The American Kidney Fund in 2018 touched the lives of tens of thousands of people affected by kidney disease, providing financial assistance low-income U.S. dialysis and transplant patients, giving free kidney health screenings to at-risk individuals nationwide, educating the public and kidney care professionals about kidney disease, and working to advance public policy on behalf of patients. This work would not be possible without the generous support of our donors nationwide. AKF spent 97 cents of every donated dollar on patient programs and education in 2018, earning the highest ratings from charity watchdog organizations.

Patient financial assistance

We provided direct financial assistance to 87,000 low-income dialysis and transplant patients in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and every U.S. territory:

  • While helping more than 75,000 patients maintain health insurance coverage, we made transplants possible for more than 1,000 dialysis patients.
  • Through our Safety Net Program, 9,900 patients were able to pay for essentials not covered by insurance such as transportation to dialysis and nutritional products.
  • Nearly 1,800 patients affected by natural disasters received our Disaster Relief Program grants.

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Free kidney health screenings

We provided free kidney health screenings to more than 11,000 people in over 20 cities nationwide in 2018. These screenings checked for indicators of kidney and heart health, diabetes and other important health measures. In three cities, we held Kidney Action Days, major community outreach events bringing free screenings and healthy living information to people at high risk for kidney disease.  

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Patient and public education

We provided education about preventing and treating kidney disease to millions of people:

  • Our award-winning website received over 8.7 million pageviews by visitors seeking to learn about kidney health, and more than 140,000 patients, caregivers and kidney care professionals participated in our social media community.
  • We provided free kidney health screenings to more than 11,000 people in more than 20 cities nationwide, including more than 1,900 in our Know Your Kidneys D.C. pilot.
  • Nearly 11,000 AKF Ambassadors from all 50 states and D.C. fought against discriminatory health insurance practices and advocated for increased federal funding for kidney disease care and research.
  • Close to 1,000 AKF Kidney Health Coaches educated their communities about kidney disease and how to prevent it.

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Professional education

More than 4,000 health care professionals took AKF's 9 free, certified online courses nearly 6,900 times, and more than 2,500 people attended our live webinars which had nearly 65,000 on-demand views.

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Clinical research

AKF awarded its newest Clinical Scientist in Nephrology fellowship to Dr. Katherine Wang. She joins a long list of leading nephrology researchers who began their careers with an AKF fellowship since the Clinical Scientist in Nephrology program began in 1988. 

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Advocacy

AKF advocated tirelessly for issues of importance to kidney patients in 2018. We fought against discriminatory health insurance practices and advocated for increased federal funding for kidney disease research and protections for living organ donors. Our Advocacy Network of patients, loved ones, caregivers and renal professionals grew to nearly 11,000 members from all 50 states and the District of Columbia. These AKF Ambassadors sent thousands of communications to their elected representatives on issues that affect kidney patients, traveled to Washington, D.C. for meetings with policy makers, and visited their elected representatives in their home districts.

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Financial stewardship

We depend on the generosity of the American public to carry out our mission. We continue our longstanding record of spending 97 cents of every donated dollar on programs and services.

  • In 2018, we received our 17th consecutive “4-Star” rating from Charity Navigator. AKF ranks among the top 1 percent of charities nationwide out of more than 9,000 reviewed for fiscal accountability. AKF is one of only four charities nationwide to have achieved this distinction.
  • In 2018, we were again ranked in Charity Navigator's “Top 10" list of organizations with the most consecutive 4-Star ratings and is the only health nonprofit included in the list.
  • We have achieved GuideStar's Platinum Seal of Transparency, the highest level of recognition given to organizations that report metrics important to donors.
  • Consumer Reports listed the American Kidney Fund as one of two "high-rated" charities in the Health category. 
  • Our disaster relief efforts were recognized in Charity Navigator's lists of highly-rated organizations helping those affected by Hurricane Michael.
  • AKF continues to maintain its A+ rating from CharityWatch.
  • Consumers Digest has named AKF one of the top three health charities in the country for spending efficiency. 
  • AKF continues to be a sealholder with the Better Business Bureau Wise Giving Alliance and meets the National Health Council’s Standards of Excellence.

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