Ninety-seven cents of every dollar we spend goes to patients and programs. Our steadfast commitment to stewardship of the donated dollar has resulted in the highest ratings from organizations that evaluate charities, including being named a Top 10 Charity by Charity Navigator. In addition, we meet the National Health Council's Standards of Excellence, and we are a member of the Better Business Bureau's Wise Giving Alliance.

We spend 97 cents of every dollar on patients and programs

Charity Navigator: Highest, Four Star rating

In 2018, Charity Navigator, the nation’s premiere charity evaluator, awarded the American Kidney Fund its “highest, 4-star” evaluation for sound fiscal management. This is the 17th consecutive time the American Kidney Fund has received the 4-star rating from Charity Navigator, placing AKF on Charity Navigator's list of the Top 10 charities to receive the most consecutive 4-Star ratings. AKF is the only health nonprofit included in Charity Navigator’s list of the top 10 charities with the most consecutive 4-star ratings.

“Attaining a 4-star rating verifies that the American Kidney Fund exceeds industry standards and outperforms most charities in [its] area of work,” said Michael Thatcher, president and CEO of Charity Navigator. “This exceptional designation form Charity Navigator sets the American Kidney Fund apart from its peers and demonstrates to the public its trustworthiness.”

Charity Navigator evaluates more than 9,000 nonprofits each year using objective, data-driven analysis, and gives 4-star ratings only to the most fiscally responsible organizations. AKF is on Charity Navigator’s Top Ten list of nonprofits with the most 4-star ratings, a demonstration that AKF has stood the test of time and is well-positioned to fight kidney disease with a long-term commitment to outstanding stewardship of the donated dollar.

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Consumer Reports: Best Charities for Your Donations

In December 2016 and 2017, Consumer Reports published examples of the best-rated charities in various categories, as assessed by consumer watchdog agencies. The American Kidney Fund was one of the "high-rated" charities in the Health category. Read the article here

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Consumers Digest: Top three health charity

In 2012, Consumers Digest named the American Kidney Fund one of the nation’s top three health charities for spending efficiency. Rankings were based on the percentage of a charity's generated income spent on mission and not on other costs, such as fundraising, marketing and administration.

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CharityWatch: A+ Top-Rated Charity

CharityWatch has designated the American Kidney Fund as an A+ Top-Rated Charity. Groups included on the CharityWatch Top-Rated list generally spend 75% or more of their budgets on programs, spend $25 or less to raise $100 in public support, do not hold excessive assets in reserve, have met CharityWatch's governance benchmarks, and receive "open-book" status for disclosure of basic financial information and documents to CharityWatch.

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GuideStar: Platinum Seal of Transparency

The American Kidney Fund has earned the Platinum Seal of Transparency from GuideStar, the world’s largest source of nonprofit information. By sharing these metrics, we’re helping the sector move beyond simplistic financial ratios to assess nonprofit progress.

We’re proud to use GuideStar Platinum to share our full and complete story with the world. To reach the Platinum level, we added extensive information to our Nonprofit Profile: basic contact and organizational information; in-depth financial information; quantitative information about goals, strategies, and progress toward our mission.

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The Chronicle of Philanthropy: America’s Favorite Charities

In October 2018, The Chronicle of Philanthropy released its new ranking of the 100 charities that Americans are most willing to open their wallets to support. The American Kidney Fund, at No. 66, joins a list of respected nonprofits and universities (including Harvard and Stanford in a ranking based on an institution’s cash support – the total value of money and stock it received as gifts from individuals, corporations and foundations.

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