The SUSAN G KOMEN Foundation are kind of dicks

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    According to the Harris Interactive 2010 EquiTrend annual brand equity poll, Komen was one of the most trusted non-profit organizations in America.[8][9] As of March 2013, Komen dropped from Charity Navigator's highest rating of four stars down to three stars[10] due to a financial rating of two stars. The organization has been criticized for its use of donor funds, its choice of sponsor affiliations, its role in commercialcause marketing[11] and its use of misleading statistics in advertising.[12][13][14] In 2012, a Komen attempt to withdraw funding toPlanned Parenthood for mammograms drew controversy, some believing that this led to a significant decline in donations and event participation.[15]


    Controversy and criticismEdit

    Pinkwashing in cause marketingEdit
    Komen is a key entity in the controversy overpinkwashing. The term "pinkwashing" has been used to describe two different situations; 1) organizations getting disproportionately large amounts of publicity for donating very little, and 2) organizations that use the pink ribbon to promote products that may be carcinogenic.

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    Donation criticismsEdit
    Komen benefits from corporate partnerships, receiving over $55 million a year[56] from 216 corporate sponsors.[57] However, critics say many of these promotions are deceptive to consumers and benefit the companies more than the charity.[58]

    Some campaigns require that consumers mailproof of purchase for a promoted item before the manufacturer donates a few cents per purchase to charity; some have a cap on the maximum amount donated, with all sales beyond this fixed limit benefiting only the company, not the promoted cause.[59] Since their Save Lids to Save Lives campaign began in 1998, Yoplait has donated more than $25 million to Komen. In 2010 their annual maximum commitment was raised to $1.6 million.[60] In return, a major sponsor such as Yoplait obtains an exclusive contract; no other yogurt manufacturer (such as Dreyer's, who inquired in 2000) has the opportunity to use the branding.[61] In 2002, credit card operatorAmerican Express launched a "Charge for a Cure" campaign which claimed that "in the search for a cure, every dollar counts." The amount donated per qualifying transaction, regardless of purchase amount, was one penny.[62]
     
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    In 2006 Major League Baseball partnered with Komen by selling and donating amounts from pink MLB Louisville Slugger bats, pink baseballs, and necklaces sold. On Mother's Day, breast cancer survivors were eligible to be used as bat girls in games where pink bats were used. MLB is a $1.2 billion industry, donates around $100,000 a year.[63]

    Health criticismsEdit
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    Several water bottle retailers have partnered with the Komen Foundation.[64][65] Single-use plastic water bottles commonly contain BPA, which has been linked to breast cancer tumor growth.[66] For the 2008 model year, Ford Motor Company built a branded limited edition of 2500 Ford Mustang motorcars with a "Warriors in Pink" package[67] as part of their long-running association with Komen;[68] an additional 1000 were offered for 2009's model year.[69] A longitudinal study found that women employed in the automotive plastics industry are almost five times as likely to develop breast cancer prior to menopause, compared women in a control group.[70][71]

    In April 2010, Komen paired with fast food restaurant chain KFC to offer "Buckets for the Cure," a promotion in which fried and grilled chicken was sold in pink branded buckets. The collaboration garnered criticism from media outlets, including The Colbert Report[72]and Bitch magazine,[60] and raised criticisms about the promotion of unhealthy eating habits and obesity, since obesity contributes to breast cancer.[73] KFC contributed over $4.2 million to Komen, the largest single contribution in the organization's history.[74]The partnership with KFC, which has since ended, allowed Komen "to reach many millions of women that they had been unable to reach before," said Brinker.[56]

    In April 2011, Komen introduced its own perfume brand, "Promise Me", promoted by Komen CEO Nancy Brinker on the Home Shopping Network,[75] only to encounter opposition due to coumarin, oxybenzone,toluene and galaxolide as potentially harmful ingredients. Komen stated its intention to have the product reformulated but failed to withdraw existing stocks of the "Promise Me" product from distribution.[76]
     
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    In October 2014, Houston-based oil field services company Baker Hughes was reported to have produced 1,000 pink drill bits to raise breast cancer awareness. The land drill bits are used to break up geologic formations in oil patches for hydraulic fracturing.[77] These ties have been criticized, because of the more than 700 chemicals used in fracking more than one third are endocrine disruptors and at least one quarter increase the risk of cancer.[78]

    Legal battles over trademarkingEdit
    In 2007, the organization changed its name to Susan G. Komen for the Cure andtrademarked the running ribbon as part of its new branding strategy.[79] Komen has come under fire for legal action against other non-profits or organizations using the phrase "for the cure" within their names. An August 2010 article in The Wall Street Journal detailed a case in which the organization Uniting Against Lung Cancer was told in a letter from Komen that they should no longer use the name "Kites for the Cure" for their annual fund-raising event. Komen also wrote to the organization to warn them "against any use of pink in conjunction with 'cure.'"[80] More than 100 small charities have received legal opposition from Komen regarding various uses of the words "for the cure" in their names.[81] Among the offending charitable organizations and events were "Par for the Cure", "Surfing for a Cure", "Cupcakes for a Cure" and "Mush for the Cure".[81]

    Komen says that the organization protects its trademarks as a matter of financial stewardship and that they want to prevent confusion among donors.

