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For Immediate Release

American Kidney Fund Awarded 10th Consecutive 4-Star Rating for Sound Fiscal Management

ROCKVILLE, MD (Feb. 22, 2012)—Charity Navigator, the nation’s premiere charity evaluator, has awarded the American Kidney Fund its “highest, 4-star” evaluation for sound fiscal management. This is the 10th consecutive year that the American Kidney Fund has received the 4-star rating from Charity Navigator.

Charity Navigator, America's leading independent charity evaluator, works to advance a more efficient and responsive philanthropic marketplace by evaluating the financial health, accountability and transparency of America's largest charities.
 “We are honored to receive this 10th consecutive 4-star designation, which highlights the American Kidney Fund’s commitment to executing our mission in a fiscally responsible way,” said LaVarne A. Burton, President and CEO of the American Kidney Fund. “We deeply value our contributors, and we will remain committed to the efficient, ethical and open use of the donated dollar.”
The American Kidney Fund’s mission is to fight kidney disease through direct financial support to patients in need; health education; and prevention efforts. In 2011, the American Kidney Fund provided over $190 million in grant assistance to nearly 90,000 kidney patients nationwide.
Ninety-seven cents of every dollar spent by the American Kidney Fund in 2011 went to programs and services.
“Less than 1 percent of the charities we rate have received at least 10 consecutive 4-star evaluations, indicating that American Kidney Fund outperforms most other charities in America,” said Ken Berger, President and CEO of Charity Navigator.

About the American Kidney Fund

The mission of the American Kidney Fund is to fight kidney disease through direct financial support to patients in need; health education; and prevention efforts. The American Kidney Fund leads the nation in providing charitable assistance to dialysis patients who need help with the costs associated with treating kidney failure. Last year, nearly 90,000 people—almost 1 out of every 4 dialysis patients in the United States—received assistance from the American Kidney Fund for health insurance premiums and other treatment-related expenses. Millions of people nationwide benefit annually from the American Kidney Fund’s efforts to fight kidney disease through health education and prevention efforts. The American Kidney Fund’s national campaign, Pair Up: Join the Fight to Prevent Kidney Disease, empowers women to protect themselves—and the people they love—from kidney disease. The American Kidney Fund offers free kidney health screenings in communities nationwide, as well as extensive online health education materials and courses and a toll-free health information HelpLine (866.300.2900).

As a 10-time recipient of the top “Four Star” rating from Charity Navigator, the American Kidney Fund is ranked among the top 1 percent of charities nationwide for fiscal accountability. In addition, the American Kidney Fund holds an A+ rating from the American Institute of Philanthropy; adheres to the National Health Council Standards of Excellence; and is a member of the Better Business Bureau Wise Giving Alliance. For more information, visit

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