Komen Foundation Caves: Will Probably Keep Giving Planned Parenthood 0.07% Of Their Annual Budget

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Just days after deciding not to renew certain grants to Planned Parenthood for breast-cancer screening and research, the Komen Foundation reversed course. Komen for the Cure just released the following statement from Nancy Brinker and the Susan G. Komen Board of Directors:


We want to apologise to the American public for recent decisions that cast doubt upon our commitment to our mission of saving women’s lives.

The events of this week have been deeply unsettling for our supporters, partners and friends and all of us at Susan G. Komen.  We have been distressed at the presumption that the changes made to our funding criteria were done for political reasons or to specifically penalise Planned Parenthood.  They were not.

Our original desire was to fulfil our fiduciary duty to our donors by not funding grant applications made by organisations under investigation.  We will amend the criteria to make clear that disqualifying investigations must be criminal and conclusive in nature and not political. That is what is right and fair.

Our only goal for our granting process is to support women and families in the fight against breast cancer.  Amending our criteria will ensure that politics has no place in our grant process.  We will continue to fund existing grants, including those of Planned Parenthood, and preserve their eligibility to apply for future grants, while maintaining the ability of our affiliates to make funding decisions that meet the needs of their communities.

It is our hope and we believe it is time for everyone involved to pause, slow down and reflect on how grants can most effectively and directly be administered without controversies that hurt the cause of women.  We urge everyone who has participated in this conversation across the country over the last few days to help us move past this issue.  We do not want our mission marred or affected by politics – anyone’s politics.

Starting this afternoon, we will have calls with our network and key supporters to refocus our attention on our mission and get back to doing our work.  We ask for the public’s understanding and patience as we gather our Komen affiliates from around the country to determine how to move forward in the best interests of the women and people we serve.

We extend our deepest thanks for the outpouring of support we have received from so many in the past few days and we sincerely hope that these changes will be welcomed by those who have expressed their concern.

The grants concerned a minuscule amount of money for both Planned Parenthood and the Komen Foundation, $700,000. The amount of the total Koman grant is actually $200,000 less than the annual salary of the head of Planned Parenthood. But already many people offended that Komen would withdraw any funding, were organising boycotts of the group. 

Just yesterday Nancy Brinker, the founder and CEO of Komen, released a video on Youtube where she said she would not cave into political pressure:

A day later, she did just that. 

The Komen Foundation had received a surge of donations in the past days, presumably from people happy they cut most of their ties from Planned Parenthood. Are they going to return that money now? 

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