Susan G. Komen for the Cure is the nation's largest private provider of funds for breast cancer research and community outreach programs. Through programs like the Komen Race for the Cure® Series and other fundraising and awareness events, Komen Affiliates raise tens of millions of dollars each year to help achieve the organization's promise to save lives and end breast cancer forever by empowering people, ensuring quality of care for all and energizing science to find the cures. Seventy-five percent of an Affiliate's revenue stays in the community. The remaining 25 percent support the Komen National Award and Research Grant Program.
As one in a network of over 125 Komen Affiliates, the Arkansas Affiliate contributes to the Komen mission funding local community-based breast health education, breast cancer screening and treatment programs for the medically underserved. Since 1994, the Arkansas Race for the Cure has raised over $15 million, of which more than $9.7 million has been granted to hospitals and non-profit organizations in our 63-county service region.
Last year, Susan G. Komen for the Cure awarded more than $100 million in research grants, representing the largest single-year investment in research in the organization's 26-year history and a 30 percent increase over the previous year’s award total of $77 million. The 2009 grants slate moves Komen for the Cure closer to accomplishing its goal of investing another $2 billion in breast cancer research and community health programs by 2017.
Any not-for-profit organization that provides breast health and/or breast cancer education, screening, or treatment services may apply for a grant.