American Cancer Society, Inc.
250 Williams Street NW
Atlanta GA 30303
Mission Statement
The American Cancer Society fights every cancer, every day in every community by helping people stay well, by helping those touched by cancer get well, by finding cures and by mobilizing millions of Americans to fight back. 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 services.
CEO/Executive Director John R. Seffrin Ph.D.
Board Chair Arnold M. Baskies MD, FACS
Board Chair Company Affiliation Virtua Surgical Specialists
Contact Information
Address 250 Williams Street NW
Atlanta, GA 30303
Telephone 804 527-3700
Fax 804 527-0219
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 1948
Financial Summary
Revenue vs Expense Bar Graph - All Years
Expense Breakdown Bar Chart - All Years
Projected Revenue $892,745,518.00
Projected Expenses $888,950,484.00
Additional Documents
Annual Report2009View
Questions about the American Cancer Society in Central Virginia should be directed to the Senior Director, Partner Relationships, Patti Jackson, at 804.527.3722 or
The American Cancer Society fights every cancer, every day in every community by helping people stay well, by helping those touched by cancer get well, by finding cures and by mobilizing millions of Americans to fight back. 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 services.
The American Cancer Society has been involved in every major advancement in cancer research,  early detection and treatment.  We are the top non-governmental funder of cancer research, including 47 Nobel Prize Winners receiving grants from us. We serve thousands of cancer patients and their families every year by providing Patient Navigators in hospitals, rides to treatment through Road to Recovery, Hope Lodges for free lodging during treatment, free wigs and support groups, such as Reach to Recovery for breast cancer patients and Man-to-Man for prostate cancer patients.  We celebrate 14 million cancer survivors nationwide, and continue to focus on our goals of 50% reduction of cancer incidence and 25% reduction of cancer deaths by 2015.
Our pressing needs include:
1.  Funding for cancer patient programs, including Patient Navigators, Hope Lodges, Road to Recovery, Reach to Recovery, Look Good...Feel Better, and more.
2.  Reaching cancer patients and their caregivers to make them aware of and to provide necessary information and support services to them.
3.  Funding for cancer research to continue the advancements in early detection and treatment so we will have more cancer survivors.
4.  Addressing health disparity issues by working with Federally Qualified Health Centers to increase awareness about health risks, early detection, cancer prevention and support services, especially for uninsured and Medicaid patients.
5.  Increasing volunteer involvement and support at the local level to raise awareness and necessary funds to meet the needs of each community in the fight against cancer.
For over 100 years, the American Cancer Society has been in the forefront of the fight against cancer through education, research, advocacy and patient services.  We continue to focus on cancer prevention, early detection, patient programs, advocacy and research to meet the needs of cancer patients and their families in every community.
CEO Statement
The American Cancer Society saves lives every day by fighting every cancer in every community.  We help people stay well by preventing cancer, get well by helping cancer patients, find cures by funding cancer research and fight back by advocating for cancer research and tobacco control.
Board Chair Statement
The American Cancer Society celebrates 14 million cancer survivors nationwide and recognizes its 3.5 million volunteers.  We are the National Sponsor of Birthdays, focusing on a world with less cancer as a world with more birthdays.
Areas of Service
Areas Served
Metro Richmond
The Central Virginia Office of the American Cancer Society serves the Greater Richmond Area and Central Virginia. We have a presence in every community in Virginia through our field staff and volunteers.  We have offices in Richmond, Charlottesville, Lynchburg, Newport News, Virginia Beach, Danville, Abingdon, Roanoke, Harrisonburg, Winchester and Vienna. 
Board Chair
Board Chair Arnold M. Baskies MD, FACS
Company Affiliation Virtua Surgical Specialists
Term Jan 2017 to Dec 2017
Board CoChair
Board CoChair Kevin J. Cullen MD
Company Affiliation Greenbaum Cancer Center, University of Maryland
Term Jan 2017 to Dec 2017
Board of Directors
Board Members
John Alfonso C.P.A.J.H. Cohn
F. Daniel Armstrong PhDMailman Center for Child Development, University of Miami
Arnold M. Baskies M.D., F.A.C.S.Community Volunteer
Patricia J. Crome Rona Consulting Group
Kevin J. Cullen MDUniversity of MD Marlene and Stewart Greenebaum Cancer Center
Leeann Chau Dang Accenture Technology Labs
Lewis E. Foxhall MDUniversity of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
Carmen E Guerra MD, MSCE, FACPAbramson Cancer Center of the University of Pennsylvania
John W. Hamilton D.D.S.Community Volunteer
Daniel P. Heist CPAPennsylvania State University
Susan Douglas Henry L.C.S.W.University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences
Carol Jackson Macy's, Inc.
Gareth T Joyce Delta Air Lines
Jeffrey L. Kean Bank of America
Amit Kumar PhDITUS Corporation
Jorge Luis Lopez Esq.Jorge Luis Lopez Law Firm
Brian A Marlow CFAKeybank South Puget Sound
Scarlott Kimball Mueller R.N., M.P.H.North Florida Regional Medical Center
Joseph M Naylor Chevron Corporation
William D Novelli Georgetown University
Gregory L Pemberton Esq.Ice Miller LLP
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 3
Asian American/Pacific Islander 1
Caucasian 14
Hispanic/Latino 2
Native American/American Indian 1
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 15
Female 6
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 2
Board Meeting Attendance % 0
Written Board Selection Criteria? Yes
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 100
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 100
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 4
Standing Committees
Board Development / Board Orientation
Board Governance
Strategic Planning / Strategic Direction
Program / Program Planning
Other Boards
The tables below contain information about other groups that advise this nonprofit on operations and projects.
Executive Director
Executive Director John R. Seffrin Ph.D.
John Seffrin has been CEO of the American Cancer Society since 1992, but his first encounter with this disease dates to his childhood. His grandmother, who was living with his family at the time, died of cancer when he was only 10 years old. He has since lost his mother to cancer, and his wife of 46 years, Carole, is a breast cancer survivor.
Dr. Seffrin holds a B.S. degree from Ball State University, a M.S. degree in health education from the University of Illinois, and a Ph.D. in health education from Purdue University.  Ball State, Purdue, Thomas Jefferson  and Indiana Universities have also bestowed honorary doctorates upon him in recognition of his more than three decades of leadership in the worldwide fight against cancer.

