Komen Foundation Still Reeling From Planned Parenthood Fallout
The media attention may have lagged, but the bloodletting at the Susan G. Komen Foundation has not let up after the charity’s disastrous attempt at politicizing breast cancer prevention by cutting ties with women’s health care provider Planned Parenthood.
So far two top executives have announced their resignation after reports that the charity is struggling to raise money and mend fences. Katrina McGhee, Komen’s executive vice president and chief marketing officer announced she will be stepping down on May 4th and Dara Richardson-Heron, CEO of Komen’s New York City affiliate announced her resignation Tuesday.
According to the Huffington Post, “employee morale is in the toilet” since the Komen leadership, and in particular Karen Handel the then-senior vice president for public policy, decided to defund Planned Parenthood. Komen founder Nancy Brinker is said to be in “complete melt-down” and despite calls for her resignation, seems intent on staying put.
Local affiliates are feeling the impact of Handel and Brinker’s politicking as well. Texas, Louisiana and Arizona chapters are all reporting lower than usual revenues and Jaimie Leopold, the executive director fo Komen Southern Arizona, told the Arizona Daily Star that its race had only raised $200,000 of its $700,000 goal so far.
With reports that it was the Catholic Bishops that ultimately pushed Handel and Brinker’s decision it’s safe to assume this story is not over yet and it won’t be until Brinker steps down.
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