Our Recent Accomplishments
The American Kidney Fund is dedicated to ensuring that every kidney patient has access to health care, and that every person at risk for kidney disease is empowered to prevent it.
As the nation’s largest not-for-profit organization serving people with, and at risk for, kidney disease, we have helped more than 1 million low-income dialysis patients to access lifesaving medical care since our founding in 1971.
Last year, we provided financial assistance to 20 percent of the nation’s dialysis patients. Our grants in 2014 enabled more than 84,000 people in all 50 states to maintain their health insurance coverage and to afford other critical expenses related to obtaining life-sustaining dialysis treatment.
In 2014, the American Kidney Fund provided treatment-related financial assistance to more than 84,000 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 2014 went directly to programs and services.
We provided direct assistance to patients in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and every U.S. territory in 2014:
- 71,500 dialysis patients maintained their health insurance coverage through our Health Insurance Premium Program
- 11,000 dialysis patients received Safety Net Grants, helping them to pay for treatment necessities not covered by health insurance, such as transportation to dialysis, nutritional products and emergency assistance
- 1,800 dialysis patients received donated medications
- 47 children with kidney disease received grants to attend summer camp
We provided education about preventing and treating kidney disease to millions of people in 2014:
- Our outreach to increase awareness of kidney disease generated more than 400 million media impressions
- Nearly 4 million people visited our website, www.kidneyfund.org
- 35,000 people e-mailed or called our HelpLine (866-300-2900)
- 13,000 people received free kidney disease screenings in 22 cities nationwide
- 7,000 healthcare professionals received continuing education through our eight online courses
- 4,500 people from all 50 states participated in our Advocacy Network, ensuring that policymakers heard from kidney patients on key issues
AKF depends on the generosity of the American public to carry out its mission. Spending Ninety-seven cents of every donated dollar on our programs and services, AKF holds a longstanding record of financial stewardship that has consistently earned the highest ratings from the nation’s charity watchdog groups. As a 14-time recipient of the top “Four Star” rating from Charity Navigator, AKF ranks among the top 1 percent of charities nationwide for fiscal accountability. Consumers Digest has named AKF one of the top three health charities in the country for spending efficiency. AKF holds a seal from the Better Business Bureau Wise Giving Alliance, maintains an A+ rating from CharityWatch, and adheres to the National Health Council’s Standards of Excellence.