Frequently Asked Questions

How long has Susan G. Komen been around?

The Komen San Diego Affiliate has been incorporated in the State of California since 1995. 

What’s the difference between Komen National and Komen San Diego?

Susan G. Komen® operates on two levels: the national organization is solely responsible for granting and managing research grants. Next to the U.S. government, Komen is the largest funder of breast cancer research in the world; the Affiliates of Susan G. Komen (such as here in San Diego) are responsible for studying the local community and identifying disparities in accessing breast health services; supporting local services and programs to close the gaps to health care.

What is the difference between the Race for the Cure, 5k, and The 3 Day Breast Cancer Walk?

The San Diego Race for the Cure is a 5k and 1 mile walk/run in Balboa Park. It is part of an international series with more than 140 events, locally managed by Komen Affiliates and Komen non-profit partners.   For every dollar raised by the San Diego Race for the Cure, 75% stays here in our County to provide free mammograms, surgery, meal delivery, , help navigating the medical system and temporary financial aid.  The remaining 25% goes into a pool of money from all affiliates to fund international research. Next to the U.S. government, Susan G. Komen is the largest funder of breast cancer research in the world.
The Susan G. Komen 3-Day is a 60 mille walk over the course of three days. It is a national series that is managed by the national Komen organization.  The local affiliate does not produce this event.  San Diego is one of the “host cities” of The 3-Day Breast Cancer Walk. Seventy-five percent of the net proceeds raised by the Susan G. Komen 3-Day help support the global research program and other mission objectives. The remaining 25 percent helps Affiliates support local programs, including medical assistance, patient navigation and education.

What about Planned Parenthood?

The Komen San Diego Affiliate does not currently provide funds to Planned ParenthoodIn some communities, Planned Parenthood may be the only source of free or low-cost women’s health screening services (e.g., pap smears, mammograms, clinical breast exams, etc.).  A small number of Komen Affiliates provide restricted grants to local Planned Parenthood clinics that offer vital breast health services for underserved women. These services provide otherwise unavailable breast screening for women.  Komen and its Affiliates do not provide any funding for abortions or for any activities outside the scope of our promise to end breast cancer.

How does Komen San Diego decide where to invest funds in the County?

All community grants issued by Susan G. Komen Affiliates are closely monitored to provide vital breast health education, screening and treatment services for underserved women.  Komen Affiliates conduct community needs assessments to identify gaps in breast health and breast cancer services.  All Komen Affiliate grant applications are solicited through an open request for proposals and are reviewed by a Grants Committee comprised of local physicians, community health professionals, and breast health advocates.  Any nonprofit organization may apply for a Komen grant.  The Grants Committee makes recommendations to the Affiliate’s Board of Directors.  Grant recipients must provide detailed reports to the Affiliate at least bi-annually.