Our Community Impact

Thanks to your generosity as donors, team captains, volunteers and sponsors, our Susan G. Komen Upstate New York Affiliate is able to make life-saving investments in our communities – investments that impact our mothers, daughters, sisters, friends, aunts, dads, neighbors, and loved ones.

Our current Community Impact investments across our service area include:

  • Treatment Assistance Program offering financial assistance to breast cancer patients
  • Community Grant Funded Programs
  • Small Grant Funded Projects
  • Metastatic Breast Cancer Impact Series

Through annual events, including two More Than Pink Walks and our Race for the Cure, we raise funds that improve access to care and support survivors, those living with Metastatic Breast Cancer and caregivers. To that end, 75% of all net funds donated to our Affiliate stays within our service area and we have dedicated over $15.5 million into community programs since 1990.

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 offer two different grant programs: Community Grants and Small Grants.

  • Our Community Grants Program accepts applications each fall for projects that target services with a focus of advancing our Bold Goal. Without funding, these services would not otherwise be available to the medically underserved populations of our service area.
    Currently Funded Community Grants | Apply for a Community Grant
  • 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

Both of our grant programs are competitive. Awards are based on the quality of the application, the applicant pool, funds available for distribution and measurable outcomes that that can be demonstrated throughout the funding cycle. Annual funding awards are not based on previous funding, and multi-year funding is never guaranteed.

Our Community Needs

With your support, Komen Upstate New York also regularly conducts a comprehensive assessment of breast health and patient needs throughout our 49 county service area. This assessment includes an overview of demographics and breast cancer statistics that highlight target areas, groups or issues. Additionally, it includes the voices of those living in identified target areas.

This assessment, which is referred to as our Community Profile, helps our leadership understand the current needs of those we serve, establish our long-term vision for work across our service area, and guide our immediate and future activities. It 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. Our Community Profile also helps us balance identified priorities with available staff and volunteer resources so that realistic action plans are created and can be achieved.

Download our Upstate New York Community Profile Executive Summary

Download our Upstate New York Community Profile


For more information on our Community Impact via grant making activities, or our Community Profile, please contact Denise Trondsen at dtrondsen@komenupstateny.org.

Please note that Susan G. Komen® is not a direct service provider.

The remaining 25 percent of net funds we raise are invested in the Susan G. Komen National Research Grants Program managed at the national level. To learn more about Susan G. Komen’s research investment, click here.