CharityWatch Analysts perform an in-depth analysis of charities' audited financial statements and IRS tax filings, and often review other documents such as state filings, annual reports, and fundraising contracts during their evaluations. Below are select notes that CharityWatch believes may be of interest to donors.
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|According to the United Cancer Support Foundation's (UCSF) 2015 tax filing:|
"[The] Organization changed its name from American Association for Cancer Support to United Cancer Support Foundation" (IRS Form 990 Schedule O).
[See the last and second to last Analysts' Notes below for more on UCSF's history as the American Association for Cancer Support.]
|According to the United Cancer Support Foundation (UCSF) audit of December 31, 2015 (Note 2), UCSF received donated in-kind goods valued at approximately $4.99 million in 2015.|
According to UCSF's 2015 tax filing, it distributed approximately $4.90 million in donated "medicine" to unidentified organizations in Central America & the Caribbean in 2015 (IRS Form 990 Schedule F, Part II).
Audit Note 2 states: "Products received and distributed by UCSF during 2015 consist principally of prescription and non-prescription medications, clothes, medical supplies, medical equipment, hygiene items, and educational materials."
[Note: CharityWatch generally excludes the value of in-kind (non-cash) donations of goods and services from its calculations of Program % and Cost to Raise $100. More information on how grades are calculated and the treatment of in-kind donations can be found by clicking on "About CharityWatch" from the navigation bar and then clicking on "Criteria & Methodology".]
|According to the United Cancer Support Foundation (UCSF) audit of December 31, 2015 (Note 4, Concentrations):|
"The Organization received 89% of its cash support from two fundraisers [i.e., professional fundraising companies] for the year ended December 31, 2015..."
[Note: The professional fundraising companies referenced above collectively retained approximately 68% of the cash funds they raised on behalf of UCSF (leaving 32% for the charity), according to UCSF's 2015 tax filing (IRS Form 990 Schedule G, Part I).]
|According to the United Cancer Support Foundation audit of December 31, 2015 (Note 3, Related Party Transactions):|
"During 2012, the former President of the Organization paid some of the Organization's expenses to assist in start-up. Included in accounts payable on the balance sheet at December 31, 2014 is $11,781 due to the Organization's former President. During 2015, the recorded accounts payable were satisfied through forgiveness and classified as donations or payments from the organization to the former president."
|The American Association for Cancer Support (AAFCS) has changed its name to the United Cancer Support Foundation, effective August 2015. Also as of August 2015, the Organization has a new President & CEO, Mercedes Ringgold, who replaced the former President, Jula Connatser. Ms. Ringgold was a member of the Organization's board of directors when Ms. Connatser served as President, according to AAFCS's 2014 IRS Form 990 filing.|
Please see the Analysts' Note below for more on Jula Connatser, who is a former employee of two of the charities that were named defendants in the May 18, 2015 FTC action against Cancer Fund of America, Cancer Support Services, Children's Cancer Fund of America, and The Breast Cancer Society. She also is the daughter-in-law of one of the individual defendants in the FTC action.
It was reported in July 2015 that the Tennessee Secretary of State's Office was investigating AAFCS (now going by the name United Cancer Support Foundation) and was aware of the family ties between AAFCS and the four charities named in the May 2015 FTC action. Click on the "Donor Alerts & Articles/Media" Tab for more information.
|Although the American Association for Cancer Support (AAFCS) is not a named defendant in the May 18, 2015 FTC action against Cancer Fund of America (CFA), Cancer Support Services, Children's Cancer Fund of America (CCFOA), and The Breast Cancer Society, the founder and [now former, as CharityWatch was notified on 8/25/15] President of AAFCS, Jula Connatser, is a former employee of CFA & CCFOA and also is the daughter-in-law of one of the Individual Defendants, Rose Perkins, according to the complaint filed in that action.|
[Note: On May 19, 2015, the FTC and 58 law enforcement partners from every state and the District of Columbia announced that they have charged the Cancer Fund of America, Children's Cancer Fund of America, and two other "sham cancer charities and their operators with bilking more than $187 million from consumers." Click on the "Donor Alerts & Articles / Media" Tab for a link to the full news release by the FTC.]