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  •  Link to Planned Parenthood (3+ / 0-)
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    Donate to a Specific PP Organization

    https://secure.ppaction.org/...

    I donate to PP on a regular basis and recently decided to send my donation to the PP org in West Virginia.

    It's easy to find one or several PP's in your state.  Use the pull down menu at "Organization" (Select Organization) and search by state.

    When someone is impatient and says, "I haven't got all day," I always wonder, How can that be? How can you not have all day? George Carlin

    by msmacgyver on Sun Mar 25, 2012 at 11:19:48 AM PDT

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    •  This is about ending breast cancer (1+ / 0-)
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      It's not about Planned Parenthood.  

      No GOP-lite Democrats in 2016. Let's elect a real Democrat next time.

      by Betty Pinson on Sun Mar 25, 2012 at 11:30:20 AM PDT

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      •  To clarify (1+ / 0-)
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        In the effort to end breast cancer, Planned Parenthood isn't an expert.  Even PP would admit that.

        No GOP-lite Democrats in 2016. Let's elect a real Democrat next time.

        by Betty Pinson on Sun Mar 25, 2012 at 11:33:48 AM PDT

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        •  I offered the link to PP as an alternative (5+ / 0-)
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          to donating to an organization which offers preventative care.  

          http://www.plannedparenthood.org/...

          Breast cancer is a serious health concern. After skin cancer, it's the most common type of cancer in American women. About 225,000 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer this year in the U.S. and 40,000 women will die from it.

          Breast cancer screenings, such as breast exams or mammograms, help detect breast cancer in its earliest, most treatable stage. These breast cancer detection tools can save lives. More than nine out of 10 women who detect breast cancer early live at least five years — and many live much longer.

          When someone is impatient and says, "I haven't got all day," I always wonder, How can that be? How can you not have all day? George Carlin

          by msmacgyver on Sun Mar 25, 2012 at 12:58:56 PM PDT

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      •  Komen is a "cause marketing" organization (7+ / 0-)

        The cause, in this case, is finding a cure for breast cancer.  In 2009-10 fiscal year, 20.9% of total earnings went to research.  

        http://en.wikipedia.org/...

        In the 2009-2010 fiscal year, ending March 31, 2010, Komen reported approximately US $400 million in earnings. Of this, $365 million (91.3 percent) came from contributions from the public, including donations, sponsorships, race entry fees, and contributed goods and services. Approximately $35 million (8.8 percent) came from interest and dividends and gains on investments.

        That same fiscal year, Komen reported approximately US $360 million in expenses. $283.2 million of this went towards program services: $75.4 million (20.9 percent of total expenditure) went to research, $140.8 million (39.1 percent) went to public health education, $46.9 million (13 percent) went to health screening services, and $20.1 million (5.6 percent) went to treatment services. The other $76.8 million went to supporting services, including $36.1 million (10 percent of total expenditure) toward fund-raising costs and $40.6 million (11.3 percent) toward general and administrative costs.

        The Komen CEO salary in 2010 was $459,406 a year. Komen paid founder and CEO Nancy Brinker $417,712 in 2011.

        When someone is impatient and says, "I haven't got all day," I always wonder, How can that be? How can you not have all day? George Carlin

        by msmacgyver on Sun Mar 25, 2012 at 01:16:53 PM PDT

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        •  Not that I in any way support Komen but (2+ / 0-)
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          I'm not bothered by the fact that about 60% of their total went to public health education, health screenings and treatment services.  In fact, these are probably the areas for which Planned Parenthood qualified for funding.

          That said, I told a friend (and breast cancer survivor) yesterday that I would not be sponsoring her this year in the Komen race.  I said I would donate to Planned Parenthood, or the Crohn's & Colitis Foundation (her daughter has colitis) or another charity of her choice, but I would never donate to Komen again.

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