American Institute for Cancer Research

Rating: 1.44 stars   18 reviews

Issues: Food, Health, Cancer

Location: 1759 R St Nw Washington DC 20009 USA

Mission: The American Institute for Cancer Research (AICR) is one of the nation's largest cancer charity, focusing exclusively on the link between diet and cancer. The Institute provides a wide range of consumer education programs that help millions of Americans learn to make dietary changes for lower cancer risk. AICR also supports innovative research in cancer prevention and treatment at universities, hospitals and research centers across the U.S. The Institute has provided millions of dollars in funding for research in diet, nutrition and cancer.
Programs: AICR's operating programs focus on research grant funding and public education. The Institute has channeled millions of dollars into investigations of the diet-cancer link. These dollars have fostered research at leading universities, hospitals and research centers throughout the U.S. and around the world. With the nation's most extensive program of publications on diet, nutrition and cancer prevention, AICR has distributed millions of AICR educational booklets and pamphlets to the public, and hundreds of thousands of copies of reference works from AICR have reached health professionals. Nutrition seminars, public service announcements and other consumer-targeted programs help to further promote AICR's message that diet plays a major role in cancer risk.
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Rating: 1 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

I received a nice pink envelope on my door from my neighbor asking me to donate. I did what many do these days and looked them up on GuideStar. Their low star rating led me to question their practices so I took a look at their IRS Form 990. I'm sorry, but executives making in excess of $300,000 and key staff making well over $100,000 has soured my outlook on this charity. Too much of their money is going to "fundraising" for me to feel comfortable donating to them.

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3 people found this review helpful

This organization called me repeatedly and were very aggressive in demanding money. They called my 93 year old mother who agreed to send a check. When the check did not arrive in a timely manner, they called her and demanded that she keep her promise. Fortunately I answered the phone that day and blasted them for calling with such an attitude. My neighbor tries to collect for this organization and I will give her these reviews. Do not give to this organization.

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2 people found this review helpful

Got direct mail from them...checked them out....agree with the earlier post...not sure they make a big difference....good goals...I like the mission, but....results are what we need!

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

Unsure

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Some

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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27 people found this review helpful

So much money raised and so little goes to research. Where does it all go? This organization is one of many that make people think they are collecting money for research. Of the $25 million collected in donations last year only 10% goes to cancer research!! The educational information on cancer prevention they provide is the same information you can find anywhere for free and don't have to pay to read it. My next stop is to review their 990 form and see how much the executives are making.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

No

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

A little

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 1 stars  

13 people found this review helpful

We started receiving phone calls from AICR several months ago. Three or four calls per day, including weekends and holidays. Ignoring calls didn't stop them...telling them we are not interested did not stop them...telling them that we were unable to participate in collecting funds did not stop the phone calls. Some of the calls come very early in the morning and late at night. People suffering from CA do not need to be distrubed over and over. There are legitimate organizations that conduct research and provide services to CA patients. This does not appear to be one of them.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

No

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

None

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 1 stars  

9 people found this review helpful

These people are scam artists who call from different numbers in the 202 area code. Do not donate.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

No

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

None

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 1 stars  

16 people found this review helpful

The AICR earned a rating of zero as a charity. However, based on the fact that I get at least one robo call per day from their "boiler shop" they certainly are a 5 star telephone spammer.

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

Eliminate bothersome and perhaps illegal robo calling. The FCC should shut this outfit down.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

No

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

None

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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12 people found this review helpful

My husband recently received the "Thanks for volunteering" postcard followed by the "Volunteer Packet," which led to my research. He is not going to solicit neighbors (especially since he doesn't remember signing up for it). Plan to notify them by mail that he will not be doing it. Will post more if we hear from them again.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

No

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

A little

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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18 people found this review helpful

Two days ago I received a packet from this organization with the following on the front address page:

HERE'S THE OFFICIAL VOLUNTEER KIT YOU REQUESTED!

I did not request a volunteer kit nor have I talked to them about one, ever, as far as I know. I think there is a similar charity in Wash DC I had contact with some time ago, but it called itself Breast Cancer Research or the like and I opted out in writing.

In any case this type of mailing, unsolicited and across state lines must constitute some sort of violation - or many.

Can't say it's fraud, but it comes close.

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

I have had no experience with them except for this unsolicited and frankly brash mailing.

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

Stop this type of mailing immediately.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

No

How did you learn about this organization?

Never heard of it before.

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18 people found this review helpful

These people conned my elderly mother on a fixed income into giving a donation regularly because my wife died of lung cancer. My mother thought she was donating to research on cures for cancer and AICR is not that.
My mother has not contributed anymore for more than a year and does not want to.
They will not stop harassing her on the phone. Every single day they call, I put their number on the blocked calls list with my phone company and the next day they call from a different number.
This is a scumbag, disrespectful tactic.

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

Their telephone harassment.

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

I would respect people who decline to donate further.

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