As many of you know, there’s been quite the controversy over the decision by the Susan G. Komen Foundation to cut funding to Planned Parenthood. And deservedly so. Appearing to play politics with women’s health in the balance is definitely no bueno. Not surprisingly, Komen is facing a backlash in PR, as well as from their donor base.
But what is really tremendous is that over the last couple of days, supporters of Planned Parenthood have banded together to fill the funding gap that was left by the decision of the Komen Foundation. In fact, they’ve filled it, plus more. As Bloomberg reports:
Planned Parenthood Federation of America may have already replaced the $680,000 in funding it lost from the Susan G. Komen for the Cure foundation for its breast-cancer prevention programs, the group said today [Thursday].
Riding a wave of Internet appeals, Planned Parenthood received pledges of $400,000 from 6,000 donors as of 2 p.m. yesterday [Wednesday], said Tait Sye, a spokesman. Three large donors also surfaced: The Amy and Lee Fikes’ Foundation, run by the head of closely-held Bonanza Oil Co. in Dallas, pledged $250,000; New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg said he’ll match the next $250,000 given and Credo, a mobile-phone company, promised $200,000.
That’s $1.1M in total…and it’s likely to continue to increase. The funding lost was $680,000. So the Komen decision actually spurred people to almost double the amount of funding that Planned Parenthood was to normally receive.
And as The Washington Post reports, “the number of donors online spiked, rising to 6,000 Wednesday compared with the 100 to 200 donors who normally contribute each day.”
Time for me to make my donation now…
Have a Fantastic Friday everyone!