JWA's Greatest Hits: Why I no longer support Susan G. Komen
It is with a heavy heart and an angry mind, that I have raised and donated my last dollar for Komen. I served on the Komen Board for 6 years, and Komen has been near and dear to me and our family in our fight against breast cancer. The stand that Komen National has taken on Planned Parenthood is not only misguided, but--contrary to their stated remarks-- is political, or at the very least, gives the impression of being political.
Nancy Komen Brinker, the founder and current head of Komen, is a friend of George and Laura Bush and was an ambassador named by Bush. While I knew this fact in the past, I had always felt that the organization respected its 501(c)(3) status as a non-partisan organization. I no longer believe this.
Komen surely should become one of those organizations that any progressive stays far away from--if we truly believe that breast cancer affects women on both sides of the aisle and that the possibilities for cures should extend across the aisle as well. I know we will all find other ways to fight breast cancer together to end this terrible disease.
In sadness, and yet, in fighting spirit,
Eve Ellis is a Financial Advisor at Morgan Stanley Smith Barney. A Certified Financial Planner and Certified Investment Management Analyst, she is one of fewer than 200 Chartered Advisors in Philanthropy in the nation, offering investment advisory services to nonprofit organizations and endowments as well as to philanthropic individuals and families. Eve is also a member of the Jewish Women's Archive Investment Committee. See her full bio here.