About Us

The Susan G. Komen® Vision: A world without breast cancer

The Komen Promise: To save lives and end breast cancer forever by empowering people, ensuring quality care for all, and energizing science to find the cures.

The Komen Mission: Save lives by meeting the most critical needs  in our communities and investing in breakthrough research to prevent and cure breast cancer.

About Susan G. Komen®Utah

Susan G. Komen is 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. Komen Utah is working to better the lives of those facing breast cancer in the local community. Through events like the Komen Utah Race for the Cure®, Komen Utah has invested $6.4 million in community breast health programs in Utah and has helped contribute to the more than $920 million invested globally in research.

25%, 75% graphSusan G. Komen®Utah is dedicated to combating breast cancer on every front. Up to 75 percent of the Affiliate’s net income goes toward funding grants to local hospitals, clinics and community organizations that provide breast health education as well as breast cancer screening and treatment programs for medically underserved women. The remaining net income (a minimum of 25 percent) supports the national Komen Grants Program, which funds groundbreaking breast cancer research, meritorious awards and educational programs around the world.

Komen Utah serves all of Utah. Thousands of people participate in the Susan G. Komen Utah Race for the Cure® and other Affiliate events each year. Along with our dedicated corporate partners and generous donors you are helping Komen Utah play a vital role in fighting breast cancer within our community.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: When is the Race held?
A: Susan G. Komen Utah Race for the Cure®  is held the Saturday before Mother’s Day each year.

Q: What does a 5K race have to do with breast cancer?
A: The series of 5K runs and walks raises significant funds for the breast cancer movement, celebrates breast cancer survivors and honors those who have lost their battle with the disease.

Q: What does the Affiliate do?
A: Most people have heard about the Race for the Cure®, but the Utah Affiliate does much more! In addition to the Race and other fundraising events, we collaborate and advocate for women’s health, and we manage a local grants program (see Mission section below).

Q: Where does the money go?
A: Up to 75% of net proceeds raised by the Utah Affiliate stay in Utah to fund screening, treatment and education programs that assist women in our local communities. The remaining 25% goes to Komen National–not for overhead, but directly for research projects. Community and research grants are discussed in more detail in the Mission section.

Q: What are your operating costs?
A: Each Affiliate is required to spend no more than 25% of its income on overhead (rent, salaries, computers, mail, Race expenses, etc.)

Q: How many staff members do you have?
A: The Utah Affiliate employs four full-time employees. We accomplish so much through countless hours and effort from an amazing group of core volunteers and many, many more on Race day.

Q: What parts of Utah do you serve?
A: We serve the entire state of Utah.

Q: What is your Mission?
A: : Susan G. Komen Utah seeks to improve breast cancer survivorship and prevention through screening, treatment, research and support services. To accomplish our mission, we manage a local community grants program that provides funding for organizations that aim to fill the gaps in care for women as they relate to breast cancer.  These grants are for screening, treatment, treatment support, and education.

Q: How do you know what gaps exist?
A: Every four years, each affiliate publishes a Community Profile. This is an in-depth project that assesses the needs of women in Utah related to breast cancer. This document allows us to develop granting priorities.

Q: What are granting priorities?
A: Granting priorities are areas discovered through the Community Profile that we feel will make the greatest impact in our community.

Q: Who decides what organizations/projects are funded?
A: The affiliate appoints an independent review panel with diverse backgrounds. Members are recruited from the medical community, other nonprofits, finance, education, business, as well as breast cancer survivors. These individuals score and rank applications based on our granting priorities and where the biggest impact can be made.

Q: How much money have you granted overall?
A:  Since 1997, the Utah Affiliate has granted over $6.4 million in community grants and sent close to $2 million for research to our national office.

Q: Who are your grantees?
A: A list of our current grantees is located here.

Q: Where can I find information on research grants?
A: All research grants are managed by our national office in conjunction with a large group of scholars and leaders in the field of breast cancer research.  This is done to avoid duplication and ensure impact. Information on research grants, including the process for application, management and a list or projects is on the national website.