How to Donate to the American Cancer Society. The American Cancer Society is a national non-profit organization whose mission is to fight cancer, save lives and diminish suffering from cancer through research, education, advocacy and service. The ACS research program takes pride in having invested about $3 billion in cancer research. The Society has funded 40 Nobel Prize winners early in their careers. Read on to learn more.

Research Your Charity Before You Donate

Check the American Cancer Society's website for specifics about its work to fight breast, prostate, colorectal, lung and other forms of cancer (see Resources online).

Research a charity before you donate. Compare its record with other groups on benchmarks such as percentage of funds used for non-program costs.

Find out the charity's rating the Charity Navigator website (see Resources below). Because of its relatively high 30 percent allocation to management and fund raising, the American Cancer Society has received a 2-star rating.

Donate to the American Cancer Society

Use the ACS Donate Now webpage to plan your donation before you make it (see Resources below). Your donation can be unrestricted or dedicated to fight a particular form of cancer. You can make it a one-time or recurring donations, and you can make it in honor or memoriam of a friend or loved one. When you have made these decisions, make your donation.

Donate by phone or by mail, if you prefer, using the following contact information. Call 1-800-ACS-2345 or mail your donation to American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 22718, Oklahoma City, OK 73123-1718.

Follow up on Your Donation

Keep a file with all your American Cancer Society materials, documents and donation records. It will save you time when you are preparing to file your taxes and help you with the process of deciding how much to give to the Society in future years.

Build a grassroots fund raising infrastructure in your community by participating in the American Cancer Society's annual local fund raising drive. After your initial donation you will be contacted for these campaigns, and you can expend their effectiveness by serving as donor and volunteer.