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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.

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