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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: 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).

Community Stories

3 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Thomas J.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I'm a patient advocate with the American kidney Fund this organization is instrumental in providing health screening and a voice for many around the country. I'm a voice of one of the many patient advocates around the country that promotes public policy and advocacy in Kidney related causes. It help dialysis, transplanted patients receive the services related to treatment cost and care. A great charity that I supports.

1 Rosemary Dreher B.

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

Review from CharityNavigator

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.