American Kidney Fund

Rating: 4.73 stars   11 reviews

Issues: Health

Location: 11921 Rockville Pike Suite 300 Rockville MD 20852 USA

Mission: The American Kidney Fund helps people fight kidney disease and live healthier lives. We achieve our mission by providing financial support to patients in need, and by delivering programs that educate, build awareness, and drive advocacy, resulting in greater public understanding and ultimately the prevention of kidney disease.
Results: The American Kidney Fund has been assisting patients with kidney disease since 1971 and leads the nation in charitable assistance to dialysis patients who need help with the costs associated with treating kidney failure. In addition, millions of people nationwide benefit annually from the American Kidney Fund’s efforts to fight kidney disease through public awareness campaigns, free health screenings, health education materials and courses, online outreach, and toll-free health information HelpLine (866-300-2900).
Target demographics: Kidney patients and people at risk for kidney disease
Direct beneficiaries per year: 66,300 dialysis patients maintained health insurance coverage; 18,900 dialysis patients received Safety Net grants for treatment necessities not covered by insurance, such as transportation to dialysis, nutritional products and emergency assistance; 2,100 dialysis patients received donated medications; 112 patients received Disaster Relief grants to assist when natural disasters struck their local communities; 53 children with kidney disease received grants to attend summer camp.
Geographic areas served: All 50 states
Programs: Thanks to the generosity of many Americans who care about their friends and neighbors with kidney disease, in 2013 the American Kidney Fund provided treatment-related financial assistance to more than 87,000 people—1 out of every 5 dialysis patients in the United States. Ninety-seven cents of every dollar spent by the American Kidney Fund in 2013 went directly to programs and services. Millions of people nationwide benefit annually from the American Kidney Fund’s efforts to fight kidney disease through public awareness campaigns, free health screenings, health education materials and courses, online outreach, and toll-free health information HelpLine (866-300-2900).

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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

I cant thank this organization enough for their help while my husband was battling kidney disease. My husband , Jerry, was on dialysis for 2 1/2 years and couldnt work so his health insurance was Medicare only with a supplemental but it was expensive for us. I work 2 jobs so it was difficult to pay. His center told us about the AKF and all our worries were washed away. His premiums were religiously paid every month for the whole time he was on dialysis and I cant thank them enough. When he passed, I asked friends and family to please please make donations to the AKF so they can keep doing the great work they do for so many people.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

while my husband was on dialysis, the AKF paid his insurance premiums religiously every month.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

make more people aware of it inside the dialysis centers. My husband tried a second center and they never told us about this organization. He wound up going back to his original center.

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

How did you find this group?

from my husbands dialysis center's social worker at the time, Renal Center of Passaic, Clifton, NJ

What, if any, change in your life has this group encouraged?

I had my husband longer and the financial worries of his illness were taken away by their help. He worried so much for our financial future because of his illness. He was a volunteer firefighter so he wasnt used to worrying about himself and this organization made it possible for him to enjoy his life.

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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

The American Kidney Fund aims to reduce kidney disease through public awareness campaigns, free health screenings, health education materials and courses.

I am impressed that 97cents of every dollar spent by AKF goes directly to programs and services.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Funding research to better under why health disparities exist according to race and socioeconomic status.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Ensure that children had equal access to education and health care.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I became interested in kidney disease when my father died of renal cancer. I learned about the American Kidney Fund and found it to be a great resource for information. They do a lot of good for a lot of people.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

seeing so many people at the walkathon who are involved and committed to helping people with kidney disease. I was really impressed that they offered free health screenings at the event.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

probably not recommend changes. They should keep doing what they are doing, but more of it.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

A lot

How did you learn about this organization?

searching for information on the internet

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

AKF is great. They provided much needed help to many patients with kidney disease. Patients on dialysis face many challenges and financial assistance can go a long away.

AKF also support young researchers to help find better ways to treat kidney disease.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Having my patients being assisted by AKF. Having my colleagues' research funded by AKF.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Expand it.

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Rating: 4 stars  

My son has chronic renal disease. I donated my kidney to him in December of 2010. This organization provides accurate information for both the donor and recipient.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

learning about laws associated with donating a kidney. Education on medications and costs associated with antirejection medications. I have contacted my congresswoman regarding the fact that medicare does not cover the medications after 3 years and that can mean that some recipients cannot afford the meds and can go into rejection. I asked for antirejection meds to be covered for a lifetime.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Do more to increase awareness of this organization.

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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

I am proud to be associated with this phenomenal non-profit organization. The AKF is one of the most charitable and efficient organizations I know. To prove this point, in 2010, 97 cents out of every dollar raised by the AKF was spent directly on patient services and programs. These programs reach, help and educate, thousands of American individuals with kidney disease, including the most vulnerable patients, ie: the poor, minorities, those with limited English proficiency. These patients have a particularly high risk of experiencing adverse health outcomes while on dialysis and are in most need of outreach and education. The AKF fills this health care gap, among others. I can't say enough positive things about this organization.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I am currently an AKF Clinical Scientist in Nephrology Fellow. Thus I am directly benefiting from this organization's goal to develop young physicians into independent, high-caliber clinical researchers who can and will improve the overall health of kidney patients worldwide.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I have been particularly impressed with this organization's focus on kidney awareness and education. I strongly believe that education is the starting point for any change and improvement, and therefore would recommend that the AKF perform additional kidney awareness events and screenings.

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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

This organization has true dedication to patients with kidney disease. They have funded patient-centered research consistently and generously, leading to the development of multiple leading members of the nephrology field who have continued to serve this population.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Receiving funding to further research to help the kidney community.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Give it more funding.

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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

I am a reciepient of research and salary support from the American Kidney Fund (AKF). This support helped me to develop research skills, accumulate a publication record, and apply and secure funding from the National Institure of Health. Thus, as it did for many others, the AKF helped me launch my research career.

The organization also provides numerous resources for patients. I have reviewed their education brochures for the organization and have been impressed by their commitment to patient education and constant motivation to try to increase health literacy in patients with kidney disease.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

As mentioned above, AKF helped launch my research career and instilled the importance in me in patient education.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I dont have comments on this and am pleased with the way the organziation is run.

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Rating: 5 stars  

My advocacy has been pretty much on my own since I have never received the information concerning becoming an advocate. I am a recipient of the wonderfull help that AKF offers and appreciate it more than words can express. I want to get others involved in the charity both on a giving end and receiving end. I love the website and visit it everyday. I try to respond to others who are beginning dialysis and those who have just been diagnosed. It would be very helpful to have other guidlines to follow in order to be a good advocate for AKF. More help along those lines would be much appreciated.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

You have help me in paying my insurance premiums, that otherwise I would never have the opportunity to have a good policy for my health conditions.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I don't feel well versed enough to offer suggestions, since I feel satisfied with everything the way it is right now.

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Rating: 3 stars  

The Mississippi area has an enormous population that suffers from kidney disease. More than 100 of our friends and neighbors in the Grenada area have kidney disease. More than 75 are on dialysis, and 50 are waiting for a kidney transplant. The reason for supporting the kidney foundation is to help support research, direct aid to kidney patients, and vital kidney disease screening programs. My 11 year old daughter is a survival of the kidney disease. I have 13 years of health care experience I worked as a certified nursing assistant.. I am a single mom. I am 32 July 1 st I will be 33 and it is also the day I received a call stating that they have a donor for my daughter..My whole life changed at that point so I would like to be a advocate.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

National Kidney Walks..

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Nothing need to be changed..

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