The Komen Brouhaha is turning me into a hipster

It's all I can do to keep from saying "Well, I refused to support Komen before it was cool!"

At any rate, there's little I can say that hasn't already been said very well by many other people - this is some fucking outrageous bullshit, it is demonstrating yet again that anti-choicers do not deserve the moniker "pro-life" because they don't give a shit about any kind of life other than the fetal kind, etc.  What I can do, however, is make available some links I've seen in various places, so that if you had been donating to Komen, or were inclined to make a statement by starting your breast-cancer-fight donations with someone else because of this, you will have a list of alternatives.  I know that Komen's vastness and extremely effective pinkwashing efforts have made them often the *only* visible target for people who want to give to this cause, and a lot of people wouldn't begin to know where to look for alternative orgs, so here you go.  In no particular order:

As always, do your due diligence before giving money to an organization; I haven't had time to research these organizations in particular, so they may have issues as well.  Some are more focused on patient and survivor support, while others use donations more for research, which handily allows you to direct your money toward the side of the cause you prefer, or split it however you like.

Special thanks to Bebinn on Tumblr, and the rest of the feminist Tumblr community for the various posts and reposts of links I saw today and from which I collected these.


itchbay said...

Right? That's pretty much my feeling about this whole thing. But I'm also watching friends who have given so much time and energy into the 3Day events, some walking 2 and 3 a year, go through some serious soul searching.

I'm, sadly, always a bit skeptical when it comes to fund-raising organizations. I generally prefer to stick with the smaller, locally-based groups. But I also feel like these national groups do have something positive to contribute.

Also, didn't there used to be (maybe still is) a website that ranks charities based on criteria like overhead and salaries and actual donations?

Jadelyn said...

I really feel for people who are having to struggle with watching an organization they trusted and believed in show its true colors, I really do - can't help feeling a little smug though. >.<  I hear you on being skeptical of charities, too.  

As for ranking charities, I found Charity Navigator, but I find their rankings breakdown hard to read/understand - and they rank Komen 4 stars out of 4, so.  :-/  


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