Target: Nancy Brinker, CEO and co-founder of Susan G. Komen for the Cure
Goal: Stop paying anti-planned parenthood Nancy Brinker as a CEO and use funds for cancer research
After facing controversy in 2012 for its attack on Planned Parenthood, Susan G. Komen foundation, a breast cancer charity, said that its CEO, Nancy Brinker, who defended the decision to defund the family planning organization, decided to step down. However, she is still listed as the CEO, and has received a 64 percent pay raise even as the organization recently cancelled seven of its three-day walks for 2014. Demand that the Susan G. Komen foundation allocate its funds for cancer research, not for paying its CEO.
In 2012, the Susan G. Komen foundation hired an anti-abortion advocate for vice president, and the organization launched a campaign to defund Planned Parenthood. After mismanagement of the controversy, the foundation reversed its decision, and its president and two board members left the organization. Its CEO, Nancy Brinker, announced that she was stepping down as CEO and would stay within the foundation in a different position, but she has remained on Komen’s website as CEO.
Recently, the foundation announced that it cancelled seven of its 3-day walks, citing low participation rates. These walks raise funds for the organization; funds that ostensibly go toward breast cancer awareness and research, but have also gone toward a 64 percent pay raise for Brinker. This is a disgraceful use of charity funds and show that the Komen foundation is more interested in profit than in cancer research.
The Susan G. Komen foundation has done its job in increasing awareness for one kind of cancer. It has shown that its leadership is ill-suited to manage its funds. Demand that CEO Nancy Brinker step down from the organization for good, and that the Susan G. Komen foundation spend its money on helping breast cancer victims and survivors.
Dear Nancy Brinker,
As the Susan G. Komen foundation cancels half of its multi-day events for the next year, you have received a 64 percent pay raise. Despite stating that you would step down from the CEO position in 2012 after the controversy surrounding the decision to stop funding Planned Parenthood and the subsequent reversal of that decision, you have remained in the position, pay raise included.
The Planned Parenthood controversy may be in the past, but using the foundation’s funds to pay yourself is deplorable. Bring the focus for breast cancer awareness back to helping victims and survivors of the disease. Step down from the CEO position and help the Susan G. Komen foundation regain some semblance of its reputation.
[Your Name Here]
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