upporters, community, and survivors.
Despite the latest issues, we continue our work in Central Florida without hesitation. Our goal is, and always will be, to create a world without breast cancer. To that end, we will work to empower people, ensure quality care for all, and to energize science to find the cures.
We raise funds locally in order to support our local community. Up to seventy-five percent of funds raised here remain here so that we can grant these funds to organizations that need them in order to provide breast health services to men and women in our area. The remaining twenty-five percent goes toward national research grants.
Komen’s recent grant policy revisions will in no way affect our current grantees. Our decision to award grants is based on a community needs assessment, done every two years. We use this assessment to award grants where they will have the greatest impact on our community. To the best of our knowledge, our local Planned Parenthood chapter has never applied for a local Komen grant, nor have we ever awarded funds to Planned Parenthood. If Planned Parenthood had applied for funding, they would go through the same grants process as every other organization we have funded.
We are as dedicated to our mission today as we were yesterday, and we will work to continually improve our ability to service the needs of the uninsured and underinsured in our community.
To date, the Central Florida Affiliate alone has raised over $5 million through the generosity of individual and corporate donors, memorial gifts, third-party fundraisers, community partnerships, and fundraising events, including our annual Race for the Cure. In 2011, our Affiliate granted 15 non-profit organizations over $600,000 for local breast health services, and we contributed an additional $150,000 to fund national research initiatives.
Our funding in 2010 provided for more than 1600 initial screening mammograms, over 1100 diagnostic procedures, education to more than 50,000 people, and a breast cancer diagnosis in 27 women – who otherwise may have gone undiagnosed and untreated.
We ask that you continue to stand by us as we work to support local breast cancer services and to find the cures to end breast cancer forever.
With great hope,
The Board and Staff of Komen Central Florida