The European Lung Foundation (ELF) is funded partly by donations from the public and medical professionals. Other organisations have a key role in helping to pay for ELF’s work. The European Respiratory Society partly funds the ELF to provide primary research knowledge and expertise to the public. This allows ELF to produce non-biased patient information regarding treatments for respiratory problems.
The Health and Environment Alliance (HEAL), which receives money from the European Commission, provides partial funding for some of the ELF factsheets. These factsheets are also published in Breathe the educational journal of the European Respiratory Society, which is sent out to doctors and healthcare professionals around Europe.
The annual lung function testing event at the European Respiratory Society Congress is funded largely by Boehringer Ingelheim, a pharmaceutical company. This is the only activity for which ELF accepts industry funding.