Human Services

American Cancer Society, Inc.

Attacking cancer from every angle.

Atlanta, GA

Mission

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

Ruling Year

1942

Chief Executive Officer

Gary Reedy

Main Address

250 Williams Street NW

Atlanta, GA 30303 USA

Keywords

cancer, research, prevention, detection, advocacy, education, service

EIN

13-1788491

 Number

6412491372

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Human Service Organizations (P20)

Cancer (G30)

Community, Neighborhood Development, Improvement (S20)

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Programs + Results

What we aim to solve New!

Attacking cancer from every angle.

Our programs

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

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Research

Prevention

Detection/Treatment

Patient Support

Where we workNew!

Our Results

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one. These quantitative program results are self-reported by the organization, illustrating their committment to transparency, learning, and interest in helping the whole sector learn and grow.

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Number of death caused by cancer

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

No target populations selected

Context notes

*estimated deaths

Increase interventions to reduce colorectal cancer death rates in specific communities that have the highest colorectal cancer death rates

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

No target populations selected

Related program

Prevention

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Total % Population Colorectal Cancer Screening Rate

Increase interventions to reduce breast cancer death rates in specific communities that have the highest breast cancer death rates

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

No target populations selected

Related program

Prevention

Context notes

Nationwide % Breast Cancer Screening Age 40+

Provide multi-channel resource navigation options

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

No target populations selected

Related program

Patient Support

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# Constituents Served with Patient Related Information by NCIC

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

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

No target populations selected

Related program

Patient Support

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# nights provided by Hope Lodge

Charting Impact

Five powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

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What is the organization aiming to accomplish?

What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?

What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?

How will they know if they are making progress?

What have and haven't they accomplished so far?

The American Cancer Society, Inc. Board of Directors established Outcome Goals for six Mission Priority areas:

Lung Cancer/Tobacco Control
• Increase tobacco excise taxes in all jurisdictions and increase the federal excise tax.
• Increase the percentage of the population covered by comprehensive smoke-free laws,
with the ultimate goal of a comprehensive, non-preemptive federal smoke-free law.
• Achieve Medicare coverage for evidence-based lung cancer screening and serve as the convener of relevant groups to promote adherence to high-quality screening guidelines.

Healthy Eating Active Living Environment
• Promote environmental change that will improve nutrition and physical activity and advocate for related legislative and regulatory policy at all levels of government.

Colorectal Cancer
Increase interventions to reduce colorectal cancer death rates in specific communities that have the highest colorectal cancer death rates.

Breast Cancer
• Increase interventions to reduce breast cancer death rates in specific communities that have the highest breast cancer death rates.

Cancer Treatment & Patient Care
• Provide multi-channel resource navigation options.
• Implement interventions aimed at reducing barriers to care for individuals with lower income and lower education levels.

Access to Care
(This outcome cuts across all areas.)
• Implement key provisions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) related to access to preventive services, insurance market reforms, operation of state and federal exchanges including access to viable provider networks and adequate drug
formularies, enhanced transparency, development of an adequate essential benefits package, expansion of Medicaid, and improved Medicare coverage.
• Improve access to care for cancer patients and their families who are most likely to experience inadequate access to high-quality cancer treatment and support services by focusing on patient navigation solutions and service programs that address barriers.

NOTE: the enterprise conducts a significant amount of work in areas other than the priority areas that is not discussed here.

The organization utilizes a variety of strategies to achieve the Outcome Goals including public policy advocacy, systems policy and practice, information and empowerment, research and resource navigation.

The organization has capabilties to achieve the Outcome Goals including our 501c4 sister organization, American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network as well as expertise in cancer control, corporate systems, health systems, community engagement. Additionally, we deliver comprehensive patient information and service programs and operate both extramural and intramural research programs.

