The decision by Susan G. Komen for the Cure to cut its funding to Planned Parenthood has swelled to a PR nightmare for the breast cancer foundation.
For Planned Parenthood, it’s turned into a fundraising bonanza.
The nonprofit organization said it had raised $400,000 from about 6,000 people since word broke of Komen’s decision. Wealthy supports have pledged large dollar amounts, with New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg matching donations up to $250,000.
The $400,000 is nearly as much as Komen gave to Planned Parenthood to conduct breast exams and related services. Last year, it pledged $680,000 to Planned Parenthood, the year before it gave $580,000.
Links on the Planned Parenthood website take visitors to pages where they can donate and where they can learn more about Komen’s decision.
Planned Parenthood spokeswoman Andrea Hagelgans told the Associated Press that the donations “will continue to help expand Planned Parenthood’s critical health care services nationwide, especially those affiliates impacted by the Komen cuts.”