Jun. 8, 2008

ACS gets a 2 star Charity navigator rating

The American Cancer Society, probably most prominent for their "Relay for Life" events, was given only a 2 star (out of 4) Charity Navigator rating. I'm not trying to say that those of you who support the ACS should immediately stop their efforts or that the ACS is a unworthy recipient of your hard-earned money, all I'm saying is educate yourself first, then chose a foundation that will represent you and your interests best.

There are a couple of points that I don't quite understand about the ACS:
  • Reserves of assets
Shouldn't the $88,700,000 excess be used for research and to fight cancer, not to accumulate financial reserves? Just as a comparison, the LAF (3 star rating) had a deficit of $-5,391,455, the National Cancer Coalition had an excess of $368,543.
  • compensation of CEO: $659,676
Don't get me wrong, I do believe CEO's should be paid well, but that's in comparison to other charities, that's almost twice as much as their CEO's were getting (LAF: $311,423, National Cancer Coalition:$232,498).
  • questions about contributions to the Republican National Committee: The ACS explaines the contributions as encouragement or sponsorship of "voter registration, candidate questionnaires, or political forums. That's fine, but why not include candidates of other political parties?
Matthew Zachary of "The Stupid Cancer Blog" and "I'm 2 Young for this" has written an interesting blog entry about the topic, that certainly makes you think about what cancer foundation to support : American Cancer Society: The World's Wealthiest "Nonprofit"

It certainly proves the point that you should get all the information necessary and educate yourself about what cause you want to support, before making a commitment. I definitely learned that during the recent scandal involving the use of donations at UNICEF's German branch, which resulted in the branch losing the seal of approval from the country's leading watchdog for charities (DZI).

Jun. 2, 2008

Find your passion and follow it!

Professor Pausch returned to Carnegie Mellon University for the commencement ceremony. He was given 3-6 months to live last August- and is currently in his 9th months. What he does with his "extra-time" is truely inspirational. He indeed follows his passion, talking about his journey, inspiring others, working as an advocate.

"You will not find that passion in things and you will not find that passion in money, because the more things and the more money you have, [...]there will always be someone with more. So your passion must come from things that fuel you from the inside [...] that passion will be grounded in people." Randy Pausch.

Jun. 1, 2008

Cancer Survivor Day

A cancer survivor can be defined as anyone who has been diagnosed with cancer, from the time of diagnosis and treatment through the remaining years of life.

However, many cancer hospitals also use the term to describe the people in the lives of cancer patients who are affected by the diagnosis, including family members, friends and caregivers.

June 1st is Cancer Survivor Day, celebrating and honoring cancer survivors, their caregivers, and those who advocate for them.

There is much to be grateful for...take a few moments, just some time to reflect on your journey and enjoy your day!