America's worst charities

Our ranking based on cash paid to solicitors in the past decade

In detail#21: National Cancer Coalition

Also doing business as: Childhood Cancer Research Coalition

Updated Sept. 3, 2013.

National Cancer Coalition is one of the nation's biggest charities, with revenues in fiscal 2012 of more than $140 million. However, all but about $3 million of its reported income was not cash but donated medicine and medical supplies. These donations, known as gifts-in-kind, were passed along by the charity to developing nations and camps for hemophiliac children in the United States.

National Cancer Coalition gets its donated medical supplies from major pharmaceutical companies, including Pfizer and Teva. In 2011, the charity claimed it donated Gardasil, an HPV vaccine for young women, to Ghana. However, a spokeswoman for Axios, which is managing the vaccination program in Ghana, said only two U.S. charities played a role in the donation. National Cancer Coalition was not one of them.

In August 2013, the Axios spokeswoman said a Gardasil project involving National Cancer Coalition was approved in Ghana in 2011, but had not yet been implemented.

Separately, the Axios spokeswoman confirmed that the charity provided technical support for a Gardasil vaccination project in Honduras in February 2013.

Robert Landry, president of NCC since 2004, did not return multiple phone calls or respond to a certified letter seeking comment.

In 2003, Landry was on the founding board of Medical Support Association, a charity that closed in 2011. His wife and mother-in-law were executives at Breast Cancer Relief Foundation. That charity reported that it merged with NCC earlier this year.

All three of the charities with which Landry has been associated relied heavily on professional solicitors and paid them nearly half of the donations raised. Over the past decade, NCC has raised $41.5 million and spent less than $43,000 a year on direct cash aid.

In fiscal 2012, NCC made a single cash grant of $10,000 to an organization in Central America. All its remaining grants were donated medical goods and pharmaceuticals. Landry, meanwhile, received total compensation of $314,000.

In calls to donors, NCC's hired telemarketers say the charity uses donations to provide free mammograms and prostate exams. No such programs are reported in the charity's IRS tax filing.

In its latest IRS filing, NCC said its "Childhood Cancer Research Coalition" seeks to provide grants to researchers. But the charity did not report any such grants in its tax filing that year.

In their own words: the Charity's mission

The National Cancer Coalition (NCC) is a 501 (c)(3) organization dedicated to reducing the suffering of cancer patients and their families by meeting their unfulfilled needs. NCC provide medical and financial relief, research and educational programs throughout the world in an effort to improve the cancer patient s quality of life. Through a network of strategic alliances and partnerships, NCC's signature relief and research programs improve the quality of life of cancer patients around the world-physically, emotionally and financially. NCC also works to reduce the incidence of cancer by distributing cancer education and prevention information , thereby empowering individuals to make better choices regarding health and wellness.

Unedited mission statements provided by the Colorado Secretary of State

National Cancer Coalition

Known state disciplinary actions

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States bringing actions Number of known actions Outcomes Total fines
Utah 1 Consent/settlement 0

Fundraising and spending history

For years prior to 2008, cash raised from other sources might be included in the "cash raised by solicitors" column.

Year 990
raised by
was paid
Cash to
the charity
Cash to
direct aid
% cash to
direct aid
totals to
2012 pdf $3,624,109 $2,751,016 $873,093 $893,455 $163,625 4.51% $117,331,338
2011 pdf $2,883,518 $1,394,512 $1,489,006 $867,558 $10,000 0.35% $136,978,987
2010 pdf $3,310,520 $1,100,293 $2,210,227 $837,421 $20,000 0.60% $135,062,194
2009 pdf $3,944,887 $1,556,857 $2,388,030 $809,266 $5,800 0.15% $175,480,843
2008 pdf $4,591,433 $1,848,132 $2,743,301 $775,246 $10,000 0.22% $166,012,766
2007 pdf $5,357,920 $1,399,283 $3,958,637 $615,772 $75,000 1.40% $147,719,523
2006 pdf $5,278,770 $1,684,838 $3,593,932 $603,982 $53,000 1.00% $115,782,452
2005 pdf $5,188,602 $1,762,731 $3,425,871 $440,678 $50,000 0.96% $115,328,205
2004 pdf $5,088,196 $1,813,994 $3,274,202 $404,045 $68,926 1.35% $89,084,680
2003 pdf $2,789,802 $1,117,031 $1,672,771 $329,274 $72,224 2.59% $22,870,426
zTOTALS $42,057,757 $16,428,687 $25,629,070 $6,576,697 $528,575 1.3% $1,221,651,414

Who raised the money

Year Solicitor Cash raised Cash to solicitor Cash to charity % to charity Activity
2009 Creative Direct Response $2,416,443 $236,873 $2,179,570 90.20% direct mail
2009 Courtesy Health Watch $1,154,326 $984,266 $170,060 14.73% telemark eting
2009 Bee LC $374,118 $335,718 $38,400 10.26% telemark eting

Who got gift-in-kind donations

Year Recipient Value claimed Gift type
2010 Camp Hemotion/Hemophi $11,550 pharmaceutical
2010 Camp Warren (Hfoi) $23,100 pharmaceutical
2010 Camp Victory (Junction) $59,130 pharmaceutical
2010 Paint Turtle Camp $39,150 pharmaceutical
2010 Camp Ailihpomeh (Nhf-Tx) $48,450 pharmaceutical
2010 Camp Indep (Hfnv) $42,420 pharmaceutical
2010 Camp Boggy Creek $34,485 pharmaceutical
2010 Camp Courage (Center) $23,100 pharmaceutical
2010 Camp Wannaklot (Hog) $21,210 pharmaceutical
2010 Camp Pascucci (Hasdc) $45,180 pharmaceutical
2010 Camp Wounded Knee (Lhf) $46,200 pharmaceutical
2010 Camp Valor (Uhf) $24,000 pharmaceutical
2010 Camp Courageous Kids $23,100 pharmaceutical
2010 Tennessee Hemophilia & $8,790 pharmaceutical
2010 Camp Ivy (Bdfw) $41,550 pharmaceutical
2010 Colorado-N Hemophila $13,950 pharmaceutical
2010 Tapawingo (Or Health) $125,400 pharmaceutical
2010 Unc Camp Carefree $31,470 pharmaceutical
2010 Cp Independence Ohf $48,450 pharmaceutical
2010 Camp Honor Z Hemophi $56,370 pharmaceutical