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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 Los Angeles County is working to better the lives of those facing breast cancer in the local community. Through events like the Komen Los Angeles County Race for the Cure®, we have invested more than $9.2 million in community breast health programs and have helped contribute to the more than $800 million cumulative investment of all Komen Affiliates in global research.

Our Community Grants program is designed to make systemic, lasting change in our community. Our funding cycle runs from April 1 – March 31 every year.  Click here for more information on our Community Grants program or donate today to help us push our mission forward.

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

Getting diagnosed:  Komen is the only organization providing uninsured women with access to diagnostics including diagnostic mammograms (women of all ages); biopsies; MRIs/Ultrasounds and more.

Free services for living:  No other organization provides an uninsured woman

and her family with care across the entire spectrum of life:  navigation through our complex medical system; meal delivery; temporary financial help for the entire length of her treatment; free surgery and chemotherapy; lymphedema compression garments and more.

Researching the Causes and the Treatments:  Next to the U.S. government, Komen is the largest funder of breast cancer research in 25 75 splitthe world.  Every piece of progress has been touched by a Komen grant.

Programs for specific population in need: Komen LA County designs, implements and executes culturally relevant programs to address the unique needs of priority populations including African Americans, Latinas and those living with Metastatic Breast Cancer (stage IV).

Local Charity.  Local Women.

Local:  Komen Los Angeles County is a local charity with its own board of directors.  Funding decisions are made locally – to meet a local need.  Additionally, an independent review board votes on grant applications to eliminate the possibility of favoritism or conflicts of interest.

Grassroots:   The very opposite of a large bureaucracy – Komen Los Angeles County operates on a very lean budget and small 5-person staff.

Where the money goes:  Of every individual dollar raised, 75 cents funds local programs;  25 cents funds international research.