Why Komen


The Reason Behind the Ribbon:

Much of the public believes that all pink ribbons are the same, but this is not true. We have created "Why Komen" to provide information regarding how your donation of time, talents and dollars are a worthwhile investment into our community and the promise to end breast cancer forever. Please read below to learn how Komen is different and how your donation of time, no matter how large or small can be a part of big change. 

Dedicated to Breast Cancer Only.

  • Our organization was founded based on one promise between two sisters to end breast cancer forever. Thus, we address one cancer... breast cancer.  We know we can’t be all things to all people, that’s why we take one cause and fight it to the best of our ability.
  • Susan G. Komen for the Cure is the world’s largest private funder of breast cancer research and community health programs. With more than $1.9 billion invested to date, Komen for the Cure is moving ahead with its commitment to invest $2 billion by the year 2017.
  • Every major advance in the fight against breast cancer has been touched by Susan G. Komen for the Cure.

Charity Navigator Four-Star Rating, for the FIFTH year.

Charity Navigator is the premier independent charity evaluator who rates charities by evaluating two broad areas of financial health: organizational efficiency and organizational capacity. Charity Navigator ratings show givers how efficiently they believe a charity will use a donor’s support today, and to what extent the charities are growing their programs and services over time. They provide these ratings so that givers can make intelligent giving decisions, and so that the philanthropic community can more effectively monitor itself.   

Susan G. Komen for the Cure received Charity Navigator's Four-Star rating for the FIFTH consecutive year, a feat accomplished by only 5 percent of the nation’s nonprofit organizations. 

Please visit the Charity Navigator website for more information.

Charity Navigator

Local Grant Programs:

  • 75% of funds raised stay in our 21 county service area for local breast health education and breast cancer screening programs.
  • Komen Greater Cincinnati grant funds are restricted to breast cancer programs to not-for-profit organizations. For a list of all Komen Greater Cincinnati grantees please visit our grants page.
  • Every two years, we assess our community needs in regards to breast cancer.  Based on 2009 findings, our prioritized needs include access to screening, nurse navigation, transportation, support resources, targeted educational materials and continued collaboration and financial support of other local breast health organizations. 


For the 2011-2012 fiscal year, the Komen Greater Cincinnati Affiliate has awarded $1,010,629 to local breast cancer education, screening, treatment and outreach programs and over $370,000 to the Komen National Breast Cancer Awards and Research Program.

Grassroots Volunteerism.

  • Our affiliate operates daily through grassroots volunteers with a limited staff of 4 paid employees.
  • 9 board members, who create and follow a strategic plan based on our mission. 
  • 500+ grassroots volunteers who assist onsite at events, secure donations of goods or services, and help “do whatever is needed”!

Interested in general volunteering or being a leader, volunteer TODAY!

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