American Cancer Society (Chicago, IL)


  • Name:Ms. Amy Kramer
  • Title:Distinguished Events Specialist

Organization Address

  • Organization Name:American Cancer Society
  • Address:225 N. Michigan Avenue
    Suite 1200
    Chicago, IL 60601
    United States

Organization Phone

  • Main phone:312-960-2328

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  • Mission:
  • 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 service.

  • Overview:
  • In 2013 the American Cancer Society will celebrate its 100th year of working to defeat the disease that touches all of us. Dramatic progress has been made, but as everyone knows, we have miles to go in the quest to end cancer’s threat to our lives and well-being.

    The American Cancer Society Discovery Ball is our opportunity to celebrate this milestone in the Society’s history as we renew our passionate commitment to end cancer. On Saturday, April 27, 2013 at the Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel in Chicago, we will seek to raise in excess of $2.5 million for cancer research, education, advocacy and patient services. With your help, we can make that happen.

    This elegant black-tie evening will draw more than 800 luminaries from America’s business and philanthropic community - including Jim McNerney, chairman, president & CEO, The Boeing Company; Glenn Tilton, Midwest Chairman, JPMorgan Chase & Co.; and Greg Case, president & CEO, Aon Corporation - with live and silent auctions, an extraordinary dinner and late-night dancing all in support of the quest to end cancer.

    Please help make Discovery Ball 2013 a success by donating a cookware set, baking set, knife set, and/or slow cooker to be auctioned during the night of the event. Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.

    Your support of Discovery Ball can help to light one more candle on one more cake for someone that you love. Together, we can make this a world with less cancer and more birthdays for everyone.

  • History:
  • The American Cancer Society was founded in 1913 as the American Society for the Control of Cancer (ASCC) by 15 prominent physicians and business leaders in New York City. At that time, a cancer diagnosis amounted to near certain death. Rarely mentioned in public, this taboo disease was steeped in fear and denial. Physicians sometimes did not tell their patients they had cancer, and patients often did not tell their friends and families if they had been diagnosed.

    The Society’s founders knew they had to raise public awareness about cancer if progress was to be possible. The number of doctors, nurses, patients, and family members to be reached was overwhelming. Despite the enormity of their task, our founders and their colleagues set about writing articles for popular magazines and professional journals; publishing Campaign Notes, a monthly bulletin of cancer information; and recruiting physicians throughout the country to help educate the public.

    In 1936, Marjorie G. Illig, an ASCC field representative and chair of the General Federation of Women’s Clubs Committee on Public Health, made an extraordinary suggestion. She proposed creating a legion of volunteers whose sole purpose was to wage war on cancer. The Women’s Field Army, as this organization came to be called, was an enormous success. Its recruits donned khaki uniforms, complete with insignia of rank and achievement, and went out into the streets to raise money and educate the public.

    In 1935, there were 15,000 people active in cancer control throughout the United States. At the close of 1938, there were 10 times that number. More than anything else, it was the Women’s Field Army that moved the American Cancer Society to the forefront of voluntary health organizations.

    In 1945, the ASCC was reorganized as the American Cancer Society.

    In 1946, philanthropist Mary Lasker and her colleagues met this challenge, helping to raise more than $4 million for the Society – $1 million of which was used to establish and fund the Society’s groundbreaking research program. With the aid and assistance of dedicated volunteers like Lasker and Elmer Bobst, our research program began to bear fruit. In 1947, we also began our famous cancer signals campaign, a public education effort about the signs and symptoms of cancer.

    Around the same time the cancer signals campaign began, Dr. Sidney Farber, one of the Society’s first research grantees, achieved the first temporary cancer remission in a child with acute leukemia using the drug Aminopterin, thus opening the modern era of chemotherapy for cancer treatment. It was just the beginning of how scientists who the American Cancer Society supported early in their careers would go on to make great leaps in understanding and stopping cancer.

    Society-funded researchers have contributed to nearly every major cancer research breakthrough we’ve seen in the more than 60 years since the Society’s research program began. They’ve helped establish the link between cancer and smoking; demonstrated the effectiveness of the Pap test; developed cancer-fighting drugs and biological response modifiers such as interferon; dramatically increased the cure rate for childhood leukemia; proven the safety and effectiveness of mammography; and so much more. All told, the American Cancer Society has invested approximately $3.6 billion in research, including giving 46 future Nobel Prize winners the recognition and funding they needed to get started.

    In the 1960s and 70s, the American Cancer Society began to expand its reach as an organization, working even more than in the past to involve all sectors in its efforts to fight back against the disease. In the 60s, the Society was instrumental in the development of the Surgeon General’s report on the link between smoking and cancer when early Society-sponsored studies confirmed the connection. This upheaval in the perception of smoking laid the groundwork for tobacco control progress – and for the corresponding lives saved – that continues today.

    Today, the American Cancer Society is a global leader in the fight against cancer, with $1 billion in resources annually to save lives by helping people stay well and get well, by finding cures, and by fighting back against the disease. Thanks in part to the Society’s work, there are nearly 12 million people alive in the United States alone who have survived cancer.

  • Year established:1913
  • Endowment:Unknown


  • Executive / Trustee board size:24
  • Advisory board size:11
  • Staff size:


  • Organization type:Grantseeker
  • Country of registration:United States
  • Tax Determination Letter:Received Determination Letter
  • IRS Section:501(c)(3)
  • Tax ID:13-1788491

IRS Business Master File Information

  • EIN:131788491
  • Sort (Secondary) Name:NATIONAL HOME OFFICE
  • Care Of Name:% CATHRINE E MICKLE
  • Organization Address:250 WILLIAMS ST STE 400
  • Organization City:ATLANTA
  • Organization State:GA
  • Organization Zip:30303-1032
  • Group Exemption Number:0580
  • Subsection Code:03
  • Classification Code(s):2, 8
  • Subsection/Classification Desc.:Educational Organization, Scientific Organization
  • Affiliation Code:6
  • Ruling Date:November, 1942
  • Deductibility Code:1
  • Foundation Code:15
  • Foundation Code Desc.:Organization which receives a substantial part of its support from a governmental unit or the general public 170(b)(1)(A)(vi)
  • Activity Code(s):161, 180
  • Activity Code Desc.(s):Scientific research (diseases), Contact or sponsored scientific research for industry
  • Organization Code:1 (Corporation)
  • Exempt Org. Status Code:01 (Unconditional Exemption)
  • Tax Period:December, 2016
  • Filing Requirement Category:01 (990 (all other) or 990EZ return)
  • Accounting Period:December
  • NTEE Code:G300
  • Asset Amount:$1,672,359,063
  • Asset Code:9 ($50,000,000+)
  • Income Amount:$1,249,783,200
  • Income Code:9 ($50,000,000+)
  • 990 Revenue Amount:$813,199,479
  • Last Updated:2/21/2018 9:03:11 pm

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