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Grants

Where does the money go?

Funding for National and International Programs

Up to seventy-five percent (75%) of the net revenue raised by the Komen Chicagoland Affiliate, from fundraising events like the Komen Chicago Race for the Cure® and the Pink Tie Gala, combined with the generosity of individual and corporate donors are granted back to the local community. The remaining twenty-five percent (25%) directly supports Komen's National Research Grant Program.

Committed to caring for those coping with breast cancer while trying to rid future generations of the disease, Susan G. Komen, the world’s leading breast cancer organization, recently announced $60 million in research grants to U.S. and international scientists. In its 30 years, Komen has invested more than $400 million in life-saving research that has touched every major advance in breast cancer treatment and care.

The wide spectrum of research to be funded this year by Komen's National Research Grants Program includes the following:

  • Investigations into treatment and outcome disparities (racial, ethnic) among groups of women,
  • Improved diagnostics and screening (biomarkers, new imaging techniques),
  • New targeted therapy and methods of delivery (nanotechnology),
  • Better understanding of breast cancer types (triple negative breast cancer), and
  • Drug resistance and metastasis.

For a complete listing of research grants approved by Komen's national board of directors click here

Funding to Fulfill the Promise to End Breast Cancer Right Here in our Community

Like Susan G. Komen, the Chicago Affiliate® is a grant-making organization. As one of the leading affiliates in our network of more than 122 around the country, Komen Chicago contributes to the Komen mission by awarding funds to not-for-profit organizations that provide innovative, non-duplicative breast health and breast cancer services directly to the medically underserved, uninsured, or underinsured individuals. The Komen Chicagoland Affiliate is organized by ten full time staff members and more than four hundred volunteers.  The Affiliate vows to keep administrative costs as low as possible, in order to provide as much funding as possible to programs that assist women who may be medically underserved. Komen Chicago continues to reach surrounding communities to keep the subject of breast cancer high in the public consciousness. Since 1997, Komen Chicago has granted over $11.5 million toward local education, screening, treatment, treatment support and navigation for underserved women and national research.

Community-Based Grants

Through our Community-Based Grants program, we award grants to non-profit organizations providing breast cancer screening, patient navigation, treatment and treatment support in Cook, DuPage, Kane, Lake and McHenry. We are currently funding 17 innovative programs and two Technical Assistance and Capacity Building projects totaling over $1,300,000. Applications are available each fall and grants are awarded the following April.

Our net proceeds will target local grant programs that

  • Pay for mammograms, diagnostic testing and treatment as needed,
  • Focus on treatment support as well as providing easier access to existing treatment resources for women with breast cancer, and
  • Provide patient navigation, a service that provides breast health education and guidance to patients, families and caregivers to make informed decisions while collaborating with a multi-disciplinary team to ensure timely breast cancer screening, diagnosis, treatment, and supportive care across the Breast Cancer Continuum of Care.

2014-2015 Community Grants

To find out if you qualify for one of the Komen-funded programs listed below, please contact the identified staff person for assistance.

Navigation =     Screening =    Treatment =    Treatment Support =

All Community Grants are for 2014-2015

A Silver Lining Foundation   
Buy A Mom A Mammogram
Juancetta Lindsey, Programs Outreach and Development Coordinator
312-345-1322
http://www.asilverliningfoundation.org/
This is the 4th year of Affiliate funding for this program.
The program eliminates cost as a barrier to breast health services by providing funding for free screening mammograms and follow-up diagnostic evaluations at six partner hospitals across Chicagoland.

Access Community Health Network  

Pin-A-Sister/ExaminateComadre Breast Health Outreach Program
Paulina Guzman, Manager, Faith and Community Programs
312-526-2087
http://www.accesscommunityhealth.net/breastcancer
This is the 13th year of Affiliate funding for this program.
The program delivers breast health outreach and education, and provides links to screening and treatment services through ACCESS Stand Against Cancer (STAND) and Illinois Breast and Cervical Cancer (IBCCP) Programs.

Asian Health Coalition   

Pink Pashmina Project: A Passport to Women’s Health
Reena Patel, Director of Programs
312-372-7070 x221
http://www.asianhealth.org/
This is the 3rd year of Affiliate funding for this program.
The programa ddresses the cultural, structural, and financial barriers that contribute to the low rates of breast cancer screening among Asian American women.

Centro de Salud Experanza  

Conciencie de la Mujer (A Woman's Conscience) Expansion 2013-2014
Contact: Ofelia Figueroa
773-584-6147
http://www.esperanzachicago.org/
This is the 2nd year of Affiliate funding for this program.
The program will provide free screening mammograms plus diagnostics, and treatment to 200 new uninsured patients while educating an additional 5,000 community members in Chicago’s southwest side Latino neighborhoods.

Erie Family Health Center  

Providing Access to the Breast Cancer Continuum of Care for Underserved Hispanic Women in Chicago
Contact: Monica Ortiz
312-432-7356
http://www.eriefamilyhealth.org
This is the 4th year of Affiliate funding for this program.
The program will expand access to care for low-income Hispanic women in northwest Chicago, including clinical breast exams, screening, diagnosis and treatment..

