Susan G. Komen CEO Nancy Brinker has breast cancer advocates up in arms again. A little more than a year after the massive public outcry about the Susan G. Komen Foundation’s decision to cut funding for breast cancer screenings at Planned Parenthood (for what is considered political reasons), media outlets announced today that the infamous CEO has had a 64% increase in salary since 2010, even though donations are still down significantly since the controversy.
In early 2012, supporters of the Komen Foundation became suspicious when the story broke that over $600,000 in funding would be dropped to Planned Parenthood because the latter organization was under an investigation that public opinion opposed. Planned Parenthood blamed politics for the decision and many supporters began pointing fingers at a Komen executive and pro-life advocate, Karen Hendel.
Even though Hendel resigned within a week and Komen decided to reinstate the funding, the foundation has not been able to restore its reputation as one of the most highly respected nonprofits in the United States. Further, almost half the walks scheduled for the 2014 season have been canceled. Komen’s primary fundraising and awareness campaigns include three day long walks across communities nationwide. The foundation cited the economy as the reason for the change.
However, when tax documents were pulled up, Brinker’s salary quickly became a point of contention. Brink makes significantly more than the CEO of the Red Cross, an organization that is financially ten times larger than Komen. Further, Brinker announced last year that she would be stepping down, and yet still is slated as CEO today. Former donators are fed up with the organization’s lack of transparency and a road to recovery seems difficult for Komen at this point.