We’d like to take this time to clarify the issue about our community-based granting programs.
Though Susan G. Komen for the Cure has changed its funding criteria, the change does not affect the Columbus Affiliate’s ability to provide vital breast health services for uninsured and under-served men and women in Central and Southeastern Ohio. In 2011, thanks to your donations and support, we provided $1.5 million to support local breast cancer education, screening and treatment services in our community. Our commitment has always been and continues to be to support uninsured and under-insured men and women and we will continue to do so through these grantees.
Our Affiliate serves local men and women. Susan G. Komen for the Cure on a national level has recently adopted criteria that bars grants to organizations that are under investigation by local, state or federal authorities.
We review our grant programs on an ongoing basis to ensure that we are meeting the highest standards and achieving maximum impact for our donors’ dollars. We have always had safeguards in place to terminate grants to organizations for financial or administrative improprieties, loss of federal or state funding, or changes to their tax-exempt status. Going forward, if we learn that an applicant or its affiliates are under formal investigation for financial or administrative improprieties by local, state or federal authorities, the grant will be terminated and the organization will be ineligible for grants. An organization may regain its eligibility once the investigation is concluded and the organization and its affiliates are cleared of any wrongdoing.
The people we serve are our highest priority in everything we do. Nationally, Komen affiliates were able to invest $93 million in community health programs. These programs provided 700,000 mammograms, saving countless lives.
Feel free to contact us with any further concerns.