Nancy Brinker’s salary has left many Susan G. Komen supporters in shock after she chose to break their financial bond with Planned Parenthood and there are many questions that still remain.
The founder of Susan G. Komen for the Cure, Nancy Brinker, has been at the center of controversy ever since last Tuesday, when it surfaced that the organization did not plan on giving funds to Planned Parenthood.
The backlash was abrupt and came from everywhere: organized publications, mainstream press, members of their own board, scientists, donors, over 25 democratic senators have already written to the organization, and the general public.
Mike Bloomberg, the New York Mayor, was so disheartened by the decision that he gave $250,000 to Planned Parenthood to help ease their shortcoming.
The decision quickly turned into a disaster because the organization was completely caught off guard.
Brinker, the CEO of Susan G. Komen for the Cure, drew a salary of $417,171 from April 2010 to March 2011. She held a board conference call on Thursday night, in which she decided that it would be best for everyone if they reestablished their bond with Planned Parenthood.
In 1982, Nancy began the organization Susan G. Komen for the Cure and named it after her only sister who passed away in 1980 at the age of 36 from breast cancer.
Nancy promised Susan that she would do everything she could to end breast cancer. Thus far, the nonprofit organization has raised over $1.9 billion for education, research, and health services.