Komen Executives Resign in Wake of Controversy
PND – Philanthropy News Digest
March 26, 2012
Nearly two months after Susan G. Komen for the Cure reversed its decision to end its funding for Planned Parenthood, fallout from the decision continues to haunt the breast cancer charity, the Washington Post reports.
Since the controversy erupted, the heads of Komen affiliates in greater New York and Oregon announced their plans to step down, and three top officials at the charity’s Dallas headquarters resigned. In addition, on Thursday the Komen foundation announced that board chair LaSalle D. Leffall, Jr., 81, was stepping down from his post but staying on the board, and that founding board member Robert Taylor, 83, would come out of retirement to take his place. A spokeswoman for the organization told the Post that Leffall’s decision was the result of additional duties he had taken on as provost of Howard University. But a person familiar with the board’s deliberations told the Post that Leffall was bowing out at the request of the university, which recommended he distance himself from Komen. The university denies any involvement in Leffall’s decision.
As it scrambles to repair the public relations damage, internally and externally, caused by the Planned Parenthood decision, Komen has announced the creation of an affiliate representative seat on its ten-member board as well as a new group of affiliates that will work with the national board to set policies and priorities. The organization recently conducted a poll and found that its constituents want an apology and that many feel the organization has turned its back on low-income women