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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
Contact: Juancetta Lindsey
312-345-1322
asilverliningfoundation.org/
This is the 5th year of Affiliate funding for this partner.
The program eliminates cost as a barrier of receiving breast health services by providing funding for free screening mammograms and follow-up diagnostic evaluations, when indicated, for medically underserved women at 8 Chicagoland hospital partners and 1 in Rockford.

Access Community Health Network

ACCESS Breast Health Program
Contact: Paulina Guzman
312-526-2087
accesscommunityhealth.net
This is the 14th year of Affiliate funding for this partner.
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: Passport to Women’s Health
Contact: Reena Patel
312-372-7070 x221
asianhealth.org
This is the 4th year of Affiliate funding for this partner.
The program addresses the cultural, structural, and financial barriers that contribute to the low rates of breast cancer screening among Asian American women.

Erie Family Health Center

Providing Access to the Breast Cancer Continuum of Care for Underserved Hispanic Women in Chicago
Contact: Ana Cesan
312-432-7356
eriefamilyhealth.org
This is the 5th year of Affiliate funding for this partner.
The program will expand access to care for low-income Hispanic women in northwest Chicago, including clinical breast exams, screening, diagnosis and treatment.

Esperanza Health Centers  

Partners of Hope
Contact: Ofelia Figueroa
773-584-6170
esperanzachicago.org
This is the 3rd year of Affiliate funding for this partner.
The program will provide free Clinical Breast Exams and screening mammograms plus diagnostics, and treatment to uninsured, low-income Mexican-American women who live in the medically underserved neighborhoods of Chicago's southwest side and suburbs.

Family Health Care Partnership Clinic  

Project Access
Contact: Front Desk
779-220-9300
hpclinic.org
This is the 5th year of Affiliate funding for this partner.
The program is a collaborative project between the Family Health Partnership Clinic (FHPC) and Centegra Gavers Breast Center. It focuses on providing the Continuum of Care for Breast Health, targeting low income Hispanic women in McHenry County and includes one on one education, patient navigation and screening services.

Hektoen Institute of Medicine on behalf of
Stroger Hospital of Cook County
  
Providing State of the Art Breast Cancer Risk and Prevention Program for Underserved Women
Contact: Ursula Hunt
312-864-4457
cchil.org
This is the 8th year of Affiliate funding for this partner.
The program provides a predominantly minority and low socioeconomic population with access to breast cancer risk assessment, genetic counseling, and genetic testing in the Cancer Risk Program at Stroger Hospital.
Korean American Community Services   
Breast Cancer Early Detection Project
Contact: Hae Kyung Kim
 773-583-5501
kacschicago.org
This is the 7th year of affiliate funding for this partner.
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
Metropolitan Chicago Breast Cancer Task Force   

Screen to Live
Contact: Donalynne Schaffer
312-942-1899
chicagobreastcancer.org
This is the 3rd year of Affiliate funding for this partner.
Screen to Live (STL) raises awareness, increases access to quality screenings, diagnostics and treatment, and expands partnerships to help women with the fight against breast cancer on Chicago’s Southside.

MetroSouth Medical Center's Women's Health Program   
Your Health/Your Life (Su Salud/Su Vida)
Contact: Hong Deng
708-489-7945
metrosouthmedicalcenter.com
This is the 6th 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.
Mount Sinai Hospital  
Helping Her Live - Gaining Control of Breast Cancer
Contact: Dr. Chela Sproles
773-257-2449 or 877-437-5432
helpingherlive.org/
This is the 8th non-consecutive year of Affiliate funding for this partner.
Helping Her Live (HHL), a community navigation initiative, serves women living in the west and southwest sides of Chicago by hosting and attending education/outreach events to reach un/underinsured women where they are in the community with education about mammography, assist women with navigating the health care system to obtain free or low cost mammography services and ensure that any abnormal mammograms are quickly resolved, connecting women to timely treatment, when necessary.
Presence Saints Mary and Elizabeth Medical Center
Breast Care for Low Income Women Program
Contact: Ruth Figueroa
312-770-3435
presencehealth.org/stmary-elizabeth
This is the 7th year of Affiliate funding for this partner.
The program will educate more than 1,000 low-income, African-American and Hispanic women ages 40-59 living in Cook County about breast health and then navigate them through the breast health continuum of care.
Rush-Copley Foundation  
Help for You: Breast Cancer Education and Assistance
Contact: Mariana Arroyo
630- 898-6493
rushcopley.com
This is the 4th year of Affiliate funding for this partner.
The program will educate Hispanic women about the importance of breast cancer screening and provide appointment navigation assistance to access breast cancer screening and diagnostic services. The program will also provide treatment support including transportation vouchers, medication assistance, exercise bands to help prevent lymphedema, and Spanish-language support groups. Some women will receive personalized survivorship Care Plans, counseling, and navigation support to minimize their risk of cancer recurrence.
Swedish Covenant Hospital   
Community Breast Health and Survivorship Program
Contact: Shannon Sikkila
773-293-4178
swedishcovenant.org
This is the 4th year of Affiliate funding for this partner.
The program provides culturally and linguistically appropriate breast health services, which include biopsies and the coordination of and navigation to survivorship support services for uninsured and very low-income women on Chicago’s North and Northwest sides.
University of Illinois at Chicago  
Beating Breast Cancer
Contact: Robin Mitchell
uic.edu
This is the 1st year of Affiliate funding for this program.
The Beating Breast Cancer Program is an African American outreach and navigation program that promotes early detection of breast cancer, it navigates African American women to screening, treatment and support services; as well as encourages increased repeat screenings.
VNA Health Care
  
Women's Preventative Health Starts With a Screening Mammogram
Contact: Carolyn Bracken
630- 978-2532
vnafoxvalley.org
This is the 4th year of Affiliate funding for this partner.
The program provides screening mammograms, tracking patient outcome information and breast navigation services to low income women, primarily minorities in Kane County.
YWCA of Lake County   
Breast Health Navigation Project
Contact: Lily Trejo
847-662-4247
ywcalakecounty.org
This is the 2nd year of Affiliate funding for this partner.
The program provides screening mammograms, tracking patient outcome information and breast navigation services to low income women, primarily minorities in Lake 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.