1504 College Way
Lexington KY 40502
Contact Information
Address 1504 College Way
Lexington, KY 40502
Phone (859) 260-8290
Fax 859 260-8299
Contact Name Rhonda Chisenhall
At A Glance
IRS Ruling Year 2006
Other ways to donate, support, or volunteer
Donations can be made with credit card over the phone by calling 1-800-227-2345, or through our website at, or by mailing a check to the Lexington office. 
Persons interested in volunteering for the organization can call 1-800-227-2345
Volunteer opportunities include office work, helping cancer patients,
assisting with fundraising activities, and driving cancer patients to treatment. 
Financial Summary
Revenue vs Expenses - All Years
Expense Breakdown - Recent Year
Mission Statement

The American Cancer Society is the nationwide, community-based, voluntary health organization dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem by preventing cancer, saving lives, and diminishing suffering from cancer, through research, education, advocacy, and service.

Background Statement

The American Cancer Society was founded in 1913 by a group of physicians who wanted to do something about cancer. It’s one of the oldest and largest voluntary health agencies in the United States. There are 12 Divisions that are either single state entities or groups of states that have been combined for their similarities. The Mid-South Division, which includes Lexington, covers the states of Alabama, Arkansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi and Tennessee.

The National Home Office is responsible for overall planning and coordination of the Society’s programs for cancer education, cancer control and prevention, advocacy, resource development, and patient services. The local offices are organized to deliver cancer prevention, early detection and patient services programs at the community level. Our mission to eliminate cancer and improve the quality of life for those individuals facing the disease is aided by an extensive network of volunteers.


Impact Statement
From March 2007 to December 31, 2014, The American Cancer Society's Hope Lodge in Lexington has saved cancer patients and their families $9,700,000 by providing 69,426 nights of free lodging for 4067 cancer patients while undergoing treatment in the Lexington area.
From September 1, 2009 to August 31, 2010, The American Cancer Society provided 64,899 cancer related programs and support services for 8,898 constituents in Kentucky.
Over the past ten years, The American Cancer Society has dedicated more than $7M to cancer research within the state of Kentucky.
The Goals To Be Reached by Year 2015 are:

• Cut the cancer death rate in half – preventing 5 million deaths

• Prevent 6 million new diagnosis or 300,000 people a year from hearing the words “You’ve got cancer”

• Improve significantly the quality of life for all cancer survivors

Needs Statement
1.) $365,107 to operate The American Caner Society's Lexington Hope Lodge.
2.) $104,547 to support The American Cancer Society's Patient Navigation Program at The University of Kentucky Markey Cancer Center.
 3) Volunteers to promote ACS programs including Relay For Life and Making Strides Against Breast Cancer.
Board Chair Statement

The American Cancer Society Hope Lodge in Lexington has served many patients and their caregivers this past year by providing free lodging, but that is just the beginning of what the Hope Lodge is all about. Your Hope Lodge provides a warm and friendly environment for all of our guests who are undergoing cancer treatment and for their family members who are serving as caregivers.

It is a very special place that improves the life of cancer patients and their families. Further, there is a support system that exists within the Lodge. Patients and caregivers support one another. The Lodge provides an environment of healing and the spirit of support is a big part of the process.

As a cancer survivor myself, I have a deep appreciation for what is involved in the cancer treatment process including surgery, radiation and chemotherapy. All of us who have an involvement with our Hope Lodge provide the much needed support for our Lodge guests in their cancer journey.

Our heartfelt thanks of deep gratitude go out to our volunteers, donors and Hope Lodge staff. They have made the American Cancer Society Hope Lodge all that is was meant to be.


