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Health : Diseases, Disorders, and Disciplines

American Cancer Society

Save lives, celebrate lives, and lead the fight for a world without cancer.

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three stars

80.02

250 Williams Street, NW Atlanta, GA 30303
tel: (800) 227-2345   Web Site
EIN: 13-1788491

Board Leadership
Kevin J. Cullen, MD
Chair

CEO
Gary Reedy
Chief Executive Officer

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 80.02 three stars
  Financial 71.91 two stars
  Accountability & Transparency 97.00 four stars
This rating was published 03/01/2019 using data provided by the charity on a consolidated pro forma 990 which was verified against 990s received from the IRS.

The American Cancer Society's mission is to save lives, celebrate lives, and lead the fight for a world without cancer.

The American Cancer Society's mission is to save lives, celebrate lives, and lead the fight for a world without cancer.

Impact Information

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Reported Results
Total in 2018
Number of death caused by cancer
606,880
Provide multi-channel resource navigation options
172,853
Improve access to care for those most likely to experience inadequate access to cancer treatment & support services by focus on patient navigation solutions and service programs that address barriers
477,000
This impact information is current as of July 2019, when it was provided to us by GuideStar. At this time, Impact information published on this organization's page has no effect on its rating per our methodology.

Financial

two stars

71.91

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

97.00

This rating was published 03/01/2019 and includes data from FY2016, the most recent 990 received at that time.
Overall Rating Chart
  Program Expenses
(Percent of the charity's total expenses spent on the programs
and services it delivers)
74.2%
  Administrative Expenses 5.8%
  Fundraising Expenses 19.8%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.22
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 0.94
  Program Expenses Growth -1.2%
  Liabilities to Assets 34.1%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by American Cancer Society on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by American Cancer Society on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

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Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
American Cancer Society (GA) 80.02 three stars
Neuroendocrine Tumor Research Foundation (MA) 97.17 four stars
Bonnie J. Addario Lung Cancer Foundation (CA) 95.87 four stars
Pancreatic Cancer Action Network (CA) 95.72 four stars
Horizons Community Solutions (GA) 89.20 three stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $363,786,884
   Federated Campaigns $7,238,741
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $391,179,283
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $6,076,359
Total Contributions $768,281,267
   Program Service Revenue $94,919
Total Primary Revenue $768,376,186
   Other Revenue $39,527,100
TOTAL REVENUE $807,903,286
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $654,920,616
   Administrative Expenses $50,598,350
   Fundraising Expenses $173,757,708
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $879,276,674
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $-71,373,388
   
Net Assets $1,123,530,958

Program names and associated costs are listed for the top programs as reported on the charity's most recently filed Form 990. The top programs displayed will include the largest three programs, or those programs covering at least 60% of the charity's total expenses, whichever comes first.

Program Name Amount Spent % of Program Expenses
Patient Support $304,428,551 46.5%
Research $157,703,607 24.1%
Prevention Programs $112,772,054 17.2%

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2016-12 03/01/2019 80.02 three stars
2016-12 07/01/2018 71.56 two stars
2015-12 11/01/2017 71.48 two stars
2014-12 06/01/2016 71.86 two stars
 
CN 2.0
2014-12 03/01/2016 70.54 two stars
2013-12 12/22/2015 76.70 two stars
2013-12 05/01/2015 76.35 two stars
2012-08 03/01/2014 75.96 two stars
2011-08 02/01/2013 76.75 two stars
2011-08 12/20/2012 75.79 two stars
2010-08 07/01/2012 78.86 two stars
2009-08 09/20/2011 83.85 three stars
 
CN 1.0
2008-08 10/01/2009 82.84 three stars
2007-08 04/01/2009 84.75 three stars
2006-08 05/01/2008 78.11 two stars
2005-08 12/15/2006 72.49 two stars
2004-08 02/01/2006 71.27 two stars
2003-08 04/01/2005 78.59 two stars
2002-08 09/01/2004 82.10 three stars
2001-08 04/15/2003 87.28 three stars

The data displayed on this tab is provided by the IRS in the form of Publication 78 and the Business Master File (BMF).

EIN 13-1788491
Name in IRS Master File AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY INC
NTEE Code G30
NTEE Classification Cancer
NTEE Type Diseases, Disorders, Medical Disciplines
Classification Educational Organization
Subsection 501(c)(3)  (View the list of codes)
Activities (161) Scientific research (diseases)
(180) Contact or sponsored scientific research for industry
Foundation Status Organization which receives a substantial part of its support from a governmental unit or the general public   170(b)(1)(A)(vi)
Deductibility Contributions are deductible
Affiliation Central - the organization is a parent (group ruling) and is not a church or 501(c)(1) organization.
Group Name AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY INC
Ruling Date November, 1942
Filing Requirement 990 (all other) or 990EZ return
Fiscal Year End December
IRS Forms 990
(provided courtesy of Foundation Center)
(Log In or Register Now to View Forms 990!)
  • December, 2016
  • December, 2015
  • December, 2014
  • December, 2013
  • December, 2012
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title Compensation from Affiliates
$667,779 0.07% Gary M. Reedy CEO $60,707

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
American Cancer Society (GA) 80.02 three stars
Horizons Community Solutions (GA) 89.20 three stars
Colorectal Cancer Alliance (DC) 91.67 four stars
Commonweal (CA) 93.02 four stars
Leukemia Research Foundation (IL) 91.93 four stars

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Note: This rating represents consolidated financial data for these organizations:

  • American Cancer Society Inc National Home Office
  • ACS Capital, Inc. (46-5429467)
  • ACS Development Company, Inc. (46-5439010)
  • American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network Inc (52-2340031)
  • American Cancer Society Inc Puerto Rico Inc (66-0321594)
  • ACS Products Inc (02-0651055)

Charity Contact Info

American Cancer Society
250 Williams Street, NW
Atlanta, GA 30303
tel: (800) 227-2345
TTY: (866) 228-4327
EIN: 13-1788491

Mail donations to:
P.O. Box 22478
Oklahoma City, OK 73123

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Board Leadership

Kevin J. Cullen, MD
Chair

CEO

Gary Reedy
Chief Executive Officer

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