ACS earns four-star rating from Charity Navigator

Our organization’s overall rating improves to 99%.

The American Cancer Society is proud to announce its strong financial health and ongoing accountability and transparency has earned a four-star rating from Charity Navigator – the highest ranking the organization gives. This rating designates ACS as an official “Give with Confidence” charity, indicating our organization is using its donations effectively based on Charity Navigator’s criteria.

Charity Navigator analyzes nonprofit performance based on four key indicators, referred to as “beacons.” Currently, nonprofits can earn scores for beacons focused on impact and results, accountability and finance, culture and community, and leadership adaptability.

The addition of culture and community strongly aligns with our organizational and mission priorities and helped to increase the overall ranking. This includes our commitment and actions to address health equity, community impact, and diversity in the workplace.

Newest ACS rankings at a glance

  • Accountability and finance: 99/100

This beacon evaluates a nonprofit organization’s governance practices and financial health, including measures of accountability, transparency, efficiency, and sustainability.

  • Leadership and adaptability: 100/100

This beacon evaluates the organization’s leadership capacity, strategic planning, and ability to readily innovate or respond to the needs of staff and constituents served to better achieve the organization’s mission.

  • Culture and community: 96/100 (New this year)

This beacon evaluates the organization’s overall culture and commitment to fostering meaningful relationships within their organization and the communities they serve and includes the following assessments:

  1. Constituent feedback
  2. Equity strategies

Note: The impact and results beacon evaluates nonprofit impact at the individual program level. Unfortunately, Charity Navigator does not have an algorithm to evaluate many health-related nonprofit services (except for direct financial assistance), therefore ACS does not currently have a score in this category.

The ACS rating and other information about charitable giving are available free of charge on We are also proud to hold the Better Business Bureau’s Wise Giving Alliance National Charity Seal and the Platinum Seal of Transparency from GuideStar, both widely recognized and meaningful mechanisms to demonstrate our continuing commitment to accountability, transparency and ethical practices.

About the American Cancer Society

The American Cancer Society is a leading cancer-fighting organization with a vision to end cancer as we know it, for everyone. For more than 110 years, we have been improving the lives of people with cancer and their families as the only organization combating cancer through advocacy, research, and patient support.  We are committed to ensuring everyone has an opportunity to prevent, detect, treat, and survive cancer. To learn more, visit or call our 24/7 helpline at 1-800-227-2345.


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