American Cancer Society, Inc.

The American Cancer Society (ACS) seeks to end cancer suffering. The not-for-profit organization is staffed by professionals and millions of volunteers at more than 900 local offices nationwide. ACS is the largest source of private cancer-research funds in the US. Some recipients of the society's total $3.6 billion in funding include 46 Nobel Prize laureates. In addition to research, the ACS supports detection, treatment, and education programs. The organization encourages prevention efforts through its Quit for Life antismoking campaign and the International Relay For Life. Patient services include moral support, transportation to and from treatment, and camps for children who have cancer.


The ACS comprises the National Home Office in Atlanta and 12 chartered, geographic Division affiliates throughout the US and Puerto Rico. It has a presence in more than 5,100 communities. Each division is responsible for awareness efforts, fundraising and public events, and program delivery in its region. Overseas, the ACS seeks to partner with other cancer-related organizations to achieve its goals of eradicating cancer and raising awareness.

Financial Performance

In fiscal 2012 (ends August) special events and contributions were the ACS's #1 and #2 sources of publicly derived income, contributing about $523 million and $175 million, respectively. Legacies and bequests brought in nearly $121.9 million over the same period. The remainder came from contributed services, merchandise, and other in-kind contributions totaling $51 million. In all, total revenue, investment gains, and other support amounted to $925.4 million in 2012, down from about $953.5 million the previous year. Money spent on program services, including research, prevention, detection/treatment, and patient support, amounted to 77% of total revenue. The ACS invested $160 million in research in fiscal 2012.


The ACS fights cancer on many fronts including education, funding research and prevention efforts, patient support, and more. Its strategic goals for 2015 includes reducing the age-adjusted cancer mortality rate by 50% , reducing the age-adjusted cancer incidence rate by 25%, and measurably improve quality of life, including physical, psychological, social, and spiritual aspects, from the time of diagnosis through balance of life for all cancer survivors.

In 2011 the organization partnered with actress Hilary Swank to produce a new documentary film designed to encourage women to take steps to protect their health and prevent the disease. The ACS also continued it long history of helping smokers quit through its ACS Quit for Life program.

Sales and Marketing

Advertising costs for the ACS have run $45,000 in fiscal 2012 and $26,308 in 2011.

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American Cancer Society, Inc.

250 Williams St Nw #6000
Atlanta, GA 30303-1034
Phone: 1 (404) 320-3333


  • Employer Type: Private Non Profit
  • Chairman: Pamela K. Meyerhoffer
  • Managing Director, Communications Strategy Central Us: Suzanne Swanson
  • Vice Chairman: Robert E. Youle

Major Office Locations

  • Atlanta, GA

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