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Petitioning Nancy Brinker

Nancy Brinker, Relinquish Power at Susan G. Komen for the Cure


In the interest of the underserved women with breast cancer, in the interest of finding cures for breast cancer, in the interest of women's health, we urge Nancy Brinker to step aside and let Susan G. Komen for the Cure reclaim its public trust.

Letter to
Nancy Brinker
I just signed the following petition addressed to: Nancy Brinker. Gloria Steinem, Eve Ensler, and Jill Eikenberry have signed.

Dear Nancy Brinker:

We urge you to step aside in your new role as Chair of the Executive Committee of the Board of Susan G. Komen for the Cure.

We write "respectfully" because we do, indeed, respect you and what you have achieved in founding and leading the organization over the years. Komen is an organization that is unparalleled in scope and depth in working to find breast cancer cures and aiding the underserved women in our communities who are afflicted with this disease.

But now the time has come for you to relinquish power. The effects of the recent politicizing of women's healthcare at Komen continue. And your recent self promotion from CEO to Chair of the Executive Committee of the Board further risks damage to the organization. Cries of public relations stunt abound.

As a result, breast cancer cures are moving farther from our reach and increasing numbers of underserved women will not receive the services they need for the following reasons:

1) Fundraising is down substantially at the local affiliates. (For example, in the Indiana affiliate, the Race for the Cure participant count in April of this year was down from about 37,500 to about 27,100 which produced a shortfall of up to $750,000. The Greater New York affiliate canceled its two fundraising events of the Spring. And, the Tucson, Arizona affiliate responded to a downturn in donations by closing the Komen office on Fridays.)

2) Senior management defections are up at the national and local levels;

3) In the recent annual Harris poll rating "brand health" of nonprofits, Komen has declined from #2 to #56;

4) Local affiliates are compelled to use resources and time to make clear that they are not Komen National;

5) Donors to other breast cancer organizations are requesting reassurances that these organizations accept no money from Komen in order to continue their giving.

In short, the trust Komen once had in the public sphere is shattered and the brand is broken.

Fortunately, Komen has many ambassadors around the country trying to fundraise. These are Komen's best hope for repair for now, but we believe their burden has grown too heavy. Unless the public sees there really is a "new Komen,” with new leadership running the Board, Komen will remain wounded and therefore less effective. Fewer women will receive breast health care.

In the interest of the underserved women with breast cancer, in the interest of finding cures for breast cancer, we urge you to step aside.

We realize it will be a most difficult decision, but you would leave knowing you had built a powerful organization for the fight. Certainly one worth saving.

Sincerely,