Experts Say Komen’s Financial Data Raise Questions
The controversy over Susan G. Komen for the Cure’s support of Planned Parenthood centered on the hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of grants the breast-cancer charity has awarded annually to the women’s-health group.
But the dust-up has raised questions and curiosity about a much larger sum: the hundreds of millions of dollars Komen spends each year on grants, fundraising, and more.
One of America’s biggest charities, Komen says it has spent nearly $2-billion to fight breast cancer since it was founded 30 years ago. Now, with more than 120 affiliates around the country and a global reach, Komen spends upwards of $400-million a year on its operations and stated mission: a world without breast cancer.
Komen’s decision to withdraw, and then reinstate its support of Planned Parenthood has drawn attention to that pot of money, leading to speculation and criticism.
Some observers wonder how much politics and corporate donors may be influencing spending decisions. Others question whether the charity’s overhead costs are sufficiently low or if it gives enough money directly to breast-cancer research and treatment.
Still others have criticized the size of the salary Komen pays its top official and the amount it spends on legal fees, in part to protect its trademark on “for the Cure” fundraising events. .