There has been much controversy surrounding Susan G. Komen for the Cure recently. So much so, that the criticism has founded an organized movement.
People are joining together over “mounting concerns about Komen’s organizational leadership, trademark feuds, corporate partnerships and branding activities, pinkwashing, limited successes, and unbalanced program allocations. A critical mass of concerned citizens, many of whom had supported Komen over the years, are now asking whether the ends justify the means.”
Enter Komen Bandits, passionate individuals like Dr. Gayle Sulik, author of Pink Ribbon Blues: How Breast Cancer Culture Undermines Women’s Health. These bandits are women (and men) passionate about finding a cure and funding the research that will get us there.
Komen has been very, very quiet over the past year while facing increasing criticism.
Is this a plan for short-term success of long-term survival? How would your nonprofit organization respond to this type of criticism?
I look forward to reading how you would handle cause bandits.