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 2016, 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 15th 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 15 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 8,000 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.

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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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Consumer Reports: Best Charities for Your Donations

In December 2015, 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 two "high-rated" charities in the Health category. Read the article here

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