American Cancer Society, Inc.
2970 University Parkway
Suite 104
Sarasota FL 34243

The American Cancer Society Mission is to Save Lives, Celebrate Lives, and Lead the Fight for a World Without Cancer.

CEO/Executive Director Gary Reedy
Board Chair Kevin J Cullen MD
Board Chair Affiliation No Affiliation
General Info
Tax Exempt Status Public Supported Charity
Incorporation Year 1913
State Charitable Solicitations Permit Yes June 2018
State Registration Exempt 0
Financial Summary
Note: Revenue includes the value of in-kind contributions/donations
IRS Letter of Determination
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Impact Statement
Helping People Stay Well
• We provide life-saving cancer information through partnerships with most major hospital systems and healthcare organizations in our area, as well as other major businesses and organizations through our systems approach.

• We are addressing cancer disparities in our community through partnerships with diverse organizations, community education grants and other awareness campaigns.

• More than 1 million Floridians accessed valuable cancer information through

Helping People Get Well in the Mid-Coastal Florida Area
Serving residents of DeSoto, Hardee, Highlands, Manatee and Sarasota counties

• Local residents benefit from our support programs, from the nationwide Cancer Survivors Network to our community-based programs. 

Finding Cures

• Prevention and treatment is better for nearly every cancer patient in our community because of American Cancer Society-funded research. Our research has led to a wide range of new detection methods, cutting-edge therapies and cancer drugs and improved treatment options.

• We have invested more than $4.3 billion on research since 1946, and we are the largest private source for cancer research funding in the nation.

• We have funded 47 scientists who went on to win the Nobel Prize.

Fighting Back
• Residents of Florida are protected from the dangers of secondhand smoke in virtually all workplaces because of our efforts to pass a constitutional amendment.

• Florida’s youth learn about tobacco prevention and adults receive significant smoking cessation assistance because of our success in securing permanent funding for the state’s youth tobacco prevention program.

• Tens of thousands of Floridians will quit smoking thanks to our success in leading the legislative campaign to increase the state’s tobacco tax by $1 per pack.

80% by 2018 - Removing Barriers to Colorectal Cancer Screening Act (RBCCSA) 

Needs Statement
As the American Cancer Society, our goal is simple:  continue to save lives and create more birthdays in your community by helping people stay well, get well, by finding cures and fighting back against cancer.
  1. Volunteers for our Road To Recovery program, which utilizes volunteer drivers in order to transport cancer patients to and from their treatments (A little less than $1,000 provides approximately 723 rides to and from treatment).
  2. Volunteers for DeSoto, Hardee, Highlands, Manatee, and Sarasota  Counties who are passionate about our mission and willing to help coordinate and raise funds through our special events, Relay For Life, Making Strides Against Breast Cancer and Big Top Gala.  It is imperative that we are able to raise funds to fulfill our mission.
  3. Funding to provide Mid-Coastal Florida Residents with usage of the Hope Lodge Facilities which offer cancer patients and their caregiver a free, temporary place to stay when their best hope for effective treatment may be in another city ($1,000 keeps the Hope Lodge open for one full day).
Background Statement
Founded in 1913, the American Cancer Society(ACS) consists of more than three million volunteers and staff collaborating with nearly 18 million cancer survivors, their families and supporting donors united nationwide to conquer cancer. To accomplish its mission, the ACS collaborates with other voluntary health agencies, community-based organizations, business leaders, legislators, and educators at the national and grassroots levels to identify and address nationwide and local cancer issues through education, patient service, research and advocacy programs.
Areas Served
Areas Served
FL- Charlotte
FL- DeSoto
FL- Hardee
FL- Hillsborough
FL- Sarasota
FL- Manatee
FL- Lee
Areas Served Comments
The American Cancer Society, Inc. serves all communities throughout the United States.  In the state of Florida, there are over 20 local community based offices to serve residents.  International grant making is conducted as well.
Service Categories
Primary Org Type Medical Research
Secondary Org Type Human Services
Tertiary Org Type
Statement from the Board Chair/Board President

Mid-Coastal Volunteer Leadership Board


Your 2017 Mid-Coastal Volunteer Leadership Board has been installed and is beginning its work across the six counties of Charlotte, DeSoto, Hardee, Highlands, Manatee and Sarasota.  As chairwoman, I’ve been blessed to serve with the very energetic, hardworking men and women from all walks of life who share the same objective:  To be the "Official Sponsor of Birthdays" across our territory, the American Cancer Society Mid-Coastal Area.

