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.
Komen’s Big Bold Goal
The Susan G. Komen breast cancer organization announced a bold plan to reduce the nation’s 40,000 breast cancer deaths by 50 percent in 10 years.
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.
History: Over $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 $490,980 invested to fund critical research through the Komen National Award and Research Grant Program
In Houston, we’re still running.
Every year the Komen Houston Race for the Cure® serves as a powerful vehicle for spreading the life-saving message of early detection to thousands of people. But the race doesn’t end on Race Day. There is incredible need beyond the race. There are many ways you can give to Komen Houston. Whether it’s a gift of your time, your talents or your resources, you will make a difference.