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Komen Foundation retreats 
3rd-Feb-2012 01:05 pm
SGK changes its stance on supporting Planned Parenthood.

They succeeded only in increasing awareness. Now many people will examine them more critically before donating. More importantly, Planned Parenthood's work in providing general healthcare and cancer screening has been well publicized.

ETA: SGK is now going to feel the rage of the religious right because they've back-pedaled. Somewhat incoherent anger being expressed here.

the thing is, when you come against spirits like Judas & Jezebel, you have to be willing to die. most of these corporations aren't willing to do that...

Um, what?
3rd-Feb-2012 08:33 pm (UTC)
I suspect this decision is going to be too little, too late, as you said alienating both sides.

I've never been a big Komen donor — a few bucks whenever someone I knew walked for them — and I only bought "pink" when that's what was available (mostly yogurt). I was vaguely aware of some criticism but never followed it up.

Now I've reviewed their fiscals and seen how little goes to research compared how much goes to admin/salaries and fundraising. I've read about how they lobbied to weaken the healthcare act and worked to stall or kill the Breast Cancer & Environmental Research Act.

Bottom line, I'm actively boycotting anything with a pink ribbon and consciously donating to other groups working on women's health care. If I get a chance, I'm also letting corporations know what I'm doing.

And I suspect that I'm not alone.
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4th-Feb-2012 08:37 pm (UTC)
I didn't give to them because I didn't like what I saw at Charity Navigator, but that's true of a lot of organizations. Before now, I thought they were just spending too much on administration and salaries. This has really opened my eyes.
4th-Feb-2012 08:36 pm (UTC)
It's going to be really interesting to see what happens to sales of those pink ribbon items over the next few months. I feel sorry for companies that partnered with them. Well, except for KFC and those handgun people.
5th-Feb-2012 05:23 am (UTC)
Well, I had a lovely chat with a guy at New Balance about how there were more effective partners for them. He told me that they are tracking customer feedback on the issue. He was very sweet and kept apologizing for SGK. Not your fault, I told him.

Honest Tea, a West Cast race sponsor, posted the following:

Honest Tea has been a strong supporter of cancer education and research. We have supported many organizations including the National Foundation for Cancer Research, American Institute for Cancer Research, Pancreatic Cancer Action Network, The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, as well as Susan G. Komen for the Cure. We are in the process of evaluating our 2012 partnerships, including reviewing the recent changes to Susan G. Komen’s policies.
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