The organization tracks many metrics as indicators such as the following:

Lung Cancer/Tobacco Control
Tobacco Tax Impact
Priority Tobacco Tax Campaign Results
Smoke free Law Impact
Number & Population of Counties and Cities Passing Smoke Free Laws after Campaigns

NUPA
Obese Children by Age

Colorectal Cancer
Colorectal Cancer Mortality Rates & Deaths

Breast Cancer
Nationwide Breast Cancer Screening
Mammography through ACS Supported Programs

Cancer Treatment & Patient Care
Newly Diagnosed Patients
Patients Served Uninsured, Medicaid and/or Medicare

Access to Care
Medicaid Expansion
Federal Program Funding
Federal Research Funding

Although there are many kinds of cancer, they all start with out-of-control replication, cell death, and loss of normal cell function. Cancer tops the list of Americans' health concerns because it is still a prevalent – and too often deadly – disease.

The Society educates the public, the media, and health professionals about the steps people can take to stay
well, programs and resources the Society offers to help people with cancer get well, the progress toward and
action needed to find cancer's causes and cures, and ways everyone can fight back against the disease. The
Society works to maintain its leadership roles in research, education, advocacy, and patient support programs. Since 1946, the Society has invested more than $4.3 billion in cancer research.

Also, because cancer knows no boundaries, our mission includes establishing key focus areas to help reduce the global burden of cancer. These include global grassroots policy and awareness, tobacco control, cancer screening and vaccination for breast and cervical cancers, access to pain relief, and the support of cancer registration in low- and middle-income countries.

Evidence now shows that early detection can halt common cancers such as those of the cervix, breast, and colon, which represented a quarter of new cancer cases in 2014. We now have strategies that can help prevent many cancers from starting at all. The development of treatments such as Gleevec and Herceptin has shown how specific molecules can target and block cancer-causing abnormalities.

Mortality rates have declined for almost all major cancers for both men and women, and in 2014 we marked an overall 22 percent decline in these rates since the early 1990s.

Thanks to these advances, cancer survivorship has now become part of our public discourse. Nearly 14 million Americans who have a personal history of cancer are alive today – twice the number of survivors as 30 years ago. We expect this number to go from 14 million to 18 million by 2022.

Cancer claims the lives of more than 1,600 people every day in the United States, and worldwide is a growing threat that is projected to nearly double by 2030, causing 21.4 million cases and killing 13.2 million people, according to the International Agency for Research on Cancer.

Our organizational mission to eliminate cancer as a major health problem is at increasing risk and challenged by these global trends. Achieving our goal and combating this rising worldwide threat will require us to be more effective than ever before – we will need to quantify the lifesaving impact we have on chronic disease and act as a true leader, bringing others together across sectors to collectively turn the tide.

External Reviews

Financials

American Cancer Society, Inc.

Fiscal year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Board Leadership Practices

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SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

BOARD ORIENTATION & EDUCATION

Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations?

Yes

CEO OVERSIGHT

Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year?

Yes

ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY

Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year?

Yes

BOARD COMPOSITION

Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership?

Yes

BOARD PERFORMANCE

Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years?

Yes

Organizational Demographics

In order to support nonprofits and gain valuable insight for the sector, GuideStar worked with D5—a five-year initiative to advance diversity, equity, and inclusion in philanthropy—in creating a questionnaire. This section is a voluntary questionnaire that empowers organizations to share information on the demographics of who works in and leads organizations. To protect the identity of individuals, we do not display sexual orientation or disability information for organizations with fewer than 15 staff. Any values displayed in this section are percentages of the total number of individuals in each category (e.g. 20% of all Board members for X organization are female).

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Gender

Race & Ethnicity

Sexual Orientation

This organization reports that it does not collect this information.

Disability

This organization reports that it does not collect this information.

Diversity Strategies

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We track retention of staff, board, and volunteers across demographic categories
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We track income levels of staff, senior staff, and board across demographic categories
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We track the age of staff, senior staff, and board
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We track the diversity of vendors (e.g., consultants, professional service firms)
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We have a diversity committee in place
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We have a diversity manager in place
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We have a diversity plan
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We use other methods to support diversity
Diversity notes from the nonprofit
currently, we do not track sexual orientation nor disability status. senior status is considered vp and above