    Others suggest that the trademark issue is more about dominating the pink ribbon market.[82]

    Critics have also asserted that the slogan itself implies the majority of Komen's funds go to research, specifically research to find a means to cure (and not merely treat or detect) the disease. By Komen's own figures, however, 21% of the total budget goes to research.[83] In the words of cancer survivorAlicia Staley,[84] "an organization that is actively pursuing other small charities over the use of the term 'for the cure' does not spend the majority of their own funds towards research for a cure."[85]

    Relationship with Planned ParenthoodEdit
    Beginning in 2007, Komen granted money to pay for 170,000 clinical breast exams and 6,400 mammogram referrals at the Planned Parenthood Federation of America and affiliates.[86][87] Komen had said its affiliates provide funds for screening, education and treatment programs in dozens of communities in which Planned Parenthood is the only place that poor, uninsured or under-insured women can receive these services.[88][89]

    On January 31, 2012, Komen stopped funding Planned Parenthood, citing a congressional investigation by Rep. Cliff Stearns and a newly created internal rule about not funding organizations under any federal, state or local investigation.[90] While the move was applauded by conservative religious and pro-life groups,[91] it was denounced by several editorials, women's health advocacy groups,[91][92][93][94] and politicians.[95][96]

    In the 24 hours after the news broke, Planned Parenthood received more than $400,000 from 6,000 donors,[91] followed by pledges of a $250,000 matching grant from New YorkMayor Michael Bloomberg[97] and a $250,000 gift from a foundation run by the CEO of Bonanza Oil Co. in Dallas to replace the lost funding.[98]

    Four days later, Komen's Board of Directors reversed the decision and announced that it would amend the policy to "make clear that disqualifying investigations must be criminal and conclusive in nature and not political".[99]Several top-level staff members resigned from Komen during the controversy.[100][101][102] In August, Brinker announced she would leave her CEO role.[103]The number of participants at various Komen fundraising events dropped 15-30% in 2012, compared to the previous year.[104][105] The Susan G. Komen 3-Day for the Cure event was scaled back to seven US cities in 2013, from a former 14 cities, due to a 37 percent drop in participation over the preceding four years.[106]

    Karen Handel, the Republican Brinkerprotégée whose opposition to abortion was at the center of the Planned Parenthood controversy, resigned and has published a book on the controversy titled Planned Bullyhood.[107]

    In January, 2014 it was reported that the foundation saw a decline of 22% in contributions in the year following their decision (which was reversed shortly thereafter) to stop funding for Planned Parenthood breast cancer screenings.[108]

    Embryonic stem cell researchEdit
    Komen has also been criticized for ending funding for embryonic stem cell research, beginning late in 2011, for suspected political reasons.[109]
     
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    Potentially affected are millions of dollars funding cancer research at institutions such as Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and the U.S. National Cancer Institute, which also conduct research using embryonic stem cells.[110]

    Komen has not clarified its current position on embryonic stem cell research, which it supported in 2006.[111]

    CEO salaryEdit
    According to Komen's 2011–2012` IRS Form 990 declarations, then-CEO Nancy Brinker made $684,717 in that fiscal year,[112] a 64 percent raise. Komen stated the last CEO salary hike had taken place in November 2010.[113] While Charity Navigator continued to give Komen very favourable overall ratings[10] on the basis of figures Komen had declared to the IRS,[114] Charity Navigator president and CEO Ken Berger described this remuneration as "extremely high".

    This pay package is way outside the norm. It's about a quarter of a million dollars more than what we see for charities of this size. This is more than the head of the Red Cross is making for an organization that is one-tenth the size of the Red Cross.
     
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    its all bs.

    the NFL makes a big deal every year about pink equipment and ribbons everywhere.
    reality is, they donate a fraction of any money earned or donated to raising awareness of cancer.

    The money doesnt even go toward research.
     
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    I NEVER donate to SGK or any organization that "promotes awareness". That's a key word for give as little as possible to fund research... I had a friend that signed up to do a walk, she didn't raise the money required so they tried to charge her card to walk ($2,500).



    I donate local using organizations like united way etc...
     
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    I only give to legitimate charities like Bianca's furry Friends.
     
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    Funny, PP just admitted to Congress that they have NO mammogram equipment in any facility that they operate, yet they receive funding for mammograms and say they are the ONLY source of mammograms for the poor. :facepalm:


     
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    Yeah that's a regular riot
     
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    Most charitable organizations fail because they spend the bulk of their money trying to raise more money. In the process, top-tier employees suffer the hardship of hosting galas with high overhead, excellent food and entertainment, mingling on occasion with celebrities. Oh , the horror of it all.

    With all the money and 'awareness' Komen has been raking in over the years, you would think breast cancer would be eradicated. But then again, were it eradicated, that would put Komen and the cronies out of business, wouldn't it?
     
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    And lefties want more taxpayer money for this crap.
     
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    You are so right we should defund them and spend that money we wasted on them on things like corporate welfare building dams in the middle of Iraq..... you know things we all can benefit from

    Shit I'm pissed off that we haven't taken women's right to vote away from them yet
     
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    Want to get rich start a charity that involves cancer. There are much worse diseases out there but this money maker is ramrodded down our throats. I have an incurable disease that criples you yet there is one tenth the research and even less money.
     
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    I just registered for a trademark on Race for Cooties Cure
     
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    PP should use their funds to actually buy the equipment to help women like they claim they do, and not spend MILLIONS every year on first class travel and huge salaries on their management, lets start there! :thumbup2:
     
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    The United Way is among the most corrupt charities on the the Planet!

    The current CEO has a $1.2 MILLION Salary.

    I hope you feel real good about your donations to the United Way.

    You'd be better giving your money to Beth O. Stern for Kittens.
     
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    Beth Stern is a kitten whisper....oops I meant a Consuela shut uperer
     
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    Yep, because its one or the other.
     
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    No good deed goes unpunished. :grad: