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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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.

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

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

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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.

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

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Expand it.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Receiving funding to further research to help the kidney community.

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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.

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

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

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