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A Breath of Hope Lung Foundation

To fight lung cancer by funding innovative research and promoting community involvement through education and patient support

Mission Statement
Review Completed: 12/31/2012
P.O. Box 387
Wayzata, MN 55391
EIN 30-0475578
Principal Staff Nancy Torrison, Executive Director
Number of Full-Time Equivalents (FTE) 1
Number of Volunteers 200
Number of Clients Served 2000
Tags / Keywords Treatment & Prevention, Hospitals & Clinics, Health, Diseases & Disorders, Community Health Charities Member
General Information
Board Chair Andrew Gilbert
Number of Board Members 12
Board meetings with quorum 5
Average Member Attendance at Board Meetings 12.2
Publicly Available Documents Most Recent 990
In 2012, ABOHLF donated $50,000 to support two innovative lung cancer research projects. Additionally, $20,000 was donated to our partners at the Angel Foundation to help local lung cancer survivors and their families meet basic needs during the difficult time of a cancer diagnosis. A total of more than $400,000 has been directed toward lung cancer research in previous years. In 2013, A Breath of Hope Lung Foundation launched three programs: White Ribbon Awareness program; Ambassador program; and Research Fellowship program.
Current Goals
ABOHLF has four primary goals for 2013 and 2014: 1) Create an annual giving plan that is supported by a comprehensive marketing strategy, a more effective website, and an annual fundraising calendar. 2) Create a business growth plan/strategy that will strengthen our infrastructure and add to our organizational capacity through the addition of key professional staff, office space, and new awareness events to build the contact base. 3) Create programming that will address key issues contributing to the 86% mortality rate of lung cancer, such as: poor disease awareness, especially among former and never smokers, societal blame/smoking stigma and misunderstanding of risks, causes, who is affected; lack of support for lung cancer patients and families, especially in low income communities; lack of collaboration among those who fight the disease and the many pieces of lung cancer patient care. 4) Fund young researchers focused on lung cancer through A Breath of Hope Fellowships and a national search process to identify the most promising projects.
Community or Constituency Served
Lung cancer patients, survivors, their families, friends, and loved ones
Geographic Area Served
Minnesota and Midwest mostly
Impact and Programs

3 Year Average Expenses

Program Services: $103,995 94.2%
Management: $6,384 5.8%
Fundraising: $0 %

Unrestricted Net Assets

2013 2012 2011
End of Year: $0 $0 $96,030
Beginning of Year $0 $0 $166,599
Difference $0 $0 ($70,569)
Unrestricted Net Assets (End of Year), Current 990 $0
Based on information provided on 2011 to 2013
From the Charity The process to meet the Charities Review Council standards has been an excellent learning experience for A Breath of Hope Lung Foundation. We feel that it has provided us with a very practical structure to insure that we continue to meet the highest levels of accountability. It is an honor for a young organization such as ours to have fully met all CRC requirements. In the fall of 2012, the board voted unanimously to hire Nancy Torrison, seasoned business woman and nonprofit professional, to direct the foundation as full time executive director. Prior to this date, we were mostly a volunteer-run foundation. Our mission is to fight lung cancer by funding innovative research, promoting community involvement and increasing awareness through education. Please help us. Any donation is appreciated. In 2013, 89% of the dollar was spent on programs built to fight lung cancer. We promise to be frugal in the use of funds entrusted to us and will focus on funding research and programming that align with our vision to find a cure for lung cancer, as well as raising awareness about this deadly and misunderstood disease. Feel free to ask us questions and visit our website: Thank You!
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