Prior to being named the American Cancer Society’s top staff executive, Dr. Seffrin served at Indiana University as professor of health education and chairman of the Department of Applied Health Science. 

Senior Staff
Ms. Patricia ("Patti") Anne Jackson Area Executive Director, Central Virginia
Full Time Staff 5000
Organization has a Fundraising Plan? Under Development
Organization has a Strategic Plan? Under Development
Years Strategic Plan Considers 3
Management Succession Plan? Yes
Organization Policy and Procedures Under Development
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistleblower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy Yes
The American Cancer Society works closely with health organizations and hospital systems in our communities to support cancer patients and their families, including Commission on Cancer facilities.  We also provide assistance to employers with cancer prevention and employee wellness. The American Cancer Society is the largest non-profit funder of cancer research in the country, including over $7 million in current research grants in Central Virginia to VCU and UVA. 
We train volunteers and provide free rides to treatment for cancer patients.
We work with volunteers in every community to organize Relay For Life events (overnight walks around a track) to honor cancer survivors and raise awareness and funds for cancer research, education and patient programs.
We host an annual walk in Richmond every October for breast cancer awareness and fundraising for breast cancer prevention, early detection, research and patient programs.
We provide training and support for volunteers who are breast cancer survivors to reach out to newly-diagnosed breast cancer patients to provide support to them.  We also provide Look Good...Feel Better programs with volunteer cosmetologists to provide assistance to cancer patients with make-up and turbans, and free wigs.
We work closely with the Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs) to increase awareness about cancer prevention and detection through cancer screenings, especially for uninsured and Medicaid patients.  We provide grants to FQHCs.
CEO/ED/Board Comments
The American Cancer Society depends on volunteers to help us provide vital services to cancer patients and their families.  We are always looking for committed volunteers to help serve each community.  Please call our office at 804-527-3700 or visit to see how you can help.
Fiscal Year
Projected Revenue $892,745,518.00
Projected Expenses $888,950,484.00
Endowment Value $1,711,661.00
Spending Policy N/A
IRS Letter of Exemption
Detailed Financials
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 Year201520142013
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
Government Contributions$5,428,949$5,064,000$6,842,000
Individual Contributions$707,553,639$306,778,281$323,011,029
Investment Income, Net of Losses$33,398,827$39,214,000$46,980,000
Membership Dues------
Special Events$1,796,082$445,744,000$497,368,000
Revenue In-Kind$61,858,901$70,563,000$52,816,000
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201520142013
Program Expense$686,962,546$631,708,000$681,451,000
Administration Expense$52,448,931$48,606,000$49,319,000
Fundraising Expense$176,599,332$177,011,000$205,974,000
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses0.901.031.04
Program Expense/Total Expenses75%74%73%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue24%23%25%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201520142013
Total Assets$1,736,232,349$1,893,983,000$1,891,558,000
Current Assets$509,273,799$258,514,000$295,408,000
Long-Term Liabilities$43,550,923$474,333,000$396,780,000
Current Liabilities$569,392,027$206,238,000$171,613,000
Total Net Assets$1,123,289,399$1,213,412,000$1,323,165,000
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities0.891.251.72
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets3%25%21%
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? No
State Charitable Solicitaions Permit
Solicitations Permit
Solicitations Permit 11/2016View
Organization Comments
In the interest of efficiency, the South Atlantic Division of the American Cancer Society has combined its financial services with our National Home Office.  For specific information about Central Virginia, please contact the Senior Director, Partner Relationships, at 804-527-3722.

The American Cancer Society is required by the IRS to submit multiple Forms 990 each fiscal year. Currently, one Form is filed for its National Home Office; another Form presents a combined basis for its chartered Divisions, the American Cancer Society of Puerto Rico, Inc., American Cancer Society Foundation; and for ACS Products Inc., which sells mission related products. These statements individually only present a piece of the American Cancer Society’s operations, and they include material inter-company income, expenses, assets and liabilities, particularly between the National Home Office and the chartered Divisions.
In addition, Forms 990 are presented in accordance with IRS regulations, which in some cases are at variance with generally accepted accounting principles. Accordingly, the Forms 990 do not individually present a meaningful picture of the American Cancer Society’s financial transactions as a whole.
Therefore the Society provides the Combined Financial Statements on its website, The combined financial statements provide the only meaningful financial information on the entire American Cancer Society organization since they are presented in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles and combine all parts of the organization in one statement.
Also included on the Society's website is a copy of the Society’s most recent annual report that discusses the Society's mission and accomplishments. 
Foundation Comments
  • Financial information provided from audit.
  • Form 990 and audit prepared by Ernst & Young.
  • Form 990 and audit represents the combined financial picture of the national American Cancer Society office and all its nationwide affiliates.
  • Revenue from "Individuals" may also include support from foundations and corporations.