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article imageCanadian Cancer Society spends more on admin costs, fundraising

By Andrew Moran     Jul 6, 2011 in Business
Toronto - The Canadian Cancer Society spends more on administrative costs and fundraising than cancer research and support, according to a discovery by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation's Marketplace. Will they see less donations next year?
Are you an avid donor to charities? You may want to do in-depth research before you hand over a sum of money on a monthly basis.
According to an Ontario cancer researcher and a new report from CBC’s Marketplace, the Canadian Cancer Society (CCS) has significantly spent more on fundraising campaigns and administrative costs than actual cancer research, advocacy programs and support.
Analyzing the CCS financial reports over the last 12 years, CBC discovered that as the charity raised more funds, the money shifted away from actual research. In the year 2000, the society spent a little more than 40 percent of its funds on research and in 2011, the number declined to less than 22 percent.
“Most scientists don’t realize that the budget has been going up and up, and donations have been growing, but the budget for research has been shrinking,” said McMaster University researcher, Brian Lichy. “So they are surprised and disappointed when they find out that this is the case, and the trend.”
“Cancer researchers are spending a lot of their time, or most of their time, trying to figure out how to get the money to fund their research, rather than actually doing research. And it has become a much bigger portion of what our day-to-day activities amount to.”
Although the amount of money spent on research has slightly increased, when compared to the portion of the CCS’ growing annual budget, it has been cut by 50 percent.
The news outlet requested to conduct an on-air interview with CCS representatives, but the society declined. Instead, they issued an email to the Marketplace stating:
“While funding cancer research is a crucial part of the society’s work, we also have profound responsibilities to do everything we can to reduce the risk of Canadians ever developing cancer and to provide meaningful support to people living with cancer.”
In April, another report published by the Charity Intelligence Canada found that breast cancer research funding often eclipses other deadlier form of cancers, such as pancreatic, lung and stomach.
If you’re a Canadian Cancer Society donor, what will you do? What should the CCS do?
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