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United Cancer Support Foundation

CharityWatch report issued
June 2018

CharityWatch Grade
Our independent grade based
on a number of factors.
Program Percentage
Amount spent on programs
relative to overhead.
Cost to Raise $100
Amount spent to raise
$100 of contributions.

Contact Information

United Cancer Support Foundation
6700 Baum Drive
Suite 8
Knoxville, TN 37919-7344

Other Names

American Association for Cancer Support--(formerly known as)
American Breast Cancer Support Association

Tax Status


Stated Mission

A dedicated cancer relief organization; cancer patient support program operates as a charitable and educational program; assists cancer patients regardless of age or type of cancer through assistance funds/commodities.

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Data based on Fiscal Year Ended 12/31/2017

Program Percentage: 9%

The percentage of United Cancer Support Foundation's cash budget it spends on programs relative to overhead (fundraising, management, and general expenses).


Calculated Total Expenses



Cost to Raise $100: $89

How many dollars United Cancer Support Foundation spends on fundraising to raise each $100 of contributions.


Calculated Total Contributions


Government Funding

0% to 24%

Percentage of cash revenue
coming from government sources


Financial Documents

Entity Document Type Tax ID
United Cancer Support Foundation IRS Form 990 27-5005215
United Cancer Support Foundation Audited Financial Statements 27-5005215
Entity: United Cancer Support Foundation
Document Type: IRS Form 990
Tax ID: 27-5005215
Entity: United Cancer Support Foundation
Document Type: Audited Financial Statements
Tax ID: 27-5005215

Governance & Transparency

CharityWatch evaluates certain criteria related to a charity's Governance and Transparency. Donors may want to consider a charity's willingness to be open and transparent with CharityWatch to be a good litmus test for determining its commitment to public accountability.
United Cancer Support Foundation
meets governance benchmarks.
United Cancer Support Foundation
does not meet transparency benchmarks.
Provides Financial Information
Audit Accessibility
Governance: Policies
Reports regularly & consistently monitoring & enforcing compliance with a written Conflict of Interest Policy
Reports required, annual disclosure by officers, directors, and key staff of interests that could give rise to conflicts
Reports having a written Whistleblower Policy
Reports having a written Document Retention and Destruction Policy
Governance: Financials
Reports providing copy of tax form to all board members prior to filing it with IRS
Reports that financial statements were audited by an independent accountant
Governance: Board of Directors
Reports at least 5 voting board members
51% or more of voting board members reported as independent
Reports documenting minutes of board and board committee meetings
Privacy Policy
Privacy Policy

Unable to Provide Salaries

CharityWatch is unable to provide a range of Top Three Salaries for this charity for the above fiscal reporting year because we lack complete salary data for the organization. Except for officers, directors, and trustees, the IRS does not require breakouts of salaries totaling less than $100,000.

For example, XYZ charity would be required to provide a breakout in its tax form of compensation to its president of $55,000, but would not be required to provide a breakout of $99,000 in compensation to its top medical researcher if that person is not also an officer, director, or trustee of the organization.

This charity reports that compensation to its officers, directors, and trustees is under $100,000 per individual. Donors who would like to view limited salary data for this organization should refer to its tax form, which may be available on the charity's web site or from a number of third-party sources. See CharityWatch's Links page for information on obtaining copies of charity tax forms.

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.
According to the United Cancer Support Foundation (UCSF) audit of December 31, 2017 (Note 2, Product Distribution Program):

"UCSF's product distribution program consists of items donated by various manufacturers and organizations. ...Products received and distributed by UCSF during 2017 consist principally of household and personal items for the comfort and assistance of cancer patients..." For 2017, UCSF reports receiving donated in-kind products on which it placed a value of $32,312, and UCSF reports distributing to others products on which it placed a value of $50,286.

[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 on the Our Process page.]
According to the United Cancer Support Foundation (UCSF) audit of December 31, 2017 (Note 4, Concentrations):

"The Organization received 96% of its cash support from two professional fundraisers for the year ended December 31, 2017..."

[Note: The professional fundraising companies referenced above collectively retained approximately 88% of the cash funds they raised on behalf of UCSF (leaving 12% for the charity), according to UCSF's 2017 tax filing (IRS Form 990 Schedule G, Part I).]
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.]
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 "Articles & Alerts" Tab for a link to the full news release by the FTC.]

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