When you include the American Institute for Cancer Research in your estate plans, you make a major difference in the fight against cancer.

Corporate Champions who partner with the American Institute for Cancer Research stand at the forefront of the fight against cancer

The Continuous Update Project (CUP) is an ongoing program that analyzes global research on how diet, nutrition and physical activity affect cancer risk and survival.

A major milestone in cancer research, the Third Expert Report analyzes and synthesizes the evidence gathered in CUP reports and serves as a vital resource for anyone interested in preventing cancer.

AICR has pushed research to new heights, and has helped thousands of communities better understand the intersection of lifestyle, nutrition, and cancer.

Read real-life accounts of how AICR is changing lives through cancer prevention and survivorship.

We bring a detailed policy framework to our advocacy efforts, and provide lawmakers with the scientific evidence they need to achieve our objectives.

AICR champions research that increases understanding of the relationship between nutrition, lifestyle, and cancer.

AICR’s resources can help you navigate questions about nutrition and lifestyle, and empower you to advocate for your health.

AICR is committed to putting what we know about cancer prevention into action. To help you live healthier, we’ve taken the latest research and made 10 Recommendations for Cancer Prevention.

Charity Ratings: The Full Picture

How do you pick a charity to support? How do you determine its worth?

Is it the urgency of its mission? Its relevancy to your life, and the lives of those you love? Do you look for a way to measure the real-world impact it’s having? Or do you make your decision based on how swiftly and efficiently a charity is making progress towards its goals?

When it comes to choosing charities to support, you’re faced with many such questions. And over the last decade, it’s become increasingly clear that you won’t find all of the answers in an annual report, or a Form 990.

The results a charity gets, the impact it makes upon the world, can’t be found in financial ratios and overhead costs alone.  Those numbers are important, but they tell only a fraction of the whole story.

Let’s take a look at two groups that rate charities like the American Institute for Cancer Research.

The Better Business Bureau (BBB Wise Giving Alliance)

AICR meets all 20 Standards for Charity Accountability set by the Better Business Bureau’s Wise Giving Alliance. As such, we proudly earn the Better Business Bureau Wise Giving Alliance National Charity Seal.

The BBB adopts a comprehensive approach, utilizing both quantitative and qualitative analysis in its rating process.

The BBB investigates an organization’s governance and oversight, quality and accuracy of materials, financial efficiency and much more.

Charity Navigator

Charity Navigator, in its core method of evaluation, ignores accounting standards known as Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) and still relies on an outmoded method of expense classification, often restating a charity’s audited financial statements. Worse, it does not factor in the demonstrable reach and effectiveness of our research and education efforts.

Currently, AICR earns a one star rating from Charity Navigator. Even Charity Navigator, itself, doesn’t endorse its own methods, having publicly stated that focusing on overhead is a poor way to measure a charity’s performance.

Charity Navigator has also stated that they will be changing their methods in the coming years with more focus on an attempt to measure impact.

For more information, please read the Direct Marketing Association Nonprofit Federation statement on charity rating scales.

Our Commitment

Here at AICR, we are committed to transparency, accountability and efficiency. We adhere to the Donor Bill of Rights and accepted best practice standards, and we meet every Standard for Charity Accountability set by the Better Business Bureau’s Wise Giving Alliance.

Thank You

We appreciate that you are taking the time to learn more about the American Institute for Cancer Research than a simple and potentially misleading rating can reveal.

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