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
|States bringing actions||Number of known actions||Outcomes||Total fines|
Fundraising and spending history
For years prior to 2008, cash raised from other sources might be included in the "cash raised by solicitors" column.
|% cash to
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 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||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|