Where Your Money Goes

Susan G. Komen is the world’s largest breast cancer organization, funding more breast cancer research than any other nonprofit while providing real-time help to those facing the disease. Komen was founded by Nancy G. Brinker, who promised her sister, Susan G. Komen, that she would end the disease that claimed Suzy’s life. Komen CNY is working to better the lives of those facing breast cancer in the local community. Through events like the Komen CNY Race for the Cure®, Komen CNY has invested $5.5 million in community breast health programs in 17 Counties and has helped contribute to the more than $2.5 million invested globally in research.

Funding Priorities

Affiliate Community Health Grants

In more than 18,000 communities across the U.S., more than 75,000 Susan G. Komen for the Cure volunteers work to help fund breast cancer education, screening and treatment projects for those who need it most. Last year, Komen for the Cure Affiliates—working in concert with local organizations—awarded more than $93 million in needs-based community grants. That’s in addition to the many millions Komen invests each year in promising research.

In order to ensure Affiliates are funding programs that address the specific unmet breast health needs of their communities, Komen Affiliates work with local medical experts and community leaders to conduct comprehensive community needs assessments. These community profiles are then used to establish local grant application and review processes consistent with Komen’s standards and mission. 2011 Community Profile Executive Summary
A minimum of 25 percent of the net income from funds raised by the Central New York Affiliate supports the national Komen for the Cure Grant Program, which funds groundbreaking breast cancer research, meritorious awards and educational and scientific conferences around the world.Up to 75 percent of the net income from funds raised by the CNY Affiliate through the Komen CNY Race for the Cure, third-party events, personal, community, and corporate donations, Positively Pink events, etc. stays in the local community to fund breast health education, breast cancer screening and treatment projects.
The Central New York Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure® offers grants for innovative programs that reduce breast cancer mortality, especially among those who are disproportionately affected by this disease. Through a community needs assessment (Community Profile), we have identified the following  funding priority areas:
  • Priority 1 – Programs that are designed to provide increased awareness of free and reduced-cost services, particularly among underserved women
  • Priority 2 – Programs whose goals and methodologies are designed to reach underserved women
  • Priority 3 – Programs that include services to help patients navigate through the continuum of care to ensure that they are screened and that those with positive screening findings, receive the appropriate follow-up diagnostic and treatment service
  • Priority 4 – Programs designed to provide access to breast health education, screening, diagnosis and treatment services to underserved and uninsured women, particularly African American and other minority women, who reside in the City of Syracuse or Onondaga County or, secondarily, who reside in the City of Rochester or Monroe County.

Our Community Grants program is designed to make systemic, lasting change in our community. We are proud to have invested more than $5.5 million locally since 1991. Our funding cycle runs from April 1 – March 31 every year.  Click here for more information on our Community Grants program.

The positive impact of this funding is significant, but it is not enough – as the need in our community continues to grow.