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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

1 Story from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I became interested in kidney disease when my father died of renal cancer. I learned about the American Kidney Fund and found it to be a great resource for information. They do a lot of good for a lot of people.