A Breath of Hope Lung Foundation

Mission Statement

A Breath of Hope Lung Foundation fights lung cancer by funding innovative research and raising awareness through education and patient support.

Contact Information

PO Box 387
Wayzata, MN 55391

General Information

Alternative Name
A Breath of Hope, ABOH, ABOHLF, Breath of Hope
Principal Staff
Nancy Torrison
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Board Chair
Shanna Ballsrud
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Impact and Programs

In 2013, revenue grew 19%, in 2014 revenue grew 4% and in 2015 revenue grew more than 40%. As a result of revenue growth, $300,000 was donated to research fellowships and two $10,000 grants were distributed to lung screening programs for under-served community members in Minneapolis and St. Paul. Additionally, new programming was added to offer lung cancer patients transportation to medical appointments, support groups and treatment. Using trained volunteers, more than 100 days of service were offered to lung cancer patients and their families a local hospitals. 2014 and 2015 also saw ABOH expand its lung cancer awareness campaign that was seen by more than 500,000 Minnesotans.
Current Goals
Programmatic Goals - Sufficient staff and space to support programs - Continually review and update patient support/awareness programming to assure impact - Repeat research fellowship RFP process for 2-3 fellowships - Place encumbered fellowship money into an interest bearing account - Volunteer speakers and ambassadors are screened/trained within 1 month of signing up Fundraising Goals - Increase the value of sponsorships by 75% over 2014 level - Secure at least one additional $5,000 grant for programs - Increase gross revenue to $400,000+ - Double the number of $5000+ donors over 2014 - Increase race attendance by 25% over 2014 Governance Goals - Board meets 6 times, Exec Committee meets at least 4 times - Board has read and signed member agreement - Board members annually contribute 20 hours of time outside of board meetings - Board members contribute financially and connect their personal networks to the organization
Community or Constituency Served
General public, lung cancer patients and their families/caregivers, under-served and uninsured community members, widows, widowers, American Indian community,
Geographic Area Served
Minnesota, other Midwest states


3 Year Average Expenses
Program Services $192,536 88.4%
Management $21,711 10%
Fundraising $3,692 1.7%
Unrestricted Net Assets
2014 2013 2012
End of Year: $240,971 $255,123 $96,030
Beginning of Year: $255,123 $184,321 $96,030
Difference: ($14,152) $70,802 $0

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