Breathe California (Daly City, CA)


  • Name:Tanya Stevenson

Organization Address

  • Organization Name:Breathe California
  • Address:2171 Junipero Serra Blvd
    Daly City, CA 94014
    United States

Organization Phone

  • Main phone:6509945868
  • Main fax:6509944601

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  • Mission:
  • Through grassroots education, advocacy and services, Breathe California fights lung disease, advocates for clean air and advances public health in our local communities. Since 1908, we have addressed the most serious health threats of our time through grassroots programs that empower individual, institutional and community change for better breathing and healthier living.

    Breathe California:
    • Empowers communities to affect change for improved lung health
    • Educates our diverse communities about lung disease & prevention
    • Provides support services to assist those suffering from lung disease
    • Advocates for policies that promote clean air and improve public health
    • Supports research to find cures, improve treatments and prevent lung disease

    We believe that breathing should not be a struggle or a risk and we offer a wide array of local services and programs that address the most important lung health issues facing our communities today.

  • Overview:
  • Today Breathe California is a small/mid-size non-profit organization with approximately 11 employees, 11 Board members, and nearly 150 annual active volunteers. With a service area of 9 counties in Northern California we work to reduce the impact of lung disease through prevention, education, advocacy and patient services, and we fight for health equity. Our programs and services are offered in both English and Spanish whenever possible and we utilize a grassroots & comprehensive approach to achieving lung health through: 1) Training & Education, 2) Advocacy, 3) Awareness, 4) Research, 5) Evaluation and Needs Assessment, and 6) Events & Campaigns. Responding to the current needs of our community, we focus our resources specifically in the areas of: 1) Asthma, 2) Tobacco Prevention & Control, 3) Air Quality, 4) COPD, and 5) Research. We are locally governed and 100% of all donations are used solely in the local communities we serve.

    For over a century Breathe California has maintained a strong record of fiscal responsibility and accountability. We have successfully managed multi-year grants of over $500,000 from local, county and state governments, as well as from the Environmental Protection Agency, private and family foundations; we maintain strict grant compliance. Although we were significantly affected by the global economic downturn, we continue to grow our diversified funding base and have set aside resources for an operating reserve to ensure our long-term sustainability. The organization’s income is derived approximately as follows: 3% foundations, 29% government, 45% individual giving, 12% special events, and 11% earned income.

    Key Staff
    Linda Civitello, MA, has been the CEO of Breathe California for over 20 years. She has extensive experience in health, environment, education and child development, and broad capability in non-profit management. She has served as the Business and Community Liaison for UC San Francisco and was the founding director of the Tri-Cities Children Center in Alameda County. She holds a MA in Political Science, SFSU; a BA in Public Administration, Antioch College. In 2011 she was a recipient of the CA Wellness Foundation Leadership Award.

    Andy Katz, JD, has served as the Government Relations Director since 2006. He has advocated for advancing public health in the Bay Area and statewide in the areas of tobacco control, access to health care, air quality, transportation, energy, and climate protection. Mr. Katz has successfully advocated for legislation and regulations cleaning up diesel trucks and construction equipment, expanding renewable energy and implementing AB 32, the California Global Warming Solutions Act. He serves as co-chair of the Bay Area Clean Air Task Force, has a MA in City Planning from UC Berkeley, and a law degree from Santa Clara University. He is the President of the Board of the East Bay Municipal Utility District and a volunteer member of the Sierra Club California Legislative Committee.

    Karen Licavoli, VP of Programs, has been with Breathe California since 1991. She has driven community and environmental change strategies for a wide range of public health issues and has been a leader in tobacco control and air quality advocacy for decades. Ms. Licavoli has served on asthma and tuberculosis coalitions and the Bay Area Air Quality Management District Advisory Council. With an MPH from U.C. Berkeley, she regularly advocates for tobacco control, lung health and clean air policies before the County Board of Supervisors, municipal governments, school boards, and community organizations.

    Sustainability and Funding
    Fundraising strategies include an annual campaign, three major annual fundraising events (Bike for Breathe, Clean Air Awards, Clear the Air Filmfest), direct appeal letters, and the ongoing submission of grant proposals to foundations, private corporations, and government sources. We have also invested in a Vice President of Institutional Advancement to implement a new strategic development plan and ensure that we continue to grow our healthy and diversified funding base. The Breathe California mission and programs are dramatically influenced by a community that partners with us in our work. Each year nearly 150 volunteers give their time, energy, skills and money to further our mission. During the 2012-13 fiscal year Breathe California relied on 131 incredible volunteers who worked more than 1,259 hours!

  • History:
  • Breathe California began serving the Bay Area community in 1908 as the San Francisco Association for the Study and Prevention of Tuberculosis. The initial meeting of the founding board was held on Jackson Street in San Francisco on June 25, 1908. In 1908, tuberculosis (TB) was the leading cause of death in the US, most often striking men and women of 20 to 40 years of age. Immigrants, the poor, and those without access to medical care suffered from tuberculosis in disproportionate numbers. Therefore, one of the first actions of the newly formed TB Association was to open a clinic where indigent TB patients could receive proper care and nurses were provided for home visits for TB sufferers.

