A Race to the Finish of 2021!

A Breath of Hope Lung Foundation (ABOH) is a Smart Givers accredited, best practice, 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization that is 100% funded by philanthropy. All donations are tax-deductible to the full extent of the law.

Despite the pandemic and its many challenges, ABOH continues to offer quality program services that positively impact the lung cancer field and the lives of families coping with lung cancer. Your gifts make this work possible and we humbly thank you for remembering ABOH!

Your 2021 gifts support national lung cancer research awards focused on late-stage treatments and earlier detection ($150,000 each), $10,000 screening grants that help clinics overcome patient barriers to lung cancer screening, national lung cancer awareness campaigns, and programming for lung cancer patients and families that include:

  • Patient Education for better outcomes;
  • Events that build a community of support for all who cope with a diagnosis;
  • Rides to treatment and medical appointments;
  • Companionship visits for those who feel isolated;
  • Support groups for survivors and caregivers; and
  • Support groups for those who grieve following a lung cancer loss.

Support the Year-End Challenge

donate-button-ccYou can donate securely online. Your donation will fund ongoing lung cancer research, provide needed support services to patients who face a diagnosis without the help they need, and increase awareness of this misunderstood and deadly disease.

Please mail checks to our addressContact us with any questions!

Different Ways to Donate:

Circle of Light Leaders transform our work through their annual commitment of $500 or more. This elite giving circle pledges a gift of $500 or more for the calendar year and gains attendance to exclusive (and fun!) Doc Spot events throughout the year. Join the 2021 Circle of Light.

Sustaining Friends offer a steady giving presence in support of programs for survivors and caregivers. From rides to treatment, to companionship, to support groups, this group of donors keeps our support services up and running for those living with lung cancer. Starting at $10.00/month, every sustaining gift matters! Become a sustaining friend!

Legacy Builders are visionary leaders who invest in the A Breath of Hope mission and vision of a world free from lung cancer mortality. From planned or estate gifts to one-time gifts of $25,000 to a lifetime giving of $100,000, this group is looking for deep and lasting impact. Please email us for more information.

Matching Gifts – Many companies offer programs that match charitable contributions from their employees at rates as high as 2 to 1 or even 3 to 1. If your company has a matching gift program, please email us for help with the paperwork.

Named Research GrantA Breath of Hope Lung Foundation’sNamed Research Grants” enable donors to fund part or all of a Research Fellowship in their name or in memory or honor of a loved one. For more information, call our office: 952-807-6111. The minimum contribution is $50,000.

Donate securities – For more information, please email nancy@abreathofhope.org.

IRA Charitable Rollover – see below

 Gift Parameters

  • If you are at age 70½ or older and are the owner of a Traditional IRA (or inherited Traditional IRA), and do not need all or part of your required minimum distribution, you can make tax-free IRA contributions directly to qualified public charities, such as A Breath of Hope Lung Foundation.
  • Each age-eligible IRA owner can transfer up to $100,000 tax-free per tax year.
  • Your IRA gift must be complete on or before December 31 of the calendar year in which you choose to utilize the IRA Charitable Rollover gift vehicle for tax purposes. Generally, if sent by US mail, the postmark determines the date of a charitable gift.
  • The check must be made payable directly to A Breath of Hope Lung Foundation.
  • You can only make outright gifts. The IRA Charitable Rollover cannot be used to fund life income gifts (such as charitable gift annuities or charitable reminder trusts).

Advantages of an IRA Rollover

  • You can count your gift towards your annual required minimum distribution.
  • Your distribution is not recognized as income on your federal income tax return, and therefore not eligible for a federal income tax charitable deduction.
  • Under current federal tax laws, keeping your IRA distribution out of your adjusted gross income may save you taxes.
  • The transfer process is quick and requires minimal paperwork. Your investment company can provide you with a form that is used to transfer the IRA funds directly to A Breath of Hope.

