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.
Charity Navigator: Highest, Four Star rating
In 2017, 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 16th 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.
"Less than 1% of the charities we rate have received at least 16 consecutive 4-star evaluations, indicating that [the] American Kidney Fund outperforms most other charities in America," said Michael Thatcher, President and CEO of Charity Navigator. Charity Navigator evaluates over 8,000 charities in the United States. “Attaining a 4-star rating verifies that [the] American Kidney Fund exceeds industry standards and outperforms most charities in your area of work. This is our highest possible rating and indicates that your organization adheres to sector best practices and executes its mission in a financially efficient way.”
Charity Navigator evaluates over 9,000 charities in the United States with an objective rating system that examines a charity's financial health, accountability and transparency. Ratings show how efficiently Charity Navigator believes a charity will use donors’ support, how well it has sustained its programs and services over time, and the charity’s level of commitment to good governance, best practices and openness with information.
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.
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.
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.
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.