    Breathe California Key Historical Accomplishments
    • In the early 1900’s, the organization was the first to: open a free TB clinic in San Francisco, set up mobile TB screenings and send nurses on home visits to treat patients. These efforts were key to reducing the city’s TB death rate by more than 60% from 1906 to 1930.
    • We were the first to offer health education lessons in the classroom, having sent lay teachers to local schools in the 1920s to talk about nutrition and hygiene.
    • We have been a key advocate of landmark state and federal legislation, including the 1970 Clean Air Act and the Prop 99 tobacco-tax in California.
    • In 1993, we sponsored an effort to ban workplace smoking in San Francisco, helping pass an ordinance that predated California’s statewide ban.
    • We recently led the charge to eliminate dirty, diesel buses in San Francisco and were the first to offer asthma education to local school nurses and health providers.

    Over the past 105 years, Breathe California’s name has changed but our core mission – fighting lung disease through prevention, education, advocacy and patient services – has remained the same. Today’s challenges to healthy lungs have expanded beyond tuberculosis, but our dedication to improving public health has only strengthened. As lung disease has become the second leading cause of death in the United States, our areas of service now include asthma prevention & management, reducing tobacco use and the public’s exposure to secondhand smoke, improving air quality and lessening the effects of emphysema and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).

    Today we utilize a strategic, multi-pronged, comprehensive approach in order to attack the causes of lung disease. Current services include:

    Reducing Tobacco Use in High Schools:
    • We provide in-school smoking cessation programs for teenagers. Over 50 presentations and trainings were held in high schools this year.

    Reducing Tobacco Use in the Adult Community
    • Smoking cessation classes are available to help adults quit smoking for good.
    • We coordinate grassroots community efforts to control smoking and second-hand smoke drift in multi-unit housing. An ordinance was recently passed in Daly City that will protect 7,000 rental units.
    • In San Francisco County we helped with the passing of the Smoke Free Streets ordinance, requiring all permitted street fairs to be smoke free.

    Fighting for Clean Air
    • We advocate for regulations to protect public health from air pollution. Our accomplishments include the regulation of wood smoke on Spare the Air days in the SF Bay Area, the passing and protection of AB32 to reduce greenhouse gases in California and the passing of regulations to prevent dirty diesel trucks from polluting California air.
    • We advocated for the recent designation of secondhand smoke as a toxic air contaminant by the California Air Resources Board, a landmark decision toward protecting the public.

    Asthma Management
    • We have helped develop and fund asthma coalitions that implement plans to reduce the impact of asthma, such as reducing mold in public housing, improving indoor air quality in schools, and more.
    • We train providers of early childhood day care on the management of asthma with our All About Asthma workshop offered in both English and Spanish.

    We have worked tirelessly to ensure that the Bay Area is one of the healthiest places in the country to live. In 2006 we expanded our catchment area to ensure our impact is even greater. Our services now extend to the Oregon border to support nine Northern California counties, including: Contra Costa, Napa, Marin, Mendocino, San Francisco, San Mateo, Sonoma, Humboldt, & Del Norte.

  • Year established:1908
  • Endowment:Unknown


  • Executive / Trustee board size:11
  • Advisory board size:
  • Staff size:10


  • Organization type:Grantseeker
  • Country of registration:United States
  • Tax Determination Letter:Received Determination Letter
  • IRS Section:501(c)(3)
  • IRS Subsection:509(a)(1)
  • Tax ID:940836760

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IRS Business Master File Information

  • EIN:940836760
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  • Care Of Name:
  • Organization Address:1 SUTTER ST STE 225
  • Organization City:SAN FRANCISCO
  • Organization State:CA
  • Organization Zip:94104-4907
  • Group Exemption Number:0000
  • Subsection Code:03
  • Classification Code(s):1
  • Subsection/Classification Desc.:Charitable Organization
  • Affiliation Code:3
  • Ruling Date:February, 1936
  • Deductibility Code:1
  • Foundation Code:15
  • Foundation Code Desc.:Organization which receives a substantial part of its support from a governmental unit or the general public 170(b)(1)(A)(vi)
  • Activity Code(s):059, 927, 179
  • Activity Code Desc.(s):Other school related activities, Fundraising, Other health services
  • Organization Code:1 (Corporation)
  • Exempt Org. Status Code:01 (Unconditional Exemption)
  • Tax Period:June, 2017
  • Filing Requirement Category:01 (990 (all other) or 990EZ return)
  • Accounting Period:June
  • NTEE Code:G45Z
  • Asset Amount:$2,275,957
  • Asset Code:6 ($1,000,000 - $4,999,999)
  • Income Amount:$2,787,765
  • Income Code:6 ($1,000,000 - $4,999,999)
  • 990 Revenue Amount:$744,361
  • Last Updated:2/23/2018 6:31:52 pm

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