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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.

three stars

81.57

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

Board Leadership
Daniel P. Heist
Chair

CEO
Gary Reedy
Chief Executive Officer

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 81.57 three stars
  Financial 74.11 two stars
  Accountability & Transparency 97.00 four stars
This rating was published 11/01/2019 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 January 2020, 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

74.11

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

97.00

This rating was published 11/01/2019 and includes data from FY2017, 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)
75.4%
  Administrative Expenses 5.4%
  Fundraising Expenses 19.1%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.22
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 0.97
  Program Expenses Growth 0.9%
  Liabilities to Assets 33.8%
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) 81.57 three stars
International Myeloma Foundation (CA) 91.16 four stars
Colorectal Cancer Alliance (DC) 89.88 three stars
Pancreatic Cancer Action Network (CA) 95.72 four stars
GO2 Foundation for Lung Cancer (CA) 95.87 four stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $362,527,459
   Federated Campaigns $5,304,394
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $343,020,325
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $5,784,076
Total Contributions $716,636,254
   Program Service Revenue $57,908
Total Primary Revenue $716,694,162
   Other Revenue $85,959,242
TOTAL REVENUE $802,653,404
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $632,626,022
   Administrative Expenses $38,175,963
   Fundraising Expenses $149,912,030
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $820,714,285
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $-18,060,904
   
Net Assets $1,155,572,871

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 $297,620,503 47.0%
Research $148,675,844 23.5%
Prevention Programs $110,535,532 17.5%

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2017-12 11/01/2019 81.57 three stars
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

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, 2017
  • December, 2016
  • December, 2015
  • December, 2014
  • December, 2013
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title Compensation from Affiliates
$680,952 0.08% Gary M. Reedy CEO $61,905

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
American Cancer Society (GA) 81.57 three stars
Fight Colorectal Cancer (MO) 95.05 four stars
Us TOO International (IL) 90.20 four stars
Pancreatic Cancer Action Network (CA) 95.72 four stars
American Italian Cancer Foundation (NY) 92.61 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

Daniel P. Heist
Chair

CEO

Gary Reedy
Chief Executive Officer

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