Jul 2, 2013 11:04AM - edited Jul 2, 2013 11:40AM by meglet
My brother and I walk in the 3 day with some friends every year. And yes, the ending of the walk in the those 7 cities sucks. However, we are still faithful supporters of the 3 day. We did our research on which charity to support because it would not be right to our mom's memory if we didn't. While Nancy Brinker does make a ridiculous amount of money, she makes only .2% of all the money the Komen foundation raises. Susan Love (the President of the Dr. Susan Love Research Foundation) makes 187,500 a year, which may not sound like a lot, but that's almost 10% of the money raised by that organization! She's not the only one either. Yonni Wattenmaker (the executive director of Breast Cancer Alliance) makes 3.75% of the funds they raise.
As for the walks that are being shut down after this year and the high mandatory fundraising goal of $2300- I see it this way. They provide us with quite a bit just for doing the walk- breakfast, lunch, dinner, towel service, showers, tents, medical attention when needed, shirts, entertainment while we're there. It's a lot of work and money to put those events together. If people are backing out or aren't able to raise the money or just don't raise the money, the organization is losing money that could be spent on life-saving exams or treatments for women who need them. So yeah, $2300 is a lot to raise. But the money spent on the events is a lot too. And if you've done a 3 day walk, you know most of it is necessary costs-the medical attention, the vans to pick up walkers who just can't make it to the next stop, the food to keep your energy up. That's on top of the money that IS going to women getting exams and treatments. SGK spends 82% of what is raised on the programs it's there for. That's more than a lot of charities do. And it's right in line with the percent that the other aforementioned breast cancer charities use on their programs. Their fundraising expenses are about 11%, which I'm fairly sure includes the money they spend on pampering the walkers and crew members. Again, that's right in line with other charities. While I do support these other charities, I don't think it's fair that SGK is the one getting all the bad press when they are raising more money than all of the other charities combined, and their percentages are around the same. 82% of 343 million is FAR more than 88% of 1.5 million.
And for the record, no I don't work for SGK. I'm just a girl who wants her mom's death to mean something, and I truly believe that supporting the SGK organization by fundraising and walking in the 3 day is the way to do so.