American Cancer Society, Inc.

Rating: 2.21 stars   52 reviews

Issues: Human Services, Cancer, Economic Development

Location: 250 Williams Street Atlanta GA 30303 USA

Mission:

The American Cancer Society is the nationwide community-based voluntary health organization dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem by preventing cancer, saving lives, and diminishing suffering from cancer, through research, education, advocacy and service.


Programs:

Research - support provided to academic institutions and scientists to seek new knowledge about the causes, prevention, and cure of cancer, and to conduct epidemiological and behavioral studies.

2012 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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Rating: 1 stars  

It's Relay time again in our community... fundraiser after fundraiser, all efforts put on by volunteers to HELP CURE CANCER... by raising massive amounts of money that leave the community... by playing the CANCER CARD.

Less than 20% of each dollar goes to research (by private for -profit pharmaceutical companies. ) No one tells the volunteers this, or the huge budget of the AMC and what the Ceo's make.

Meanwhile, local organizations staffed by volunteers go begging ...

The good thing about RFL is that people get together for a day , have fun and support each other in their struggles with this disease, celebrate those who are cured and remember those who are gone...

Nothing wrong with that, and you know what... you don't need the ACS to put on an event like this... how about it people... ????

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I know lots of people with cancer. Most are excited about ACS and RFL, but some are more savvy about where the money goes and do not participate.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

have more people who participate do the research about where the money actually goes. I would like to see the volunteers put on their own local event and keep the money in the community for the needy.

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Rating: 1 stars  

I no longer support ACS and would never contribute another dollar to them based on their efficiency rating on Charity Navigator.

They seek out and use children to gain sympathy for events yet contribute practically nothing to pediatric cancer research. There are other organizations that do a much better job of spending donors money on beneficial research and not on salaries.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Relay for Life

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

tell them to be be honest about where the money is going.

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Rating: 1 stars  

I am sad to say that American Cancer Society gives money to Planned Parenthood. I don't know why many cancer fighting organizations give to a an organization that offers high-dose hormonal contraception containing dangerous carcinogenic chemicals. In fact, the American Cancer Society itself lists oral contraceptives as increasing a woman’s risk of breast cancer by 24%, while a 2006 report in the journal of the Mayo Clinic found a risk factor increase of 44% for pre-menopausal breast cancer in woman. In 2005, The World Health Organization (WHO) listed hormonal contraceptives as carcinogenic and confirmed they increased the risk of breast, cervical, and liver cancer in women.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I have experienced a misrepresentation of funds when friends are actively raising money for this organization and then shocked to find their money could go to planned parenthood.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

fund only direct efforts to fight cancer, and specifically avoid such controversial programs as abortion providers!

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