The American Kidney Fund (AKF) fights kidney disease on all fronts as the nation’s leading kidney nonprofit. AKF works on behalf of the 37 million Americans living with kidney disease, and the millions more at risk, with an unmatched scope of programs that support people wherever they are in their fight against kidney disease—from prevention through post-transplant living. 

With programs of prevention, early detection, financial support, disease management, clinical research, innovation and advocacy, no kidney organization impacts more lives than AKF. With the nation’s largest free kidney health screening program, Know Your Kidneys™, AKF fosters kidney disease prevention and early detection in at-risk individuals and communities. One out of every 6 kidney failure patients cannot afford the cost of care, and AKF is there for them, providing lifesaving treatment-related financial assistance. AKF enables all people with kidney disease to live their healthiest lives through disease management education, award-winning public and professional health education materials, courses and webinars. AKF drives innovation through strategic partnerships and investment in clinical research to improve patient outcomes, and fights tirelessly for legislation and health policy to improve the lives of kidney patients. AKF’s KidneyNation online fundraising community unites Americans in support of AKF’s mission.

AKF is one of the nation’s top-rated nonprofits and invests 97 cents of every donated dollar in programs, not overhead. AKF holds the highest 4-Star rating from Charity Navigator and the Platinum Seal of Transparency from GuideStar.

We are grateful to the nearly 61,000 individuals, corporations and foundations whose charitable support sustains our mission. We spend 97 cents of every donated dollar on programs that directly serve and educate patients and the public. For our excellent fiscal management, we are proud to receive the highest ratings from charity watchdog groups year after year. Browse below to learn more about the American Kidney Fund.

Vision and mission

The American Kidney Fund's vision is a world without kidney disease. Until that day comes, we believe that every kidney patient should have access to health care, and every person at risk for kidney disease should be empowered to prevent it. We carry out our mission--fighting kidney disease and helping people live healthier lives--with an unmatched scope of programs that support people wherever they are in their fight against kidney disease—from prevention through post-transplant living. Learn more about our vision and mission.

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Financials and accountability

We spend 97 cents of every donated dollar on patients and programs, a record of financial stewardship that consistently earns us the highest ratings from the nation’s charity watchdog groups. Learn more about our financials and accountability.

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Donate today to help kidney patients

Your support is more than a donation, it is an investment in the lives of children and adults struggling with kidney disease.

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Our leaders share a deep commitment to helping people fight kidney disease and live healthier lives. A volunteer Board of Trustees of medical and lay professionals provides strategic direction and oversight, while our management team directs the organization’s day-to-day activities. Learn more about our governance.

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Medical Advisory Committee

Collaboration with expert reviewers supports our commitment to helping people with kidney disease live their healthiest lives. The American Kidney Fund’s top-rated education materials and award-winning education campaigns help patients to manage all aspects of this complicated disease, while also raising awareness and increasing understanding among the general public. Learn about our Medical Advisory Committee and dietitian reviewers.

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If you are looking for a career at a top-rated national non-profit organization that makes a real difference in people’s lives, the American Kidney Fund may be the place for you!

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Corporate sponsors

Through their generous support, our corporate sponsors enable the American Kidney Fund to raise awareness of kidney disease, provide free kidney health screenings to people at risk, support clinical research that improves the quality of care for kidney patients, and directly assist 1 out of every 5 U.S. dialysis patients with health care expenses.

View a list of our corporate sponsors

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Contact us

The American Kidney Fund is based in Rockville, Maryland, just outside Washington, D.C. You may contact us by phone, email or regular mail. Contact us.

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