Susan G. Komen executives: More resignations
Susan G. Komen executives depart in turmoil over a funding flap of Planned Parenthood. At least five Susan G. Komen executives have left.
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Supporters of the affiliate called, emailed, tweeted and posted updates on Facebook about their concerns during those first days of February. But, Calhoun said, "things have quieted down considerably" since the decision was reversed.Skip to next paragraph
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Nevertheless, the office decided to postpone two spring fundraising events because organizers were not certain of their ability to get donations in the "near term." In their place, the New York operation planned to hold a free breakfast event for grant recipients, supporters, volunteers and sponsors, Calhoun said.
Other Komen groups expect to carry on with business as usual.
The Los Angeles County affiliate will hold its annual race this weekend. Executive Director Mark Pilon said participation numbers are steady.
"We're tracking right what we did last year and our corporate sponsorship is up," said Pilon, who took the job only a month ago.
Pilon replaced Deb Anthony, who resigned last fall. She told Los Angeles television station KNBC in February that she submitted her resignation notice in December "for a variety of reasons." She said it was a coincidence that it came around the time Komen was in the spotlight.
"There are several decisions that Komen has made in the past year that have led me to decide that my skills and talents no longer fit their model," she said in an email to KCBS television. The AP left a message Thursday seeking comment from Anthony.
Komen did not publicly announce its decision to halt the grants but conveyed the news to its 100-plus U.S. affiliates. The head of Planned Parenthood has said she was informed of the decision in December.
Sandra Miniutti, vice president for Charity Navigator, said that the controversy is likely to affect Komen'sability to raise money. Although Komen is in good financial shape, the charity may have to spend considerably more money to achieve the same amount as in the past.
Her organization allows people to review charities on its website. Before the controversy erupted, there were fewer than 100 reviews of Komen. But afterward, that number grew to about 700, many of them negative, she said.
Because of the way the organization "flip-flopped" on its decision, it angered people on both sides of the controversy, she said.
Aun said the charity's "donations and our support remain strong."