Trudeau Society Celebrates Its Centennial Year

The Trudeau Society turns 100 in 2021 and marks an opportunity to recognize the legacy of Dr. Edward Livingston Trudeau and the important role respiratory health plays in human life. Our work continues to focus on the future, educating lung health professionals about the latest advances in care and strengthening community-based resources. 

From the beginning, the society has been tackling the world’s most challenging transferable pulmonary diseases for more than a century. Dr. Trudeau was the first to devote himself to researching and treating tuberculosis the highly infectious disease, which took the lives of one in seven people in the 19th century, established the first Adirondack Cottage Sanitarium in 1884 in the Village of Saranac Lake which treated thousands of people afflicted with the disease, he established the first American laboratory solely dedicated to tuberculosis research.

But our most enduring legacy is our members, who have gone on to be prominent researchers and lung health professionals. 

As we look forward to our next 100 years, we are poised to capitalize on a range of initiatives through research and technology. The need is great, the pandemic has highlighted the important role our lungs play, wildfires are further contributing to breathing issues especially among asthmatics, and so much more needs to be learned about the longer term impact of these factors.  Our commitment to public health and innovation has compelled us to find new ways to continue the Trudeau Society as a lung health issues and knowledge of lung health professionals continues to grow and evolve. 

We look forward to the opportunities that the next century will bring. We have an exciting year of centennial celebrations in store. It begins with our 2021 Lung Health Conference and many innovative sessions throughout the year. 

Learn the ways you can support. 

Our Vision

Every great organization depends on a circle of dedicated supporters for its success. At Trudeau Society this is made possible by generous friends and supporters who exemplify the spirit and aspiration of Trudeau Society. The Trudeau Society’s Centennial Campaign Giving Circle program is a convenient way to support the Society.
Trudeau Society Centennial Challenge Giving Circle

The Trudeau Society has played a pivotal role in the education of physicians and other lung health professionals for decades. Believe it or not, 2021 will be the Trudeau Society’s 100th anniversary. To recognize this major milestone, we are trying to raise at least $100,000 from individuals through our Centennial Campaign, and thousands more from corporate partners.

To meet this challenge, we need your support. Whether you have been a regular attendee of Trudeau Society lectures and conferences, or have attended as your schedule has allowed throughout the years, you recognize the value the Trudeau Society contributes to pulmonary care. We are counting on your gift to reach our $100,000 Centennial Challenge by June 30, 2022. Please make your gift now in honor of Trudeau’s Centennial.

"To cure sometimes, to relieve often, to comfort always"

Giving Levels

The generosity of donors touches every area of our mission and inspires Trudeau Society to preserve the legacy of Dr. Edward Livingston Trudeau and carry on the important work the Society has achieved for 100 years. You have the opportunity to select from a variety of giving levels below.

Centennial Circle Members Raise $26,001!

Join our Centennial Donors in making a meaningful gift of $1,000 or more to help us reach our goal of raising $100,000 to celebrate Trudeau Society’s 100 year anniversary! Your gift will help us continue to provide educational opportunities to healthcare providers for many more years!


Individual Trudeau Society donors can leave their mark by selecting one of the eight different giving levels in celebration of Trudeau Society’s Centennial. Be recognized for your generosity by selecting a giving level here.

  • Diamond $40,001 - $50,000
  • Platinum $30,001 - $40,000
  • Gold $20,001 - $30,000
  • Silver $10,001 - $20,000
  • Bronze $5,001 – $10,000
  • Partner $2,501 -- $5,000
  • Supporter $1,000 – $2,500
  • Friend $100 – $999

Corporate, Hospital & Groups

Corporate donors at giving levels at the Centennial Bronze level or above will be recognized on all lectures for 2021 as being “brought to you with the support of Your Name” plus, other benefits and discounts based on the level. Gifts are payable in one time, monthly, quarterly or annual installments. All gifts at the Partner level or above are payable over one, three or five years. Any individual who give a gift over $15,000 becomes a Life Member of Trudeau Society.

  • Centennial Diamond $500,000
  • Centennial Platinum $250,000
  • Centennial Gold $100,000
  • Centennial Silver $75,000
  • Centennial Bronze $50,000
  • Centennial Partner $25,000
  • Centennial Supporter $15,000
  • Centennial Friend $5,000


100 FOR 100 Years

The first 100 individual donors of $1,000 or more to the Centennial Celebration are noted as part of our 100 for 100 giving circle. They will be recognized as such at events and in publications during the Centennial Celebration and will receive a special 100 for 100 Centennial donor gift.

