About

ACS CAN is dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major public health problem.

What is ACS CAN?
ACS CAN is the nonprofit, nonpartisan sister organization to the American Cancer Society. It was launched as a pilot in December 2001 to advance the Society’s advocacy mission. ACS CAN enables the Society to use a new set of advocacy tools and tactics, because of the way it is classified as an organization. The American Cancer Society is a 501(c)(3) (or “c3”) organization, and therefore is subject to restrictions on its advocacy activities. ACS CAN is a 501(c)(4) (or “c4”) organization, meaning it is free from many of those restrictions and can engage in more direct advocacy.

How is ACS CAN different from the American Cancer Society?
Because your contribution to ACS CAN is not tax-deductible, the IRS is less restrictive on the organization when engaging in electoral and legislative activity. With ACS CAN, the Society is allowed to hold legislators accountable for their votes on issues related to cancer.

1. Cancer research funding must be increased

2. We must ensure that all people have access to quality healthcare and cancer treatment.