Vision and mission

The American Kidney Fund fights kidney disease on all fronts as the nation's leading kidney nonprofit. We work 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.

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

AKF'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.

Your support goes further with AKF

Here's what your donations to AKF accomplished in 2021.

157 transplants monthly

157 transplants monthly

157 kidney transplants per month made possible with AKF's support, more than any other organization.

$450,000 in disaster grants

$450,000 in disaster grants

$450,000 provided to more than 2,400 kidney patients affected by natural disasters.

51 scientists

51 scientists

51 alumni and current AKF scientists advanced nephrology research.

100,000+ resources

100,000+ resources

100,000 resources for kidney-friendly eating were downloaded.

80,000 patients

80,000 patients

More than 80,000 dialysis and recent transplant patients were able to afford health care coverage and other treatment-related expenses.

19 million people

19 million people

More than 19 million people connected with vital health information on KidneyFund.org.

97 cents of every donated dollar goes to patients and programs.

Every success, milestone and breakthrough we achieve for patients and their families depends on caring and generous people like you. Your gift goes further when you give to AKF.  

Our patient-first approach

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    Put people at the center

    We understand the countless ways that kidney disease impacts lives. We are constantly listening to patients so that we can deliver innovative solutions that address their short- and long-term needs.

     

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    Make sure no kidney patient fights alone

    Kidney disease isolates patients from their loved ones, communities and passions. AKF is here to make sure someone is fighting by the patient's side, no matter where they are in their disease journey.

     

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    Bring kidney disease out of the shadows

    Kidney disease kills more Americans every year than breast or prostate cancer. It's time that kidney disease gets the attention it deserves at all levels of government and society — so we can head off a growing epidemic.

     

Fighting kidney disease on all fronts

No other organization takes as comprehensive an approach to addressing patient needs, every step of the way. AKF counts on the generosity of caring people like you to carry out this vital work.

 

When you join our fight you change lives