GUIDELINES FOR COLLEGES AGAINST CANCER™ CHAPTERS
Colleges Against Cancer is a program of the American Cancer Society designed to
involve college students in the fight against cancer. This document contains guidelines
and standards to be followed by chapters of the Colleges Against Cancer program and
their members. It is important to ACS that participants in the Colleges Against Cancer
program adhere to the guidelines set forth in this document. Failure to adhere to these
guidelines may jeopardize ACS and its reputation. If a chapter fails to follow these
guidelines, ACS may disband the chapter. If you have any questions regarding the
guidelines please contact your ACS staff partner.
To become a Colleges Against Cancer chapter, you must form a student organization on
your campus called Colleges Against Cancer. In addition to becoming a registered
student organization on your campus, you must meet the national Colleges Against
1) Complete the Colleges Against Cancer application on the CAC Community on the
2) Form a leadership committee within the chapter that represents each of the four
strategic directions: advocacy, cancer education, Relay For Life, and survivorship.
3) Complete Colleges Against Cancer Chapter Constitution, in partnership with ACS
Staff partner. Return completed Chapter Constitution to ACS Staff partner.
4) Work closely with your local American Cancer Society office and staff partner.
5) Hold regular chapter meetings.
6) Complete at least two local projects in a school year.
7) Complete and submit the chapter Year End Report by June 1.
8) Respond to requests for information from the CAC National Leadership Team to
assist in the sharing of best practices and enhance the CAC program nationwide.
By filing an application to become a recognized CAC chapter, you agree to:
Develop and maintain a relationship with your local American Cancer Society
Serve as a point of contact for the CAC National Leadership Team to receive
support and information and to provide information in return.
Relate the information from the local office and the National Leadership Team to
CAC Chapter Budgeting and Funding
Please note: any of the funding guidelines detailed within this document must be
discussed with your local American Cancer Society staff partner. Division policies
should be consulted prior to any funding/budget implementation.
ACS Budget -Consult with ACS staff partner to determine if Colleges Against Cancer
has an ACS-funded budget for implementation of service projects associated with the
Advocacy, Survivorship or Cancer Education. All monies funded by the American
Cancer Society must follow Division guidelines.
Student Activities Funds- If your ACS CAC chapter is officially recognized on campus,
the chapter may qualify for funds on campus. If funds are available, please work with
your staff partner review the total funds available and to develop a plan for use of those
funds. For all activities, chapters are required to use American Cancer Society materials
for any cancer education, survivorship and advocacy awareness projects. Please work
with your local ACS staff partner for a list of resources available. Any funds granted by
your college/university should follow your campus’ guidelines.
Budgeting – Consult your staff partner for recommendations on % of expenses and
approved vendors within your local area.
Non-Relay For Life CAC activities
In-kind contributions- local businesses may donate food or services to support your ACS
CAC activities. These services can include donations of materials (office supplies or
copying), food for meetings and events. You must work with your ACS staff partner to
determine local business to request contribution. Please consult your staff partner for
recommendation on acknowledgements of in-kind contributions, as certain tax
deductibility statements may be required.
Fundraising activities- Any fundraisers held to support CAC Advocacy, Cancer
Education and Survivorship should not interfere with Relay For Life fundraising activities.
All funds must be made out to the American Cancer Society and immediately turned
over the ACS staff partner for your chapter. All fundraising activities should be
discussed with your ACS staff partner and should follow recommendations detailed
below and adhere to specific Division policies. Any funds raised to support Colleges
Against Cancer Advocacy efforts must not be used for lobbying activities.
Do not conduct fundraisers or obtain grants involving anything to do with
tobacco, tobacco products or smoking (including hookah smoking).
Do not conduct fundraisers that involve or imply the consumption of alcohol.
Do not conduct any fund raising efforts that you feel would cause the American
Cancer Society, Colleges Against Cancer, or your University conflict of interest or
Avoid any fundraiser that could hinder your ability to raise funds for your Relay
For Life event.
Do not conduct any fundraiser that would go against the CAC accounting and
fundraising policies set forth in this guide or that is not in line with your Society
regional or Divisional regulations.
Avoid using any in-kind gift for a purpose other than the one specifically
mentioned during the donation process. For example, if you request fabric for a
CAC event, it should not be used for Relay For Life.
Relay For Life
Many CAC Chapters coordinate or participate in an American Cancer Society Relay For
Life event on campus. As one of the 4 strategic areas of focus for CAC, we strongly
encourage the formation of a Relay For Life on campus. There are strict fundraising and
expense guidelines with the American Cancer Society Relay For Life.
All monies raised through the Relay For Life event are donations to the American
Cancer Society. These funds support American Cancer Society research, programs and
services to support cancer patients and their families and advocacy efforts.
All expenses and fundraising monies associated with an American Cancer Society Relay
For Life must be submitted to your local American Cancer Society office.
Consult the trademark guidelines in this document for ways in which the Relay For Life
name and logo may be used.
Please consult with your local American Cancer Society staff partner for important
Division policies associated with fundraising efforts done for Relay For Life.
Other Fundraising Guidelines:
All money earned, regardless of the fundraising effort where it was earned, must
be given immediately to the American Cancer Society and your staff partner.
(Note: This includes all Relay For Life funds). If your staff partner is not
available, you should consult him or her prior to the fundraiser to verify your
Division’s procedures on delivering money to the American Cancer Society.
Under no circumstance may a CAC chapter have any bank accounts. (Note:
The only exception to this policy would be in the case of student organization
funds given to a CAC chapter, and these funds must follow your
college/university policy. This policy must be shared with your ACS staff partner)
If your school requires an on-campus account, this account should only be used
for student organization upkeep funds (for example, money for supplies for CAC
events related to CAC activities only)
The sale of any items with the American Cancer Society, College Against Cancer
and/or Relay For Life name and logo are strictly forbidden. Any fundraiser of this
type can potentially jeopardize the American Cancer Society’s 501(c)(3) nonprofit
status. See the section on Trademark Guidelines.
Colleges Against Cancer must not financially support other organizations during
our fundraising. While many groups may want to co-sponsor various events,
such as benefit concerts or walk-a-thons, with proceeds being donated among
many charities, this creates a conflict of interest with our financial policies and
member objectives. Therefore, all chapters should only support activities where
all proceeds will be going directly to your American Cancer Society.
Colleges Against Cancer should not create any additional t-shirts, besides the
pre-printed “Eliminate it” t-shirts available through your American Cancer Society
staff partner. These t-shirts are the official t-shirts of your Colleges Against
Cancer chapter. See the section on Trademark Guidelines.
The American Cancer Society name and logo, Colleges Against Cancer and the Relay
For Life name and logo are all trademarks of the American Cancer Society, Inc. In order
to protect these marks and the goodwill associated with them, there are certain
restrictions on how they may be used.
ACS marks should be used in accordance with ACS’s graphic standards. This
means that you should not change the color or appearance of any of the ACS
marks. If you have a question about ACS’s graphic standards, you should ask
your ACS staff partner for access to the BrandWizard web site.
ACS marks may not be included on any items for sale for fundraising.
You may not authorize third parties to use the ACS marks.
You may not authorize vendors to produce merchandise with the ACS marks for
your use. If you would like to have merchandise bearing any of the ACS marks
please contact your ACS staff partner. In addition, any printed materials
including fliers, brochures, etc. should be shared with your ACS staff partner prior
You may not authorize a business to run a promotion related to or advertise its
involvement with Colleges Against Cancer, Relay For Life and the American
Cancer Society. You should contact your ACS staff partner if a contributing
business would like recognition.