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Your donation goes further: We invest 97 cents of every donated dollar in 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.

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Charity Navigator: Highest 4-star rating

In 2021, Charity Navigator, the nation's premier charity evaluator, awarded the American Kidney Fund its "highest, 4-star" evaluation for sound fiscal management. This is the 20th 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 — the only health nonprofit to achieve this honor.

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We are 1 of only 3 U.S. nonprofits to have received Charity Navigator's highest 4-star rating every year possible.

Charity Navigator evaluates more than 9,000 nonprofits each year using objective, data-driven analysis, and gives 4-star ratings only to the most fiscally responsible organizations. AKF is on Charity Navigator's Top Ten list of nonprofits with the most 4-star ratings, a demonstration that AKF has stood the test of time and is well-positioned to fight kidney disease with a long-term commitment to outstanding stewardship of the donated dollar.

Consumer Reports: Best charities for your donations

The American Kidney Fund has been named one of the "high-rated" charities and "best charities for your donations" in the Health category by Consumer Reports. Consumer Reports publishes examples of the best-rated charities in various categories, as assessed by consumer watchdog agencies.

Candid., formerly Guidestar: Platinum Seal of Transparency, 2022

For multiple years, the American Kidney Fund has earned the Platinum Seal of Transparency from GuideStar, now Candid., 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 our Platinum Seal 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.

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.

The Chronicle of Philanthropy: America's Favorite Charities

In October 2018, The Chronicle of Philanthropy released its new ranking of the 100 charities that Americans are most willing to open their wallets to support. The American Kidney Fund, at No. 66, joins a list of respected nonprofits and universities (including Harvard and Stanford in a ranking based on an institution's cash support – the total value of money and stock it received as gifts from individuals, corporations and foundations.

Award winning kidney education content

The American Kidney Fund has received many prestigious awards in recent years for our outstanding education content. Click here to view our awards.

AKF Donor Theresa B shares why it's important to support AKF.

My kidney transplant would not have been possible without my daughter [living donor], the medical team, and my caretakers that all helped to make this happen. I truly wish everyone has this opportunity to receive a living donor and have the support that I received.

Theresa B., AKF donor and kidney transplant recipient
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Our charity ratings include:

  • Charity Navigator: Highest 4-star rating for 20 consecutive years as of 2021
  • AKF meets the National Health Council's Standards of Excellence
  • Consumer Reports: Best charities for your donations
  • Candid, formerly Guidestar: Platinum Seal of Transparency
  • CharityWatch: A+ Top-Rated Charity
  • The Chronicle of Philanthropy: America's Favorite charities
  • AKF is a member of the Better Business Bureau's Wise Giving Alliance.