Our Recent Accomplishments
Thanks to the generosity of many Americans who care about their friends and neighbors with kidney disease, Last year, nearly 84,000 people—1 out of every 5 U.S. dialysis patients—received assistance from the American Kidney Fund for health insurance premiums and other treatment-related expenses. Ninety-seven cents of every dollar spent by the American Kidney Fund went directly to programs and services.
We provided direct assistance to patients in all 50 states and every U.S. territory in 2012:
- 63,000 dialysis patients maintained their health insurance coverage through our Health Insurance Premium Program
- 18,400 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
- 2,200 dialysis patients received donated medications
- More than 100 patients received Disaster Relief Grants in the wake of Superstorm Sandy
- More than 60 children with kidney disease received grants to attend summer camp.
We provided education about preventing and treating kidney disease to millions of people in 2012:
- Our outreach to increase awareness of kidney disease generated 370 million media impressions
- 3.3 million people visited our website, www.kidneyfund.org
- 42,000 people e-mailed or called our HelpLine (866-300-2900)
- More than 27,000 people received free kidney disease screenings in 18 cities nationwide
- More than 2,400 healthcare professionals received continuing education through our online courses.
Millions of people nationwide benefit annually from the American Kidney Fund’s efforts to fight kidney disease through health education and prevention efforts. The American Kidney Fund’s national campaign, Pair Up: Join the Fight to Prevent Kidney Disease, empowers women to protect themselves—and the people they love—from kidney disease.
In 2012, Consumers Digest named the American Kidney Fund one of the nation’s top three health charities for spending efficiency. As an 11-time recipient of the top “Four Star” rating from Charity Navigator, the American Kidney Fund is ranked among the top 1 percent of charities nationwide for fiscal accountability. In addition, the American Kidney Fund holds an A+ rating from the American Institute of Philanthropy; adheres to the National Health Council Standards of Excellence; and is a member of the Better Business Bureau Wise Giving Alliance.