That's a Washington DC based charity that calls itself the American Institute for Cancer Research. They claim to provide information on how diet, physical activity and weight management relate to cancer prevention. Charity Navigator gives them a one star rating with a score of about 29 out of 100, probably because they only spend about half of what they raise on their "mission." The rest goes to administrative expenses (AICR's president makes nearly a half million a year managing a staff of 62) and fund raising expenses, on which they spend about 25% of the ~$34,000,000 they take in annually. They raise most of their money by getting one of your neighbors to guilt you into contributing or calling you on the phone. You can't block them, either. I tried by blocking the first number they used, 202-367-9102
, but they switched to this one. I suspect I'm on their "list" and that my neighbor put me there. Unfortunately, as useless as the federal Do Not Call list is, that doesn't even apply to charities. AICR claims to have an opt-out policy and I told the caller to opt me out when he called yesterday. We'll see.