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November 23, 2022


Executive Compensation at the American Cancer Society (2020)

by Anne Paddock

The American Cancer Society (ACS) is a tax-exempt, non-profit 501 (c) (3) dedicated to eliminating cancer by funding cancer research and focusing on prevention and detection, and treatment. Key information about ACS includes:

  • ACS is headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia but the organization has more than 350 offices throughout the country.
  • ACS raises$$600-$700 million annually.
  • ACS has $1.2 billion in net assets.
  • There are 22 independent voting members of the governing body, 18 (82%) of whom are male and 4 (18%) who are female (Note:  the Form 990 does not report gender identity. The numbers are based on names and google searches).

In 2020, ACS reported total revenue of $576 million (compared to $720 million in 2019 and $770 million in 2018) most of which came from contributions, gifts, and grants ($533 million including $26 million in non-cash contributions – clothing, hotels, wigs, etc).

Expenses totaled $549 million (not including $15 million in depreciation) with the largest expense being compensation at $290 million (50% of revenue).  4,320 employees received $290 million, which equates to an average compensation of $67,000.  453 employees received more than $100,000 in compensation with the 13 most highly compensated reported to be:

  • $730,765:  Leonard Lichtenfeld, Deputy Chief Medical Officer*
  • $703,003:  Gary M Reedy, CEO*
  • $676,993:  Jung H Kim, EVP Northeast Region
  • $616,776:  William Cance, Chief Medical and Scientific Officer
  • $547,401:  Michael L Neal, SVP, Field Operations
  • $457,576:  Richard C Wender, Chief Cancer Control Officer**
  • $424,944:  Catherine E Mickle, Chief Administrative Officer, outgoing***
  • $401,248:  Sharon Byers, Chief Development and Marketing Officer, outgoing****
  • $381,545:  Timothy B Phillips, Chief Legal and Risk Officer
  • $373,049:  Kael Reicin, CFO, incoming
  • $345,913:  Jeff D Klaas, EVP, West Region
  • $316,976:  Jeffrey D Fehlis, EVP
  • $310,288:  Wilton W White, EVP

*Leonard Lichtenfeld received a severance payment of $152,167

**Richard Wender received a severance payment of $236,806

***Catherine Mickle received a severance payment of $310,000

****Sharon Byers received a severance payment of $276,000

The following employees received a payout from the Supplemental Executive Retirement Plan:

  • Leonard Lichtenfeld:  $7,278
  • Richard Wender:  $34,133
  • Catherine Mickle:  $28,579
  • Sharon Byers: $46,705

10 of the 13 (77%) most highly compensated employees are male while 3 of the 13 (23%) are female (note:  The Form 990 does not report gender identify; the numbers are based on name and a google search).

58 independent contractors received more than $100,000 in compensation with the 5 highest reported to be:

  • $12.3 million:  KPMG LLP, of Dallas, TX for system implementation
  • $11.7 million:  McGough Construction Co, of Minneapolis, MN for construction
  • $ 9.7 million:  Merkle, of Baltimore, MD for fundraising counsel
  • $ 6.0 million:  Brinkmann Constructors, of Chesterfield, MO for construction
  • $ 5.7 million:  Tellepsen Builders, of Houston, TX for construction

To read the IRS Form 990 (2020), click here.

1 Comment Post a comment
  1. Kenneth Jordan
    Mar 15 2023

    You all should be ashamed of yourselves! Your salaries are way over inflated for the work you do. You are no different than our bought and owned senators and congress men and women.

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