In 2007, the American Cancer Society in Des Moines gave PP a grant of $5,000 to train the PP staff to encourage and help their patients quit smoking as apart of a campaign to reduce cancer.
As far as I can tell, this was a ONE TIME grant - ONLY in the state of Iowa and back in 2007. This is the only evidence I can find of the American Cancer Society awarding money to PP. If you have another source of information that suggests otherwise, I would love to see it.
Additionally, if you are worried about where your donation might be going when donating to the American Cancer Society, I would encourage you to restrict your gift to a specific area of focus - such as cancer research, colon cancer, prostate cancer, etc. The American Cancer Society allows you to specify where you would like your dollars to go.
I just think the American Cancer Society is too good of an organization doing too many great things in the fight against cancer. Please don't write them off because of one grant they awarded in Des Moines in 2007 with good intentions behind it to prevent and stop people from smoking.
The American Cancer Society isn't just focusing their funds on research, but also helping individuals who are already diagnosed with cancer by helping them and their families get well, they are preventing individuals from ever getting cancer by helping them stay well, they are funding cutting edge researchers that are finding cures (ACS funded researched developed tamoxifen and herceptin), and finally, they are working with state and federal lawmarkers to pass laws to help defeat cancer.
I urge you all to do your research, because the American Cancer Society is a wonderful organization doing phenomenal things each and every day. I am proud to be a volunteer for this organization and I hope that myself, my friends, or my family members never need their programs and services, but if we do, I know I can count on them to be their for me. And you can too.
I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...
volunteering to drive patients to their treatments who otherwise, might not be able to get there. I have seen survivors and their families come together for a day and rejoice in the opportunity to celebrate that they have survived this horrible disease and feel like they are apart of something larger than themselves.
Ways to make it better...
If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...
try to get even more people involved because not enough people know about all the great things ACS does.
Would you volunteer for this group again?
For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?
Did the organization use your time wisely?
Would you recommend this group to a friend?