American Kidney Fund Receives 17th Consecutive Highest, 4-Star Rating from Charity Navigator


Highest possible rating demonstrates that AKF ‘adheres to sector best practices and executes its mission in a financially efficient way’

ROCKVILLE, Md. (November 8, 2018) – For the 17th year in a row, the American Kidney Fund has earned the highest, 4-star rating from Charity Navigator, the leading independent evaluator of nonprofits. AKF is one of only three nonprofits in the United States to have received Charity Navigator’s highest rating every year since the organization first introduced its rating system in 2002.

“Attaining a 4-star rating verifies that the American Kidney Fund exceeds industry standards and outperforms most charities in [its] area of work,” said Michael Thatcher, president and CEO of Charity Navigator. “This exceptional designation form Charity Navigator sets the American Kidney Fund apart from its peers and demonstrates to the public its trustworthiness.”

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.

“We invest 97 cents of every donated dollar back into programs and services because we are working to have maximum impact in the lives of people who are fighting kidney disease,” said LaVarne A. Burton, AKF president and CEO. “When you donate to AKF, you can be confident your gift is making a difference. From kidney disease prevention services, to disease management education, to financial assistance for dialysis and transplant, you are helping us deliver programs that help people live longer, healthier lives in the face of kidney disease.”

Charity Navigator’s ratings show donors how efficiently a charity will use their support today, how well it has sustained its programs and services over time and how committed a charity is to good governance, best practices and transparency. 

About Charity Navigator

Charity Navigator,, is the world’s largest and most-utilized independent charity evaluator. The organization guides informed giving by evaluating the Financial Health, Accountability and Transparency of charities and by providing data about 1.8 million nonprofits relied upon by over 11 million people every year. Charity Navigator does not charge the organizations it evaluates, ensuring unbiased evaluations, nor does it charge the public for this trusted data. As a result, Charity Navigator, a 501(c)(3) public charity itself, depends on support from individuals, corporations and foundations that believe it provides a much-needed service to America's charitable givers.

About the American Kidney Fund

As the nation’s leading independent nonprofit working on behalf of the 30 million Americans with kidney disease, the American Kidney Fund is dedicated to ensuring that every kidney patient has access to health care, and that every person at risk for kidney disease is empowered to prevent it. AKF provides a complete spectrum of programs and services: prevention outreach, top-rated health educational resources, and direct financial assistance enabling 1 in 5 U.S. dialysis patients to access lifesaving medical care, including dialysis and transplantation. AKF holds the highest ratings from the nation’s charity watchdog groups, including Charity Navigator, which includes AKF on its “top 10” list of nonprofits with the longest track records of outstanding stewardship of the donated dollar, and GuideStar, which has awarded AKF its Platinum Seal of Transparency.

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