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Mon Nov 12, 2012, 08:39 PM

From Komen Foundation to Avon Foundation??

Saw the ubiquitous pink ribbon re-branded as "Avon Foundation"



http://www.avonfoundation.org/causes/breast-cancer-crusade/

Is this just a re-branding from the Komen but same people/joint venture?

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Reply From Komen Foundation to Avon Foundation?? (Original post)
Ruby the Liberal Nov 2012 OP
Walk away Nov 2012 #1
Ruby the Liberal Nov 2012 #2
Dawson Leery Nov 2012 #3
Egalitarian Thug Nov 2012 #4
Ruby the Liberal Nov 2012 #5
Cerridwen Nov 2012 #6
hlthe2b Nov 2012 #11
obamanut2012 Nov 2012 #7
obamanut2012 Nov 2012 #8
Ruby the Liberal Nov 2012 #9
obamanut2012 Nov 2012 #10
union_maid Nov 2012 #12

Response to Ruby the Liberal (Original post)

Mon Nov 12, 2012, 08:40 PM

1. When you see the pink ribbon on someone tell them the truth! nt

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Response to Walk away (Reply #1)

Mon Nov 12, 2012, 08:43 PM

2. But what is "the truth"?

I know who Avon is, but what is the makeup of this Foundation?

Saw a bunch of pink ribbon branded stuff at a store today and it looked all the world like a Komen display - and they were absolutely Stalinistic about brand control.

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Response to Ruby the Liberal (Original post)

Mon Nov 12, 2012, 08:44 PM

3. If it is so, I will not contribute one cent.

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Response to Ruby the Liberal (Original post)

Mon Nov 12, 2012, 08:54 PM

4. Here's a link to the advisory board. The operational positions are not easily available

 

and that sets my BS meter off, especially for a charitable organization.

If someone wants to investigate these people. here's the link http://www.avonfoundation.org/foundation/breast-cancer-advisory-board/

I suspect we will find that they are the same Reich-wingnuts with a new logo.

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Response to Egalitarian Thug (Reply #4)

Mon Nov 12, 2012, 09:08 PM

5. And same policies, same "overhead" expense claims...

This smells sneaky to me. If it was a joint venture, they should have done a media blitz about it to own it. If this is Komen, they are going to be playing defense on how they handled this, IMO.

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Response to Ruby the Liberal (Original post)

Mon Nov 12, 2012, 09:09 PM

6. 1955 - The Avon Foundation's website says (edited, twice)

they were founded in 1955.

It looks like the foundation has been around for a while. The breast cancer awareness program began in 1992. I forgot the date of the domestic violence program start.

This looks like the old Avon we all know and love to mock. My mom and her "Avon Lady" were good friends for a long time. They became widows during the same year, I think.

I'm not sure komen trademarked the pink ribbon or they may sell licensing.

Could be a tie-in but can't tell just by the ribbon or the names, yet.


edited to add: wiki says pink ribbon is public domain 2nd edit: except in Canada where it is "trademark"ed by the gov't. See the article linked in wiki footnote #18. http://www.alive.com/articles/view/17265/borage_for_breasts

For those who now don't care for the pink ribbon because of komen, the above article suggests using the blue borage flower instead.

Additional information at Avon Foundation site says they've put together the Avon Foundation Breast Cancer Forum and Global Breast Cancer Congress. I would assume komen is a participant in mutual activities.



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Response to Cerridwen (Reply #6)

Mon Nov 12, 2012, 09:36 PM

11. Yes.. this avon foundation and its breast cancer work has been around for a very long time...

as far as I know it has always been a separate, though complementary effort to the Komen campaign. I went on one of the Avon walks several years back.

Please, DUers... Don't use a broad stroke to paint Avon with the same (very deserved) negative stroke that Komen receives.

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Response to Ruby the Liberal (Original post)

Mon Nov 12, 2012, 09:18 PM

8. I THINK they are a "rival" for the Komen stuff

I don't know how good the Avon Foundation is.

Having said that, I thought Komen trademarked the Pink Ribbon?

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Response to obamanut2012 (Reply #8)

Mon Nov 12, 2012, 09:20 PM

9. They wouldn't even let us wear shirts with pink ribbons on them

for the relay one year because we didn't buy through them. They were locally made with our business sponsor's logo on the back and a pink ribbon on the front. Made everyone change because it was 'trademark infringement'.

This wasn't a promotion I saw - it was a display in a store with pins, pocketbooks, travel mugs, etc, etc.. All branded "Avon".

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Response to Ruby the Liberal (Reply #9)

Mon Nov 12, 2012, 09:35 PM

10. Interesting

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Response to obamanut2012 (Reply #8)

Mon Nov 12, 2012, 09:50 PM

12. Not at all sure, but..

I think it was "for the cure" that Komen laid claim to. Although they might have tried it with the pink ribbon as well. Avon does hold separate events around here and probably everywhere for that matter. I think they're separate organizations, but that doesn't mean they don't intermingle on some level.

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