Susan G. Koman Race for the Cure reported a 22 percent drop in donations the year after it stopped giving grants (2012) to Planned Parenthood (PP). Many of us were shocked to learn that Komen had given millions to the most prolific abortion provider anywhere. Komen’s story was that they supported mammograms and cancer prevention — all well and good, but why Planned Parenthood? Planned Parenthood does not provide mammography services. You might be referred for a mammogram, but PP doesn’t provide them. Both Planned Parenthood and the Susan G. Komen Foundation say that monies from Komen were not used for abortion, but if you know anything about PP, you know its books are a mess and there is no way to know whose money is used for what. AND…if the money is not used for abortions, it is surely mixed with the funds PP donates to Democrat candidates.
The drop in donations is blamed on angry supporters of Planned Parenthood, but Komen reversed it’s decision quickly, in three days, and announced it would continue its alliance with PP. So why would PP supporters drop Komen? There is a report that “several executives” left the organization after the initial announcement, but “executives” likely would not have the clout to slow donations, and after only…three days…the money spout was open again.
I no longer donate to Komen but you and I donate to Planned Parenthood and abortion, whether we want to or not. Our government funds them.
Besides, liberals believe the government should do the charitable giving, so let us, puleeeeesssse, consider the possibility that it was Pro-Lifers who decided to send their hard-earned money elsewhere.
Although liberal families’ incomes average 6 percent higher than those of conservative families, conservative-headed households give, on average, 30 percent more to charity than the average liberal-headed household…
Conservatives also donate more time and give more blood.
Residents of the states that voted for John Kerry in 2004 gave smaller percentages of their incomes to charity than did residents of states that voted for George Bush
Bush carried 24 of the 25 states where charitable giving was above average.
In the 10 reddest states, in which Bush got more than 60 percent majorities, the average percentage of personal income donated to charity was 3.5. Residents of the bluest states, which gave Bush less than 40 percent, donated just 1.9 percent.
People who reject the idea that “government has a responsibility to reduce income inequality” give an average of four times more than people who accept that proposition. Read more here.
The Komen Foundation was forced to cancel “half of its three-day charity walks” scheduled for 2014 due to lack of participation. I find it inconceivable that there is no suggestion of the Pro-Life-minded turning away.
I am a 20-year breast cancer survivor. I know that Susan G. Komen has given millions, probably billions to breast cancer research, and I am not out to quell that effort, but I didn’t know about Planned Parenthood. Few did. The only reason Komen pulled their grants in the first place was an ongoing investigation of PP. Without that, we still wouldn’t know.
Citing a Komen spokeswoman, the AP says the reason for the cut-off is a recently adopted rule that prohibits Komen from funding groups under government investigation. Planned Parenthood was disqualified because it’sunder probe by Representative Cliff Stearns, R-Fl., about whether public money was improperly spent on abortions. Source: ProPublica, February 9, 2012
After the Komen shock, it’s difficult to stand behind any one group but here’s a list from TakePart.com. They suggest you do your own sleuthing.
Watchdog and rating groups offer consumers help in deciding where to send their money. Charity Watch, for instance, evaluates organizations’ annual reports, audited financial statements and information given to the IRS.
While many other organizations are reputable, of course, three organizations devoted to breast cancer currently earn top marks from Charity Watch:
• Breast Cancer Fund (B+)
Charity Navigator recently evaluated more than 20 breast cancer organizations. Their evaluations take into account financial health and how much organizations spend on programs and services versus fundraising and administrative costs. They awarded eight of the more than 20 a four-star rating, their highest:
• The Rose
Susan G. Komen does not appear in the article but readers are warned about all the sellers of “pink” thingeys, saying some of those sellers also sell thingeys that can be considered to cause cancer.
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