G. Brinker promised her sister that she would do everything in her power to end breast cancer forever." Apparently, funding stem cell research and Planned Parenthood falls outside of Brinker + Handel's narrow scope of "everything...to end breast cancer forever." Brinker has been utilizing SGK as an NGO-approved lobbying firm, funneling charitable donations intended for breast cancer preventative care & research to special interests groups, staunchly opposing policy that would protect and enforce health measures favorable to SGK's errant Mission Statement.

Review from Guidestar

2

Donor

Rating: 1

Shame on you, Susan G. Komen Foundation! Because of you, young women like me are now unable to get affordable breast cancer screening exams at the only place that will offer them to us. It's so hard for me to believe that an organization claiming to be a crusader for women would bow down to political nut jobs in order to appease them. I will never donate to your organization again.

3 Elizabeth45

Donor

Rating: 1

This organization has seriously compromised its reputation by aligning with extreme right-wing political organizations attempting to shut down Planned Parenthood. Their action would have shut down a major source of breast cancer screenings and hurt thousands of women.

Review from Guidestar

3 Doug B.

Donor

Rating: 1

SGK is a disgrace. I feel cheated and betrayed by this organization for the money I've donated and the walk-a-thons I've participated in. Clearly they have no regard for women's health. They would rather use their huge coffers to play politics -- and in to play politics with extremist Republicans to further the interests of big pharmaceutical companies. What's more shameful is this seems to have been going on since as early as 2002! Shame on you, SGK. You insult my mother and sister-in-law who are both survivors of breast cancer and have worked hard to raise money for you.

4

Donor

Rating: 1

Not another walk. Not another dime. It is now revealed that the people behind this "charity" are willing watch poor women die in order to advance their ideology. I wish i could take back my EOY donation. I started a new annual tradition today and donated to Planned Parenthood. I urge all to do the same. Lives are at risk.

1 Richa M.

Donor

Rating: 1

Without Planned Parenthood thousands of women would have nowhere to go for gynecological care, various medication, the hepatitis a and B vaccines, breast exams etc etc.

Review from Guidestar

2 Bonnie15

Donor

Rating: 1

With the decision to defund grants for PP breast cancer screening, this Foundation has veered far from the stated mission. The hiring of Karen Handel, who campaigned on defunding PP during her unsuccessful run for Gov. of GA, belies the spin that the new policy is anything other than an intentional targeting of PP. This foundation has moved from a charity to a political entity and no longer deserves our support.

3

Donor

Rating: 1

No longer will I give a penny to this greedy, useless, far right, fleecing organization. I am on a mission to tell my friends, neighbors, and family not to run in their races, not to contribute, and to give instead to the National Breast Cancer Coalition. Too much "pink" donated money ends up in the hands of the management, and not enough to actual research for a genuine cure. This week we have discovered Komen is just another nutty, far-right fleecing machine.