April 25, 2018
Two Komen Affiliates Merge to Form Boston Nonprofit

January 13, 2017 — Susan G. Komen Southern New England, based in Boston, and Susan G. Komen Vermont-New Hampshire, both affiliates of Susan G. Komen, a network of breast cancer survivors and advocates, yesterday announced they have merged operations.

The combined entity, a 501(c)(3) organization called Susan G. Komen New England (KNE), will be based in Boston and will maintain offices and staff in Westborough, Farmington, Conn., and Manchester, Vt.

Lori van Dam, chief executive officer of Komen Southern New England prior to the merger, will serve in that role for KNE. She said the merged organization will enable a more efficient fundraising operation to continue its traditional support of local families affected by breast cancer.

The new entity will be guided by a board components composed of members from both original boards.

Linda Maness, who was executive director of Komen Vermont-New Hampshire, will serve KNE as development coordinator of special events, focusing on Vermont and New Hampshire.

KNE will have eight full-time and four–part-time staff. Previously, Komen Southern New England had eight full-time and three–part-time staff and Komen Vermont-New Hampshire had one full-time and two part-time employees.

Van Dam said, “I am confident that the team we have in place will help move the needle towards reaching Komen’s bold goal.”

She added that local events, such as the Race for the Cure, will fund support for local uninsured and underinsured residents, as well as contribute to research nationally.

Each affiliate began with Races for the Cure in both Boston and Manchester, Vt., in 1993, and in Hartford in 1994, and also hosted Races in Portsmouth, NH, and Westport, Conn. Together, each affiliate has provided nearly $9 million to Massachusetts organizations, $12 million to Connecticut organizations, and $8 million to Vermont and New Hampshire organizations. Combined, Susan G. Komen New England has contributed more than $8 million to support national breast cancer research.

KNE is one of 100 affiliates of Susan G. Komen, the world's largest grassroots network of breast cancer survivors and activists. Seventy-five percent of net proceeds support breast cancer programs in Massachusetts, Connecticut, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont, and the remaining 25% supports Komen’s national research program.

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