It all started with a promise. 

In 1980, Nancy G. Brinker promised her dying sister, Susan, that she would do everything in her power to end breast cancer forever. In 1982, that promise became the Susan G. Komen® organization and the beginning of a global movement. What was started with $200 and a shoebox full of potential donor names has now grown into the world’s largest nonprofit source of funding for the fight against breast cancer. To date, we’ve invested more than $2.6 billion in groundbreaking research, community health outreach, advocacy and programs in more than 60 countries. Our efforts helped reduce death rates from breast cancer by 37 percent between 1990-2013 and we won’t stop until our promise is fulfilled.

Community Impact

Your dollars have helped us touch the lives of thousands of women, men and families across Nebraska and South Dakota annually by providing survivorship and support programs, diagnostic services, travel assistance to cancer treatment centers and education on the importance of early detection.


Komen funded researchers have worked in Nebraska and South Dakota as part of Komen’s $920M research portfolio which funds the best minds in science to find better treatments and ultimately, the cures.


We actively participate in matters of policy which positively impact access to breast cancer screening and treatment services. In 2015, we helped pass Oral Parity in South Dakota to ensure fairness in insurance coverage for oral and IV chemotherapy medications for cancer patients.

Where Your Money Goes

Your dollars enable us to help local women facing breast cancer today and invest in ground breaking research for a better tomorrow.

Up to 75% of the net proceeds raised by Komen Great Plains stays right here in local communities. These funds are used to support innovative breast health projects focusing on education, screening, and/or treatment across Nebraska and the Dakotas.  The remaining 25% of the net proceeds is invested in Komen’s national research program, and funds some of the most innovative breast cancer research projects in the world.


75% of net proceeds fund local breast health programs in local communities across Nebraska and the Dakotas to help women facing breast cancer today.



25% of net proceeds are invested in groundbreaking breast cancer research for a better tomorrow.

Komen Great Plains works to ensure that all people, regardless of race, income, geographic location, sexual orientation or insurance status, have access to screening, and if diagnosed, to quality, effective treatment and treatment support services.

Our Community Grants program is designed to make systemic and lasting change in our community. We are proud to have invested over $8 million in local Nebraska and South Dakota communities since 1992. For a complete list of current grantees, click here.


Today, Komen’s mission is to save lives by meeting the most critical needs in our communities by helping women who face breast cancer today and investing in ground breaking research for a better tomorrow. We are inspired by our founders in Nebraska and South Dakota who wanted to make a difference. Continuing the tradition of grassroots support and volunteerism, both Affiliates were born with a passion to make an impact.

Nebraska History

The late Kate Sommer enlisted family, friends and the Omaha Junior League to host the first Race for the Cure in Omaha in 1994 with the first grants distributed locally. In 2002 the Affiliate was incorporated, formed a board (Kate Sommer first board chair) and hired staff.

South Dakota History

The South Dakota Affiliate of Susan G. Komen was formed in 2005 by Connie Wagner, granted its first dollars back to the state in 2006 and hosted its first Race for the Cure event in Vermillion with the late Colette Abbott serving as inaugural Race Chair. In 2011, the Affiliate hired its first staff and in 2012 moved operations to Sioux Falls, where the Race for the Cure is hosted today.

Komen Great Plains History

In 2017, the Nebraska and South Dakota Affiliates joined forces with plans to expand into North Dakota. With the new partnership, Komen Great Plains brings a history of combined impact totaling over $8 million in funding in local communities across the states. Further, the Affiliates have now contributed nearly $3 million to Komen’s research portfolio.

For more information on the Great Plains Affiliate, call (402) 502-2979 or visit one of our offices at:

8707 West Center Rd, Suite 101, Omaha, NE

101 N Main Avenue; Suite 209, Sioux Falls, SD