Donor-advised funds (DAFs) are an increasingly popular vehicle for charitable giving. There are now more than 500,000 individual DAFs across the United States, with assets upward of $100 billion. All DAFs are managed by “sponsors”—tax-exempt public charities that can administer any number of individual DAF accounts. Sponsors include community foundations, the charitable arms of investment managers such as Fidelity and Charles Schwab, religious organizations, and universities.

Donors (sometimes termed DAF “advisors” or “holders”) receive a tax deduction when they contribute money or appreciated assets to a DAF. Donors can then request that the DAF sponsor distribute funds to the operating charities of their choosing. Although donors can only “advise,” rather than require, a sponsor to make a gift, their advice is almost always heeded.

Will or Bequest is one of the most meaningful ways to make a gift to the A Breath of Hope Lung Foundation. Gifts of any size made through a bequest help ensure that the foundation receives valuable ongoing support. Donors can make a bequest by simply including a provision for A Breath of Hope Lung Foundation in their wills or trusts. And they can choose to give A Breath of Hope Lung Foundation a specific dollar amount or a percentage of their estates.

Bequests for A Breath of Hope Lung Foundation:

  • Allow donors to make a generous gift while maintaining control of assets during their lifetimes.
  • Can be designated for a specific program or can be unrestricted.
  • Can be changed by the donor at any time.
  • Will not be subject to estate tax.

Bequest language

To include a bequest for A Breath of Hope Lung Foundation in a will or trust, donors may wish to use the following sample language:

“I give [the sum, percentage] to the A Breath of Hope Lung Foundation, Wayzata, Minnesota, to be used [for the benefit of the foundation or _____ program] or [according to my written instructions* on file with the foundation].”

The foundation’s development staff can work with donors and their attorneys to customize this bequest language to ensure that it accurately reflects their wishes and that the A Breath of Hope Lung Foundation will be able to use their gifts as intended. For more information, contact our executive director, Nancy Torrison at 952-807-6111.

Testamentary charitable remainder trust – Some donors may consider establishing a testamentary charitable remainder trust with a retirement account or other assets. The trust would begin at the donor’s death and can provide income for family members or others for life or a term of years. The assets remaining in the trust then pass to the charities the donor has designated.

In-Kind/Tangible Gifts – Donate to the Bags, Bling and Beauty Silent Auction (Women’s Wellness Tea), the Rest & Relaxation Silent Auction (A Breath of Hope Golf Classic) or our annual Shining Bright Gala. Our past silent auctions have featured items such as sports tickets, restaurant gift cards, hot air balloon rides, jewelry, hand-crafted gifts, tools, hotel stays/weekend getaways and private fishing excursions.

AmazonSmile – Amazon donates 0.5% of the price of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases to the charitable organization of your choice. When you shop at smile.amazon.com, you’ll find exactly the same shopping experience, with the added bonus that Amazon will donate to the organization you support.

Giving Assistant – Giving Assistant‘s mission is to transform the everyday shopping of millions of people into charitable actions that support nonprofits. How it works: Create a free account, then simply shop your favorite store online and earn cashback to designate to the nonprofit of your choice. Earn an average of 5.2% back on all purchases.

Services – Do you have a service to share with the A Breath of Hope Lung Foundation family? Maybe you work for, or own, a local restaurant or business? ABOHLF is always looking for creative ways to interact with the community.


Guidestar logo

ABOH has earned a 2021 Gold Seal of Transparency on GuideStarUSA! To achieve this level of recognition, GuideStar reviewed our program goals, strategies, capabilities, achievements, and progress indicators. ABOH is making a difference in the world. Thank you to all the ABOH volunteers, partners, and donors that make this work possible. You are our Stars! Check it out and tell us what you think: GuideStar ABOH profile.

Charities Review Council

Thank you for your support of A Breath of Hope Lung Foundation. We honor the trust you have placed in us and are committed to spending your gift responsibly. We have been reviewed by the Charities Review Council and are proud to have met its Accountability Standards. To read our charity review report, visit the Charities Review Council at www.SmartGivers.org.


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