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Index of Non-Profit Organizations Receiving Corporate Funding

In 2005, the American Cancer Society and the CEO Roundtable on Cancer, Inc. jointly sponsored the CEO Cancer Gold Standard, an initiative “to define what organizations can do to prevent cancer, to detect it early, and to ensure access to the best available treatment for those who are diagnosed with cancer. (see The ACS partner in the joint project, the CEO Roundtable on Cancer, Inc., was founded in 2001 by Robert A. Ingram, former chair of GlaxoSmithKline. It 2005 it was chaired by William C. Weldon, CEO of Johnson & Johnson. The ACS- and drug company-backed CEO Cancer Gold Standard program received an endorsement from Andrew von Eschenbach while he was interim head of the Food and Drug Administration. (Paul Goldberg, “Von Eschenbach Role in Industry Program Raises New Questions of Conflict of Interest,” The Cancer Letter, Nov. 23, 2005)

According to a story in the Sacramento News & Review, the Cosmetics, Toiletries and Fragrances Association (CTFA) gives $10 million annually to the American Cancer Society's “Look Good, Feel Better” makeup program for cancer patients. ACS refused to support a 2005 California bill requiring labeling of all toxic chemicals in cosmetics, claiming the science did not support the measure. (11/9/2005)

According to Advertising Age, the ACS was involved in a deal with General Mills to include information on packages of Wheaties (1/17/00; p. 54).

According to a story in the New York Times, “The American Cancer Society ... has endorsed Florida orange juice.” (8/13/97). See also World Tonight News With Peter Jennings (8/13/97); The Osgood File, CBS News (8/13/97). An editorial in the New England Journal of Medicine stated: “And why should the American Cancer Society endorse only SmithKline Beecham’s antismoking products?” Jerome P. Kassirer & Marcia Angell (9/4/97, p. 700) See also, Los Angeles Times (8/13/97). The ACS, however, denies that its actions are endorsements. Rather, it characterizes such transactions as a license for the “nonexclusive use of its logo on Florida orange juice and SmithKline Beecham’s antismoking products” in “exchange for monetary grants and other considerations used for the fight against cancer.” (e-mail to CSPI from William J. Dalton, Chief Counsel, ACS, 5/30/01)

The ACS’s “Cancer Facts & Figures - 1998” acknowledges on the front and back cover “a generous grant” by Glaxo Wellcome drug company.

2004 Corporate Donors ($100K+)

(Emphasizing drug, chemical and cosmetics companies, only a partial list is provided. See ACS’s Annual Report for a complete list of major contributors)

  • Amgen Foundation
  • Argosy Foundation
  • BAE Systems
  • Dow Chemical Corp.
  • Fifth Third Bank
  • General Motors Corp.
  • Health Research Inc.
  • Keybank National Association
  • Novartis
  • Pfizer
  • Schwab Fund
  • Time Warner Cable
  • Toyota Motor Sales
  • United Airlines
  • Wal-Mart Stores Inc.
  • Wells Fargo Bank

(American Cancer Society Annual Report 2004,; accessed 3/22/06)

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