Kobee Masiello
Statement from the CEO/Executive Director

Dear Prospective Donor,

The American Cancer Society Florida Division is saving lives and creating more birthdays everyday through the work we do locally in your community and throughout the nation. We help people stay well by preventing cancer or detecting it early. We help people get well by being there for them during and after a cancer diagnosis. We find cures through investment in groundbreaking research. And, we fight back by educating lawmakers to pass laws to defeat cancer and by rallying communities to join the fight. 
As the country’s largest voluntary public health organization, our impact is far-reaching. In fact, a dollar invested in our organization makes more of an impact in the fight against cancer than a dollar invested anywhere else. It is hard to find people that have not been touched by the work of the American Cancer Society. From our patient services programs that offer free rides and lodging while patients undergo treatment, to our 1-800 cancer information hotline and website that provides information and resources 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, we help cancer patients and their families with their cancer journey. 
We are the largest private nonprofit source of cancer research funding in the nation and have contributed more than $4.3 billion toward innovative, lifesaving research since 1946. As a result, research funded by the American Cancer Society can be attributed to most cancer research breakthroughs and discoveries in this century. We also fund the best and brightest researchers early in their careers, 47 of whom have gone on to win the Nobel Prize. 
With a grassroots force of more than three million volunteers nationwide and more than 300,000 in Florida, we fight for every birthday threatened by every cancer in every community. We have worked together to advocate for major changes in Florida’s law, including making workplaces smoke free, increasing cancer research funding by the state, increasing the tobacco tax by $1 per pack and securing permanent funding for the state’s comprehensive tobacco prevention program.
As a result of the American Cancer Society’s efforts and progress, more than 11 million people in America who have had cancer and countless more who have avoided it will be celebrating birthdays this year.  Your support makes a lifesaving difference for cancer patients in every community. It also touches millions of others who, thanks to continued education, prevention and research, will never hear the devastating words, “You have cancer.”
Thank you for partnering with us to create a world with less cancer and more birthdays.

Ralph DeVitto, Executive VP and Florida Division Operating Officer



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.

Budget $148,468,000
Category Medical Research, General/Other Cancer Research
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served General/Unspecified
Short Term Success
Researchers funded by the American Cancer Society are able to complete their work in the field of cancer research, by utilizing the funding for the needed resources.
Long Term Success

Cancer research is a pillar of the American Cancer Society’s mission. Research, education, advocacy and service are our core priorities.   It is the American Cancer Society’s research program that determines, not only for the American Cancer Society, but for the nation, the direction we must choose in combating this disease. The public and the government rely on the American Cancer Society epidemiology research program to direct the efforts to control cancer. The American Cancer Society has funded 46 scientists who have gone on to earn Nobel Prizes.

Program Success Monitoring Today over 10 million cancer survivors and 47 Society funded Nobel Laureates are a testament to the strength of this pioneering research program.  We are able to monitor our success through cancer discoveries and breakthroughs, as well as the rising number of cancer survivors.
Program Success Examples
The American Cancer Society is justly proud of the 46 investigators who were supported before they went on to win the Nobel Prize, considered the highest accolade any scientist can receive. This is a tribute to the Society’s Research program and the strength of its peer-review process. The Society garnered two more Nobel Laureates in 2009: Former grantee Thomas A. Steitz, PhD, shared the Nobel Prize in Chemistry with Venkatraman Ramakrishnan, PhD, and Ada E.Yonath, PhD, for their groundbreaking studies of the structure and function of the ribosome. The ribosome is the factory in cells that is responsible for making all proteins, and proteins are critical for life. Ribosomes are targeted by some drugs used to treat cancer, and ribosomes are also critical for all proteins made for therapeutic use, including proteins made to help patients with cancer. Former grantee Jack W. Szostak, PhD, shared the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine with Elizabeth H. Blackburn, PhD, and Carol W. Greider, PhD, for discovering the enzyme telomerase and what it does to chromosomes. Most cells have a finite life span because chromosomes shorten each time a cell divides, whereas a subset of cells can replicate indefinitely due to the action of telomerase. The discovery of telomerase and its function shed insight into how cancer cells could grow indefinitely by “turning on” telomerase, thereby immortalizing the cells.


