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ACS receives $5M grant from the Woodruff Foundation

Largest gift in our 20-year history with this Atlanta-based institution - thanks to the work of many staffers!

The American Cancer Society is thrilled to share the news of a major investment from the Robert W. Woodruff Foundation: a $5 million grant in support of our work. The foundation is giving $1 million toward the renovation of our Atlanta Hope Lodge and $4 million in support of our health equity research. 

The health equity funding will support our ongoing efforts led by our Atlanta-based Population, Data, and Implementation teams. Together, these teams work together to better understand where health disparities exist, contributing factors, and how to deploy evidence-based strategies that aim to reduce these disparities.

The Woodruff Foundation is an Atlanta-based funding institution that has long supported ACS. The Foundation is focused on improving quality of life in Georgia by investing in health, education, economic opportunity, and community vitality. This is the largest gift we have received from the organization over the course of our 20-year relationship. 

This grant is special, not only because it supports our mission-critical work at a very challenging time, but because it truly exemplifies how we “win together.” Gary identified the Woodruff Foundation as a key prospect for our 2020 Cancer Research Funding Challenge based on both his relationship with the funder and the organization’s focus on Georgia-based work. The GHQ Philanthropy team then developed the strategy for approaching the foundation. They collaborated with the Southeast Region team, the Office of the Chief Medical and Scientific Officer, and Finance to develop a targeted proposal based on the foundation’s areas of interest. The result was a huge win for ACS! 

Congratulations to everyone involved in this effort: Gary, Ruth Ann Dailey, Alpa Patel, Ahmedin Jemal, Laura Makaroff, Brant Woodward, Jessica Palmer, Chris Thomas, Crystal Federspiel, Allison Nichols, Lisa Bishop, Amanda Miles, Katherine King, Emily Thomas, Bill Cance, Jennifer Greenwald, Kerri Gober, Monique Compito, Shacquel Woodhouse, Bill Phelps, Joya Harris, Zach Morris, and Joe Cotter!

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