Susan G. Komen for the Cure donates a whopping 15% of what it receives to cancer research.

Via Waylon Lewis
on Apr 12, 2013
get elephant's newsletter

pink ribbon

Susan G. Komen for the Cure (click here for…KFC.

Via Reuters:

“The Susan G. Komen for the Cure charity defines its mission as finding a cure for breast cancer. In recent years, however, it has cut by nearly half the proportion of fund-raising dollars it spends on grants to scientists working to understand the causes and develop effective new treatments for the disease.”

Want to learn more? Watch Pink Ribbons, Inc on Netflix.

To be fair:

“The organization’s 2011 financial statement reports that 43 percent of donations were spent on education, 18 percent on fund-raising and administration, 15 percent on research awards and grants, 12 percent on screening and 5 percent on treatment…” …that said, read this.

“The irony is that they chose the color pink to counter the salmon ribbons of the Women’s Coalition Against Breast Cancer. SGK was founded because WCABC was publicising the connection between environmental factors like carcinogenic makeup and breast cancer.

If makeup has a pink ribbon on its packaging, it is probably carcinogenic.”

Finally, they have a nasty habit of paying their lawyers to sue other cancer charities.

Want to support a great org? Check out the American Cancer Society.


About Waylon Lewis

Waylon Lewis, founder of elephant magazine, now & host of Walk the Talk Show with Waylon Lewis, is a 1st generation American Buddhist “Dharma Brat." Voted #1 in U.S. on twitter for #green two years running, Changemaker & Eco Ambassador by Treehugger, Green Hero by Discovery’s Planet Green, Best (!) Shameless Self-Promoter at Westword's Web Awards, Prominent Buddhist by Shambhala Sun, & 100 Most Influential People in Health & Fitness 2011 by "Greatist", Waylon is a mediocre climber, lazy yogi, 365-day bicycle commuter & best friend to Redford (his rescue hound). His aim: to bring the good news re: "the mindful life" beyond the choir & to all those who didn't know they gave a care. | His first book, Things I would like to do with You, is now available.


7 Responses to “Susan G. Komen for the Cure donates a whopping 15% of what it receives to cancer research.”

  1. Donovan says:

    What a scam. The sheeple give to this fraud.

  2. Susan G. Komen such approach will encourage many other leading companies to make a forward move to help grow cancer organization for cancer victims treatments. It's a convincing way and good development in human history. Thanks.

  3. John says:

    American Cancer Society is pretty much as bad. They have also actively blocked reports and research into industrial causes of cancer, which is hardly surprising as they are mainly funded by chemical and biotech companies, and have chemical and biotech officials staffing their board of directors.

  4. GerryM says:

    And then, of the small percentage passed onto researchers, a significant chunk is deducted by the administration at the research institute to cover overhead costs (such as administering the donation, funding outreach to get more donations, etc.). A very small percentage of the donation people give to charities like this end up in the hands of bench researchers. A more useful donation – and one that would make a bigger difference – is giving money to anti-smoking campaigns.

  5. Julius says:

    Hello there, I do think your site could possibly be having internet browser compatibility issues.

    When I take a look at your blog in Safari, it looks fine

    but when opening in Internet Explorer, it’s got some overlapping issues.

    I just wanted to give you a quick heads up! Other than that, excellent website!

  6. Yes! Finally someone writes about gold watches.

  7. Wade Gardner says:



    Still, in categories like administration and overhead Komen wins plaudits from outside experts. Charity Navigator, an independent nonprofit that scrutinizes such groups' finances, awards it four out of four stars, and 65.55 out of 70 points for financial performance.

    That reflects the relatively small amount Komen reports spending on administration and fundraising (18 percent of donations) and its accountability and transparency. Komen issues audited financial statements, for instance, and has policies on conflicts of interest and whistleblowing.

    By comparison, the American Cancer Society (ACS) gets three stars and a score of 53.85. The Wishing Well Foundation, which fulfills requests from terminally ill children, gets zero stars and 4.8.

    Komen also shines for what it pays founder and CEO Nancy Brinker: $417,712 in 2011. That is almost $300,000 less than the Breast Cancer Research Foundation reported in salary and benefits for its president last year. Cecile Richards, Planned Parenthood's president, received $354,716 in the fiscal year ending in June 2010.

    In absolute terms, Komen is a leader in funding breast cancer research among private organizations. The $63 million it granted in 2011 pales beside the estimated $763 million spent by the National Institutes of Health in 2011 and the $150 million budgeted by the Department of Defense in 2012.

    But it dwarfs the $17 million awarded by ACS for breast cancer research in 2010. In percentage terms, ACS spent 16 percent of donations on all cancer research, largely because much of its focus is "patient support," which includes providing transportation and housing for people undergoing treatment for cancer. It reported much higher fund-raising and administration costs than Komen, accounting for 30 percent of donations.

    The Breast Cancer Research Foundation reported spending 92 percent of what it raised on research; the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, 56 percent.

    The Avon Foundation, which sponsors both walks and research efforts, does not itemize its breast cancer spending in its financial statements.

    Planned Parenthood generates the bulk of its $1 billion in annual revenue from health services it provides and government grants. Donations accounted for $224 million in 2010, and the group's annual report did not identify how those specific funds were earmarked.