Prevention –Programs that provide the public and health professionals with information and education to prevent cancer occurrence or to reduce risk of developing cancer. Through Advocacy we encourage lawmakers to make cancer a top legislative priority. We educate them about how their decisions effect cancer patients, survivors and their families, as well as those who might have a cancer diagnosis in the future. We influence laws and policies that can fund cancer research; ensure access to care; offer prevention, early detection and quality cancer care to the medically underserved; and reduce suffering from tobacco related illnesses. We led the fight to make Florida’s workplaces smoke-free, secured permanent funding for youth tobacco education and helped raise the state’s tobacco tax by $1 per pack.

Detection –Programs directed at finding cancer early. We educate men and women about the importance of getting tested. The Florida Division is committed to raising public awareness, dramatically decreasing the number of Floridians who are diagnosed each year and greatly improving the quality of life for those touched by the disease.

Budget $252,460,000
Category Human Services, General/Other
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served General/Unspecified
Short Term Success
Youth tobacco programs aid in ensuring that today's youth do not start smoking.
Education Campaigns increase awareness of recommended guidelines for cancer screenings.
Long Term Success

Today, over 70% of all Americans live in a smoke-free community.
- But millions are still forced to work in smoke-filled workplaces.

Today, advances in cancer prevention, early detection, treatment, and care mean that we are winning the war on cancer.
- But Congress has frozen or cut funding for cancer research and programs for the past five years.

Today, women have better access to mammograms.
- But millions of women, men and children are uninsured and millions more are underinsured, with little or no access to life-saving screenings and treatments.

Program Success Monitoring
Increased cancer screenings, reduced mortality rates nationwide.
ACS CAN can measure success by our ability to defeat cancer through:
  • Funding aggressive grassroots, lobbying and media campaigns to make every state smoke-free and to increase tobacco taxes and funding for cancer research. We advocate for early detection programs such as mammograms and colon cancer screenings
  • Educating the public and media directly by supporting sophisticated training programs for volunteers to strengthen our movement and ensure that our voices are truly heard in the halls of government;
  • Hosting debates and producing voter guides, candidate forums, and advertising to get every lawmaker and candidate on the record in support of laws and policies that help people fight cancer and save lives.

These efforts produce policies, laws, and regulations that further the overall mission of both the American Cancer Society and ACS CAN.

Program Success Examples

ACS CAN campaigns led by volunteers and staff across the nation have:

  • Led to 35 states as well as Washington, DC and Puerto Rico to go smoke-free
  • Supported a 62-cent increase in the federal cigarette tax, preventing 1.9 million children from becoming lifelong tobacco users
  • Helped secure U.S. Food and Drug Administration regulation of tobacco products
  • Increased federal cancer research funding for the National Institutes of Health

Patient Services –Programs and services that assist cancer patients and their families after diagnosis and during treatment. We have multiple programs and services to assist individuals through their cancer experience. Our assistance is free and can help patients through every aspect of their fight against cancer. We offer information, day-to-day help and services that provide emotional support. Assistance is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week by phone.


Budget $279,645,000
Category Human Services, General/Other
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served General/Unspecified
Short Term Success
Patients will be provided with  information, lodging, transportation, emotional support, free wigs, prostheses, patient navigation and childhood cancer programs.
Long Term Success

The American Cancer Society offers programs and services to help the more than 1.4 million cancer patients diagnosed each year in this country, and the 11 million cancer survivors – as well as their family and friends. We provide information, day-to-day help, and emotional support. And best of all, our help is free.

Whether it is providing information to help make decisions or free services like transportation to and from cancer treatment or a free place to stay while receiving treatment far from home, the American Cancer Society is available around the clock to help people focus on getting well.

