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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Health, Kidney Diseases, Kidney Diseases Research, Voluntary Health Associations & Medical Disciplines

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: 79,300 dialysis patients maintained health insurance coverage; 12,250 dialysis patients received Safety Net grants for treatment necessities not covered by insurance, such as transportation to dialysis, nutritional products and other essentials; 1,600 dialysis patients received donated medications; 112 patients received Disaster Relief grants to assist when natural disasters struck their local communities; 39 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 2015 the American Kidney Fund provided treatment-related financial assistance to more than 93,000 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 2015 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).

Community Stories

5 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.

Tamara I.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.