World COPD Day Conference & Concert -- Nov. 20, 2014
On Thursday, November 20, please join us for two events commemorating World COPD Day. From 12:30 to 3:00, we will be offering a free patient education workshop for patients, caregivers and others interested in learning more about the 3rd-leading killer in the the U.S.
Following the workshop, singer-songwriter Carl Tilchen will perform songs related to clean air and healthy lungs. It promises to be a fun and informative day for anyone affected by COPD.
Space is limited, so register today. There are separate registrations for the workshop and the concert, and a suggested donation of $10 for the Carl Tilchen performance. See you there!
Breathe California wins 4 star rating
Sound fiscal management practices and commitment to accountability and transparency have earned Breathe California of the Bay Area a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator, America’s largest independent charity evaluator. This is the first time that Breathe California has earned this honor.
Since 2002, using data-driven analysis, Charity Navigator has awarded only the most fiscally responsible organizations a 4-star rating. In 2011, Charity Navigator added a second dimension of Accountability and Transparency (A&T) to its rating methodology, and now reviews 17 governance and ethical practices as well as measures of openness, providing information on its web site for each of the charities it evaluates. The A&T metrics, which account for 50 percent of a charity’s overall rating, reveal which charities have “best practices” that minimize the chance of unethical activities and whether they freely share basic information about their organization with their donors and other stakeholders.
Breath of Life Walk -- thanks to all!
Our annual Breath of Life Walk was once again held at West Valley College on October 11. Thanks so much to all our sponsors, donors, walkers and volunteers who supported this event. Your donations help us to fight lung disease -- asthma, COPD, emphysema, and lung cancer.
For registered participants, remember it's not too late to collect pledges and earn incentive prizes. Fundraising for this event closes on October 31. Click the link below to visit the Walk fundraising page.
Breathe California TV Show, Thursday nights at 8pm
Did you know that Breathe California has its own TV show? Hosted by environmental attorney and long-time BC volunteer Terry Trumbull, the show examines various topics surrounding lung disease, air quality, alternative fuels and public policy decisions that affect lung health.
The show airs every Thursday night at 8pm on San Jose public access channel 15. Past shows can also be viewed on our YouTube channel. Click the link below for more Breathe California TV.
California designates November 2014 as COPD Awareness Month
On Monday, October 20, in a ceremony in the California State Senate chambers, the state of California declared November 2014 to be Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease Awareness Month. Breathe California serves many clients who are victims of COPD, and we are grateful to Senator Cathleen Galgiani, 5th District, for sponsoring this important recognition. In attendance were Kori Titus of Breathe California Sacramento-Emigrant Trails, Mary Rosas of GlaxoSmithKline, and other public health advocates.