Thanks to the generosity of many Americans who care about their friends and neighbors with kidney disease, more than 87,000 people–1 out of every 5 U.S. dialysis patients—received assistance from the American Kidney Fund in 2013 for health insurance premiums and other treatment-related expenses. Ninety-seven cents of every dollar spent by the American Kidney Fund went directly to programs and services.
The American Kidney Fund leads the nation in providing charitable assistance to dialysis patients who need help with the costs associated with treating kidney failure. These individuals often find that they are no longer able to work full-time due to frequent dialysis treatments. At the same time, they are faced with the cost of insurance premiums, prescription medications and other treatment-related expenses. We provide direct assistance to patients in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and every U.S. territory.
The American Kidney Fund is working to prevent new cases of kidney disease. Our national campaign, Pair Up: Join the Fight to Prevent Kidney Disease, urges people to learn if they are at risk for kidney disease and then to spread the word to a friend or loved one who also may be at risk. We educate the public about risk factors and we offer free kidney disease screenings in cities nationwide. We often partner with civic organizations, other non-profit organizations, and local community groups to conduct our screenings and outreach events. While there is no cure for chronic kidney disease, early detection can delay or prevent kidney failure. Our outreach services also include a toll-free HelpLine (866-300-2900, available to English- and Spanish-speaking individuals) and a series of educational fact sheets and brochures. We provide education about preventing and treating kidney disease to millions of people.
The American Kidney Fund is consistently rated among the nation’s top nonprofit organizations for fiscal responsibility. Ninety-seven cents of every dollar the American Kidney Fund spends goes toward programs and services. In 2012, Consumers Digest named the American Kidney Fund one of the nation’s top three health charities for spending efficiency. As a 12-time recipient of the top “Four Star” rating from Charity Navigator, the American Kidney Fund is ranked among the top 1 percent of charities nationwide for fiscal accountability. In addition, the American Kidney Fund holds an A+ rating from the American Institute of Philanthropy; adheres to the National Health Council Standards of Excellence; and is a member of the Better Business Bureau Wise Giving Alliance. For more information, visit www.KidneyFund.org.