Breast cancer charities: Where to give — and where to avoid

“Breast cancer charities: Where to give — and where to avoid,” USA Today.

The first thing you should do when considering donating is to check with charity watchdog groups that evaluate how well each organization spends the money it receives from contributors.

Two of the biggest charity watchdogs are Charity Watch and Charity Navigator. . . . → Read More: Breast cancer charities: Where to give — and where to avoid

A Growing Disenchantment With October ‘Pinkification’

“A Growing Disenchantment With October ‘Pinkification,’” by Gina Kolata, The New York Times, Oct. 30, 2015.

The White House went pink this month, awash for a night in rose-colored light. Delta Air Lines painted a huge pink ribbon on one of its planes, dressed flight attendants in pink and has been selling pink lemonade to . . . → Read More: A Growing Disenchantment With October ‘Pinkification’

The Hidden Costs Of Cause Marketing

By Angela M. Eikenberry

From pink ribbons to Product Red, cause marketing adroitly serves two masters, earning profits for corporations while raising funds for charities. Yet the short-term benefits of cause marketing-also known as consumption philanthropy-belie its long-term costs. These hidden costs include individualizing solutions to collective problems; replacing virtuous action with mindless . . . → Read More: The Hidden Costs Of Cause Marketing

Backlash Against “Pinkwashing” of Breast Cancer Awareness Campaigns

Journalist Meg Carter interviewed Breast Cancer Consortium founder Gayle Sulik for this October 12, 2015 article in the BMJ on how big business is keen to jump on the breast cancer awareness bandwagon, and whether its messages around screening do more harm than good.

Here is an excerpt.

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Spotlight: Think Before You Pink

Think Before You Pink®, launched in 2002, is a project of Breast Cancer Action in response to growing concerns about pink ribbon commercialization and the glut of pink ribbon products on the market.

What we love about Think Before You Pink is that it begins to hold people accountable for their role in the breast . . . → Read More: Spotlight: Think Before You Pink

Government says four cancer charities are shams

“Government says four cancer charities are shams,” by David Fitzpatrick and Andrew Griffin, CNN.

In a joint action with attorneys general for each of the 50 states, the Federal Trade Commission says four cancer charities run by extended members of the same family conned donors out of $187 million from 2008 through 2012 and spent . . . → Read More: Government says four cancer charities are shams

Stink Pink

“Stink Pink” By Phil Brown, Huffington Post.

What does it mean “to pink?” It means corporations get to look charitable, while getting cheap advertising. It means that people buy into a commodification of the suffering of women who have had breast cancer and their families, and the fears of so many others that they may . . . → Read More: Stink Pink

Awash in pink, but breast cancer awareness isn't a cure

by Shobita Parthasarathy

Shobita Parthasarathy is an Associate Professor of Public Policy at the University of Michigan. She is also a faculty affiliate of UM’s Risk Science Center and Science, Technology, and Society Program. Shobita’s research focuses on the comparative politics of emerging science and technology, particularly genetics and biotechnology. Findings from her first . . . → Read More: Awash in pink, but breast cancer awareness isn’t a cure

Pinkwashing: Fracking Company Teams Up With Susan G. Komen to ‘End Breast Cancer Forever’

“Pinkwashing: Fracking Company Teams Up With Susan G. Komen to ‘End Breast Cancer Forever.’” By Sandra Steingraber, Ecowatch.

Susan G. Komen, the largest breast cancer organization in America with more than 100,000 volunteers and partnerships in more than 50 countries, has teamed up with Baker Hughes, one of the world’s largest oilfield service companies with . . . → Read More: Pinkwashing: Fracking Company Teams Up With Susan G. Komen to ‘End Breast Cancer Forever’

We Need More Than Pink Cleats

“We Need More Than Pink Cleats” By Kiana Cox, The Feminist Wire.

How does the NFL through its Pink campaign claim to care about the lives of women, but does not see fit to address the danger that its own players pose to women?

Every October the NFL, in partnership with the American Cancer Society, . . . → Read More: We Need More Than Pink Cleats

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