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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EIN 23-7124261
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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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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

I was on dialysis and had to quit working and lost my insurance. The AKF stepped in and helped me by paying the extra that my wife's insurance was charging us to have me on her policy. You have enough to deal with when you are on dialysis waiting for a transplant that you do not need the added stress that money adds to your life. I appreciate the help and support that the AKF provided me.

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

Many of my dialysis friends have been helped by the AKF.

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

It would be helpful to have the AKF have a transplant wing. It feels like that once you have a transplant you are no longer considered a kidney patient

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

A lot

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

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

How did you find this group?

My social worker told me about the group

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

None really

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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