About COPD Foundation

The COPD Foundation is a 501-c-3 not-for-profit organization created on June 14, 2004, and headquartered in Miami, Florida. In such a short period of time, the COPD Foundation has accomplished so much, bringing together the resources in the COPD community and creating more opportunities in order to serve those affected by the disease. Currently, there are 17 Members in the Board of Directors who volunteer their time and resources to helping advance the Foundation’s mission and purpose.


The mission of the COPD Foundation is to develop and support programs which improve the quality of life through research, education, early diagnosis, and enhanced therapy for persons whose lives are impacted by Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease.


Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) is a preventable and treatable disease. The COPD Foundation has been established to speed innovations which will make treatments more effective and affordable, undertake initiatives that result in expanded services for COPD patients, and improve the lives of patients with COPD and related disorders through research and education that will lead to prevention and someday a cure for this disease.


The programs developed by the COPD Foundation help increase awareness about COPD, its management, and resources available to individuals with COPD, caregivers, healthcare professionals, leaders in the COPD community, or the general public. Below you will find links to the various programs supported by the Foundation. Please feel free to contact the C.O.P.D. Information Line for further information on how you can support any one of these programs.

C.O.P.D. Information Line: Being one of the two programs developed to support the launch of the NHLBI’s Learn More Breathe Better COPD Awareness Campaign, the Information Line has helped thousands of callers to date with resources and support.

Caregiver’s Information Line: Read about how the Caregiver’s Information Line was started and the resources it provides to caregivers of individuals with COPD.

Mobile Spirometry Unit: The MSU is the second program developed with the launch of the Learn More Breathe Better Campaign. In 2007, the MSU offered 10,152 free lung tests to individuals at 24 health fairs, senior expos, and other events around the nation! This year, the MSU continues leaving its tracks in major U.S. cities. There’s more information about the MSU program and how you can find out if it’ll be in your area soon.

COPD Digest: One of the first programs the Foundation created, the COPD Digest is the first internationally-distributed quarterly magazine. Hundreds of thousands are subscribed to this magazine, including individuals with COPD, their family members and caregivers, healthcare professionals, legislators, and other leading members of the COPD research community.

Educational Events: The Foundation has co-sponsored many patient education events, free to the public. These events included a series of lectures from leading COPD researchers and free educational materials, all designed to help educate attendees more about their COPD to improve their quality of life.

NHLBI Learn More Breathe Better Campaign: The Campaign was launched on January 18, 2008 in Washington D.C., and its purpose is to spread awareness of the underdiagnosed and underfunded disease.

Operation 435: Help us build a patient-powered COPD movement across the country! Take action and help us educate your Congressman, Senators and President Obama about the seriousness of COPD. With your help we’ll make a cure and better treatments a reality!

For more information about the COPD Foundation, visit the Foundation’s website at www.copdfoundation.org or call 1-866-316-COPD (2673).

Last update: May 12, 2011