William G. Robbins

Immediate Past Chairman, Board of Directors
American Cancer Society Mid-South Division
Service Categories
Secondary Organization Category Diseases Disorders & Medical Disciplines / Cancer
Geographic Areas Served
West Virginia
Board Chair
Board Chair David Gosky
Company Affiliation University of Kentucky
Term Jan 2015 to Dec 2016
Board Members
Dave Gosky University of KentuckyNonVoting
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 6
Asian American/Pacific Islander 2
Caucasian 21
Hispanic/Latino 1
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 15
Female 15
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 2
Board Term Limits 3
Board Meeting Attendance % 81%
Written Board Selection Criteria? Yes
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 100%
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 4
Board Co-Chair
Term Jan 2014 to Dec 2014
CEO/Executive Director
Executive Director Gary Reedy
Term Start Mar 2015
Full Time Staff 12
Part Time Staff 5
Volunteers 150
Contractors 0
Retention Rate 75%
Management Reports to Board? Yes
Staff Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 0
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 12
Staff Demographics - Gender
Male 0
Female 0
Unspecified 12
Formal Evaluations
CEO Formal Evaluation Yes
CEO/Executive Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
NonManagement Formal Evaluation Yes
Non Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Description In order to receive the appropriate care, many cancer patients must travel away from home for treatment. This places an added emotional and financial burden on the patient and their caregiver(s) during an already challenging time. Hope Lodge is a free, temporary housing resource provided by The American Cancer Society. It offers patients and a caregiver a "home away from home" while receiving outpatient treatment. By eliminating many of the emotional and financial concerns, Hope Lodge allows patients to focus on the one thing that is most critical, fighting cancer! Hope Lodge is one way that the American Cancer Society is working to reduce cancer disparities and improve the quality of life for patients and their families.The lodge ensures that patients do not have to go without the most advanced treatment available based solely on the fact that they cannot afford to travel outside of their own community.
Budget 345,107
Category Human Services, General/Other Residential Care
Population Served People/Families of People with Cancer, Poor,Economically Disadvantaged,Indigent, Other Economic Level
Program Short Term Success
The American Cancer Society's Hope Lodge in Lexington will  improve the cancer patients quality of life while undergoing cancer treatment by easing the emotional as well as financial burden of lodging when traveling away from home for treatment.
Program Long term Success
To provide more than 5,000 nights of free lodging for a minimum of 300 cancer patients in 2011. Which is a total cost savings of more than $500,000 for cancer patients and their families.
Program Success Monitored By
Success of the program is monitored through American Cancer Society internal data tracking system and a reservations system used at the Hope Lodge. 
Examples of Program Success
"The American Cancer Society provides this wonderful place for us, and the name (Hope Lodge) is appropriate for the place.  It is so expensive going through cancer.  It is wonderful to be able to stay here and not have to worry about lodging expenses.  Beyond the support my family has provided me, the Hope Lodge is my next support group.  Many people are going through similar situations and are supportive of each other."-Sonja Bowling- Jenkins, KY, Hope Lodge Guest
The American Cancer Society and The University of Kentucky Markey Cancer Center have partnered together to offer cancer patients assistance in navigating the health care system.  The American Cancer Society's Patient Navigator Program directly connects patients to a cancer education and support specialists- known as a "patient navigator"- who, through one-on-one relationships, serves as a personal guide to patients and caregivers as they face the psychosocial, emotional, and financial challenges that cancer can bring.  the service is free and confidential, and places an emphasis on assisting the medically underserved.
The Patient Navigator receives national-level training through the American Cancer Socity, in collaboration with the National Cancer Institute Patient Navigation Research Program, as well as localized training and opportunities for ongoing education.
Budget 104,547
Category Health Care, General/Other Patient & Family Support
Population Served People/Families of People with Cancer, Poor,Economically Disadvantaged,Indigent, Other Economic Level
Program Short Term Success
The Patient Navigator Program will serve 1,000 cancer patients annually, with 10-15% or more underserved (e.g. uninsured or on Medicaid).
Program Long term Success
Patient Navigators can meet needs that were previously unmet and strive to improve cancer patients' quality of life.  While medical teams meet the health care needs of cancer patients, Patient Navigators make meaningful personal connections and can offer the following:
*Information on their diagnosis, treatment options, clinical trials, and treatments side effects
*Referrals to hospital, Society and community programs and services
*Assistance with a variety of personal, financial, and health care challenges
*Ease in gaining access to nutritional counseling, social work and support groups
*Emotional Support
Program Success Monitored By
Internal data tracking system
Examples of Program Success
"This Program proactively reaches patients who are most in need of specialized services and support, providing the critical link to local resources that will improve their outcomes and quality of life."- Dr. B. Mark Evers, Director of Markety Cancer Center
Plans & Policies
Organization has a Fundraising Plan? Under Development
Organization has a Strategic Plan? Yes
Management Succession Plan? Under Development
Organization Policy and Procedures Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistleblower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Government Licenses
Is your organization licensed by the Government? No
Revenue vs Expenses - All Years
Expense Breakdown - Recent Year
Fiscal Year
Fiscal Year Start Jan 01, 2015
Fiscal Year End Dec 31, 2015
Projected Revenue $0.00
Projected Expenses $0.00
Endowment Value $0.00
Detailed Financials
Revenue and ExpensesHelpFinancial data for prior years is entered by foundation staff based on the documents submitted by nonprofit organizations.Foundation staff members enter this information to assure consistency in the presentation of financial data across all organizations.
Fiscal Year201320122011
Total Revenue$919,529,774$376,286,455$374,019,492
Total Expenses$923,988,329$408,896,810$373,462,873
Revenue Less Expenses($4,458,555)($32,610,355)$556,619
Revenue SourcesHelpThe financial analysis involves a comparison of the IRS Form 990 and the audit report (when available). Revenue from foundations and corporations may be included in individual contributions when not itemized separately.
Fiscal Year201320122011
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
Government Contributions$6,425,748$3,467,307$4,007,044
Individual Contributions$368,149,870$340,336,468$348,028,097
Investment Income, Net of Losses$22,716,135$4,181,535$3,484,149
Membership Dues------
Special Events$487,001,193$6,974,562--
Revenue In-Kind------
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201320122011
Program Expense$672,422,111$332,343,747$307,128,867
Administration Expense$50,263,109$29,158,287$27,326,347
Fundraising Expense$201,303,109$47,394,776$39,007,659
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.000.921.00
Program Expense/Total Expenses73%81%82%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue23%14%11%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201320122011
Total Assets$1,878,381,083$1,749,234,420$1,521,867,801
Current Assets$217,306,978$55,973,992$103,735,636
Long-Term Liabilities$111,401,657$984,839,341$727,042,069
Current Liabilities$475,711,071$264,857,092$269,725,050
Total Net Assets$1,291,268,355$499,537,987$525,100,682
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? No
State Registration Yes
Foundation Staff Comments
MidSouth Division is part of the National American Cancer Society.  The MidSouth Division is included in the parent organization's Form 990.
Address 1504 College Way
Lexington, KY 40502
Primary Phone 859 260-8290
CEO/Executive Director Gary Reedy
Board Chair David Gosky
Board Chair Company Affiliation University of Kentucky