Brinker's compensation is particularly noteworthy. Nine months ago, in an attempt to stem the negative press, the Komen Foundation splashed press releases throughout the media that Brinker was stepping down from her CEO position. It noted that she would be chairwoman of the Komen Board Executive Committee. Her stratospheric compensation is most likely the highest paid board member in the charitable sector. She is also in an elite group. Less than 2% of nonprofit board members take any compensation at all.
Some have suggested that the reason for Komen’s poor performance is, in part, because its lack of commitment to finding a cure. Last year, under Brinker’s leadership, Komen was cast in a harsh light after revelations that it spent only 15 percent of its donations on research and nixed funding for breast-cancer screenings and services for Planned Parenthood. Many fellow breast-cancer organizations feel that the Komen self-adoration has overtaken any interest in cure research with its research funding being cut in half in the past couple of years.
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