Organizations in this industry raise money for disease research, disease prevention, health education, and patient services. Major organizations include the American Cancer Society, American Heart Association, Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, March of Dimes, and Muscular Dystrophy Association (all based in the US), along with Cancer Research UK, SickKids Foundation (Canada), and The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria (Switzerland).
The revenue of health fund-raising organizations depends on consumer income and corporate profits. The long-term viability of individual organizations depends on strong marketing and public perceptions of usefulness. Large organizations have advantages in name recognition. Small organizations can compete successfully through superior marketing or by having a wealthy sponsor. The US industry is concentrated: the 50 largest organizations take in about two-thirds of overall revenue.
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Private contributions, including gifts and grants, account for about two-thirds of industry revenue. Other sources include investment income (about 9%), government gifts and grants (8%), and program service revenue including government fees and contracts (7%). Services supported by health fund-raising organizations fall into three major categories: medical research, public education, and direct services such as testing programs, support groups, patient care, and rehabilitation and training.