Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Seattle Komen Affiliate Misses Fundraising Goal

The Seattle-based affiliate for Susan G. Komen for the Cure fell $700,000 short of its fundraising goal during Sunday's Race for the Cure, according to a report in the Puget Sound Business Journal.

The disappointing results likely stem from Komen's attempt to cut off grants to Planned Parenthood in February, an action that sparked national outcry. The organization was forced to reverse its decision after the public backlash.

Officials at Komen Puget Sound told Business Journal that they anticipated a shortfall after the controversy. The affiliate actually strongly opposed the actions of Komen on the national level, and worked hard to differentiate themselves from the main organization. All of those efforts appear to have been in vain, as the annual Race for the Cure raised just $1.1 million, 39 percent less than they had hoped to make.

Leaders at Komen Puget Sound are still optimistic about their fundraising despite the disappointing result from the race. The organization has until July 12 to continue raising money for the race, which generally accounts for a third of the breast cancer nonprofit's annual funds.

You can read the full story in Puget Sound Business Journal.

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