Basic Organization Information
Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, Inc., National Office
- Also Known As:
Susan G. Komen for the Cure
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- NTEE Category:
G Disease, Disorders, Medical Disciplines
W Public, Society Benefit
H Medical Research
H30 Cancer Research
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- How This Organization Is Funded:
Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure(R) Series ($M) - $187
Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer 3 Day(R) Series ($M) - $90
Cause Marketing, Fundraising, Direct Mail ($M) - $174
Nancy G. Brinker promised her sister that she would do everything in her power to end breast cancer forever. That promise is now Susan G. Komen for the Cure®, the global leader of the breast cancer movement, having invested more than $2.2 billion since inception in 1982. As the world’s largest grassroots network of breast cancer survivors and activists, we’re working together to save lives, empower people, ensure quality care for all and energize science to find the cures. Thanks to events like the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure® and the Susan G. Komen 3-Day for the Cure®, and generous contributions from our partners, sponsors and fellow supporters, we have become the largest source of nonprofit funds dedicated to the fight against breast cancer in the world.
Impact Summary from the Nonprofit
<p>Since 1982, Komen for the Cure has played a critical role in every major advance in the fight against breast cancer – transforming how the world talks about and treats this disease and helping to turn millions of breast cancer patients into breast cancer survivors. We are proud of our contribution to some real victories:</p>
<ul><li><strong>More early detection</strong> – nearly 75 percent of women over 40 years old now receive regular mammograms, the single most effective tool for detecting breast cancer early (in 1982, less than 30 percent received a clinical exam).</li><li><strong>More hope</strong> – the five-year survival rate for breast cancer, when caught early before it spreads beyond the breast, is now 98 percent (compared to 74 percent in 1982).</li><li><strong>More research</strong> – the federal government now devotes more than $900 million each year to breast cancer research, treatment and prevention (compared to $30 million in 1982).</li><li><strong>More survivors</strong> – America’s 2.5 million breast cancers survivors, the largest group of cancer survivors in the U.S., are a living testament to the power of society and science to save lives. </li></ul>
Expert Reviews and Comments
Evidence of Impact
The Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation has had a strong impact by bringing breast cancer issues to light and raising valuable funds for breast cancer research.
According to experts, this organization's greatest strengths are its decisions on funding research for a cure and its strong marketing tactics.
Areas for Improvement
The major sources of criticism for the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation are in the organization's lack of collaborations and its need for new fresh ideas.