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Tennessee Kidney Foundation Inc

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Philanthropy, Public Foundations

Mission: The mission of the Tennessee Kidney Foundation is to improve the health and wellness of Tennesseans affected by kidney disease through education, prevention, treatment, advocacy and promotion of organ donation.

Target demographics: Tennesseans affected by kidney disease improve their health and well being through education, prevention, treatment, advocacy and promotion of organ donation.

Geographic areas served: We serve all 95 counties of Tennessee

Programs: The Patient Emergency Assistance Program of the Tennessee Kidney Foundation provides limited funds to patients that may be for any expenses related directly or indirectly to the patients’ End Stage Renal Disease. Generally these are of a “one-time” only nature. Last year we provided emergency financial assistance to over 4200 Dialysis and Transplant patient in TN at a cost of $135,000 for utilities, food, supplements, dental help,  medications and transportation

Community Stories

15 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I love volunteering for our Kidney Walk every year. This organization helps me as a social worker meet some needs for my kidney patients I can not find other sources for. They are very caring and understanding to our kidney patients needs. Thanks Tennessee Kidney Foundation for all you do and I look forward for many more years volunteering with you.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Tennessee Kidney foundation is a literal life saver for many patients in Tennessee with Kidney Disease, providing transportation, nutrition supplements and much needed dental assistance. This is a fantastic organization that is only going to continue to grow, flourish and extend their outreach. I have enjoyed being able to assist with their mission.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

This organization is a great resource for assisting kidney dialysis patients in reducing financial stress so they can better focus on their health.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

A life lesson we all must learn is that no matter how dedicated we are to our work and family, no matter how we plan for future; life's twist and turns have a way of dishing up the unexpected. As a social worker in a dialysis clinic, I see on a daily bases how End Stage Renal Disease effects not only our health but also can bring a potential for financial hardship. We forget how additional medication and doctor visit copays can mount up. You figure in the additional transportation cost of 13 trips per month. The budget becomes stretched, sometime to the breaking point. Lifestyle adjustments must be made to make ends meet. I love watching some of the stress on a patient's face melt away when they are told they were approved for a TKF grant. TKF grants are not about giving money away - TKF is about preserving one's dignity.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I am a nehprology social worker in Nashville and Dickson, TN. The Tennessee Kidney Foundation has been an outstanding resource to have. Their transportation grants have played a vital role in many of my patients' lives by making it possible for them to come to all of their treatments. Thank you TKF!

- Caroline Flournoy, LCSW

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I am a social worker for Davita Dialysis clinic and cover several rural areas. TKF has provided my patients with resources that they would not have been able to get if not for this wonderful non profit organization. If you work in the renal community, TKF is a MUST for your dialysis patients. They assist not only with transportation costs but also utility costs and nutritional supplements among other resources. Great job TKF!!!!!!!!!!!!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I am a social worker working in the Renal field. TKF is a wonderful non profit agency, and helps many of the patients tht I serve. Our patients, alot not working, and TKF helps them with help with their bills, mostly with electrric bills. I am from Philadelphia, and it is against the law to turn off the electric in the dead of winter, TN is not like that, so many of our patients would be in the cold if it was not for TKF, Also, some of our patients could not afford supplements, and the help them with that. TKF is used for so many patients, for so many reasons that they might otherwise not be able to afford...thanks TKF for caring about individuals that you don't even know, or come in contact with, but care enough to fill the need.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The Tennessee Kidney Foundation is one of the most important resources that a dialysis patient can turn to for help. They provide much needed emergency assistance for things like electric or gas bills in the winter/ summer, transportation assistance to help pay for a ride to dialysis and assistance purchasing supplements to help improve their protein among other things. The availability of funds to help provide this assistance for the patients are essential. Without the Tennessee Kidney Foundation, many patients would have difficulty providing for these basic needs. The staff, headed by long time advocate, Teresa Davidson, is outstanding and have always strived to do everything possible to provide education and assistance for kidney patients!! As a social worker in dialysis, I am very thankful that we have the TKF!!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I am a nephrology social worker. I must say that without the assistance of TKF many of my patients would have suffered from a complete gap in resources. The agency is well organized and very quick to respond to any needs that are requested.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The Tennessee Kidney Foundation's top priority is assisting and supporting patients and families affected by Kidney Disease. In addition to direct assistance, they are committed to early detection and treatment of kidney disease and they work with legislators and the community to increase awareness of the needs of these patients and families. Their support is an essential tool of my practice.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I am a social worker with the Bristol and Greeneville, TN dialysis centers. The Tennessee Kidney Foundation has been an AWESOME resource for my patients in need. Many of my patients struggle to pay for their transportation to dialysis, pay their utility bills, or pay for medications. I can count on TKF to respond to my applications quickly and help these patients in a very timely manner. I feel very grateful to have them as a resource for my patients. Thank you!!!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

TKF is one of my most frequently used resources. They provide my patients with direct assistance, as well as community support and education about renal disease. As a social worker, it is often difficult to give patients a voice. TKF is always that voice whenever needed. They are a very strong patient advocate and are greatly appreciated for their continuous efforts.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I am a social worker with a dialysis company, and I utilize resources from Tennessee Kidney Foundation every single month. This is a wonderful organization!! This organization not only reaches out to communities to educate about issues related to kidney disease, but also provides financial resources to patients in need who are struggling to make ends meet. Particularly, TKF provides transportation assistance which is vital to many of our dialysis patients who must ride public transportation 3x weekly to attend treatments. The resources TKF provides are extraordinary and a wonderful blessing to so many patients.

-Sarah Kirby, LMSW

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Not only does the Tennessee Kidney Foundation directly aid patients with the costs of End Stage Renal Disease, but it also advocates for their clients served at the state policy level and offers educational opportunites for the professionals that serve them. Talk about full circle!

Lindy B.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

They are great. This program exceeds other by far.