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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.

2014 Accomplishments

  • We provided treatment-related financial assistance to more than 84,000 people 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
    • With help from our Safety Net Program, 11,000 dialysis patients were able to pay for transportation to dialysis, nutritional products, emergency assistance and other expenses not covered by insurance
    • 1,800 dialysis patients received medications at no cost, helping them to manage common complications of kidney failure
    • 47 children with kidney disease received grants to attend summer camp
  • Nearly 4 million people learned about kidney disease prevention and treatment by visiting our website,
  • 35,000 people called or emailed our HelpLine (866.300.2900 / )
  • 13,000 people had our free kidney disease screenings in 22 cities across the country
  • 7,000 healthcare professionals took our free, certified online courses, obtaining continuing education about caring for people with, and at risk for, kidney disease
  • 4,500 people from all 50 states participated in our Advocacy Network, ensuring that policymakers heard from kidney patients on key issues
  • We accomplished all of this while spending 97 cents of every donated dollar on programs and services

AKF depends on the generosity of the American public to carry out its mission. Spending 97 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 12-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.

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