Family Health Partnership Clinic   

Best for the Breast
Suzanne Hoban, Executive Director
815-334-8987
http://www.hpclinic.org/home0.aspx
This is the 4th year of Affiliate funding for this program.
The program is a collaborative project between the FHPC and CentegraGavers Breast Center.  It focuses on providing the Continuum of Care for Breast Health, targeting low income Hispanic women in McHenry County.

Gilda's Club of Chicago  

Breast Cancer Education and Support for African American Women
Kathleen Boss, Project Director
312-464-9900
http://www.gildasclubchicago.org
This is the 5th year of Affiliate funding for this program.
The program provides outreach and support efforts targeted to reach the African American community, including breast health awareness, educational programming, networking, and support groups for survivors, family and friends impacted by breast cancer.

Hektoen Institute of Medicine on behalf of
Stoger Hospital of Cook County
  
State of the Art Breast Cancer Risk & Prevention Program for Underserved Women
Ursula Hunt, Project Coordinator
312-864-4457
http://www.cchil.org/dom/hematologyoncology.html
This is the 7th year of Affiliate funding for this program.
The program provides breast cancer risk assessment, genetic counseling and genetic testing to a low socioeconomic and predominantly minority population through the Cancer Risk program at Stroger Hospital.
Korean American Community Services   
Breast & Cervical Cancer Early Detection for Korean American Women
JihyunKwak, Program Manager
 773-583-5501
http://www.kacschicago.org
This is the 6th year of affiliate funding for this program.
The program provides culturally and linguistically appropriate education and outreach services to increase breast cancer screening in the Korean American community through workshops, case management services, free clinical breast exams and mammograms
Mercy Hospital & Medical Center
Whole Women, Whole Health
Jody Jahnke, Project Director
312-567-6724
http://www.mercy-chicago.org/
This is the 3rd year of affiliate funding for this program.
The program offers complementary and alternative care in the form of therapeutic massage, acupuncture, meditation, yoga and a variety of informational classes at no cost to breast cancer patients, primarily targeting low-income uninsured/underinsured minority women.
Metropolitan Chicago Breast Cancer Task Force  

Screen to Live
Darlene Oliver, Project Director
312-942-1899
http://www.chicagobreastcancer.org
This is the 2nd year of Affiliate funding for this program.
The program is a community based education, navigation and quality improvement program in Englewood which will provide free resources for screenings, diagnostic exams and treatment.

MetroSouth Medical Center's Women's Health Program   
Your Health/Your Life (Su Salud/Su Vida)
Lynn Volcelka, Project Director
708-489-7945
http://www.metrosouthmedicalcenter.com/
This is the 5th year of Affiliate funding for this program.
The program provides trans-cultural breast cancer education sessions that will directly enroll uninsured African American and Latino women in breast health cancer screening services which includes patient navigation and nurse case management ensuring clinical breast exams, screening mammograms and diagnostic follow up services.
Roseland Community Hospital
WIN (Women in Need) Breast Health Services
Deborah Hoyles, Project Director
773-995-3169
http://www.roselandhospital.org/
This is the 3rd year of Affiliate funding for this program.
The program provides a Patient Navigation Program to assist low-income African American women receive breast health services to save lives from breast cancer deaths in the Greater Roseland Community area including Roseland, Pullman, West Pullman, Washington Heights, and Riverdale.
Rush-Copley Medical Center
Help for You: Breast Cancer Education and Assistance
Maryll Moon, Grants Officer
630-978-4984
http://www.rushcopley.com/services/breast-health/
This is the 3rd year of Affiliate funding for this program.
The program provides breast cancer screenings and treatment support services to minority and low-income women throughout Kane County.
Rush University Medical Center   
Culturally Competent Breast Health Education, Screening and Navigator Program
Comprehensive Breast Clinic
312-942-8902
http://www.rush.edu/
This is the 5th year of Affiliate funding for this program.
The program provides access to high-quality breast cancer screening, diagnosticand treatment services by linking women to a culturally competent nurse navigator.
Swedish Covenant Hospital   
Comprehensive Breast Health Program
Elizabeth Miniscalco, Cancer Program Manager
773-878-5437
http://swedishcovenant.org/medical-services/cancer-services/services/breast-health-program
This is the 3rd year of Affiliate funding for this program.
The program provides culturally and linguistically appropriate free screening, diagnostic services and patient navigation for uninsured and very low-income women on Chicago's North and Northwest sides.
VNA Health Care
  
VNA Breast Cancer Screening for Underserved
Tammy Pruitt, Project Director
630- 978-2532
http://www.vnafoxvalley.org/for_patients_womens_breast_cervical_cancer_program.cfm
This is the 2nd year of Affiliate funding for this program.
The program provides screening mammograms, tracking patient outcome information and breast navigation services in Kane County.

Komen Chicago Affiliate does not determine individual eligibility, make referrals, influence the screening or treatment decisions, of the organizations we fund.

If you have any questions, please contact Aminah Abdullah, Community Programs Manager, at 773-444-0061 or aabdullah@komenchicago.org.