By now you’ve probably read about the decision by the Susan G. Komen Foundation to cease giving grants to Planned Parenthood for breast cancer screenings.
This decision, obviously politically motivated, will mostly impact women in under-served communities. The same communities that probably sold the most buckets of cancer that raised $8 million for the foundation. Seriously.
Komen gets a spanking
One of the best things I love about the nonprofit community is watching my friends serve up a well-deserved spanking!
- Alison Fine helped open the way with a Causes campaign called “Komen Kan Kiss My Mammogram!” which now has almost 1,000 supporters!
- Kivi Leroux-Miller wrote a great case study about their rebranding as a pro-life breast cancer charity, and how they awkwardly non-responded to the outcry by tweeting about prostate cancer in a 2,000 year-old mummy.
- Beth wrote an awesome post about Kivi’s newsjacking and how she (Beth) used Pinterest to drive traffic back to Alison’s Cause campaign.
- Nancy wrote an excellent timeline of the entire Koman failure, from start to finish.
- Allyson shared five key lessons nonprofits can learn from the Komen failure.
- Shonali shared seven PR Lessons Komen didn’t know it was giving you.
- Amy pointed out an article about how defunding Planned Parenthood exposes the politics of Komen.
- Joe implored supporters of Komen to put the cause first with this jab: “If you’re happy with deep fried cause marketing, brand witch hunts and punishing poor women, congratulations, you have the organization you want.”
- And I got to watch.
Take some time and go through these posts. You’ll find lessons, rage, humor, and a whole lot of riotousness.