Program Success Monitoring The American Cancer Society monitors success by collecting data on the number of newly diagnosed patients served.  We also track how many cancer patients utilize our patient services center, our programs, Hope Lodges, transportation services and support groups.
Program Success Examples
Our successs is tracked by our ability to help cancer patients in the following ways:

The American Cancer Society is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, by phone at 1-800-227-2345 or online at When you call us, you will talk with a trained Cancer Information Specialist.

Day-to-day Help

Rides to treatment:Sometimes getting to cancer treatment is a challenge. If you need a ride to treatment, we may be able to help.

Lodging:If your cancer treatment is far from home and you need a place to stay, the American Cancer Society may be able to help.
Hair loss and mastectomy products:Some women use wigs, hats, breast forms, and bras to help cope with the effects of treatment. Our “tlc” Tender Loving Care®catalog offers these products, as well as helpful articles.
Personal cancer guide:You may want someone to help guide you through your cancer care. An American Cancer Society patient navigator can help. 

Emotional Support

Breast cancer support:Women with breast cancer can talk with a trained Reach To Recovery®volunteer who is a breast cancer survivor.

Prostate cancer support:Men with prostate cancer talk and offer support to each other in Man To Man®meetings.
Cancer education classes:If you and your family have questions about cancer, our I Can Cope®classes can help. These classes are in many communities as well as online.
Help with appearance-related side effects of treatment):Some cancer treatments can affect your appearance. At a Look Good…Feel Better®session, you can learn ways to help with side effects like hair loss and skin changes. 
Online community:You can get share experiences, practical tips, and hope through the American Cancer Society Cancer Survivors Network®. This is a free online community created by and for people with cancer and their families.
Program Comments by Organization
CEO/Executive Director
CEO/Executive Director Gary Reedy
CEO Term Start May 2015
CEO/Executive Director Email

Gary Reedy has been CEO of the American Cancer Society since May 2015. 

Former CEOs/Executive Directors
Senior Staff
Otis Brawley MDChief Medical Officer
Sharon Byers Chief Development & Marketing Officer
Terry Cerisoles SVP, Corporate Communications
Chris Hansen President, ACS Can
Susan Herrington EVP, Enterprise Governance & Corporate Services
Rob King SVP, Enterprise Planning and Business integration
Catherine Mickle Chief Financial Office
Philip Monaghan SVP, Talen Strategy
Mike Neal Sr. EVP Field Ops
Timothy Phillips General Counsel
Blake Sanders SVP, Information Technology
Staff & Volunteer Statistics
Full Time Staff 4696
Part Time Staff 294
Staff Retention Rate % 93
Professional Development Yes
Contractors 0
Volunteers 2000000000
Management Reports to Board No
CEO/Executive Director Formal Evaluation Yes
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Non-Management Formal Evaluation Yes
The American Cancer Society collaborates with thousands of organizations nationwide including the Commission on Cancer and the National Cancer Institute. The American Cancer Society collaborates with organizations to fight cancer in every community. We work to:
  • Increase cancer awareness and educate people about steps they can take to stay well.
  • Provide resources to guide people through every step of the cancer experience so they can focus on getting well.
  • Fund and conduct research on cancer disparities and how we can overcome them.
  • Engage communities worldwide to join the fight against cancer by participating in our events and working with legislators to pass laws to defeat cancer.

Together, we save lives and help people in every community celebrate more of life’s milestones – like birthdays.

