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American Skin Association, Inc.

New York, NY   |  americanskin.org

Mission

A unique collaboration of patients, families, advocates, physicians and scientists, American Skin Association (ASA) has evolved over thirty-two years as a leading force in efforts to defeat melanoma, skin cancer, and other skin diseases. Established to serve the now more than 100 million Americans - one third of the U.S. population - afflicted with skin disorders, the organization's mission remains to advance research, champion skin health (particularly among children), and drive public awareness about skin disease.

Ruling year info

1987

Principal Officer

Dr. David A. Norris

Main address

6 East 43rd Street 22nd Floor

New York, NY 10017 USA

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EIN

13-3401320

NTEE code info

Medical Disciplines (G90)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Although the skin is our largest and perhaps most vulnerable organ, dermatological research remains one of the most underfunded areas of medicine. While one in three Americans suffers from skin disorders, the National Institutes of Health devotes less than 2% of its annual budget to discovering their cause and better methods of prevention, diagnosis, and treatment. ASA's mission is to advance research through supporting the work of gifted young researchers, medical students, and acknowledged leaders. Furthermore, as champions of skin health, ASA strives to educate children and teenagers on its importance through the development of skin health and sun safety materials and other invaluable tools.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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

Funding Research to Overcome Skin Disease

Although the skin is our largest and most vulnerable organ, dermatological research remains one of the most underfunded areas of medicine.

ASA's Medical Advisory Committee (MAC), composed of leading physicians and scientists, oversees the annual grant review and award process. Under its aegis, the program has supported the work of over 300 investigators, ranging from gifted young researchers in the earliest phases of their careers to acknowledged leaders in the field. The program also supports medical students committing themselves to the study of melanoma and non-melanoma skin cancer.

Since its inception, ASA, with its affiliates, has committed more than $50 million to advance dermatologic research - the key to early diagnosis, less invasive therapies, prevention, and cure. Grants are concentrated in various areas - melanoma, non-melanoma, skin cancer, psoriasis and inflammatory diseases, vitiligo and pigment cell disorders, and childhood skin diseases. Although recipients have pursued investigations in subjects ranging from acne to stem cell replacement, many have chosen to focus on melanoma - the most fatal of all skin diseases.

Through an exclusive focus on skin disease research, ASA has helped to open new frontiers in skin science, producing results that can change how we understand and treat skin disease.

Population(s) Served
Academics
People with diseases and illnesses

Developed in partnership with leading dermatologists and The New York Academy of Medicine, this award-winning comprehensive skin health education program for Grades K-12 is provided at no charge to over millions of students, teachers and parents throughout the United States.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Created with Scholastic and underwritten by Galderma Laboratories, The Skin You're In focuses on three skin issues relevant to pre-teens and young teens -- acne, sun safety and atopic dermatitis.

Population(s) Served
Adolescents

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of research studies funded

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Funding Research to Overcome Skin Disease

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

ASA and its affiliates fund research proposals in melanoma, non-melanoma, skin cancer, psoriasis, vitiligo and pigment cell disorders, and psoriasis and inflammatory skin diseases.

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

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Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

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

Established to serve the now more than 100 million Americans — one third of the U.S. population — afflicted with skin disorders, ASA's mission remains to advance research, champion skin health — particularly among children, and drive public awareness about skin disease.

Since its inception, ASA has continued to fulfill its mission through the funding of important skin cancer and disease research proposals that help open new frontiers in skin science and can potentially produce results that can change how we understand and treat skin disease. In addition, ASA has also continued to find fresh and innovative ways to educate people of all ages on the importance of sun safety and skin health through the offering of various programs and materials.

ASA has a wonderful network of dedicated supporters and donors, made up of corporate leaders, leading scientists and physicians, and educators, that are committed to the organization's mission. ASA's Board of Directors, Medical Advisory Committee, and Education Council work together to advance research, champion skin health, and drive public awareness about skin disease. ASA also looks to establish new relationships with like-minded individuals and corporations.

Under the visionary leadership of ASA’s Chairman and Board of Directors, our achievements include:

- Supported the work of over 300 exceptional young scientists with the vision, drive and dedication to find new and innovative new ways to prevent, detect and treat skin disease.

- With its affiliates, committed $50 million to advance dermatological research — the key to earlier diagnosis, less invasive therapies and, in time, prevention and cure.

- Established a model laboratory at Weill Cornell Medical College, which today remains one of the finest research facilities of its kind.

- Helped Americans to better understand the often devastating impact of skin disease and the skin's irreplaceable role in good health through a free hotline, publications and a Website developed with The Rockefeller University.

- Urged government leaders to support increased funding for research, which is today among the National Institutes of Health's lowest priorities.

Financials

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Operations

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

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American Skin Association, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 05/01/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. Howard Milstein

Humberto C. Antunes

Donald G. Calder

Clear Harbor Asset Management

David A. Norris, MD

University of Colorado

Nora M. Jordan, Esq.

Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP

Jean L. Bolognia

Yale School of Medicine

Ann M. Calder

Steven R. Cohen, MD

Albert Einstein College of Medicine

Luigi L. De Ghenghi, Esq.

Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP

Richard D. Granstein, MD

Weill Cornell Medicine

Emma Guttman, MD, PhD

Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

Michael W. Hodin, PhD

High Lantern Group

Niels M. Johnsen

Gerald S. Lazarus, MD

Johns Hopkins School of Medicine

James Singh

Howard P Milstein

New York Private Bank & Trust

Eric Kaplan, Esq.

Bristol Consultants LLC

Eugene A. Bauer, MD

Evommune

Jessica Lappin

Downtown Alliance

Mark G. Lebwohl, MD

Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

Joseph F. Merola, MD

UT Southwestern Medical Center

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and 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? Not applicable
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Not applicable
  • Ethics and 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? Not applicable

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 1/14/2021

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

No data

Transgender Identity

No data

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 01/18/2022

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Data
  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We analyze disaggregated data and root causes of race disparities that impact the organization's programs, portfolios, and the populations served.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We disaggregate data by demographics, including race, in every policy and program measured.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We use a vetting process to identify vendors and partners that share our commitment to race equity.
  • We have a promotion process that anticipates and mitigates implicit and explicit biases about people of color serving in leadership positions.
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We measure and then disaggregate job satisfaction and retention data by race, function, level, and/or team.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.