We thank you for your interest in our organization and supporting children and adolescents with cancer. The American Childhood Cancer Organization’s goal is to ensure that wherever a child is being treated for cancer, they will have access to the wealth of experience and support that only the American Childhood Cancer Organization (ACCO) can bring.
Becoming a American Childhood Cancer Organization affiliate requires a commitment to ensuring that kids can't fight cancer alone. By starting an affiliate in your area, you will be joining forces with 50,000 families and 40 affiliates across the country who share your commitment.
To get started, you will need a team of dedicated individuals who understand the unique challenges faced by a childhood or adolescent cancer diagnosis. Your team can be parents or siblings of children with cancer, survivors of childhood cancer, medical professionals, friends and extended family members, and individuals from your community at large who want to make a difference in the lives of children with cancer. These individuals (we recommend at least 5) will form your initial board of directors. We require that a majority of the individuals on your board will be parents/survivors/family members to ensure that ACCO remains true to its founding principles. You will also need to know what geographical area you wish to serve since we do not allow affiliates to overlap service areas.
Since ACCO affiliates and coalition groups are independent non-profit organizations, there is a great deal of flexibility in running your organization, but we do require some basic structure and core services. Because of the critical nature of our mission, we also require a high degree of integrity and commitment to serving children and adolescents with cancer and their families. We offer years of experience from ACCO and their affiliates across the country, and they are available to you should your affiliate application be accepted.
If you are interested in creating a local ACCO affiliate and would like to use our tax exempt status, there are additional requirements to satisfy IRS rules. When you contact our office, let us know if you are interested in learning more about this option.
To get started, please contact our Executive Director, Ruth Hoffman, through the ACCO office or by emailing her at: firstname.lastname@example.org. We look forward to hearing from you.