Leading the breast cancer movement in the communities we serve…
The Komen Story
Nancy G. Brinker promised her dying sister, Susan G. Komen, she would do everything in her power to end breast cancer. In 1982 that promise became Susan G. Komen®, launching the global breast cancer movement and the largest group of volunteers and grassroots advocates to save lives, empower people, ensure quality care for all, and energize science to find the cures.
With the guidance and support of trusted volunteers, Susan G. Komen® Houston was established in 1990, and is now the largest source of non-profit funding for breast cancer research, education, screening, and treatment in Southeast Texas.
Service Area: Brazoria, Chambers, Fort Bend, Galveston, Harris, Liberty and Montgomery counties
Funding History: $52 million for breast cancer research, education, screening and treatment services
Educational Outreach: Providing knowledge about breast health and breast cancer
Grants: Our granting process ensures the impartial allocation of funds to qualified 501c3 organizations helping countless breast cancer survivors and their families get the treatment and support they need.
• Up to 75% of net proceeds stay in our service area to fund grants awarded to breast health
• The remaining 25% is contributed to the Susan G. Komen® National Award and Research Grant Program to fund cutting-edge research
Events: The Komen Houston Race for the Cure® is the largest footrace in Houston and the major source of funding. Typically taking place in October, the event serves as a powerful vehicle for spreading the life saving message of early detection and raising funds to help end breast cancer. Other events include the Annual Awards Luncheon and Community Partner fundraising events.
Where your Money Goes
We are committed to responsible stewardship of every dollar that is generously donated. Thanks to the commitment and support of the Greater Houston Community, thousands of lives are being saved and each day brings us closer to finding a cure for breast cancer.
Your Dollars at Work: We are pleased to report an overall 23% expense ratio to cover fundraising and administrative costs.
Dollars we gave away: In 2016, we awarded a total of $1.7 million to fund breast cancer education, screening, treatment, support and research. Over $680,000 invested to fund critical research through the Komen National Award and Research Grant Program.
More early detection: Nearly 75% of women over 40 years old now receive regular mammograms, the single most effective tool for detecting breast cancer early (in 1982, less than 30% received a clinical exam).
Higher survival rates: The five-year survival rate for breast cancer, when caught early before it spreads beyond the breast, is now 98% (compared to 74% in 1982).
More research: The federal government now devotes more than $900 million each year to breast cancer research, treatment and prevention (compared to $30 million in 1982).
More survivors: America’s 2.9 million breast cancer survivors.