publication date: Jul. 24, 2020

American Cancer Society staff given seven days to vacate the National Home Office

By Paul Goldberg

In the afternoon of July 22, the American Cancer Society instructed the staff of its National Home Office to pick up their belongings and equipment before July 30.

Its fundraising crippled by COVID-19, America’s largest charity focused on all cancers is leaving its headquarters at 250 Williams Street at Centennial Olympic Park in Atlanta.

“While we continue to explore all viable solutions for our ACS offices, we have reached the point where we need to ask all our Atlanta-based staff to go to our ACS center to retrieve your personal belongings and any office supplies you need to continue to work remotely for the foreseeable future,” the memo to ACS staff read. “We are asking you to please do so by the end of the day next Thursday, July 30, after which time staff will no longer have access to the building.”

As of last month, the society’s year-to-date fundraising added up to $160 million, an astonishingly low number for the charity that historically has booked about half of its funds from walks, runs, and relays that take place in the spring and early summer. These walks, runs, and relays have been cancelled amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

According to information widely shared with the staff, ACS is hoping to raise $512 million this year, a target that represents the best-case scenario (The Cancer Letter, June 19, 2020).

Responding to questions from The Cancer Letter, ACS officials said the rushed move from the headquarters isn’t financially motivated.

“In June, we announced to staff our intention to largely move … Continue reading American Cancer Society staff given seven days to vacate the National Home Office

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