When the Susan G. Komen Foundation announced last week that it was canceling half of its three-day races next year, the charity blamed the economy. But it also acknowledged that its decision to stop providing funds to Planned Parenthood was a factor.
In early 2012, Komen announced it was pulling its grants for breast-cancer screenings from Planned Parenthood, drawing an immediate backlash from Komen supporters and abortion rights advocates. Within days, Nancy Brinker, the group's founder and CEO, reversed the decision to defund the organization. Then, in August, Brinker announced that she would be stepping down.
But 10 months later, Brinker still holds her position and tax documents reveal that she received a 64-percent raise and now makes $684,000 a year, according to the charity's latest available tax filing. Komen said the raise came in November 2010, prior to last year's controversy.
Ken Berger, president and CEO of Charity Navigator, which evaluates and rates charities, called Brinker's salary "extremely high."
"This pay package is way outside the norm," he said. "It's about a quarter of a million dollars more than what we see for charities of this size. ... This is more than the head of the Red Cross is making for an organization that is one-tenth the size of the Red Cross."
The American Red Cross had revenue of about $3.4 billion, while Komen's was about $340 million last year. Red Cross CEO Gail McGovern makes $500,000, according to the most recent financial documents available for the charity.
Komen Foundation spokeswoman Andrea Rader told NBC News via email that Brinker "did not receive a pay increase in 2011 and did not accept one in 2012, nor will she receive one in 2013."
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"Our CEO pay reflects the comprehensive and global nature of our work," she said. "We fund research; we grant to thousands of community health and breast cancer patient support programs; we advocate for access to cancer care through our public policy programs, and we're active in breast cancer programs in 30 countries, with an emphasis on serving women in low- and middle-resources nations."
Stacey Tillman of Sandusky, Ohio, donated a few hundred dollars a year to Komen, but she stopped after the Planned Parenthood announcement.
"It just seemed a betrayal of what I wanted them to represent, denying those women that use Planned Parenthood from breast cancer screening and mammography, so it angered me a great deal," Tillman said.
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The fact that Brinker still heads the organization further upsets her.
"It just all seems very misleading," Tillman said. "They will tell the public what they think they want to hear, but I don't feel they're being honest."
Rader, also speaking on Brinker's behalf, said the search for Brinker's replacement is continuing.