The American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN) is the non-profit, non-partisan sister advocacy organization of the American Cancer Society. ACS CAN is dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major public health problem through voter education and issue campaigns aimed at influencing candidates and lawmakers to support laws and policies that will help people fight cancer.
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Up until now, the American Cancer Society has been limited in how we can do legislative advocacy to protect the interests of cancer patients and their families. That’s why the American Cancer Society formed the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network, Inc. ACS CAN.
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.
Why did the American Cancer Society form ACS CAN?
Advocacy (changing public policy) work is essential to our lifesaving 2015 goals, including the more immediate 2002-2005 interim outcomes.
What specifically will ACS CAN do? Among other activities, ACS CAN will:
The American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN) is the non-profit, non-partisan sister advocacy organization of the American Cancer Society. ACS CAN is dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major public health problem through…