About Susan G. Komen Great Plains
Susan G. Komen Great Plains is an affiliate of Susan G. Komen, the world’s largest breast cancer organization, funding more breast cancer research than any other nonprofit while providing real-time help to those facing the disease. Komen has set a Bold Goal to reduce the current number of breast cancer deaths by 50 percent in the U.S. by 2026. Komen was founded in 1982 by Nancy G. Brinker, who promised her sister, Susan G. Komen, that she would end the disease that claimed Suzy’s life.
Susan G. Komen Great Plains is an affiliate of Komen and is the local breast health organization serving women, men and families in Nebraska and South Dakota and saving lives. Komen Great Plains was founded in 1994 by a group of individuals committed to the Komen vision of a world without breast cancer. Komen Great Plains has invested more than $9 million in local community breast health programs and helped contribute to the more than $988 million Komen invested globally in groundbreaking breast cancer research.
Komen Great Plains is at the forefront of ensuring that life-saving breast health initiatives are accessible to all people in the community, regardless of their age or background. Each year, Komen Great Plains helps thousands of women and men with little or no health insurance receive breast health education, screening, treatment and support.
With an annual revenue target of over $1,300,000, Komen Great Plains provides innovative projects in the areas of breast health and breast cancer education, outreach, screening, patient navigation and treatment support to help underserved populations in Nebraska and South Dakota. In 2018, over $1,00,000 was invested in mission programs and on track to exceed that impact in 2019.
Komen Great Plains’ breast health community programs and services are made possible through year-round fundraising efforts, including the Race for the Cure in Nebraska and South Dakota, the Pink Ribbon Affair, and Taste of the Hills. Komen Great Plains is also bolstered by a strong and diverse board of directors and a dedicated network of volunteers that give their time and resources to help with strategic planning, fundraising, event planning, community events and initiatives as well as provide emotional support to those in treatment.
In order to meet the growing need for services and funding for cutting edge research, Komen Great Plains is embarking on a new strategy to diversify revenue streams, including significantly growing capabilities in attracting and developing major donors and foundations.