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Robert I. Schattner Foundation provides $150,000 grant to American Kidney Fund for children's programs and financial assistance to dialysis patients in D.C. region

ROCKVILLE, Md. (January 30, 2019) — The American Kidney Fund (AKF) today announced a $150,000 grant from the Robert I. Schattner Foundation to help fund three programs — two that support children living with kidney disease, and one that provides vital financial assistance for low-income dialysis patients in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area.

The Foundation's gift will provide funding for three AKF programs in 2019:

  • The Safety Net Program, which provides grants to low-income dialysis patients to help pay for treatment-related costs that are not covered by health insurance, such as transportation to and from dialysis, prescription copays, over-the-counter medications, nutritional supplements, etc. The Foundation's funding for this program will provide grants for patients in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area.
  • The Summer Enrichment Program, which provides financial support to help children and teens with kidney disease attend specialty camps that offer all the fun of traditional camps and are also equipped with the facilities and staff needed to handle the unique medical needs of kidney patients.
  • The Calendar Kids Art Program, an annual nationwide art contest for children and teens living with kidney disease. The program provides a unique artistic platform for pediatric kidney patients to express the challenges and realities of living with kidney disease, cultivating support and understanding among their peers, within the kidney community and the larger American public.

Based in Rockville, the Robert I. Schattner Foundation was established by Dr. Robert I. Schattner, a local dentist, inventor, businessman and philanthropist. Dr. Schattner died in 2017 from complications of kidney failure. The Foundation is dedicated to making education and dental care affordable and accessible to everyone.

"The Foundation's Board chose AKF for this gift as a meaningful extension of Dr. Schattner's philanthropy, and to honor Dr. Schattner by helping others who are living with kidney disease," said Robert H. Sievers, treasurer of the Robert I. Schattner Foundation. "Though AKF helps thousands of patients nationwide, we know they also help many people right here in our backyard. We are pleased to know the Foundation's gift will be well spent on programs that really make a difference in people's lives."

Among the factors that led to the Foundation's selection of AKF for the grant is AKF's careful stewardship of the donated dollar — AKF invests 97 cents of every donated dollar on patients and programs, not overhead. AKF is also ranked among the best charities in the nation by charity rating organizations for its careful financial management and transparency.

"We are so grateful to the Robert I. Schattner Foundation for its generous gift to help ease the financial and emotional burden of children and adults living with kidney disease," said LaVarne A. Burton, AKF president and CEO. "The Foundation's gift will allow us to open exciting new avenues for the Calendar Kids Art participants to illustrate their journey with kidney disease, support summer enrichment activities for young patients and provide desperately needed funds to help dialysis patients in the Capital Region who have nowhere else to turn."

About the American Kidney Fund

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 transplant. With programs that address early detection, disease management, financial assistance, clinical research, innovation and advocacy, no kidney organization impacts more lives than AKF. One of the nation’s top-rated nonprofits, AKF invests 97 cents of every donated dollar in programs, earning the highest 4-Star rating from Charity Navigator for 20 years in a row as well as the Platinum Seal of Transparency from Candid, formerly GuideStar.

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