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Causes: Environment, Health, Health Support, Lung Diseases

Mission: The Mission of Breathe California of the Bay Area is to fight lung disease in all its forms and work with its communities to improve lung health. Lung disease is the third leading killer in the US, the first in deaths of infants, and affects one of eight Californians. Smoking-related diseases claim an estimated 419,000 American lives each year, and the number of people, especially children, with asthma is growing. Air pollution, tuberculosis and emerging challenges such as lung-related bioterrorism are other threats.

Direct beneficiaries per year: 115,432

Geographic areas served: Santa Clara, Alameda & San Benito Counties. We also offer support to residents in Fresno, Merced and Madera counties

Programs: Air quality advocacy, clean cities coalition, clean air awards, transportation, alternative fuels

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3 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters


Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Breathe California's staff is highly professional, dedicated and accountable. We have worked together to promote safer consumer cleaning products that do not contain asthma-causing or triggering substances among retail stores and the general public. This has been one of our best collaborations to date.


Board Member

Rating: 5

This organization, does the grass roots work, at the comunity level: school programs regarding hazards of tobacco use, asthma education, and environmental hazards that affect our air quality.Life depends on "breathing", so catch your breath, and experience all that is involved in keeping that 'air' healthy for you.We need to be thankful to this organization [recent change of name, but doing the same community work], for being around in California, for almost a century, and keeping up the mission of saving us from Lung diseases, from infections like TB, to emphysema, and asthma. I am proud to be on their Board, as I deal with patients with lung diseases everyday, so I am thankful that there are community resources, and networks that can help them.


Board Member

Rating: 5

Breathe California is the leading private agency supporting lung health in our local community. Responding to local needs the agency serves more than 100,000 people annually, many of whom have few other health care alternatives. I am proud to serve on the Board of this local organization where actions have a direct, immediate, effect in our community. Jerry Denny, Chair Elect Breathe California Board