To accomplish this important work, we connect with various organizations to help us deliver our lifesaving messages. The American Cancer Society is engaged on local levels in communities across the country.
External Assessments and Accreditations
Risk Management Provisions
Fundraising Plan Yes
Communication Plan No
Strategic Plan No
Strategic Plan Years
Strategic Plan Adopted 0
Management Succession Plan No
Continuity of Operations Plan Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistle Blower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy No
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy No
Policies and Procedures Yes
Board Chair
Board Chair Kevin J Cullen MD
Company Affiliation No Affiliation
Board Term Jan 2017 to Dec 2018
Board Chair Email
Board Members
Board Members
Joseph A. Agresta Jr.Benzel-Busch Motor Car Corporation
John Alfonso CPA, GCMACohnReznick LLP
Bruce Barron Origin Ventures
Arnold M Baskies MD, FACSVirtua Medical Group
Edward J Benz MD, FACPDana-Farber Cancer Institute
Jennifer R Crozier IBM Foundation
Kevin J Cullen MDUniversity of Maryland Marlene & Stewart Greenebaum Cancer Center
Carmen E Guerra MD, MSCE, FACPPerelman School of Medicin of the University of Pennsylvania
Daniel P Heist CPAThe Pennsylvania State University
Gareth T Joyce Delta Cargo at Delta Air Lines
Jeffrey L Kean Bank of America Merrill Lynch
Amit Kumar PhDITUS Corporation
Jorge Luis Lopez Esq.Jorge Luis Lopez Law Firm
Brian A Marlow CFAKeyBank South Puget Sound
Michael T Marquardt Global Kompass Strategies, Inc.
Scarlott K Mueller MPH, RNNorth Florida Regional Medical Center
Joseph M Naylor Chevron Corporation
William D Novelli McDonough School of Business at Georgetown University
Gregory L Pemberton Esq.Ice Miller, LLP
Gary S Shedlin BlackRock
Board Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 2
Caucasian 15
Hispanic/Latino 3
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Gender
Male 17
Female 3
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 1
Board Term Limits 99
Board Orientation Yes
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 4
Board Meeting Attendance % 94
Board Self-Evaluation Yes
Written Board Selection Criteria Yes
Board Conflict of Interest Policy Yes
% of Board Making Monetary Contributions 100
% of Board Making In-Kind Contributions
Current Year Projections
Tax Year Start Month Jan
Tax Year Start Day 01
Tax Year Begins 2018
Tax Year End Month Dec
Tax Year End Day 31
Tax Year Ends 2018
Projected Revenue $791,968,000.00
Projected Expenses $865,607,000.00
Organization has Endowment Yes
Capital Campaign
Currently In a Capital Campaign No
Campaign Purpose
Campaign Goal
Amount Raised To Date 0 as of 0
Financial Review
Revenue SourcesHelpThe financial analysis involves a comparison of the IRS Form 990 and the audit report (when available) and revenue sources may not sum to total based on reconciliation differences. Revenue from foundations and corporations may include individual contributions when not itemized separately.
Fiscal Year201620152014
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
Government Contributions$5,642,013$5,428,949$4,682,245
Individual Contributions$361,582,237$354,528,303$356,909,567
Investment Income, Net of Losses$25,211,201$37,879,674$40,315,612
Membership Dues$0$0$0
Special Events$386,175,235$416,151,821$439,819,937
Revenue In-Kind$59,972,826$77,462,217$74,576,917
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201620152014
Program Expense$647,696,066$686,962,546$621,740,548
Administration Expense$48,741,203$52,448,931$51,257,169
Fundraising Expense$170,957,351$176,599,332$170,295,605
Payments to Affiliates$0$0$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses0.940.901.01
Program Expense/Total Expenses75%75%74%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue22%22%21%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201620152014
Total Assets$1,672,359,063$1,736,232,349$1,855,404,308
Current Assets$173,378,387$117,344,280$183,522,932
Long-Term Liabilities$83,921,652$103,542,408$108,526,128
Current Liabilities$498,463,186$509,400,542$582,679,407
Total Net Assets$1,089,974,225$1,123,289,399$1,164,198,773
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201620152014
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountFundraising $386,175,235Fundraising $416,151,821Fundraising $439,819,937
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountContributions, gifts, grants $361,582,237Contributions, gifts, grants $354,528,303Contributions, gifts, grants $356,909,567
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountInvestment Income $25,211,201Investment Income $37,879,674Investment Income $40,315,612
CEO/Executive Director Compensation $200,001 - Plus
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities0.350.230.31
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets5%6%6%
Financials Comments
Financial Comments by Organization

Financial Comments by Foundation
Financial information taken from IRS Form 990.  Individual contributions include foundation and corporate support.  Local financial statements not available.  Unable to reconcile Federal returns with audited financial statements.  Revenue per the financial statements includes the valuation of contributed services, merchandise and other in-kind contributions.
Nonprofit American Cancer Society, Inc.
Address 2970 University Parkway
Suite 104
Sarasota, FL 30303
Phone 800 227-2345