• The new President and CEO of the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Foundation Judith A. Salerno, left, is shown with Komen Founder and now Chair of Global Strategy Nancy G. Brinker. (AP)


    Komen Names New CEO

    Judith A. Salerno replaces the breast-cancer charity’s founder, Nancy Brinker.

    Will a new CEO for Komen give the charity a face-lift? Judith A. Salerno was named head of the breast-cancer foundation Susan G. Komen on Monday. She replaces founder Nancy Brinker, who announced her decision to step down last summer after Komen received much criticism for its decision to cease funding Planned Parenthood breast-cancer screenings (which was quickly reversed). However, tax documents revealed that Brinker remained on Komen’s payroll—with a hefty yearly salary of $684,000. Salerno, 61, is the executive director and chief operating officer of the Institute of Medicine, an advisory institution for the government and private sector. Educated at Harvard University, she was also deputy director of the National Institute on Aging.

  • Nancy G. Brinker speaks during Susan G. Komen's Global Race For The Cure on June 2, 2012 in Washington, DC. (Kris Connor / Getty Images)


    Komen CEO Denies Raise

    Salary had angered some as races are canceled.

    Despite that sources close to the Susan G. Komen foundation are saying that CEO Nancy Brinker got a 64 percent raise, Brinker continues to insist that this is not true. The controversy started in early 2012, when the foundation announced that it would stop funding breast-cancer screenings at Planned Parenthood—which spurred a firestorm of protests. Brinker then reversed the decision and announced that she was resigning in August 2012. However, she still holds her position and makes $684,000 a year, according to tax filings. “This pay package is way outside the norm,” said Ken Berger, the president and CEO of Charity Navigator. A Komen spokesperson said the search continues for Brinker’s replacement.

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    More Trouble For Komen

    CEO's salary under fire just days after organization cancels some of its 3-day walks.

    More controversy for the Susan G. Komen Foundation. Just days after the organization announced that it was canceling half of its 3-day walks this year, CEO Nancy Brinker is in the hot seat over a reported 64 percent raise in her salary since last year. In early 2012, the Komen Foundation first created waves with its announcement that it would stop funding for breast cancer screenings at Planned Parenthood. Amid a firestorm of protests. Brinker reversed the decision, and by August announced she would be stepping down. But NBC reports that not only does Brinker still hold her post, but atx documents revealed that she netted an enormous raise, and now makes $684,000 a year. (Komen told NBC that the raise came prior to the controversy last year.) According to one NBC source, the salary is said to be "extremely high" for a charity and allegedly "more than the head of the Red Cross is making for an organization that is one-tenth the size of the Red Cross."

  • By: Kris Connor


    Komen Foundation Cancels Walks

    Due to ‘economic uncertainty.’

    Charity walkers in seven major U.S. cities might have to find another use for all that pink paraphernalia in 2014. The Susan G. Komen Foundation has announced that it will no longer organize an annual walk—the three-day, 60-mile Susan G. Komen walk—in Arizona, Boston, Chicago, Cleveland, San Francisco, and Washington, D.C., citing “economic uncertainty over the last four years” and low participation as the reason for the withdrawal. The breast-cancer awareness organization has had a tough time lately, reporting a decrease in donations over the last two years, and possibly still smarting from a 2012 incident where Komen execs tried to eliminate $680,000 in grants for Planned Parenthood, resulting in public outcry and a flood of donations for the women’s health-care provider.

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    Komen Founder Gets Pay Raise

    Even after tumultuous year with declining membership.

    Susan G. Komen for the Cure’s founder was paid quite a pretty penny last year. Nancy Brinker received a whopping 64 percent raise, bringing her salary to $684,717 for fiscal year 2012. That amounts to an hourly rate of roughly $240. Last year, Komen was cast in a harsh light after revelations that it spent only 15 percent of its donations on research and nixed funding for breast-cancer screenings and services for Planned Parenthood. As a result, Komen’s chief financial officer and president stepped down. Brinker, who founded the organization in memory of her sister, relinquished her title of CEO and said her new role will be chairwoman of the executive committee.