Susan G. Komen Greater Iowa to Disaffiliate from National Organization and Distribute its Funds

Des Moines, IA (February 9, 2021) – Susan G. Komen Greater Iowa (KGI) today announced it will disaffiliate from its recently restructured parent organization, Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, Inc. (Komen Headquarters), and distribute $525,000 to local entities and programs that support breast cancer screening, diagnosis, treatment, and other patient services. The decision will result in the layoff of all staff members. KGI is scheduled to cease operations by March 31.

In April 2020, Komen Headquarters announced a series of changes that included centralizing the operations of its affiliate network through the consolidation of local offices and integration of the operations of the affiliates into its Dallas headquarters. Komen Headquarters has indicated it would continue to support the Iowa region, but it has not publicly announced specific plans.

Komen Greater Iowa currently operates as an independent non-profit 501(c)(3) organization but is affiliated with the national office.  The organization serves all 99 counties in Iowa and six counties in Illinois, Nebraska, and South Dakota. KGI’s Board Chair Becki Brommel said the decision to cease operations was made to ensure support for breast cancer patients in KGI’s service area, where the funds were raised.

“The KGI Board of Directors’ decision to end its affiliation with the national office was driven by the desire to help those affected by breast cancer in our service area,” Brommel said. “The funds we are distributing were raised here in greater Iowa, and we believe the donors provided these funds to support programs that help individuals living in our current greater Iowa service area.”

Komen has had a strong presence in the greater Iowa service area for almost three decades and has raised more than $19 million to support breast cancer patient care, prevention, and research for a cure.

Brommel said that while distributing the funds to local organizations is the right thing to do, it comes with sadness.

“Our organization has been blessed with many extraordinary volunteers, dedicated staff, and Board members over the years,” Brommel said. “We have volunteers who have supported our cause for many years. We all wear pink proudly, and we won’t give up until there is a cure. I have been honored to work alongside a number of talented individuals, and I am certain that all of our supporters will all continue to make an impact in the fight against breast cancer.”

The Komen Greater Iowa Board of Directors has selected the following organizations to receive funding:

  • Polk County Health Department
  • Iowa Department of Public Health
  • River Hills Community Health Center
  • Genesis Health System
  • Trinity Medical Center
  • Jennie Edmundson Hospital
  • Promise Community Health Center
  • Gilda’s Club Quad Cities
  • Cerro Gordo County Public Health
  • Casting for Recovery
  • Can Do Cancer
  • Above & Beyond Cancer
  • Living Proof Exhibit