Samuel J. Sills, M.D. Distinguished Scholar Lecture Fund

To help underwrite this annual lecture where we bring esteemed scholars to present, individuals may give a gift at the $1,000, $1,500, $2,500 or $5,000 levels. Corporate donors may make a designated gift at any of the levels above.

Philip A. Gold, M.D. Distinguished Scholar Lecture Fund

To help underwrite this annual lecture where we bring esteemed scholars to present, individuals may give a gift at the $1,000, $1,500, $2,500 or $5,000 levels. Corporate donors may make a designated gift at any of the levels above.

Vision for Tomorrow Legacy Society

The Vision for Tomorrow Legacy Society was created to recognize and say thank you to those individuals who have made the most personal and thoughtful gift of all   ̶  a commitment to Trudeau Society (and /or Breathe Southern California) through a will, trust, prepaid life insurance policy or other estate plan vehicle. Individuals who plan a legacy gift are honored at the Vision for Tomorrow Dinner Celebration and receive a special Vision for Tomorrow Legacy pin.

Every dollar you contribute goes toward advancing our mission-based programming and ensuring our future for the next 100 years.

For more information about leaving a Legacy gift, please contact Rafael Magaña, Director of Development at (323) 935-8050 ext. 230

A bequest is one of the easiest gifts to make. With the help of an advisor, you can include language in your will or trust specifying a gift be made to family, friends, or Trudeau Society as part of your estate plan. To join the Legacy Society, you can gift a percentage of your estate starting as little as 4% and up. Other options include gifting from the balance or residue of your estate or making a beneficiary designation of certain assets (like stocks, bonds, or real estate).
What You Will Accomplish
Your annual, tax-deductible gift will allow Trudeau Society to continue to expand its mission along the lines of greater impact and excellence. You can recommend or share someone that can support our organization and you will get credit towards your giving level recognition.

Reasons to Give

Nine reasons to make a gift to Trudeau Society.
As the only remaining Trudeau Society organization in the nation that shares, educates, and connects with a rich history, the Trudeau Society is essential to our physicians and its community. Trudeau Society is named in honor of Dr. Edward Livingston Trudeau (1848-1915), the first doctor to develop the sanatorium concept of treating tuberculosis. A tuberculosis survivor, Dr. Trudeau discovered that with rest, fresh air, and a balanced diet, TB patients could completely recover. In 1885, Dr. Trudeau opened the Adirondack Cottage Sanatorium, best known as the “Little Red Cottage,” at Saranac Lake, NY, the first sanatorium for TB patients in the U.S. Our research, programs, and services focus exclusively on lung health. If you want to see its heritage preserved, Trudeau Society is the place to give.
Founded in 1921 Trudeau Society is the one of the oldest historical society in the country in honor of the first doctor to develop the sanatorium concept of treating tuberculosis. As long as there is a need for lung health, there will be a need to connect, educate, and share its history.
No other organization is exclusively devoted to lung health research, education, and Dr. Edward Livingston Trudeau’s legacy. Nowhere will you find a more extensive network and experience related to lung health. Our programs continue to increase in size every-day thanks to the support of generous donors.
Trudeau Society is affiliated with Breathe Southern California, an independent, nonprofit, donor-supported organization, not a state-funded organization. All of our work to educate, research, and shape the future of lung health depends on donations and contributions from people like you.
We are accessible to the entire public, whether it is a person in California who is interested in learning more about lung health, a student in San Diego who is researching lung cancer, a resident researching lung diseases, or a local reporter who is looking for context on how lung health impacts public health in our day to day lives. We are a resource to all.
Our mission is focused. By giving to the Society, you know that your gift will be going to support life saving programs, building a powerful network, and sharing of the Society’s history—period. And, by giving to the Society, your investment stays right here in your community.
Your financial contribution supports assets that grow over time and projects that last such as research, publications, and recorded lectures. Everything we do, however, is ultimately focused on education. The more people learn about Trudeau Society, the more our heritage becomes common knowledge. And knowledge is truly cumulative.

The Society manages itself prudently and for the long term. Our steering committee physicians are among the most respected in the industry, our executive management is solid, and our governance practices meet the highest standards for nonprofit institutions.

The Society exists today in all its vibrancy due to the contributions of many individuals who have given generously of themselves. We are grateful to the generations of Society donors who have come before us and together created an organization of enduring value. That legacy continues today, and individuals remain the Society’s largest and most loyal source of support. Be a part of the legacy and give today.