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: 82,000 dialysis patients maintained health insurance coverage; 14,000 dialysis patients received Safety Net grants for treatment necessities not covered by insurance, such as transportation to dialysis, nutritional products and other essentials; 1,400 dialysis patients received donated medications; 600 patients received Disaster Relief grants to assist when natural disasters struck their local communities; 43 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 2016 the American Kidney Fund provided treatment-related financial assistance to more than 98,000 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 2016 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).
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.
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.