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Causes: Environment, Health, Lung Diseases, Lung Diseases Research, Public Health

Mission:   At Breathe California, we believe that breathing should not be a struggle or a risk. Our local non-profit offers a wide array of  services that address the most important lung health issues facing our communities today. This includes programs to: help kids manage their asthma, prevent teens from using tobacco, assist smokers who want to quit, and offer support to emphysema and lung disease patients. We also advocate for key clean air and public health policies, and support innovative lung health research.

Our Vision: Communities empowered to eliminate the causes and burden of lung disease, promote clean air and improve public health.

Our Theory of Change: We believe the Breathe CA comprehensive approach of direct services, advocacy, and education, increases knowledge, confidence and ability in lung health management & treatment, resulting in lower rates of morbidity and mortality, and advancing health equity.

For the past 100 years, we have worked tirelessly to ensure that the Bay Area is one of the healthiest places in the country to live. That’s why we are proud to say that 100% of all donations made to Breathe California stay right here in our local communities.

We invite you to learn more about our organization and join our drive to fight lung disease, promote clean air and advance public health.

Programs: We provide services to improve air quality and to reduce the impact of asthma in children, adults, families and communities. In addition, we work to reduce tobacco use and exposure to second-hand smoke and offer services to people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) such as asthma, emphysema and chronic bronchitis to help them better manage their illness. As well, we support research to find cures for lung diseases.

Community Stories

22 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Former staff

Rating: 5

Breathe CA Golden Gate is an exceptional organization promoting clean air and lung health. They were so organized at the 25th Annual Bike 4 Breath. I had a great volunteer experience!

Donor

Rating: 5

This is an amazing organization. We race every year in their bike for breath which is so fun and makes us feel good about supporting a cause dear to our heart. So thankful for the hard work they do!

Board Member

Rating: 5

Breathe has been advocating for clean air and lung health since 1908. From its Ash Kickers program to get smokers to quit to the annual Bike 4 Breath that brings cyclists from all over the Bay Area together to ride for a purpose, Breathe continues to keep issues of clean air and lung health in the forefront, helping fulfill its mission to assure that breathing is not a struggle or a risk.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I had a wonderful learning experience volunteering with Breathe CA GG. They constantly work towards improving the lives of the Bay Area community through education, advocacy of better air quality, and outreach. I have never worked with such dedicated staff that genuinely cares about the community.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Breathe California is a wonderful nonprofit organization. They work with many aspects of lung disease - asthma, COPD, smoking. They have very invested staff, board members and volunteers. Patients are very grateful for their hard work.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have exercise induced asthma and my maternal grandparents died from lung cancer. I appreciate the work this nonprofit does to improve air quality in this state.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This agency is terrific! They help people understand the consequences of smoking and poor air and they do everything they can to make it better!

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I'm a new board member and I am impressed by the caliber of staff and other board members associated with this organization. Everyone is committed to raising awareness and being advocates for better air quality and better health. I am grateful to be part of such a great organization!

Board Member

Rating: 5

Breathe California Golden Gate does a great job advocating for clean air in California - this means every human, animal and plant living in or visiting the state benefits! I appreciate their efforts to provide us with clean air and to raise awareness for everyone.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Breathe California is welcoming, honest, and helpful.