Our Community Impact

Thanks to your generosity as donors, team captains, volunteers and sponsors, our Susan G. Komen Upstate New York Affiliate has dedicated over $15.5 million into community programs since 1990. These investments have impacted our mothers, daughters, sisters, friends, aunts, dads, neighbors, and loved ones.

In the 2020-2021 funding year, our Community Impact investments include:

  • Treatment Assistance Program offering financial assistance to breast cancer patients
  • Community Grant Funded Programs
  • Small Grant Funded Projects

In our 2018-2019, Komen Upstate New York investments in our community supported:

  • Over 4,250 people across Upstate New York with evidence based education, screening, diagnostics, support for treatment, and more
  • Screening for 2,765 women for breast cancer – this lead to 14 cases being diagnosed
  • Transportation assistance to 191 patients in need of treatment
  • Patient navigators in helping 262 patients receive diagnostic testing and 55 patients begin breast cancer treatment

By partnering with locally-based collaborative programs across our 49 county service area, we are able to support the fight against breast cancer on the front lines, advancing Komen’s BOLD GOAL, to reduce breast cancer deaths by 50% in the U.S. by 2026, in our communities.

Currently, we are accepting applications for our Small Grants Program.

  • Our Small Grants Program offers grants up to $5,000 for specific projects addressing breast health education, expanding access to  quality and affordable care in local regions, and improving the quality of life for those newly diagnosed or living with breast cancer, survivors and family members or caregivers boldly fighting alongside them.
    Currently Funded Small Grants | Apply for a Small Grant
  • Our Community Grants Program is currently funding projects that were approved during the 2020-2021 funding cycle. Please see our list of Currently Funded Community Grants.

In 2020, as a result of the global COVID-19 pandemic, Susan G. Komen headquarters announced a series of changes to unify mission delivery and centralize operational structure. As we enter 2021, Komen will strengthening advocacy and investment in research, as well as focusing on connecting to breast cancer patients in more direct and personal ways.

As a result, once awarded grant commitments are fulfilled, our community grantmaking will cease and Komen Upstate New York will be consolidated into one, national Susan G. Komen organization.

With dollars raised, we will continue to fund life-changing research. We will continue to advocate for compassionate public policy and patient rights.  We will continue to empower people with fact-based information.  And, we will continue to make a difference in the lives of our neighbors across our communities.

Our Community Needs

Komen Upstate New York  regularly conducts a comprehensive assessment of breast health and patient needs throughout our 49 county service area.

This assessment, which is referred to as our Community Profile, provides a framework for our Affiliate grant making priorities, community-based educational activities, public policy efforts, collaborative partnerships and direction for marketing and outreach initiatives.

Download our Upstate New York Community Profile Executive Summary

Download our Upstate New York Community Profile